Program Director - Children & Family Services

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Pay is based on experience. Full Time, 40  hours per week, benefits eligible. 

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Our goal at the Bert Nash Center is to build a healthier community by responding to needs and working to restore lives. We accomplish this by believing in our team. Each person that works for the Bert Nash Center contributes directly to the success of our clients, organization, and community.

Our values of compassion, integrity, equity and hope reflect in everything we do. 


The Director will serve as a member of the Executive Team and the Operations Team. The primary responsibilities of the Director of Child & Family Services will be the development, oversight, and internal and external coordination of a comprehensive behavioral health intervention program for clients and families of Douglas County. 

The Director will have a responsibility to: promote the Center-wide delivery of progressive, effective, and efficient services responsive to the evolving needs of the community; to support state of the art staff development initiatives including practicum, internship, and post-doctoral site placements; to promote collaborative ownership of child and family initiatives by such community stakeholders as health care providers, education, welfare, juvenile justice, and the private community.

The Director will be responsible for implementing a model of program development and service delivery that collaboratively incorporates parents as partners in promoting the welfare of children, families, and community. 

Some specific duties will include:

  • Conducting effective liaison activities between departments and staff at all levels of the service system and between the Center and the community at large;
  • Maintaining a quality assured service delivery system for families responsive to consumer and community needs and interests which promotes and enhances fiscal stability and is sensitive to Center resources;
  • Designing program goals and objectives for CFS department aligned with the Center's strategic plan, and monitoring and reporting progress toward these goals and objectives for the purposes of internal management;
  • Coordinating all elements of Center services for children and families from admission to discharge; Developing resources and recruiting staff for CFS capable of and committed to the successful achievement of the Center's mission;
  • Providing supervision to CFS Program Managers who maintain responsibility for designing and directing appropriate clinical intervention for all families in their care;
  • Directing the hiring, training, supervision, and evaluation of all CFS staff members;
  • Assuring availability of clinical and administrative support to program staff 24 hours/day, 7 days/week;
  • Being available for consultation in emergency or urgent situations with CFS and other staff as needed after hours and on weekends;

Required Qualifications:

  •  A master's degree;
  • A license from the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board;
  • Significant experience in a management position, preferably in an organization delivering community mental health services;
  • Significant experience implementing collaborative ownership of child and family initiatives by community stakeholders;
  • Well-established research, writing, teaching, and supervisory practice skills regarding a broad range of interventions with children and their families;
  • Knowledge of the theory and experience in the application of behavioral, social, ecological, developmental, and family therapies;

Preferred Qualifications

  • A license to practice independently in a discipline regulated by the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board;
  • Experience developing and implementing new programs. Particularly, Intensive Outpatient Programs and other alternatives to institutional and acute care;
  • Working knowledge of the SED Waiver and other State of Kansas regulations and initiatives related to the provision of services to children and families in the context of a community mental health center; and
  • Experience working with contracted State of Kansas managed care organizations (MCOs).