Advocacy/Lobbying, Case Management/Social Services, Executive/Senior Management
Erikson Institute, a graduate school in child development located in downtown Chicago, is seeking to hire a director for its Center for Children and Families (CCF). The position reports directly to the President of Erikson Institute and is responsible for the overall administrative and clinical management of the Center for Children and Families. This includes developing innovative clinical and community based initiatives to expand and improve direct services consistent with the CCF and Erikson mission. The Director determines and refines the conceptual framework for all CCF programs based on established clinical, developmental, and human service knowledge as well as current research. The CCF Director creates and monitors the CCF annual budget and closely works with the President and the Institutional Advancement department to secure fiscal and program stability for CCF. In addition, the Director develops and manages budgets related to grant based and contract based projects. The Director is also responsible for working closely with the Marketing Department to develop and measure effective referral relations tools, and strategic activities and partnerships to increase awareness and revenue sources for CCF.
Clinically, the Director provides reflective supervision to senior clinical staff on psychological assessments and psychotherapy and develops staff trainings based on innovative research and approaches in the field. This individual also implements and monitors program evaluation strategies. Community outreach and marketing responsibilities of this position include promoting CCF as a leading center for early childhood assessment and intervention in the larger Chicago area and beyond through maintaining a strong presence in the print and electronic media, giving high quality presentations to professionals, and making CCF expertise available to parents through parent presentations and parent workshops. Finally, the director contributes to the quality and reputation of CCF by providing direct clinical therapy services to clinically very complex families.
Roles & Responsibilities:
Development and refinement of the conceptual framework for all CCF programs
Provision of direct clinical therapy services to complex families
Supervision of senior clinical staff
Management of all financial aspects of CCF in collaboration with Erikson Institute Finance Department
Securing grant funding and securing service contracts for CCF activities
Management of ongoing quality assurance process
Management of community outreach and marketing in collaboration with Erikson Institute Communications Department
Overall responsibility for compliance with accreditation standards and all other relevant professional, ethical and legal standards
Hiring of staff
Collaboration with relevant Erikson programs and initiatives
Perform other duties as assigned.
Licensed to provide mental health services
Doctorate degree in psychology, social work, or mental health related field
10 plus years of experience in clinical administration and management
Documented ability in innovative program development and implementation
10 plus years of experience providing direct clinical services to children and families
Substantial knowledge of current early childhood mental health and development
Experience working with a diverse client population and experience working in a community service setting
Experience generating successful grant funding
Experience negotiating and maintaining service contracts
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Substantial experience conducting professional trainings and presentations at local and national conferences
Founded in 1966, Erikson Institute is the nation's premier graduate school in child development. We improve the lives of young children and families through graduate and continuing education in child development, social work, and early childhood education, as well as through clinical and community programs and policy research. Erikson is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. We offer a variety of employee benefits, including excellent health and dental plans, life/disability insurance, transit stipend, matching retirement contributions, and more. To learn more please visit.
Erikson Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other classes protected by federal, state, or local laws. In addition, Erikson Institute provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act and applicable state and local laws (including during the application or hiring process).
In everything we do, Erikson Institute — the nation’s premier graduate school in child development — works to improve the care and education of children age birth to eight.
•We prepare early childhood professionals to help children reach their full potential and to support families.
•We assess and treat children’s developmental, behavioral, social-emotional, and learning issues.
•We support ...stressed parents and help them build their strengths.
•We improve Chicago’s schools.
•We enhance math education in preschools and kindergarten.
•We study early childhood programs to understand what works and why.
These are just a few examples of the ways we work to change the lives of children and families. We achieve our mission through:
•academic programs that provide deep knowledge of early growth and development essential to working effectively with young children; ongoing professional development to sharpen the skills and effectiveness of those working in the early childhood field.
•online programs that expand access to advanced education.
•direct services to families.
•applied research that pinpoints effective early childhood programs, practices and policies.
•community partnerships and initiatives that improve and expand services in schools, social service agencies, the child welfare system, health services, courts, and more.
Each year, the work of our faculty, researchers, alumni, and students touches the lives of an estimated 4 million young children across the nation.