Sarah Clunes
by Sarah Clunes
Published: May 10, 2024 (3 weeks ago)

Clinical Director
Lakeview Recovery Community


Situated on a tranquil 40-acre estate near Edmonton, Lakeview Recovery Community provides a transformative space for men over 18 years of age from diverse backgrounds, committed to overcoming addiction. Our program utilizes a 4-phase modified therapeutic community model, uniquely designed to adjust to individual clinical needs, allowing for durations ranging from 120 to 365 days. As the co-location of the Recovery Training Institute of Alberta (RTIA), we are a pivotal institution in provincial efforts to bolster recovery-oriented workforce capacity, thanks to funding from the Government of Alberta.


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Clinical Director is a key leadership figure within the community, overseeing the clinical and operational aspects of our recovery services. This role not only demands strategic acumen in program delivery but also requires active engagement in RTIA’s workforce development efforts, shaping educational programs that align with current recovery practices.


Key Responsibilities


  • Strategic Leadership and Oversight: Craft and convey a clear vision for the program, aligning with contemporary recovery models and strategic objectives. Drive initiatives that enhance therapeutic effectiveness and community engagement.
  • Program Management: Lead the planning, development, and execution of addiction recovery programs, ensuring they are responsive to the needs of the community and adhere to the highest standards of care.
  • Quality Assurance and Program Evaluation: Establish and maintain top-tier standards of program delivery, continually assessing program components and outcomes to ensure they meet evidence-based benchmarks.
  • Team Leadership and Development: Direct and support a multidisciplinary team of over 10 clinical professionals and more than 25 support workers. Encourage ongoing professional development and foster a culture of innovation and excellence in service delivery.
  • Client-Centric Care: Champion a client-first approach in all program aspects, ensuring care plans are individualized and inclusive, integrating substantial client and community feedback.
  • Operational Management: Ensure the smooth functioning of daily operations, overseeing resource allocation, and maintaining compliance with all health and safety regulations.
  • Clinical Program Design and Innovation: Continuously develop and refine clinical programs to incorporate cutting-edge, evidence-based practices and therapeutic interventions.
  • Community and Stakeholder Relations: Build and maintain strong relationships with referral sources, family members, local community service agencies, and employers to enhance client integration and support networks.
  • Crisis and Emergency Management: Lead emergency preparedness planning and response efforts, ensuring the team is equipped to handle critical situations effectively.




  • Educational Background: Advanced degree (Master’s or higher) in Psychology, Social Work, Clinical Counseling, or a closely related field.
  • Professional Experience: Extensive managerial experience in therapeutic community settings or similar therapeutic environments, with a demonstrated ability to oversee complex recovery programs.
  • Expertise in Addiction Recovery: Deep understanding of addiction dynamics and recovery processes, with a strong emphasis on therapeutic community models and evidence-based practices.
  • Leadership and Team Management: Proven leadership capabilities with experience in strategic planning and team development. Skilled at mentoring and inspiring teams towards achieving excellence in clinical and operational goals.
  • Superior Communication and Interpersonal Skills: Excellent ability to communicate effectively with various stakeholders, including healthcare professionals, clients, and community partners, ensuring clarity and collaboration.
  • Regulatory and Compliance Acumen: Comprehensive knowledge of healthcare regulations, with the ability to navigate and implement standards crucial to addiction recovery services.
  • Crisis Management Proficiency: Experienced in leading during crises, capable of quick decision-making and effective problem-solving under pressure.


This full-time position is based onsite in Gunn, AB. Candidates are encouraged to apply by submitting a detailed cover letter and resume to


We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage applications from all qualified individuals. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.