Director of Residential Services
Jewish Child And Family Services 4 reviews - Chicago, IL

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JCFS is looking for a Director of Residential Services to provide leadership, administration and oversight for the Agency's residential program located in West Rogers Park . Our Residential program operates youth group homes for DCFS wards of the state with a variety of challenges including behavioral, emotional, and developmental disabilities. Clinical expertise and oversight is a key position component. The Director is a member of the Agency's Directors Group, a key team in the organization that has major responsibility for implementing agency-wide policies, practices and initiatives, teaching in the Agency's prestigious Educational Institute, and representing the agency in professional groups in the community.

  • Administers operational details of the group homes within budgetary limitations; plans for execution of administrative functions including purchasing of supplies and equipment and maintenance of the physical facilities.
  • Assists in the selection of staff (direct service, clinical, and operational); consults with and evaluates staff and makes recommendations for improvement. When needed, participates in progressive disciplinary action in conjunction with supervisees and Human Resources in accordance with Agency policies and union contract guidelines. Identifies staff training and development needs as necessary.
  • Represents the Agency to the community and other social service organizations. Consistently articulates the Agency’s mission and vision to the local community and the community at large.
  • Attends internal and external supervisory meetings to keep abreast of systematic changes and to inform attendees of the perspectives of the Agency.
  • Reviews current literature on child welfare to ensure the program operates with “best practices” and remains in compliance with DCFS regulatory requirements.
  • Evaluates program or facilities and plans for the long-range future of the homes and makes recommendations to the Executive Team. Ensures programs are in alignment with the overall mission, vision, purpose and objectives of the Agency.
  • Assumes overall responsibility for the agency's client relationships.
  • Directly supervises professional Social Workers assigned to the group homes as well as Group Home Supervisors.
  • Maintains frequent contact with consultative staff. Develops cross program relationships, collaborations, and consultation where appropriate for the Residential program. Seeks and develops collaborations with other community agencies or external resources when necessary or appropriate.
  • Works collaboratively with nursing staff to develop procedures and controls for preparation and use of drugs other medical care.
  • Successfully complete training in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI); successfully complete all requirements to maintain certification in TCI.
  • Develop annual budget in collaboration with the Executive Team and the finance department. Monitor individual group home budgets including; reviewing expenditures, identifying and recommending budget amendments and overseeing the maintenance of budget documents. Develops controls for programmatic systems such as petty cash.
  • Will provide and bill for Medicaid services under Rule 132 as a Licensed Practitioner of the Healing Arts.

JCFS is in the process of implementing the Sanctuary Model , an evidence-supported organizational approach for creating a safe environment for the children and families we serve and the staff who serve them. Sanctuary is a treatment and organizational model that is based on understanding trauma and the impact it has on the lives of people, and we seek staff to join us in our trauma informed approach to those we serve. For more information about the Sanctuary Model please visit

Mandatory Job Qualifications
  • Position requires a Master's degree in Social Work from an accredited college or university.
  • Possession of LCSW is required.
  • At least five years of experience in group work or casework agency setting is required (child welfare and DCFS experience); included in this, at least three years' supervisory-administrative responsibility is desirable but not required.
  • Must be able to effectively work in a fast-paced environment and demonstrate the ability to juggle multiple competing tasks while keeping key constituents in the loop.
  • Work requires continual attention to detail in order to maintain compliance and manage deadlines. Excellent organization, self-management and project management skills, especially when under time pressure, are desired.
  • Must be self-reliant and be able to work independently while putting out high quality work.
  • Position occasionally requires work during evening and weekend hours.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, use good judgment and be mindful of all relevant stakeholders.
  • Valid Illinois Driver's license, auto insurance, and car.

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