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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Program Director, Supportive Housing for Transition-Age Youth, Fred Finch Youth Center, Oakland, CA

Program Director - Supportive Housing for Transition-Age Youth

Posted on: January 7, 2015
Posted by: Fred Finch Youth Center

What is the STAY Program?
The Supportive Housing for Transition Age Youth (STAY) program provides community-based mental health services to 18 – 25 year olds that are struggling with persistent and severe mental illness as well as homelessness. The primary objective of the STAY program is to support our Participants to become more stable in the community, which includes providing hands on assistance with accessing stable housing; developing effective life management skills and managing their mental health symptoms. Services are provided primarily in the Participants' natural environments, which can include communities such as East Oakland, Hayward, Berkeley, and San Leandro. The population served is diverse and includes African American, Caucasian, Latino, and Asian Pacific Islander young adults.
The Program Director is responsible for the program's daily operations, including program oversight; coordination of training, hiring, termination, and direct or indirect supervision of all program staff, and interfacing with funders, governmental agencies, and community providers.
Program Development: 1) Assumes responsibility for every aspect of the daily operations of the program; 2) encourages staff commitment to program values of a comprehensive team approach, which provides individualized, strength-based, culturally competent, needs-driven planning and services for participants and their families 3) establishes mechanisms to assure the quality of the program including documentation, standards of practice, and compliance with external regulatory agencies; 4) responsible for developing, implementing, and insuring compliance with program standards including but not limited to: outreach, intake, discharge, staff productivity, Medi-Cal, Utilization Review/Chart Review, MHSA, and other clinical best practice standards; 5) responsible for developing and managing budgets.
Community Development: 1) Acts as a liaison with community service providers in assuring that program conducts effective outreach and remains responsive to the community's needs without compromise to program intent; 2) facilitates meetings as needed with other agencies; 3) works closely with other TAY/youth-serving agencies to build and maintain relationships and to ensure quality of care with participants; 4) attends county oversight meetings and works collaboratively with DSS, probation, county behavioral health staff, and/or other relevant governmental agencies.
Supervision: 1) Directly or indirectly supervises clinical and paraprofessional staff in program; 2) provides one hour of formal supervision weekly for each supervisee, in addition to informal supervision and consultation as needed; 3) facilitates weekly group supervision; 4) employs strength-based supervision that integrates a co-occurring, family-focused, and trauma-informed approach; 5) works with supervisees to address financial issues that families present; 6) encourages the use of community resources and natural resources in developing participant/family supports; 7) teaches supervisees how to partner with participants and families.
Documentation: Reviews and signs all treatment plans, progress notes, and reports written by supervisees. Prepares all program reports for submission to the funder(s).
Team Leadership: 1) Provides leadership to program team; 2) works with all program staff to ensure program participants receive quality services and program attains fiscal and contract outcomes.
Training: 1) Recruits, hires, and trains program staff; for contracted positions, works cooperatively with leadership staff of collaborative agency partners to hire program staff; 2) facilitates staff meetings and develops and presents clinical trainings.
Direct Services: 1) Provides direct services to participants as needed (i.e., when a supervisee is out) including assessment, therapy and case management; 2) facilitates Participant Partnership Team meetings as needed.
Other Duties: 1) Provides on-call training and consultation for clinicians; 2) is available as back-up support to the clinician on call; 3) other duties as assigned.
  1. MA/MSW required LCSW or MFT Required; two years post-licensure experience also required if supervising staff who are pursuing licensure with the BBS.
  2. At least one year of supervisory required or program management experience strongly preferred.
  3. At least one year of residential, community-based, or wraparound experience preferred.
  4. At least one year post-graduate school experience with program target population preferred (Example: intellectually disabled, homeless, teens or young adults, SED); at least one year experience with program modality (example: school-based, residential, mobile/community-based, assertive community treatment, wraparound, etc.) Preferred
  5. Preferred: demonstrated ability to assess, triage and organize work.
  6. Preferred: Uses a strength-based, culturally competent approach to supervision, participant and community service.
  7. Preferred: Experience with relevant evidence-based practices (e.g., CBT, DBT, trauma-informed approaches).
  8. Preferred: Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse families and communities.
  9. Preferred: Has strong behavioral, crisis management and family/individual/group therapy skills.
  10. Preferred: (sometimes Required): Fluency in prevailing language(s) of the community services.
  11. Must have access to dependable transportation available and personal car insurance, unless using agency vehicle
For over a century, Fred Finch Youth Center has brought hope and healing to vulnerable youth and their families. Our clients are children, teens, and young adults diagnosed with developmental disabilities or emotional disorders that may be transitioning from foster care or homelessness, recovering from abuse, or underserved by traditional service providers. We provide over 3,000 youth each year with residential care, special education, vocational training, transitional housing, homeless youth programs, school-based counseling, and in-home support on residential campuses in Oakland and San Diego and in homes, schools, and communities in over several counties throughout California. Join us in making a difference in the lives of others.

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