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Editor-in-Chief, The ASAM Criteria

The ASAM Criteria: Treatment Criteria for Addictive, Substance-Related, and Co-Occurring Conditions

Editor-in-Chief Job Announcement

ASAM invites nominations and applications for the position of Editor-in-Chief to help with the revision of The ASAM Criteria, Third Edition. Ideal candidates must hold an MD, PhD or equivalent degree with a minimum of 10 years of clinical/patient treatment experience related to addiction medicine. Candidates must be a member of ASAM and an acknowledged expert in the field, with substantial knowledge of current practices, policies, research methods, and issues in addiction medicine. A thorough working knowledge of The ASAM Criteria®, its history, focus, goals and future direction is required. Candidates must also possess excellent oral/written communication, organizational and interpersonal skills.

The ASAM Criteria, formerly known as The ASAM Patient Placement Criteria, is the result of a collaboration that began in the 1980s to define one national set of criteria for providing results-based care in the treatment of addiction. Today, The ASAM Criteria has become the most widely used set of guidelines for placement, continued stay and transfer/discharge of patients with addiction and co-occurring conditions. Treatment based on The ASAM Criteria is associated with less morbidity, better client functioning, and more efficient service utilization than mismatched treatment. The ongoing advances in the addiction medicine field and lessons learned from real-world implementations of The ASAM Criteria call for more regular updates to these guidelines. Therefore, ASAM is planning to implement new processes for more regular updates to an electronic version of The ASAM Criteria, with hard copy books published approximately every 5 years.

The candidate should expect to participate in the development and execution of a process for reviewing data from real-world implementations of the ASAM Criteria, including the ASAM CONTINUUM Software, and working with the editorial team to make empirically-driven revisions of the ASAM Criteria text.


The Editor-in-Chief shall have the following responsibilities:

A. Content Development

  • Determine the organization, scope, subject matter, interrelationship, and relative length of chapters to be included in the book.
  • Review and revise content written by authors and provide commentary to support revision.
  • Verify the accuracy of the content (including any recipe, formula, diagram, or instruction) and consistency with ASAM’s mission, policies, guidelines, and language recommendations.
  • Stay up to date with research that has implications for clinical practice in addiction treatment; review relevant data from real-world implementations of The ASAM Criteria, including the ASAM CONTINUUM; and work with the editorial team to regularly make empirically-driven revisions of the ASAM Criteria e-book text.
  • Work with ASAM leadership to develop and implement processes for obtaining and documenting expert consensus for all clinically relevant updates to the ASAM Criteria text.
  • Develop and implement processes to maintain rigorous version control for The ASAM Criteria e-book.
  • Confirm all materials produced do not contain any libelous, obscene, unlawful or otherwise objectionable material.
  • Obtain written assurance from contributors that all content is original and has not already been published in whole or substantial part and does not infringe the copyright or other intellectual property or proprietary right of another person.

B. Project Management

  • Develop contributor guidelines, work structures, contingencies plan, as well as accurately estimate timeframes and efforts.
  • Recruit authors and editors who have expertise in the required area.
  • Make editorial decisions with reasonable speed and communicate those decisions in a clear and constructive manner.
  • Mediate conflicts between authors and editors and ensure the performance of editorial duties.
  • Consult with the Quality Improvement Council, ASAM Criteria Strategy Committee, ASAM Staff, and the publisher (The Change Companies) as deemed necessary.
  • Please note that ASAM will provide project management support.

C. Production

  • Review, check and correct the Print Ready Files submitted by the publisher prior to publication.
  • Work in collaboration with ASAM Staff and publisher to ensure timely publication of accepted manuscripts.

D. Marketing and Promotion

  • Collaborate with ASAM staff and ASAM publisher to create marketing objectives to help meet ASAM mission and revenue goals.
  • Promote the book to the profession and other relevant communities and constituencies.


The position requires the following skills:

  • A comprehensive understanding of ASAM’s mission and The ASAM Criteria.
  • Strong leadership and communication skills, including writing and presentation skills.
  • Previous editorial experience, especially in a decision-making capacity, preferred.
  • Proficiency with analyzing and interpreting scientific research findings related to addiction.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse viewpoints and approaches.
  • Effective time management and high organizational skills.


Applications for this position must be received by 5:00 PM Eastern on Thursday, June 6, 2019. Finalist will be invited to a Skype video interview with the ASAM Editor Search Task force.

To be considered complete the submission must include:

  • Curriculum vitae.
  • A letter of commitment describing interest in and qualifications for the position, and an outline of a vision for the ASAM Criteria.
  • Writing sample including similar or related content in PDF format (5-10 pages).
  • Conflict of interest disclosure.



An annual stipend and remuneration consistent with the complexity and volume of work in regular and hard-copy publication years will be provided.


ASAM is committed to equal opportunity and affirmative action. Candidates will be considered based on individual merit and without regard to race, religion, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, sex, or age. Application materials should be sent electronically to editorsearch@ASAM.org.


ASAM provides equal opportunity to all staff. No person shall be discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, physical handicaps, marital status, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, political affiliation, or any other category that is protected by federal law or the laws of the state of Maryland.

ASAM Staff Values: As an organization, our work has national and generational impact. We are an energetic, scrappy, and resilient team who are passionately dedicated to providing hope and redemption in the addiction field. Our safe, positive and professional work environment allows us to celebrate both our successes and shortcomings. We help and support each other as a family of compassionate individuals. We work with pride and an insatiable hunger to change the addiction field and to leave our mark.