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Senior Director of Behavioral Health

The Fortune Society


Title: Senior Director Behavioral Health
Unit: Behavioral Health
Reports to: Vice President of Programs
Status: Full Time; Regular; Exempt
Job Code: TBD
Location: Long Island City
Days/Hours: subject to change depending on program needs
Date Prepared: January 17, 2017

The Organization:
Founded in 1967, The Fortune Society is recognized as one of the preeminent criminal justice service and advocacy nonprofits in the nation. Fortune is known for its cultural competence and prides itself on the diversity of its staff and leadership including the degree to which its management and staffing draws both from those traditionally trained and those who are themselves formerly incarcerated and provide both professional and life experience expertise.
Fortune has grown steadily over the years to an agency just under $30 million in annual budget with just under 300 staff. We anticipate that we will keep growing, both in size and in depth of service.
Fortune has a dual mission: both advocacy and service. The advocacy focuses on building a more just criminal justice system and reducing the barriers to reentry into society. The service side of Fortune has evolved to encompass a broad range of programs including alternatives to incarceration, group services and discharge planning within correctional facilities, and a robust array of services in the community. Fortune’s community-based programs include court advocacy and alternative to incarceration programs, licensed substance abuse treatment and mental health services, a full array of employment services ranging from job readiness through placement through hard skills training, an in-house school, a housing continuum ranging from emergency shelter through permanent congregate and scattered site housing, group and individual counseling, assistance in obtaining benefits, a care management unit, HIV services, a nutrition program, and an arts program.
Fortune currently serves approximately 7000 people a year. Our client population mirrors the incarcerated population in being approximately 85% male and over 90% people of color. Our program models are recognized, both nationally and internationally for their quality and innovation.

Position Summary:
Under the supervision of the VP of Programs, the Senior Director manages the ongoing program development and implementation of Fortune’s behavioral health programs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Provide senior level leadership and oversight of behavioral health programming, including clinical/programmatic supervision clinical/management staff;
• Monitor performance of multiple contracts and achievement of outcomes;
• Monitor, refine/modify workflow and systems to achieve agency and contract deliverables;
• Identify, develop, and implement recognized best practices in behavioral health programming;
• Participate in developing of program operating budget; monitor program’s financial performance;
• Manage all contract aspects; including proposals and renewals;
• Ensure ample opportunity for staff professional development, as well as a system to evaluate staff performance;
• Provide accurate, detailed reports, as specified by funding sources;
• Facilitate staff meetings, and in-services training, if needed;
• Establish and maintain expertise and leadership presence in field of subject matter
• Work in partnership with other senior managers to develop inter-departmental and inter-agency relationships to ensure a continuum of care for clients; and
• Perform other duties as assigned.

• LMSW or LMHC is required;
• Progressively responsible management experience; five + years preferred;
• At least four years of clinical and administrative experience in substance abuse, mental health and/or criminal justice with clientele similar to that served by the program(s);
• Experience in supervision and development of counselors/social workers;
• Reputation for excellence and high quality service to clients;
• Good eye for detail; well organized, skilled in setting priorities;
• Resourceful and self-confident;
• Can get the job done, and do it well;
• Demonstrated analytic and organizational skills and strong management ability as demonstrated in previous employment including the ability to work effectively as a team leader and team member;
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills (written & oral);
• Demonstrated capacity to negotiate and work effectively with funders;
• Strong commitment to the work and goals of The Fortune Society; and
• We seek talented, dedicated individuals from all walks of life who possess a strong commitment to this mission. Relevant life experience is a plus.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
Directly supervises Clinical Supervisor and Clinical Director and indirectly supervises all mental health service staff; carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and engaging employees; addressing employee relations and resolving problems.

Travel Requirements: May require travel to our Harlem office for meetings and/or events. May require travel to conferences, coalitions and public speaking venues related to unit and/or agency.

Physical Demands:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The responsibilities and requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills, minimum education, training, licensing, experience and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

The Fortune Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of conviction history, race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status or marital status.


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Posted on 04/14/17; CVMHA ID #10926