Social Detox Project Coordinator Job Opening

Social Detox Project Coordinator

City of Grand Forks

Grand Forks, North Dakota
$45,000.00 - $50,000.00 a year — Full-time, Contract

Starting Salary Range: $45,000 - $50,000
Salary Range: $45,000 - $50,000 - $55,000 Depending on Qualifications

Put your talents and skills to work with this exciting job opportunity. The Public Health Department is seeking a Project Coordinator, who will lead operations at the Withdrawal Management Center and serve on the Public Health leadership team. The Center provides services to individuals in the City of Grand Forks, Grand Forks County, and the region who are experiencing withdrawal from alcohol and drugs but do not require medical intervention. This is a contract position that includes an excellent benefit package. Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in human services, social work, health care, or related field and three years of related experience. Possession of, or ability to obtain a Licensed Addiction Counselor Certification is preferred. Applicant must possess a valid driver’s license. Applications may be obtained on the City website or at the HR Dept., City Hall, Grand Forks, ND. Deadline for submitting applications to HR is 5 PM, June 28, 2019. EEO Employer.


Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.


The Project Coordinator will work to establish a social setting detoxification or withdrawal management unit which provides services to individuals in the City of Grand Forks and Grand Forks County experiencing withdrawals from alcohol and drugs that do not require medical intervention. The Project Coordinator will assist the Community Detox Task Force to achieve its goals.


Receives general direction from the Health Department Director

This position supervises the detox technical and administrative personnel.

ESSENTIAL AND MARGINAL FUNCTIONS/RESPONSIBILITIES -Essential responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support the mission, vision and values of the Grand Forks Public Health Department as evidenced by compliance with all organizational policies and procedures.
  • Create strong connections with other social service agencies, healthcare providers and public safety departments in order to provide appropriate referrals and obtain services.
  • Support the strategic plan of the Grand Forks Public Health Department as evidenced by a working knowledge of the plan and participation in completing elements of the plan.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate the operations of the social detox center, ensure agreements are obtained for contractual services and obtain necessary resources and supplies.
  • Recommend, develop, and implement goals, objectives, policies, and procedures for the social detox center to ensure effective management of services, resources, and the facility.
  • Develop and plan the training programs for new employees.
  • Research and utilize strategies consistent with industry models when working with clients; effectively manage crisis and conflict situations.
  • Assist with the recruitment and hiring of staff.
  • Develop, plan, and implement employee work schedules to meet the facilities demands, while ensuring essential staff coverage in accordance with scheduling criteria.
  • Train, motivate, and evaluate staff; work with employees to correct deficiencies.
  • Develop safety and security policies that correlate with the City and department standards to accomplish the job objectives and avoid injury or loss.
  • Support all functions that attain and maintain compliance with agencies regulating social setting detox facilities
  • Support and facilitate positive interaction with others as evidenced by: professional maturity, respect for others, a team-centered approach, maintenance of confidential information and an appreciation of a variety of viewpoints and diversity in the workplace.
  • Participate in appropriate professional development programs to attain and maintain role competency.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Possesses and/or develops a working knowledge of social detox facilities and their operations.
  • Provides staff support and participates in meetings of the Social Detox Task Force.
  • Works with area agencies and their personnel to establish referral processes to engage clients in treatment.
  • Communicates with community organizations about resources that may be needed to support clients
  • Ensures the safety and security of clients utilizing services and staff members working in the social detox facility.
  • Researches and seeks funding and reimbursement opportunities available for the facility.
  • Responds to concerns of guests, neighborhood residents, and the community; determines the appropriate resolutions to maintain a positive image of the social detox center.
  • Develops training protocols and staff education on the safe care of clients utilizing the social detox facility; conduct ongoing feedback, coaching, mentoring, and timely formal reviews of performance for assigned employees.
  • Prepares an annual budget for operations and seeks funding to sustain operations
  • Maintains facility compliance with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations; researches and maintains current knowledge of standards and codes relating to detoxification facility operations.

QUALIFICATIONS (Skills, Knowledge & Abilities)

Knowledge: Operations, services and activities of a comprehensive social detox center; pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, ordinances and regulations; knowledge of budget preparation and administration, purchasing, and policy formulation; training and performance evaluations; knowledge of computer programs and software.

Skills: Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; Establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals and groups; Demonstrate leadership, networking, organizational and time management skills; Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities; Maintain mental capacity which allows the capability of making sound decisions and demonstrating intellectual capabilities; Maintain effective audio/visual discrimination and perception to the degree necessary for the successful performance of assigned duties.

Abilities: Identify and respond to community and employee issues, concerns and needs; Prepare clear and concise administrative reports; Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals; Work independently and as a member of a team; Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports; Prepare and administer large and complex budgets; Plan, organize, direct and coordinate the work of fellow staff; Select, supervise, train and evaluate staff; Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals. Research and resolve questions and issues. Maintain a high level of confidentiality; multi-task, prioritize, organize, and manage time effectively.

Experience and Training Guidelines

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


A minimum of three years of experience administering and/or providing programming for substance abuse, mental health, or homelessness, or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.

Education and Training:

Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in human services field, social work, health care, community health, community planning or related field. Experience in substance use disorder, behavioral health services or related field is a preferred qualification.

License or Certificate:

Possession of, or ability to obtain a valid driver’s license
Licensed Addiction Counselor Certification


Office and congregate care setting environment. Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for light to moderate lifting and carrying, standing and sitting for prolonged periods of time and operating motorized vehicles.

Travel Requirements: Local travel for planning activities; minimal state and national travel for professional development.

Work Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or as assigned and determined by operational guidelines. Some on call availability may be required, as well as, response to emergency situations.