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Assistant Director of Therapeutic Programming in Westchester, New York at The Jewish Board

Date Posted: 4/17/2019

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Job Description


Residential Treatment Facilities serve emotionally vulnerable adolescent youth ages 12-21, who are challenged by trauma-related and psychiatric issues. The RTFs provide supervised living units and programs of therapeutic and educational services that emphasize family interaction and strengthening of community support networks.

All treatment team members work to ensure that youth and families drive the focus of their treatment and are full-time partners in their own healing and recovery. The treatment team supports youth and families in developing the skills to keep safe from abuse, neglect and maltreatment, and to foster and strengthen connection to their home and communities.  Each team assesses the individual needs of youth, families, and their environments.  Clinical programming infused into Milieu Treatment and individualized interventions reflect the program’s commitment to culturally competent practice based on strengths, needs, and feedback. Youth and families have direct input into their treatment as well as program performance and development. We utilize the trauma-informed Sanctuary Model of care in conjunction with Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) and evidence-based clinical interventions to support youth and family in their healing and recovery.


The Assistant Director of Therapeutic Programming is as essential leader, responsible for the development, expansion, and oversight of therapeutic programming including Crisis Intervention Staff, Therapeutic Recreation Department, Comfort and Sensory Rooms, and the enhanced development of an Acute Recovery Zone to be managed by a medical team.  Additional duties include acting as a school liaison, and working to develop alternative school programming; Vocational oversight, and working with Bridging the Gap.  As an integral part of the leadership team, the Assistant Director of Therapeutic Programming will ensure that all necessary therapeutic interventions determined by the treatment team and crisis management are carried out within both the Sally and Anthony Mann and Goldsmith Center RTFs.

KEY ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (List the functions that are essential to achieve the goals):


  • Oversee and integrate best practice treatment for the program within a trauma informed framework
  • Identify Crisis Management program needs and develop and implement solution based protocols accordingly
  • Develop in writing, policies, procedures, and protocols for managing crisis and teaching affect regulation for youth and staff
  • Contribute solution based ideas for program growth during Administrative meetings.
  • Work collaboratively with senior administration and external stakeholders
  • Create and encourages opportunities for staff development and professional growth
  • Ensures programmatic compliance with auditing standards and agency policies
  • Actively Participant in all relevant programmatic and clinical meetings
  • Triaging of emerging critical incidents with relevant staff and ensuring that treatment planning for youth is carried out within the milieu and school where appropriate.


  • Directly supervise Crisis Intervention Specialists at Mann and Goldsmith.
  • Monitor, develop, and train staff on Comfort Rooms and Sensory Rooms at Mann and Goldsmith. 
  • Partner with the medical team around the development and supervision of the Recovery Zone(s) at Mann and Goldsmith.
  • Directly supervise a Therapeutic Recreation and Vocational Department at Mann and Goldsmith.
  • Develop and oversee Alternative School Programming, and function as a school liaison for both RTFs.
  • Partner with Milieu Directors to enhance therapeutic programming in the units.
  • Ensure appropriate coverage for all shifts for crisis management and recreation.
  • Working closely with the Milieu and Clinical Director, ensure that milieu staff implement clinical recommendations into the day-to-day residents' care.
  • Manage risk regarding client safety by adhering to all risk management protocols.
  • May be regularly scheduled for weekend/night/evening administrative responsibility.
  • Other duties as assigned.

CORE COMPETENCIES for the position include:

  • Capacity to write policy, procedures, and protocols for Sensory and Comfort Rooms, and for the development of an enhanced Recovery Zone for youth struggling with crisis.
  • Capacity to write policy, procedures, and protocols for alternative school programming and therapeutic recreation development.
  • Ability to design, develop and implement therapeutic programming, both written and verbally.
  • Capacity to lead and supervise a broad array of recovery-oriented trauma-informed practice within a milieu treatment setting
  • Expands and develops youth-guided family-driven care
  • Embodies Sanctuary principles & values and ensures an integration of said principles throughout the program
  • Supports and Strengthens Interdisciplinary practice
  • Ability to lead and implement program development initiatives
  • Good interpersonal  communication and collaboration skills
  • Solution Focused
  • Uses Data to Inform & Guide Practice
  • Values and Demonstrates Cultural Competency
  • Values professional development and participation in supervision and training

EDUCATIONAL / TRAINING REQUIRED (List all that is required to achieve this position):

  • Masters required, along with a minimum of three years of experience in either a psychiatric hospital or residential treatment setting, two of which having been in a supervisory capacity.