Program Manager, Great Beginnings


The Program Managers serve as the leader of their program and are responsible for the overall direction, implementation, supervision and evaluation ensuring their specific program(s) meets CALM’s program standards, contract requirements and strategic plan.   Job duties include coordination of the program, clinical supervision, and compliance with grants and contract requirements. The Program Manager will be responsible for ensuring an atmosphere that is conducive to the therapeutic process and overall success of the program. The Program Manager is also responsible for maintaining high team morale and effectiveness, demonstrating commitment to the values and philosophy of CALM and displaying leadership qualities that motivate and inspire others. As a member of the program management team, the Managers participate in annual planning and budgeting in addition to problem solving.


The overarching goal of the Great Beginnings Program is to promote the well-being, health, social-emotional, and cognitive development of children prenatally through five years of age. The program offers a continuum of services to prevent and treat mental health problems in early childhood, with an emphasis on primary child abuse prevention, facilitating a strong parent-child attachment and fostering recovery from child trauma, including abuse or neglect.


Staff recruitment, training and management

  • Directs, plans and coordinates the work of the program staff including supervision and evaluation, training and team building
  • Organizes and attends weekly program meetings to maintain effective communication
  • Ensures adequate and qualified staff will carry out the program activities
  • In consultation with the Director, responsible for the recruitment, coaching, and evaluation of the program staff

Program Delivery & Evaluation

  • Implements, manages (including budget oversight), supervises and evaluates of all aspects of their program area
  • Plans and supervises an efficient and responsive intake procedure, including determining prospective client eligibility for services and assigning and tracking cases
  • Ensures high ethical/legal standards for all clinical practice, including the proper maintenance of client files
  • Ensures the supervision and management of the clinical and program data and address any concerns with staff in a timely and professional manner
  • Compiles, maintains and reports on the monthly, quarterly and annual program statistics and outcome with a focus on continuous improvement and a learning orientation
  • Analyzes trends in the program area, identifying issues and developing and recommending solutions to the Director of Prevention and Treatment
  • Represents the program in various community settings and building effective collaborations with all community partners
  • Ensures that all grant and contract requirements are met.
  • Collaborates with the agency’s grant writer to identify grant opportunities
  • Confirms that CALM complies with the requirements of the Medi-Cal contract

 Clinical Supervision:

  • Ensures high clinical standards through keeping current in best practices for childhood prevention, assessment and treatment. Making provision for staff training in these practices
  • Provides weekly individual and group supervision to licensed, unlicensed therapists and para-professional staff
  • Provides mentoring or consultation to all staff as requested and required to meet program’s high standards
  • Monitors staff productivity


  • LCSW or MFT, licensed for a minimum of two years, or Licensed Psychologist.
  • Must have a valid California drivers’ license, clean DMV, and criminal record clearance from the DOJ.
  • Some prior experience as a program manager preferred; some prior experience in a teaching or training position a plus.
  • Strong problem solving and group work leadership skills
  • Exemplary standards of integrity and leadership qualities
  • Detail-oriented with outstanding organizational abilities
  • Experience in recruiting, training and managing staff preferred
  • Able to relate effectively to staff members and community at large
  • Ability to interact with people of all ages and cultural backgrounds
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Bilingual (Spanish) preferred


This is a full time (40 hours/week) position based out of CALM’s Santa Maria office. Salary is DOE. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, paid holidays, PTO, and a 403(b).

Qualified applicants please submit cover letter and resume here.

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CALM is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best available persons in every job. CALM policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), religion, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), legally-protected medical condition (cancer-related), sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws. All such discrimination is unlawful.CALM is committed to complying with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. This commitment applies to all persons involved in the operations of CALM and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee of CALM, including supervisors and co-workers.To comply with applicable laws ensuring equal employment opportunities to qualified individuals with a disability, CALM will make reasonable accommodations for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability who is an applicant or an employee unless undue hardship would result.Any applicant or employee who requires an accommodation in order to perform the essential functions of the job should discuss their needs with their supervisor and request such an accommodation. The individual with the disability should specify what accommodation he or she needs to perform the job. CALM then will conduct an investigation to identify the barriers that make it difficult for the applicant or employee to have an equal opportunity to perform his or her job. CALM will identify possible accommodations, if any, that will help eliminate the limitation. If CALM determines that an accommodation is reasonable and will not impose an undue hardship, CALM will make an accommodation.If you believe you have been subjected to any form of unlawful discrimination, provide a written complaint to your supervisor or the Chief Executive Director. Your complaint should be specific and should include the names of the individuals involved and the names of any witnesses. CALM will promptly undertake a thorough and objective investigation and attempt to resolve the situation. If CALM determines that unlawful discrimination has occurred, effective remedial action will be taken commensurate with the severity of the offense. Appropriate action also will be taken to deter any future discrimination.CALM will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint, participating in an investigation, or supporting a complaint of unlawful discrimination, and will not knowingly permit such retaliation by management employees or your co-workers. If you believe you have been subjected to such retaliation, report it immediately to your supervisor or the Chief Executive Director.
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