Program Manager - Safe Recovery

Howard Center is one of the first programs in the country to provide low barrier access to buprenorphine in a syringe exchange. Be part of this exciting, innovative program and cutting edge research opportunity.

Seeking program manager to provide comprehensive clinical and administrative oversight and management of the SAMHSA project at Safe Recovery. This position will provide daily oversight to the project work, as well as supervision for the MAT Services Navigators and Case Managers. The Program Manager will be responsible for internal and external coordination with stakeholders, and will also take the lead to assure timely reporting to the sponsor. Further, they will direct activities of all contractors. This position will provide care coordination for clients receiving buprenorphine treatment through the SAMHSA project. They will provide individual and group psychotherapy and support services to clients across the lifespan. This includes conducting assessments, developing treatment plans.


  • Work with Program Coordinator and Buprenorphine Provider on program design and implementation.
  • Recruit, hire, train and supervise Navigators and Case Managers.
  • Direct activities of contractors.
  • Coordinate evaluation with the grant evaluator and research assistants.
  • Coordinate with the syringe exchange staff on client recruitment and engagement.
  • Engage with community MAT providers to improve coordination and collaboration.
  • Participate in internal and community meetings and prepare written reports.
  • Coordinate and provide access to preventive and health promotion services, including prevention of mental illness and substance use disorders.
  • Coordinate and provide access to mental health and substance abuse services.
  • Coordinate and provide access to comprehensive care management, care coordination, and transitional care across settings. Transitional care includes appropriate follow-up from inpatient to other settings, such as participation in discharge planning and facilitating transfer from a pediatric to an adult system of health care.
  • Coordinate and provide access to chronic disease management, including self-management support to individuals and their families. Coordinate and provide access to long-term care supports and services.
  • Coordinate and provide access to individual and family supports, including referral to community, social support, and recovery services.
  • Conduct assessments and develop a person-centered treatment that coordinates and integrates all of client's clinical any non-clinical health-care related needs and services.
  • Demonstrate a capacity to use health information technology to link services, facilitate communication among team members and between the health team an individual and family caregivers, and provide feedback to practices, as feasible and appropriate.
  • Ensure documentation from engaged providers of care is appropriately noted.


  • Masters in related field
  • Roster of Non-Licensed & Noncertified Psychotherapists (See Licensing Requirement Notice below)
  • Two years working in substance use field providing counseling and case management..
  • Working knowledge and application of medication assisted treatment and harm reduction principals, supervisory skills, interpersonal skills, clinical skills
  • Computer skills including use of electronic medical record,
  • Valid driver's license, registered vehicle and automobile insurance that complies with agency policies
  • Ability to engage clients, staff and community partners, organize, collaborate, multitask, budget, coordinate care, provide counseling, maintain accurate and complete clinical and administrative documentation, compile and analyze data, write reports.
  • Strong understanding of systems of care in Vermont, harm reduction principles, medication assisted treatment, trauma informed care.

Licensing Requirement Notice

Vermont regulation mandates that if you do not hold a valid clinical license then you must added to the Roster of Nonlicensed & Noncertified Psychotherapists before you can be hired for work in this position. If you are not yet on the Roster, please begin the process immediately to avoid delay in hiring. Note this process may take 3-5 days for in-state applications and up to several weeks for out-of-state applications. Instructions can be found on the website for the Vermont Office of Professional Regulation.


  • LADC, LCMHC or LCSW preferred.
  • Program management experience preferred


  • Full-time (37.5 hours)
  • Exempt
  • Benefits Eligible

Perks & Benefits:

  • Comprehensive BCBS Medical with agency-paid premium support for individuals, couples, and families 
  • Delta dental 
  • Generous time off starting at 36 days of combined time off per year for full-time employees (and increasing with years of service)
  • Agency paid 401K retirement and additional incentive match program
  • Life insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Childcare stipend
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee referral program with financial incentive
  • Discounted online undergraduate/graduate courses through Champlain College truED
  • Award-winning workplace wellness program HC4ME including physical fitness groups for staff, financial wellness incentives, and ongoing workplace wellness advocacy and education
  • Voluntary benefits from local/international businesses: discounted gym memberships, mobile phone service, ski/snowboard passes, auto/home insurance, and more!

Howard Center is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  The agency's culture and service delivery is strengthened by the diversity of its workforce.  Minorities, people of color and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  EOE/TTY. Visit "About Us" to review Howard Center's EOE policy.