Safe Shores – The D.C. Children’s Advocacy Center provides intervention, hope and healing for children and families affected by abuse, trauma and violence in the District of Columbia, and prevents child abuse through education and training. Safe Shores is an organization striving for excellence as a service provider, employer and small business. Safe Shores values respect, integrity, excellence, compassion, teamwork, constant learning and innovation. We are seeking a highly capable, experienced, respected and resourceful mental health services professional who is passionate about leading a team of clinicians and creating and implementing innovative, effective solutions to help children and families heal.
Working in a child-friendly facility, housing several public and private agencies, the Clinical Services Program Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Clinical Services Program. This includes leading trained therapists, clinical supervision, oversight of and quality assurance for the provision of trauma-focused mental health interventions with child victims, siblings, and non-offending family members, as well as clinical consultation to the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) that investigates child sexual and physical abuse cases in the District of Columbia. As a senior level manager, the Clinical Services Director is expected to help guide and advance the mission of the organization in all ways and to contribute to creating and maintaining a positive, productive and constructive working environment.
This position is required to participate in an on-call rotation for after-hours and weekend support for forensic interviews. This position is a mandated reporter for child abuse and neglect under the District of Columbia Statute § 4-1321.02.
Master’s or doctorate degree in psychology, social work, or related field; clinical license in your field in the District of Columbia (LICSW, LPC, or licensed psychologist)
A minimum of 7 years of experience working full-time within a mental health/social service setting providing mental health services; at least 5 years of experience supervising full-time clinical staff
Post-graduate training completed in trauma-focused interventions and modalities including trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT)
Demonstrated knowledge and experience with different theoretical and intervention models including developmental theories, attachment theories, crisis intervention theories, the dynamics of intra- and extra-familial child abuse, and the DSM-V
Proven ability to effectively supervise, motivate and lead staff
Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally with diverse individuals and groups
Ability to communicate effectively with children and adolescents up to 17 years of age and their caretakers
Familiarity with and a disposition toward the multi-disciplinary team approach to the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases
Demonstrated ability to testify effectively in civil and criminal proceedings
Superb interpersonal skills; high level of cultural competence
Superior organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to work independently
High level of comfort with technology and proficiency with MS Office applications and the internet
Ability to successfully pass Child Protection Registry clearance and criminal background check
Preferred Additional Qualifications
Experience working in a Children’s Advocacy Center setting, pediatric organization or traumatic stress center
Oral and written Spanish language fluency
Knowledge of or familiarity with criminal investigative, social services and legal systems in the District of Columbia
Relationships within the region, including community, organization and university partnerships
Primary Areas of Responsibility
Provide individual supervision to therapists and interns; conduct quarterly and annual performance Participate in the hiring and training of full-time and part-time staff when applicable. Develop and monitor yearly professional development plans with supervisees.
Implement work plans for program area that are based on the organization’s overall strategic plan; develop and maintain yearly service projections and program budget; complete and submit program reports and statistics as required
Maintain and assure the integrity and accuracy of program data, statistics and service provision; the quality and confidentiality of electronic and paper case file; and the appropriate use of program supplies and other inventory
Serve as part of the organization’s Senior Management Team
Conduct therapeutic sessions with children, adolescents, and parents; conduct psycho- social assessments to identify strengths, needs, and appropriate interventions; develop case goals and document progress
Assign cases and track program caseloads
Participate in MDT and organization-wide planning
Participate in ongoing training and professional development activities including supervision with the Deputy Director
Serve as a member of the organization management team and participate in development projects to build financially sustainable programs
Respond to crisis situations with clients and identify/plan with staff regarding secondary trauma issues
Provide non-offending family members with clinical consultation, parent education, and therapeutic referrals
Represent the Clinical Services Program at MDT Case Reviews and share appropriate insight and information with MDT members; collaborate with team members in planning care for children/adolescents and arrange services
Organize, coordinate and conduct weekly clinical case review with clinical staff and bi- weekly case review with all program staff
With the Deputy Director, coordinate and participate in in-service training sessions on relevant topics, such as engaging clients, child development, and secondary trauma
Consult with members of the multi-disciplinary team as requested or as deemed necessary
Other reasonable duties as assigned
Eligible candidates must submit the following information by March 2, 2018, to be considered for the position.
Curriculum Vitae or resume
Proof of Licensure in the District of Columbia
Personal statement indicating your interest in the position and how your experiences will benefit Safe Shores
Three professional references (must include: name, current title, address, phone number and email address)
Application materials must be submitted via email in MS Word or pdf format to firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject line should read “Clinical Services Director Search” (and include the applicant’s first and last names) or mailed to 429 "O" Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001, Attn: Clinical Services Director Search. No phone calls or walk-ins accepted.
Safe Shores is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation and Benefits: The Clinical Services Director will be paid an annual salary commensurate with experience and education. Benefits include health, dental, vision and life insurance, a retirement plan (a 403(b) plan for non-profit organizations), a generous leave policy, supplemental insurance plans and flexible spending accounts.
Safe Shores - The DC Children's Advocacy Center is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to ensure fair and equal treatment of its employees.
Internal Number: 002
About Safe Shores - The DC Children's Advocacy Center
Safe Shores – The D.C. Children’s Advocacy Center provides intervention, hope and healing for children and families affected by abuse, trauma and violence in the District of Columbia, and prevents child abuse through education and training. Safe Shores is an organization striving for excellence as a service provider, employer and small business. Safe Shores values respect, integrity, excellence, compassion, teamwork, constant learning and innovation.