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Director of Addiction Counseling (ACEP)

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Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: MCNHS - Dean's Office
Pay Grade: 34
Date opened: Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

General Summary: 

The Director for the Addiction Counselor Education Program (ACEP) within the Manning College of Nursing and Health Sciences (MCNHS) is responsible for the overall directorship of the Virtual Program of the College’s Addiction Counselor Education Program (ACEP).  The Director will develop and design new courses for the program, complete required abstract submission to provide continuing education hours for licensed alcohol/chemical dependency treatment professionals (LADCs), and recruit, select and evaluate ACEProgram Faculty. The Director will also be responsible for the recruitment, screening and selection of students for admission to the ACEProgram in collaboration with the ACEP Student Advisor, provide supervision to the Faculty coordinating the Capstone Practicum experience, and contracts with agencies, treatment facilities and programs to maintain a strong collaborative role in the Treatment community.

The Director will also work with and recommend to the Dean of MCNHS, marketing and recruitment strategies, current and future projections for the program; and will be responsible for the implementation of such strategies.  The Director will consult regularly with the Senior Associate Dean of the Manning College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Examples of Duties: 

  • Program Management
    • Schedule courses and other activities including creating semester courses using correct forms, collaborate with the Registrar’s Office, maintain contact with the Website designer for course scheduling, and disseminate schedules to faculty in the ACEProgram.
    • Coordinate with the Marketing Department for accuracy and promotion of community relationships.
    • Recommend to the Dean of MCNHS marketing and recruitment strategies for the program and implement such strategies.
    • Provide appropriate coordination and referral information to the Offices of Financial Aid Services and Registrar.  
    • Coordinate efforts to support Virtual learning-based education in the domain of Substance Use Disorders.
  • Faculty Management
    • Recruit, select and provide Supervision and consultation to the ACEP faculty.
    • Provide supervision to the faculty providing coordination of the Capstone Practicum experience.
  • Student Recruitment & Management
    • Recruit, screen and select students for admission to the program and other program-sponsored activities, including coordination with the Student Advisor for scheduling and facilitating individual admissions interviews.
    • Review of Performance Improvement plans and student evaluations of completed courses.
    • Issues Certificate of Completion in conjunction with the Dean of Manning College of Nursing and Health Sciences
    • Outreach to various organizations to promote the program both in person and virtually.
  • Curricular & Accreditation Management
    • Develop and design new courses and activities, as well as update existing courses and activities for the Addiction Counselor Education Program to be consistent with state requirements for the LADC exam. 
    • Develop and design courses and other activities to provide continuing education hours for licensed Substance Use Disorder treatment professionals submitting abstract forms to agencies when requested.  (I put SUD because in the future, this could expand to include other licensed SUD professionals.  i.e. Psychologists, Social Workers, Nurses, etc.)
    • Provide consultation to MCNHS for existing courses within the College and future programming.
    • Assures that Syllabi are in correct format with current best practice terminology in SUD Treatment.
    • Oversee records regarding progress towards Certificate in collaboration with the Registrar’s Office, utilizing the Student Transcript as the basis for identifying completion toward earning an ACEP Certificate
    • Provide ongoing review and continuous update of the curriculum.  Update to the curriculum will be concurrent with evidence-based research, maintaining best practices in education and treatment of Substance Use Disorders.
    • Consistently reviews existing policies and procedures of the ACEProgram and seeks supervision for clarification as needed. Policy development, restructuring and direction of ACEP.
    • Monitors compliance with requirements for licensure/certification in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
    • Maintain oversight of existing Certifications (NAADAC) and University requirements (NECHE), and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Licensure for Addiction Counselor Education providers, and compliance management of existing community stakeholders.
  • Other
    • Remains an active and contributory presence in the Manning College of Nursing and Health Sciences.  Attends meetings within the College as requested and assigned.
    • Teach courses in the ACEP.
    • Perform other duties as assigned.


Master’s Degree in Human Services, addiction, psychology, or a related field in required. A minimum of seven years of teaching experience in the field of Substance Use Disorders treatment services is required.

Candidate will hold and maintain a LADC I license. Experience providing clinical supervision experience is required.  Extensive knowledge of the field of Substance Use Disorders and related Health issues is required.  Knowledge of treatment service systems and providers is required.  Previous experience in course and program development in the field of Substance Use Disorders treatment services is required. 

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to train, motivate and manage staff
  • Ability to handle various special projects on an ongoing basis while addressing daily needs of the program
  • Ability to work with a diverse population of students, treatment programs and community resources
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and deal with effectively with all levels of employees within the University and Manning College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and work with confidential and time sensitive information and materials
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Skill in balancing quantitative and qualitative factors in decision-making
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong analytical, organizational, problem solving and interpersonal skills, and ability to exercise sound judgment.
  • Strong customer service commitment to stakeholders and community providers.

Application Instructions: 

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three professional references.

Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date. 

Only Internal candidates in the Professional Staff Bargaining Unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting.  All other candidates will be considered after that period. 

Salary Ranges for the appropriate Pay Grade can be found at the following link: 


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This is an exempt union position. This is a grant funded position with a current end date of June 30, 2024, subject to renewal contingent on funding and university needs.

All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

UMass Boston is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations for the hiring process. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact or 617-287-5150.

Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

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