Albertina Kerr Centers Seeks a Director of Mental Health Services

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Position Title: Director of Mental Health Services
Salary: $105,000-115,000 annually
Exempt Status: Exempt
Department: Mental Health Services
Reports to: Chief Program Officer
Location: Portland, Oregon. In-person with flexibility
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Budget responsibility: Approximately $7,500,000
About Us

Since 1907, Albertina Kerr has been caring for Oregon’s most vulnerable citizens. Over the decades, our services have evolved to meet the community’s needs. While these needs have changed, the values of our expert caregivers remain constant: compassion, commitment, collaboration, and advocacy.

Kerr is committed to evolving the norms around how we care for children, teens and adults with unique mental health and developmental needs. Kerr strives to deliver the highest quality services to all the people we serve and support a thriving, effective, and sustainable workforce of caring individuals dedicated to serving Oregon’s most vulnerable.

Today, Kerr empowers people experiencing intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), mental health challenges, and other social barriers to lead self-determined lives and reach their full potential. We provide comprehensive crisis and preventive mental health care for children and teens, as well as a full range of services for children and adults experiencing an I/DD.

Position Summary

The Director, Mental Health Services, will be joining an innovative team that works collaboratively to solve challenges and build success. The team serves clients in a variety of settings: group homes, short-term crisis psychiatric residential care, and outpatient programs. They will play a key role in expanding services to encompass the mental health needs of adults. Plus, they will drive the development, implementation, and management of comprehensive care for individuals experiencing both intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health challenges.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties

Leadership & Staff Management

  • Provide leadership and supervision to Program Managers and Supervisors; coordinate schedules, including crisis response; and oversee clinical personnel and provide group supervision and individual licensure supervision.
  • Communicate closely with all program leaders and teams to ensure continuity of care; consult on clinical issues.
  • Ensure staff training is current and provide training to staff as needed. Ensure staff compliance with agency policies and procedures.

Program Management

  • Provide leadership and oversight for Subacute, ICTS, and Outpatient programs and for residential mental health services.
  • Identify, develop, and implement strategic and fiscally responsible opportunities for expansion and growth of programs and services, including comprehensive care of clients experiencing both intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health challenges.
  • Collaborate with internal program leaders to create holistic system for shared clients.
  • Take lead role in managing subacute census and census goals.
  • Maintain positive working relationships with community agencies, families, physicians, and clinicians.
  • Ensure safe and effective therapeutic milieu.
  • Responsible for programs’ budgets.
  • Work with staff to complete and document mental health assessments, develop treatment plans, implement evidence-based therapeutic interventions and strengths-based medically necessary service delivery, utilizing Collaborative Problem Solving, to address the needs of the client and family being served.
  • Develop policies and procedures.
  • Provide ongoing development and engagement with EPIC HER, including but not limited to reviewing charts, supporting system management, and ensuring report utilization.

Quality Assurance

  • Ensure programs meet relevant accreditation body standards, Federal and State mandates, payer, and contractual expectations. Develop and maintain relationships with external regulatory accrediting, and contractual stakeholders.
  • Track, report, and disseminate data to demonstrate program health and viability for contracts and other internal and external stakeholders.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Carry a case load of overflow cases as needed. Provide individual or group therapy as needed. Provide on-call crisis response for subacute and outpatient crisis back-up as needed.
  • Represent agency and mental health services in meetings, trainings, and committees as various internal and external stakeholders are assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Master’s Degree in social work, counseling psychology, marriage and family therapy, or closely related clinical field, from an accredited college or university.
  • Active and unencumbered Oregon license in Social Work (LCSW), Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), or Professional Counseling (LPC).
  • Successful completion of approved Licensure Supervision course is highly preferred.
  • Two years’ clinical supervisory experience.
  • At least five years’ post-licensure experience working with mental health challenges.
  • Residential mental health services experience is highly preferred.
  • Working knowledge of Oregon Administrative Rules and relevant laws and regulations. Experience with accreditation body preferred.
  • Ability to relate effectively with clients, families, and others in the service agencies.
  • Ability to effectively respond to and resolve crisis situations.
  • Demonstrate strong leadership and organizational skills and ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and can meet agency driving requirements.
Application Information

Nonprofit Professionals Now is proud to be working with Albertina Kerr on this key leadership position.
Applications will be reviewed and considered as they are received.

Application Deadline: November 21, 2022
Application Portal:

Albertina Kerr provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applications for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender expression and identification, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as covered veteran or any other classification protected by federal, state, and local laws.