Case Management/Social Services, Executive/Senior Management, Medical & Health
Since 1971, Alternatives has been a leading provider of youth development programs, social justice initiatives, and school and community-based clinical services. Our mission is to facilitate personal development, strengthen family relationships, and enhance the community’s well-being. We serve youth in some of Chicago’s most vulnerable communities on the far north and south sides. Our highly trained staff foster resilience, insight, and self-advocacy in the youth in our care through a comprehensive approach of crisis management, behavioral therapy, and youth development.
Alternatives provides emergency response for youth in crisis, at all hours of every day, mediating familial conflict and relocating vulnerable children to a safe environment. We work with Chicago Public Schools to provide behavioral health and restorative justice programming, a practice that we pioneered more than 20 years ago, facilitating the very first high school peer jury in 1996. Our Behavioral Health team offers school based clinical hours helping youth develop healthy habits while addressing substance abuse and other destructive behavior. We also provide youth programming during the summer and after school including social justice program, Girl World, and career training throughout summer internship program.
We create culturally responsive environments in which young people build knowledge, skills, and abilities through positive youth development, trauma-informed counseling, leadership development, and community-based healing.
The Behavioral Health Director, in collaboration with the Executive Director, will provide administrative oversight in the implementation, maintenance, evaluation, and growth of Alternatives’ behavioral health services.
1. Plans, develops and administers program components consistent with agency polices and community needs.
2. Negotiate, maintain, and develop contracts with outside organizations and companies to provide necessary mental health and/or substance abuse to agency clients.
3. Prepare proposals and budgets for various grants and funding sources in support and enhancement of assigned areas; reviews and submits to the Executive Director all monthly, quarterly, general and statistical reports as required for compliance with various grants.
4. Recruits, hires, supervises, trains, supports, and evaluates, directly or indirectly, a multilevel staff and makes recommends on agency personnel practices and policies.
5. Oversee compliance and quality assurance of Alternatives behavioral health contracts;
6. Assist in the development of expanded Medicaid billing policies, procedures, and infrastructure plan.
7. Maintain knowledge current on agency’s theories and Chicago’s behavioral health structure, methodologies and best practice.
Minimum of MA, LCSW or equivalent required
At least 5-6 years of experience with three of those in a team management role and experience supervising clinical and youth development services
Demonstrated success developing and evaluating services in behavioral health and successfully innovative these programs
Proficient in using technology as management reporting tool and experience working with information technology staff to develop and implement program evaluations and reports for government programs
Strong project management skills working with multifaceted and complex programs
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Experience in working with a high-performance, collaborative, constructive teams
Strength in hiring, recruiting, managing, developing, coaching and retaining individuals and teams, empowering them to elevate their levels of responsibility and professional development
Deep commitment to building a diverse staff engaged in significant work with youth and their families at a community-level
Personal qualities of integrity and commitment and passion to working for Alternatives, Inc.’s mission
Internal Number: 7735067474
About Alternatives, Inc
Alternatives, Inc. is a 47 year old non-profit, community-based youth and family agency whose mission is to facilitate personal development, strengthen family relationships, and enhance the community’s well-being. Alternatives, Inc. is known for its innovative work with young people in providing behavioral health and youth development programs in Chicago. Alternatives has a long history of partnerships to make services accessible to youth and to include expertise beyond the scope or modality needed by young people. Our agency’s mission reflects a commitment to systematic change through work with individuals, families, and communities.