The primary responsibility of the Director of Care Services is to oversee the success of all programs within the department. These include mental health services, medical case management, and wellness center services. Within Project Vida’s small-agency structure, the Director works hands-on as the agency’s senior clinician to meet operational demands. This includes direct service to clients, staff supervision, and team mentorship. The Director is a senior staff member who works with both the Executive Director and Director of Prevention Services to ensure agency productivity and sustainability.
Develops cross-sector and inter-agency relationships with local schools, community organizations, medical facilities and community partners
Assists in resource development to support agency programming, including grant writing and other fundraising
Partner with senior staff on agency-wide projects as needed
Oversees development and implementation of departmental strategic plans with program staff
Manages fiscal and programmatic operations of all department programs, including mental health services, medical case management, and wellness center services
Recruit, hire and supervise department personnel with an emphasis on clinical guidance
Enforces professional culture centered on quality care, cultural competency, and client service
Evaluates department programs based on goals/objectives, personnel performance reviews, and other relevant metrics
Submits substantive reports internally to Executive Director and externally to funding institutions (e.g. Centers for Disease Control and Chicago Department of Public Health) in accordance with established deadlines
Supports event planning and support group facilitation as needed
Provides direct services to clients in mental health and wellness center services, including client assessments, individualized treatment plans, and counseling
Advocates for client, with information on relevant policies, services, and events which can improve quality of life
Supports outreach, client recruitment, intake processes, and linkage to care as needed
Other duties as assigned
Master’s degree in social work, counseling, psychology or related field and three years’ experience in social services required
Minimum 2 years of supervisory experience.
Certifications/licensure: LCSW required
Knowledge of HIV care and supportive services strongly preferred
Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
HIV Prevention certified or able to be certified by the American Red Cross
Cultural sensitivity to African American, Latino, and LGBT populations required
Project VIDA was founded in 1992 to address the urgent needs of racial and ethnic minorities. Initially, the organization provided HIV education through street outreach services to area youth. Now Project VIDA has expanded its community scope by initiating a variety of programs: direct services for people infected or affected by HIV/AIDS and various prevention and health education programs.
Ro...ughly half of our Direct Services clients are between the ages of twenty-five and forty-four (46%), live at or below the federal poverty level (57%), and are receiving some form of public aid (43%) or are uninsured (42%). Nearly four fifths of our Direct Services clients are Latino (78%), and roughly half of these speak only Spanish. One-fifth (20%) of these clients are African American. Most are male (80%), followed by female (18%), and transgender (2%).