Assistant Program Manager Maine Association of Recovery Residences

  • Maine Association of Recovery Residences
  • Preferred proximity to Portland, Maine Office; Remote work considered
  • 11/02/2021
Full time Management

Job Description

The Maine Association of Recovery Residences (MARR) is seeking a qualified individual to work as a full-time assistant program manager to work directly with the MARR Program Manager in the day-to-day duties of inspecting and certifying recovery residences in Maine. This is a permanent position with medical/dental/vision benefits, paid time off and other benefits. Anticipated start date is January 1, 2022. See below for the complete job description.

Maine Association of Recovery Residences 

Job Description - Assistant Program Manager

The Assistant Program Manager (APM) will work side-by-side with the MARR Program Manager (PM) to physically inspect, certify and/or recertify recovery residences in Maine under the authority of the National Alliance of Recovery Residences (NARR) certification program. The APM will report to the PM and be responsible for updating and record-keeping on the MARR Google Drive, crafting inspection reports, tracking corrections, maintaining physical files, and attending MARR Affiliate meetings. The APM will assist the PM in MARR’s communications and will support the Executive Director in other activities of the organization. The APM reports directly to the PM.


  1. Certification program: Works with the Executive Director, Program Manager,  and Board of Directors to fulfill the project deliverables.
  • Manages assigned duties for MARR’s certification program
  • Completes, delivers, and follows up on all inspection reports and corrections
  • Tracks, prints, and mails certificates for yearly certifications
  • Manages naloxone distribution to affiliates, including sending  required information to Portland Public Health
  • Maintains relationships with affiliates, including understanding training needs
  • Conducts outreach to non-certified houses to encourage membership in MARR
  • Keeps MARR Google Drive updated with current certification dates and other affiliate info
  • Identifies affiliate and organizational needs and helps draft policies and procedures
  • Manages ongoing communications with affiliates


  1. Communications
  • Helps PM with MARR’s social media presence and MARR newsletter (MARR Mailings).
  • Assists PM with content management for MARR’s website
  • Helps PM to develop opportunities to promote MARR in the community with partners and at special events like the Rally for Recovery, International Overdose Awareness Day and others.


  1. Work plan implementation: Operationalizes appropriate strategies to ensure that the project work plan is implemented.
  • Works with the Executive Director, PM and the MARR Board of Directors to create and meet performance measures
  • Promotes the organization’s image by being active and visible in the recovery community and the broader community, and by working closely with stakeholders
  • Works closely with PM, the Maine State Housing Authority (MSHA), and other stakeholders to ensure services are coordinated. 


Professional Qualifications:

  • Personal passion for supporting people in recovery 
  • Knowledge of field of recovery including recovery housing, the social model, and different pathways of recovery 
  • Bachelor’s degree required or equivalent work experience.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning and program development
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong public speaking ability
  • Basic competency with computer software programs such as WORD, Excel and Outlook (Microsoft Suite of applications), Google Drive.
  • Ability to travel within the state (25%) with valid driver’s license and a reliable, insured vehicle 
  • Ability to work in the field, including walking up and down staircases, inspecting tight spaces, stooping, bending and lifting occasionally up to 20 pounds.
  • Lived experience in recovery and past residence in a recovery house preferred.

 Job Duties:

  • Assist in the implementation of MARR’s work plan for each funding source as directed by the Executive Director
  • Assist in the implementation MARR’s certification program, including affiliate trainings and identifying policy needs
  • Travel throughout the state to meet with prospective recovery residence operators and to educate them about the program
  • Work collaboratively with current and prospective recovery residence operators to establish new residences throughout the state.
  • Provide technical assistance to new or prospective affiliates
  • Conduct inspections of applicants to verify compliance with national certification standards
  • Participate in marketing and other communications efforts, including attending community events, after hours if required
  • Work collaboratively with subcontractors, funders, and stakeholders
  • Track recertification due dates, provide invoices when annual dues are due, and produce, sign, and deliver certification documents.
  • Other duties as assigned

Salary: Dependent on Experience. MARR is an Equal Opportunity Employer