Program Director - Wrightsville, GA (Sign on Bonus of $10,000)

Post Date:  Jun 15, 2024

Wrightsville, GA, US, 31096

Position Type:  Full Time
Requisition Number:  31841
Work Schedule:  Monday - Thursday, 10-hour shifts

Are you looking to find personal and professional fulfillment, and align your career with your values? 


At Gateway Foundation, our employees have an opportunity to make a difference every day by helping people with substance abuse issues gain control of their lives.


Gateway Foundation is a recognized non-profit leader in evidence-based treatment proven to get results. Our experts in Addiction Medicine—including highly educated clinical and medical professionals and expert psychiatrists and nurses—deliver care that never stops. Throughout Gateway’s proud history of helping others, dedicated and professional employees have been vital to accomplishing our life-saving mission.


If you are a collaborative professional who shares our commitment to helping people with substance abuse and mental health issues turn their lives around – GATEWAY IS THE PLACE FOR YOU! 


**Sign on Bonus of $10,000 available for this position** 


The Program Director is Responsible for: 

  • Works onsite at the Johnson State Prison
  • Oversees the integration of clinical services and milieu management  to support program goals.  Meets with supervisors, managers, vendors, department officials, or other entities to solicit cooperation and resolve problems. 
  • Acts as a liaison between several facilities to integrate various programs and services across various functional initiatives
  • Audits, monitors, and evaluates assigned program services and results to ensure contractual compliance, as well as compliance with business, health, safety, environmental, and employee relations regulations and laws.  Initiates corrective actions to meet specifications for quality, quantity, schedule and cost. 
  • Oversees client services by auditing client records, reviewing client  recommended discharge plans, and completed client case reviews and investigations.
  • Develops program budget projections, monitors and approves expenditures, and initiates corrective actions to resolve variances.  Reviews financial reports including contract utilization and income and expenses to ensure accuracy and budgetary and contractual compliance.
  • Prepares regular and special reports or analyses on financial status and program results and activities for review and use by managers and executives in planning and evaluating program activities, services, and results
  • Assists management in developing and refining program policies and procedures; and research, planning, securing approval of, and implementing new or enhanced program services per contract to ensure maximum utilization of treatment resources.
  • Manages and leads assigned personnel to promote commitment to the organization philosophy and mission, and continuous professional growth and development of staff.
  • Responsible for quality control of the program and services for the assigned facility. 



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in any of the social sciences, criminal justice, public health, or administration
  • Two (2) years of administrative duties experience working in a treatment setting, including supervisory experience
  • Preferred certification as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (LAPC), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor certification from one of the three certification boards: Georgia Addictions Counselors Association GACA), the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) and from the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (ICRC)
  • Preferred certification as a Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) and/or Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS)
  • Advanced knowledge of health administration regulations and standards, program funding and financing, and applicable laws and regulations; in-depth knowledge of management theories and techniques
  • Advanced communication skills to exchange information and interact with treatment team, clients, client families and outside vendors and agencies
  • Working knowledge of federal  and state rules and regulations governing health records confidentiality
  • Strong leadership skills; time and project management skills
  • Strong critical thinking, high level persuasion and negotiation and presentation skills
  • High level problem-solving and analytical abilities to organize, plan and direct activities and operations within assigned geographical area
  • Ability to organize, evaluate, plan effective administration and operation of diverse programs and services dispersed across wide geographic region



  • $72,000 - $75,000
  • 15% Management Incentive Plan


Physical Requirements: 


  • Ability to walk and move about the facilities for up to two hours at a time, to monitor and interact with clients
  • Ability to record, proofread and check documents and files for accuracy, to prepare and analyze data and figures, transcribe, read
  • Ability to communicate with others, and speak to groups or individuals in order to gather and present information.
  • Ability to use a keyboard and video display terminal to receive, retrieve, and/or audit information and        data
  • Ability to respond to telephones, and to hear and detect alarms and unusual noises


Work Enviornment: 

  • Works in a correctional facility

Competitive Compensation and Benefits: 


Gateway Foundation values its employees and provides an inclusive and diverse work environment where dedicated employees can make a difference. We are committed to engaging and rewarding our employees in meaningful ways. For eligible employees, we provide a Total Rewards Package that includes:

  • Health Insurance - Including a wellness premium incentive opportunity
  • Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Paid Time Off - Including 18 days of PTO and 9 paid holidays in the first year
  • Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Saving Account
  • Commuter Accounts
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan with company match 
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Short Term Disability (STD) and Long-Term Disability (LTD)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Gateway is a qualified employer for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Training & Development Programs


Gateway Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Race/Color/Sex/Sexual Orientation/ Gender Identity/Religion/National Origin/Disability/Vets. Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here.

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