Program Director, Emerging Adult Programs

Thresholds Chicago , IL 60602

Posted 3 months ago

Interested in leading cutting-edge mental health services for youth & young adults? Thresholds seeks a skilled and innovative Program Director for our Emerging Adult Programs. These consist of unique multidisciplinary clinical & support services for young people with mental health challenges, including those experiencing or at risk of early psychosis. The PD provides clinical & administrative leadership for several nationally recognized teams, while enhancing services based on the latest evidence.

The Program Director, Emerging Adult Programs reports to the Sr Director, Youth Programs, and is part of the agency's management structure. The Program Director is responsible for the development, operation and administration of communitybased programs for emerging adults, based on evidencebased and evidence informed practices, in collaboration with Youth & Young Adult Service administration. The Program Director is responsible for the general welfare of the members/clients and staff in the Emerging Adult programs. The Program Director facilitates the advancement and implementation of evidencebased practices by leading training in several youthspecific practices, and by consulting on and modeling appropriate intervention methods for all Youth & Young Adult Services staff.


  • Develops programming for specialized populations of emerging adults and those experiencing first episode psychosis, in collaboration with Youth & Young Adult Services administration, and according to evidencebased and evidenceinformed practices.

  • Operates and administers clinical teams for emerging adults; creates replicable systems to achieve objectives.

  • Ensures the delivery of all program and casework services is consistent with the agency's mission, goals and objectives, formal policies and procedures, as well as the expectations and regulations of the various funding, licensing and accrediting bodies, and with good customer service and the highest professional and ethical standards.

  • Prepares salary and lineitem budget recommendations for the program. Oversees expenditures for the program in accordance with the agency's accounting practices and within the approved budget. Prepares annual reports as needed.

  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; providing clinical and administrative supervision; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

  • Provides technical assistance and consultation with staff on interventions, management, crisis management, limit setting, negotiating, peer mediation and other skills, as needed.

  • Delegates work assignments, gives authority to work independently, sets expectations and monitors delegated activities. Includes staff in planning, decisionmaking and process improvement.

  • Provides regular performance feedback to develop subordinates' skills and encourage growth.

  • May provide direct service to members and their families, functioning as the senior clinician or "player coach".

  • Functions as a leader of the organization, representing the agency with funders, other providers, other stakeholder groups, and in the community. Leads outreach & education efforts of the Emerging Adult Programs, including marketing and community education.

  • Oversees intake function of emerging adult programs, ensuring quality customer service, screening, assessment and team assignment or referral.

  • Monitors all required documentation and maintains the quality, validity and timeliness of individual case records according to all insurers, funders, accreditors, licensors, and agency standards.

  • Assures all Thresholds procedures regarding the handling of member's funds are followed and that both the members and the Thresholds administration are assured that all safeguards, reports and accounting meet the highest standards.

  • Assists with special tasks as assigned, including but not limited to: writing proposals, publications, annual reports, representing the agency at meetings, conferences, conducting research, consulting with and training outside visitors and trainees, supervising students, orienting and training new staff.

  • Oversees and manages the physical location(s) utilized as program space. Assumes responsibility for all aspects of staff and member safety relative to the operation of the program(s).

  • Daily access to a personal vehicle is required.

  • Works a flexible schedule; is available to the staff and members of the program on an oncall basis after regular business hours.


  • Must meet Office of Mental Health standards as a Licensed Professional in the Healing Arts (LPHA).

  • Five (5) years of prior child/young adult therapy experience.

  • LCSW, LCPC, LMFT or LCP license is required. Current and valid driver's license is required.

  • Daily access to a personal vehicle is required. Must obtain and maintain $100,000/$300,000/$100,000 liability insurance coverage.

  • Previous leadership experience is strongly preferred.

  • Computer proficiency, including the ability to use email, navigate and enter notes into electronic medical records and working knowledge of pertinent software. Ability to write technical material, grant proposals and articles.

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