This Leadership position includes regular Board involvement and interaction and, in this capacity, will be in the position for further advancement as the needs of the organization change and expand. The Associate Director reports directly to the Executive Director and oversees the Residential Program and its clinical effectiveness. This role includes extensive supervision, guidance and leadership of a team of clinicians, counselors to ensure their capacity to meet the needs of 40-45 students with extraordinary emotional and psychiatric needs, and their families, as well as the requirements of all external partners. The Associate Director will oversee operational aspects of the organization to ensure consistency between mission and implementation at all levels and as a member of the school’s leadership will be responsible for representing the O-School at local, national conferences and external organizations. The Associate Director will collaborate with the Principal and other faculty to ensure a seamless and consistent delivery of service throughout the 365, 24 x 7 , Residential Program. As a Leader within the milieu the Associate Director will exemplify and promote continuous learning among the faculty and staff and will engender ongoing programmatic evaluation, growth and improvement. The Associate Director will serve as a role model in all ways and will demonstrate cultural competency, sensitivity, ensuring the highest respect and dignity at all levels.
Residential Program Leadership, includes
Remaining current in best practices for Leadership and Organizational Development and exemplifying leadership across the milieu.
Collaborating extensively with the Clinical Director and the Principal.
Compliance and Development, includes
Assuming a leadership role in the local and nationwide licensure and accreditation processes related to the O-School. This will include but is not limited to IL-DCFS and COA.
Supporting Development initiatives, including grant submission. Cultivating corporate, individual and foundation sponsors in order to promote program goals.
General Operations, includes
Assuming leadership and directly supervise aspects of the ancillary operations that impact and support the Residential Program and School. This may include, but is not limited to: aspects of building, grounds, security, medical, nursing, dining and administration.
Working with the Finance Department to develop and manage budget ensuring program viability and allocate resources to meet current and projected program growth.
Developing a high performing Residential Leadership Team and play an active role in attracting, retaining a world class staff.
Strategic Planning, Program Development and Innovation, includes
Developing, articulating and fully implementing strategic initiatives within the Residential program and other divisions of operational oversight that can be tracked, measured and are fully aligned the school’s mission and principles.
Forecasting evolving trends in terms of emerging needs in special education and mental health fields and introduces, in collaboration with the Clinical Director, new practices into the milieu as appropriate.
Communication and Marketing, includes
Establishing communication practices and expectations so that external stakeholders, families, Board Members and others receive timely and informative reports.
Contributing to Research, Communications and Marketing efforts, and Continuous learning by preparing high level presentations, blogs and articles or scholarly journals and by fostering such growth among colleagues and those supervised.
Milieu Maintenance, includes
Managing and assuming on-call responsibilities consistent with a 365, 24 x 7 organization. Modeling therapeutic and effective interactions with the students and the staff.
Minimum of Master’s Level in relevant field(s) and five years of successful senior leadership experience with a demonstrated record of building successful programming poised for growth. Must have extensive knowledge of the working dynamics of a 365 24 x 7 organization and programming and a commitment to social impact organizations. Must have solid, hands-on budget management skills. Strong motivational and staff leadership, including essential supervision skills and abilities are required. Must demonstrate ability to collaborate and work on a team. Excellent sense of humor, integrity and impeccable work ethic are a must.
Nonprofit leadership experience preferred; Doctorate in Clinical, Educational or Medical field preferred; Licensure in Education, Psychology, Social Work or Related Field Preferred; Experience working with children and families strongly preferred;
Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel required; excellent oral and written communication skills required; a strong commitment to strength perspective, empowering families and a willingness to work in a high demanding work situation that requires flexibility and innovation; cultural competency required; physical capacity to be trained in and to utilize non-violent physical intervention techniques required.
A thoughtful cover letter, resume and/or CV and writing sample are required to be considered for this position.
Physical Demands: Must possess the stamina necessary to help run an around the clock treatment program. Must have the physical capacity to be trained in and to utilize non-violent physical intervention techniques, if needed. Must have the physical ability to monitor and supervise an active group of children ranging in age from 6-21 with severe mental health challenges or diagnosed on the Autism spectrum.
Internal Number: 7734202884
About Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School
The Leslie Shankman School Corporation d/b/a/ Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School and Hyde Park Day School.
For more than a century the O-School has provided a culture of support, a safe haven and a path to hope for students with mental health challenges, who are on the autistic spectrum or both.
At Hyde Park Day School (HPDS), our sole purpose is to help bright first through eighth grade students with learning disabilities reach their full potential.
We are located two blocks from the University of Chicago campus. Our campus-style state-of-the-art facility features modern learning environments designed to facilitate engagement and encourage creativity and collaboration with a supportive, homelike feel.
The Leslie Shankman School Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital or veteran status, or disability.