The Program Director of SFIT is responsible for the clinical and case management program and practices, including monitoring and evaluating program treatment model. The Program Director’s primary responsibility involves providing guidance, leadership, oversight, and support to the clinical staff in an effort to ensure clinical goals of clients and families are served trough a trauma informed lens using evidence based approaches. The Program Director, working in conjunction with the Program supervisors who are responsible for implementing program policies and clinical interventions in the treatment milieu, contributing to program innovation, and facilitating interactions between program staff and other professionals, community collaborators, and parents. The Program Director will works in concert with DCF Regional staff on program protocol for case referral, conferencing/communication, program case reporting and termination. The Program Director is responsible for the youths’ treatment needs, adhere to licensing and accreditation standards and program coordination. The Clinical Program Director is on-call to program 24/7 and some flexibility in schedule is required.
- Responsible for clinical and administrative oversight of Short-term Family Integrated Treatment Crisis stabilization for adolescents ages 12-17 years old with emotional, behavioral and psychiatric issues who have experienced trauma.
- Responsible for hiring, training and performance management.
- Responsible for direct clinical and administrative supervision of clinical staff, including hiring, training and performance management.
- Responsible for admissions and/or treatment coordination in the program.
- Ensure safe, trauma informed, therapeutic programming for children in the milieu.
- Participate as member of multi-disciplinary treatment team;
- Responsible for assisting with quality assurance, utilization review, public relations, and maintaining license and accreditation.
- Continuously monitor program for improved service delivery.
- Responsible for assisting with coordination and implementation of community services and home visits.
- Communicate, coordinate and collaborate with collateral agencies, including DCF, school systems, etc.
- Control and monitor budget performance.
- Provide rotating 24 hours per day, seven days per week on-call accessibility support to program.
- Performs the duties of Senior Director in her absence
- Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by management.
Educational Requirements: Masters in Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, or other clinical degree.
Licensure/Certification Requirements: CT license as LCSW, LMFT, LPC or Psychologist. Valid driver’s license; American Red Cross First Aid and CPR Certified.
Experience Level: One to three years supervisory experience in a youth welfare or human services position working with youth with mental health and behavioral issues
Specific Skills, Knowledge and Ability Requirements: Knowledge of Youth Welfare System, basic youth development, and issues related to the affects of abuse and neglect; Ability to work effectively with diverse populations, to communicate with youth in a supportive, sympathetic, nurturing manner, to implement behavior intervention strategies, to be action-oriented in achieving program goals and solving problems, to maintain professionalism in difficult and stressful situations; skills in oral and written expression and excellent interpersonal skills required. Must be a strong positive role model for staff and youth in the program, i.e. model appropriate behavior and dress, model positive interpersonal skills, etc.
Personal Characteristics: Ability to be a good team player and leader, to demonstrate flexibility in approach to job and others, to be insightful, self-reflecting, and aware of impact on others, to be patient and empathic, to show good judgment in pressured situations.
Cultural Competency: Familiarity, sensitivity, and/or experience working with diverse populations.
Physical Abilities: Physically able to perform the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodations. These essential functions include, but are not limited to, the abilities to, supervise groups of youth, and conduct various therapeutic and socio-recreational activities that involve movement and interaction with youth.