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16 Dec

Substance Use Navigator – Community Services Program Coordinator

  St. Mary Medical Center

About Organization

St. Mary Medical Center (SMMC) is an acute care hospital with 213 beds and over 1,750 employees making it one of the region's largest employers serving communities of the High Desert. The facility was constructed in 1956 and joined the St. Joseph Health System in 1992.

This facility has the only Neonatal Care Unit in the High Desert Accredited by California Children Services and has been granted approval as a Special Hospital with the California Children's Services Community Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. St. Mary was accredited as a primary Stroke Receiving Center in 2018, the only stroke-receiving center in the High Desert.

The Services and Clinical Specialties offered at this Hospital are Diabetes Education, Emergency Services, Heart and Vascular Services, Imaging Services, Rehabilitation Services, Respiratory Services, Robotic Surgery Services, Surgical Services, Women & Children's Services and Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine.

Job Details

Leads grant management allocation in conjunction with the Executive Director of Critical Care Services. Guides, directs, and evaluates grant initiatives in order to ensure achievement of current and future grant objectives. Coordinates referrals and external partnerships including local substance abuse recovery programs, behavioral health and medical services needed for project clients, community-based and social service organizations, businesses, and faith partners. Coordinates with Emergency Department – based on MAT service providers and participates in Obstetrics Emergency Department appropriate meetings, and leads substance use disorder and substance use prevention education efforts in local community.

General Responsibilities

Essential Functions: 
  • Substance Use Disorder Navigation:
    • Provides Substance Use Navigation services to patients identified in the ED and OB-ED promoting harm reduction approaches and increasing understanding of the needs of this population to reduce stigma and increase early identification and connection to substance use recovery.
    • Coordinates a team of Substance Use Navigators. Researches community-based substance use, behavioral health and healthcare programs to develop and strengthen referral protocols.
  • Grant Stewardship:
    • Provides grant management support to Director
    • Attends project meetings and documents action items and outcomes
    • Works with finance/grant coordinator to invoice and develop reports of grant expenditures
    • Assists with preparation of grant proposals for sustainability
    • Participate in grant stewardship sessions
  • Partnerships:
    • Serves as a liaison between ministry and public and private organizations (hospitals, faith communities, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and schools) to improve coordination of efforts.
    • Develops referral contact list of community partners and defined roles.
    • Identifies various committees, advisory groups, and others who advocates for substance use services and mental health.
    • Coordinates, plans, and schedules community education sessions and hospital-based trainings.
    • Develops communication pieces to share progress with community at large.
  • Performance Improvement:
    • Develops and maintains appropriate outcomes measurements and reports the status of outcomes both verbally and in writing in a clear, accurate, concise, and timely manner to align with regulatory reporting requirements.
    • Provides clarity and technical assistance of project objectives to contractors
  • Data/Evaluation:
    • Presents information regarding program at identified meetings/boards.
    • Tracks progress of grant objectives and work plan
    • Collects data and prepared grant and departmental progress reports to monitor compliance with project requirements and quality improvements.
  • Advocacy, community organizing, customer service, public relations, and the ability coordinate the work of others.
  • Possess an understanding of grant reporting
  • Must possess excellent written, verbal, listening and interpersonal communication skills in Spanish and English, including conflict resolution, problem solving and negotiation skills.
  • Demonstrates strong customer service orientation;
  • Must demonstrate critical thinking skills;
  • Awareness of basic social service needs of individuals and families and basic factors which support individual and family social and physical well-being such as health care, household management and material needs;
  • Good organization and time management skills, with ability to multi-task and prioritize;
  • Works well independently and as part of a team;
  • Strong computer skills, including knowledge of MS office and email systems;
  • Maintain working knowledge of and adherence to all agency policies and procedures.
Minimum Position Requirements:

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, social work, public health or related field.

  • A minimum of 3 years experience in Substance Use Recovery Services.
  • 3 years Conducting substance use recovery services, coordinating or supervising others, and implementing grants requiring measurable outcomes.


Licenses/Certifications: Class C California driver’s license – Travel to alternate locations required. Clear DMV record. Valid and current auto insurance.
Preferred Position Qualifications
Education: Master’s Degree in Social work or counseling or related field.
Experience: 5 years Conducting community organizing and implementing grants requiring measurable outcomes.

Contact Information or to Apply

Apply Today! Applicants that meet qualifications will receive a text with some additional questions from our Modern Hire system. Community Services Program Coordinator – Administration – St. Joseph Health Careers (selectminds.com)


  • High Desert