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Red Mesa Counseling Program Director

JOB TITLE:                          Red Mesa Counseling Program Director

CLOSING DATE:                 Open until filled

SALARY RANGE:                Up to $85,000 based on credentials & experience

APPOINTMENT:                  Full-Time (Exempt)



SCHEDULE:                         8:00 am-5:00 pm, (occasional weekend and evening work)



The Program Director is responsible for all administrative functions necessary to accomplish the program’s objectives and goals as they correspond to the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake’s (UICSL) mission statement: “To Preserve the Heritage, Enhance the Well-Being, and Strengthen the Future of the People.” The Program Director is directly involved in program development and maintenance, including but not limited to the facilitation of collaborative community partnerships, writing applications for and administering third-party funding contracts/awards, long-term program and agency planning, ensuring the best possible care for program clients, and ensuring inter-program cooperation and integrative services.



The program director oversees the operations, programs, budget, funding sources, and all paid and volunteer personnel working within the behavioral health branch of the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake, under the direct supervision of the Executive Director.



  • .10 FTE-Program Oversight for SAMHSA Native Connections Program
  • .5 FTE-Program Director for DVPI-funded services (Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative)
  • Program Oversight for VOCA (Victims of Crime Act)



  • Plans, develops, and implements new and ongoing programs/services.
  • Assists with the development of proposals to attain new funding and ongoing funding for existing programs/services.
  • Plans and monitors the operation and utilization of the Red Mesa Program services and makes appropriate adjustments and modification as necessary.
  • Evaluates and monitors staff activities and outcomes through review of documentation and program evaluations.
  • Review and evaluates services to assure quality and compliance with UICSL policies and procedures, Utah state licensure requirements, contract/grant rules and regulations and standards, and implements changes as necessary. Prepares for agency certification/audit processes.
  • Participates in UICSL Quality Improvement program and assures program staff is knowledgeable of required improvement activities based on community standards and identify service gaps.
  • Develop plans to address service gaps and measure outcomes based on agency strategic plan and program goals and objectives.
  • Collaborates with other UICSL administration team members to plan activities, services, and to identify and resolve problems.
  • Coordinate training and in-service education for Red Mesa Program staff and ensure they implement the practical knowledge into daily operations by monitoring staff job performance.
  • Where relevant, at the discretion of the Executive Director, participate on boards, committees and meetings related to the UICSL’s mission and the Red Mesa Program goals and objectives. Serves as a liaison between the programs, administration, and contractors.
  • Maintain an updated policy and procedure manual for Red Mesa Program services.
  • Assures timely completion and submittal of all written reports as requested.
  • Regularly schedules program staff meetings to assure ongoing communication to ensure that the program components are meeting regularly and documenting program meetings and outcomes.
  • Work closely with Executive Director to keep him/her abreast of current and proposed program operations and activities.
  • Utilizes appropriate mental health treatment methodologies concerning client intake, psychosocial assessment, treatment, referral and follow-up.
  • As a professional mental health practitioner, interviews patients and their families in outpatient clinics and hospitals to identify and assess social, psychological, and sociological factors affecting the patient’s understanding and response to medical treatment, as well as, provides therapeutic intervention for patients that will enhance recovery of health.
  • Performs quarterly reports utilizing RPMS (Resource and Patient Management System) to ensure program GPRA (Government Performance Results Act) measure progression
  • Accepts new responsibilities and duties as assigned by the Executive Director.



  • Knowledge of program planning concepts, principles and practices.
  • Possess professional manner and ability to communicate effectively with program staff and other agency staff.
  • Knowledge of professional licensing requirements and ability to maintain state licensure for self and program staff.
  • Knowledge of American Indian/Alaska Native history, traditions, and modern urban perspectives.
  • Knowledge (via education and/or experience) of effective and culturally-informed operational management techniques and financial management.



  • Master’s or Doctoral degree in a behavioral health field (i.e. Psychology, MFT, Counseling, Social Work, etc.)
  • Professionally licensed in the state of Utah (LMFT, LCSW or CMHC). Evidence of Continuing Education activities to remain current in field of practice.
  • Minimum of five (5) years professional experience working in the field(s) of mental health, prevention and/or substance abuse and/or working as an administrator in community or nonprofits administration.
  • Experience working with American Indian/Alaskan Native populations.
  • Minimum three (3) years of progressive supervisory experience.
  • Must have valid Utah Driver’s License with no DUI/DWI or reckless driving convictions in the past five years
  • Experience in operational management techniques and financial management.


*Under the Indian Hiring Preference Act, the Urban Indian Center gives preference to qualified applicants of American Indian or Alaskan Native descent.



  • Complete an agency application (available at
  • Submit your application in person to the Human Resource Manager at 120 West 1300 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84115 or by email to with the following:
    • Cover Letter
    • 3 Professional Letters of Recommendation
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Last Updated: 7/25/19