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Director of Residential Facilities 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 Director of the RTFs is as essential leader, responsible for the development, expansion, and oversight of the Clinical and Milieu Departments for both Mann and Goldsmith RTFs.  As an integral part of the leadership team, the Director of the RTFs will ensure that all necessary therapeutic interventions determined by the treatment teams are carried out within both the Sally and Anthony Mann and Goldsmith Center RTFs.  In addition, the Director of the RTFs will lead RTF transformation initiatives, including Sanctuary Implementation and accreditation; Building Bridges curriculum to ensure youth and family voice in operations; and the enhancement of acute clinical services to address an acute psychiatric population.

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
  • Develop in writing, policies, procedures, and protocols for best clinical practices
  • 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
  • Develop partnerships with external stakeholders and liaison with OMH.
  • 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.


  • Provide Clinical and Operational Supervision to the Milieu and Clinical Director
  • Build and enhance clinical teams to ensure that treatment team and milieu staff members implement clinical recommendations into the day-to-day residents' care.
  • Oversee Sanctuary Accreditation (trauma informed care) and Building Bridges Development (family and youth guided) Core Meetings.
  • Enhance clinical skill building capacity of clinical and milieu staff.
  • Work closely with the Director of Medical services to ensure that primary medical care is merged with psychiatric clinical care.
  • Work closely with discharge planning needs and assist in problem solving difficult case planning needs.
  • 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 best practice and clinical care.
  • Ability to design, develop and implement therapeutic programming, both written and verbally.
  • Ability to assess program needs, increase efficiencies, and build teams.
  • Ability to develop an implementation plan, and execute Its implementation with staff members.
  • Strong understanding of psychiatric diagnosis and trauma informed care.
  • Empathy for youth and families, and a passion for including youth and family voice in RTF operations.
  • 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):

  • LCSW, PhD, RN or a Master’s degree in a mental health field 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.