Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School
  • 09-Feb-2017 to 10-Apr-2017 (CST)
  • Counseling
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Job Summary:

Operating a Residential program for highly vulnerable students that strives to maintain a dynamic therapeutic milieu requires a tremendous amount of clinical insight along with a great deal of communication, organization and planning. The students and families at the O-School benefit from such choreography, but it takes commitment from every member of the staff in order to implement. This position is integral to facilitating this process- from establishing training protocols to leading collaborative meetings- the Residential Coordinator must be able to attend to all the organizational requirements with knowledge and skill and by reflecting concern for each student's clinical needs. As a leadership position at the O-School, the Residential Coordinator serves as a role model and contributes to setting the tone for a collaborative but intensive therapeutic milieu. The Coordinator will have the opportunity to engage in staff supervision, program development, schedule coordination and interaction with staff across the entire milieu, students, parents and will represent the school to outside agencies and organizations. The demands of this position include some, but not all, responsibilities on evenings and weekends.

Job Duties:

The Residential Coordinator Shall:

Assist the Director or Residential Programs in all aspects of operating a Residential Program of 42 students across four dorms and one Transitional Program including a team of dorm leadership staff, (Dorm managers and CIL) and counselling staff; and,

Assume Leadership for Providing direct supervision to various members of the leadership team and counselling staff; and,

Ensure, in collaboration with the residential leadership staff, that all staff trainings are scheduled and implemented as required and on a regular basis. This includes, but is not limited to: Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI), CPR, First Aid; and,

Demonstrate an understanding of various Accreditation Requirements (COA, DCFS, ISBE) and collaborate with others but assume a leadership role in the process including on-site reviews; and,

Coordinate personnel, in collaboration with dorm leadership staff, to ensure that the residential program is adequately staffed, students are supported as required, and all therapeutic and safety needs are met while preserving the goals of the therapeutic milieu; and

Interact regularly with school executive staff, educational staff, and support staff to ensure that a seamless delivery of service for the students and that the staff is engaged and informed; and,

Develop program ideas and enhancements and assume leadership for implementation as the program grows including establishing relevant policies and procedures; and,

Represent the school at a variety of treatment and professional meetings reflecting a high degree of clinical knowledge and expertise; and,

 As a member of the Residential Leadership, assume on call responsibilities on a rotating basis.


Master's degree or higher in the field of mental health (social work, psychology or counseling) required; and,

Minimum of three years post Masters related work experience; and,

Clinical Licensure at the advanced practice level (LCSW, LCPC, LMFT or clinical psychology) or eligibility to take the licensing exam; and,

Experience in clinical and/or staff supervision preferred; and,

Certification in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) required within three months of employment required.

Valid Illinois Driver's License Required


The Residential Coordinator shall demonstrate:

Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.

Strong interpersonal skills required.

Ability to develop reports and maintain records required.

Ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality while handling sensitive situations required.

Ability to handle tasks requiring a high level of attention to detail required.  

Proficiency using Microsoft suite; and,

A strong commitment to strength perspective, empowering families and a willingness to work in a highly demanding work situation; and,

Superior organizational skills; and,

Flexibility and Innovation; and,

Cultural Competency; and,

Ability to collaborate well across departments and organizations; and,

Capacity to grow within this role; and,

Ability to oversee aspects of budgeting and operations.

Working Conditions:

Direct client (student and family) contact; and,

Clinical care setting; and,

Irregular work schedule; and,

Office environment.

Physical Requirements:

Ability to carry or lifts loads of 25 to 49 lbs.

Ability to sit for 2 hours to 4 hours

Ability to use computers extensively for 2 hours to 4 hours

Ability to perform strenuous physical exertion at times

Ability to run

Ability to safely defend self/or others in hostile, combative situations

Ability to Use Standard Work Station Equipment Ability to Use Standard Office Equipment  


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.




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