Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School
  • 06-Mar-2017 to 05-May-2017 (CST)
  • Administration
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Full Time

Job Summary: The Whitted Center has been designed to meet the needs of college bound high school graduates (aged 18-24) who are working to overcome and navigate mental health challenges as they prepare for life in a college or vocational certification setting. A relationally based dynamic, built on the core ideas essential to milieu treatment, The Whitted Center is founded on a strength based approach that encompasses empowering and facilitating a young adult's adaptive and pro-social life plan in collaboration with their family or caregivers. The Director of the Whitted Center is uniquely qualified to engage in the clinical aspects of treatment and transitional planning to grow this program to national prominence and to build its correlating business model that promotes growth and sustainability. Because this is the inaugural years for the Whitted Center, the Director will have a central role in key aspects of program and organizational development, including participating with the Co-Executive Directors in engaging with its Board of Directors. The Director will oversee and contribute to the marketing and referral development activities of the program. The Director will have the opportunity to supervise staff, develop schedules, arrange programming and oversee each detail of the Center as is grows. The Director will be responsible for managing the demands of operations at multiple locations each day, including weekends and evenings. 

Job Duties:

The Director Shall:

  • Develop Program goals and plans for implementation; and,
  • Oversee program implementation across all disciplines including (but not limited to): residential life, therapy, family outreach, related services, academic planning, psycho-educational groups, and transitional services; and,
  • Serve as a role model and provide leadership to every member of the staff; and,
  • Train and supervise Brooke Whitted Center staff and foster a committed and caring culture; and,
  • Monitor the level of care and well- being of each emerging adult enrolled in the Whitted Center; and,
  • Devise outcomes based measures in alignment with program goals and establish a reporting protocol; and,
  • Oversee all program based reporting including (but not limited to): inspirational transition plans, therapeutic and academic summaries, treatment reviews, program overviews and data derived from research and outcomes; and,
  • Convene regular meetings and ensures timely reporting; and,
  • Assume responsibility for oversight and management of annual budget and other key operational variables; and,
  • Demonstrate expertise in accessing metropolitan based experiences for students in the areas of recreation, vocation, the Arts, education and general daily life; and,
  • Lead team in preparation for compliance and licensing requirements; and
  • Lead all marketing and branding efforts specific to the Whitted Center; and,
  • Coordinate all outreach to colleges and Universities in the service of providing transitional services to emerging adults; and,
  • Demonstrate a desire to grow and learn as a professional and engender this approach in the BWC team; and,
  • Assume a leadership role in strategic planning process at every phase consistent with a growing operation that requires a long term outlook and goal.


  • Master's Degree or higher in the field of Non-Profit Management, Organizational and/or Educational Leadership required; and,
  • Certificate in College Counseling preferred; and,
  • Certification in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention required within 30 days of hiring; and,
  • Clinical Licensure within the State of Illinois preferred; and,
  • Valid Illinois Driver's License Required.


  • Minimum of 3 years' in the field of college counseling with expertise working with young adults who require advocacy and support; and,
  • Minimum of 3 years' experience working with emerging adults; and,
  • Minimum of 3 years' experience in a leadership role; and,
  • Minimum 3 years' experience in a school or transitional setting required; and,
  • Experience establishing and coordinating transitional experiences for emerging adults in collaboration with external resources required; and
  • Extensive experience with and knowledge of colleges and universities - both local and across the U.S.; and,
  • Experience managing fiscal responsibilities within an organization.


The Director shall demonstrate:

  • Proficiency Using Microsoft Suite; and,
  • Proficiency manipulating SPSS and/or other statistical software; and,
  • Excellent Verbal and Written Communication; and,
  • A strong commitment to strength perspective, empowering families, and a willingness to work in a highly demanding work situation; and,
  • Flexibility and Innovation; and,
  • Cultural Competency; and,
  • Highly Developed Team Leadership Skills; and,
  • Ability to collaborate well across departments and organizations; and,
  • Capacity to represent the Whitted Center on a local and national level; and,
  • Ability to strategically develop and implement marketing programs at local and national levels; and,
  • Ability to oversee all aspects of budgeting and operations; and,
  • Strong organizational skills

Working Conditions:

  • Direct client contact
  • Clinical care Setting
  • Irregular Work Schedule
  • Office Environment
  • Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to climb stairs; and,
  • Carry or lift loads of up 25 lbs; and,
  • Ability to sit between 2 and 4 hours; and,
  • Ability to perform strenuous exertion at times; and,
  • Ability to run; and,
  • Ability to use standard work station equipment; and,
  • Ability to use standard Office Equipment.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this job. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associated with it.


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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