Hope Haven of East Texas is a faith-based organization seeking a full-time therapeutic Treatment Director who is like-minded and passionate about helping girls who have suffered trauma, abuse and neglect to heal mentally and spiritually, realizing that the two go hand-in-hand. It is the mission of Hope Haven of East Texas, through partnerships with churches, families, and the community, to provide a safe home environment, minister the love of Christ, and to equip neglected and abused girls in the foster care system, preparing them for healthy adult living.
Hope Haven has three programs: a group residential home for teenage girls ages 13-17, a supervised independent living program to provide support for young women ages 18-21 who are aging out of the foster care system, and an emergency shelter for girls ages 5-17 who are temporarily in our care while waiting for a more permanent placement.
We are seeking an individual who loves God, has a solid understanding of Scripture and the Gospel, and has a deep desire to bring hope to girls from traumatic backgrounds, leading them to a place of healing. We hope to find someone who combines compassion with strong leadership and management skills in working with both staff and residents. Hope Haven is in an exciting time of growth and transition and we are searching for an individual with the vision and desire to be part of the mission as we move forward.
The Treatment Director is responsible for the overall operations of Hope Haven’s Group Residential Operation (GRO), specifically including the implementation and oversight of a therapeutic treatment program, the management of therapeutic interventions, and providing direction to Care Staff in interactions with residents. This individual will also serve in an advisory capacity to our other programs and potentially help develop a Treatment Clinic that will serve our girls, their families of origin, and foster/adoptive families as well.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS:
1. Overall Treatment Program
• Develops, initiates, and supervises treatment program based on a Trauma Informed – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
• Oversees the development of policies and procedures for program.
• Directs Case Managers, Residential Manager and Care Staff in the implementation of treatment program in the GRO.
• Reviews the overall effectiveness of the treatment program, and communicates findings with Executive Director, Administrator, and other staff.
2. Treatment of Children
• Conducts weekly meetings with each resident and documents progress of treatment.
• Implements weekly therapeutic group meeting with all residents based on pre-determined treatment objectives.
• Reviews, approves and makes recommendations for treatment for children, including appropriate counseling and training sessions.
• Reviews, approves and signs individualized treatment plans.
3. Compliance and Minimum Standards
• Audits children’s files regarding treatment as needed for compliance with residential child-care licensing, residential contracts, agency policies and procedures and Youth for Tomorrow (YFT) standards.
• Develops and implements procedures and forms which assist in meeting treatment standards.
4. Crisis Intervention
• Assists in crisis intervention situations as needed.
• Is available 24 hours a day to provide guidance, assistance, and supervision of treatment issues as needed during crisis.
• Participates in in-service training. For this position, 30 clock hours of job-related training are required for the first year of assignment to Residential Treatment Center responsibilities. Thereafter, 20 clock hours of job-related training are required.
• Provides, along with members of the Administrative Leadership Team, annual service training for Direct Care Staff and Administrative Staff on a periodic basis.
• Recommends training for staff that would enhance ongoing development of the treatment team.
6. Organizational Leadership
• Actively participates in leadership team meetings and special staffing as needed.
• Serves in an advisory capacity to the Program Director and other members of the Administrative Leadership Team to ensure a therapeutic continuum of care across all of Hope Haven’s programs.
7. Community Connections
• Maintains supportive relationships with community resources, including identifying on-going training and support needs, and assists in obtaining such services along with other team members.
• Participates in public relations assignments and meetings as needed.
8. Performs other assignments and duties as necessary and requested by the Executive Director.
POSITION REQUIREMENTS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
These requirements represent minimum levels in order to perform the job on a satisfactory basis. Candidates must have the ability to satisfactorily perform the essential functions of the job.
This position requires a Master's Degree in a human services field and current license as a professional counselor, clinical social worker, or marriage and family therapist.
Additionally, the candidate must:
1. Possess knowledge of Residential Child-Care licensing and contracts, Minimum Standards for Residential Treatment Centers, and Youth For Tomorrow (YFT) Guidelines.
2. Possess skills necessary for the supervision of the overall therapeutic treatment program within a GRO setting.
3. Be able to recognize differences in sound, such as voices/noises that are loud and playful instead of angry and combative; and ability to differentiate tones and volumes in conversations.
4. Be able to handle multiple tasks and motivate others.
5. Be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing and possessing good organizational skills.
6. Be able to deal with a variety of adults and children with a range of personalities and problems, to use good judgment and maintain confidentiality.
7. Possess a personality attuned to meeting the needs of children and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, children, parents, professionals, agency representatives and the public.
8. Be willing to take CPR, first aid and restraint training; and to be a trainer in these areas.
9. Possess sufficiently good health to properly discharge duties. Employees shall not be permitted to work when they have infectious disease or skin lesions for the duration of the communicability.
10. Be a self-starter and able to work independently with minimal supervision and exercise sound judgment.
11. Possess a basic knowledge and understanding of the legalities involved with medical intervention.
12. Be able to effectively work under pressure and remain flexible as priorities change.
13. Be able to supervise others’ work and hold others accountable for assigned duties and documentation; provide training, development and feedback to staff and other persons.
14. Acknowledge the unique Faith Based Mission Statement of Hope Haven of East Texas.
This position requires a master’s degree in social work, counseling, psychology or other human services field. It is essential that there is acceptance and commitment to the organization’s Faith Based Mission Statement. Experience working in the Texas welfare system with children placed in foster care is highly desirable. Experience working with adolescent females is highly desirable.