Employment Type:

Full time


Bellingham, WA

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Job Description:

Agency Information
Whatcom County        
Supervised by: Executive Director
Hours: Full-Time, exempt position
Wage: $30.0 - $40.00 per hour including benefits, wage is dependent on relevant qualifications and education
Resume and cover letter are required when applying for this position
Mission: Northwest Youth Services collaborates with at-risk, runaway and homeless youth to foster self-reliance.
Vision: All young people have a place to belong: to be safe, heard and valued.

Job Mission
The Clinical Project Director provides clinical support to the at-risk, runaway and homeless youth and the program staff offered by NWYS. This position will be responsible for the supervision of the Treatment Team, will ensure the program outcomes and service deliverables are met and will lead evaluation efforts. They are a visionary, independent, and an advocate for youth. This person has a strong working knowledge of how social service systems operate and possess the empathy required to understand and relate to individuals who work within this field and the young people who interact with it. The Clinical Project Director will support the programs’ shared vision and goals of the organization through effective communication and by making therapeutic recommendations for the youth in NWYS care.

Core Competencies
To perform job successfully, the individual should demonstrate the following competencies: 
Influence: Motivate, persuade, and excite others; adjust style to fit situation; have presence and confidence.
Strategic Thinking: Communicate strategy to team members; develop and maintain long-term plans and continuously measure progress toward them.
Visioning: Create a preferred future for young people; communicate the vision enthusiastically; attract others to the vision.
Problem Solving & Decision Making: Approach problems and decisions methodically; isolate causes from symptoms; commit to action; demonstrate sound judgment.
High Standards: Model excellence; hold staff accountable for quality outcomes; require continuous improvement.
Drive/Energy: Exhibit stamina, endurance; passionate about their work; motivated to excel.
Relationship Building: Recognize importance of relationships; devote energy to cultivating relationships.
Organize & Planning: Plan and organize so that work is accomplished effectively; prioritize multiple competing tasks; maximize use of available time.
Communicativeness: Actively seek and share information; create an open and accessible environment that encourages flow of information.
Integrity: Must be honest and take responsibility for actions.
Positive Impact: Have a passion for Northwest Youth Services’ mission and vision; conviction about the capacity of people to grow and change.
Change Agility: Able to embrace needed change; able to provide and implement feedback; effective in the face of ambiguity.
Creativity: Resourceful in finding ways to improve and advocate for change when necessary; fosters creativity in others. 
Sensitivity: Communicates empathy and respect of individuals; ability to be appreciative of diversity.
Key Responsibilities 
  • Participate in creating and maintaining a workplace that values diversity and is free of discrimination based on race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability and other aspects of identity;
  • Maintain and improve on a collaborative and cohesive team of professionals committed to the mission delivery;
  • Attend grantee meetings with the Executive Director; and
  • Continue to foster and improve an organizational culture that builds on our core values of youth engagement and partnership.
Youth Programs:
In partnership with the Director of Programs
  • Develop strategies for sustaining and growing effective programs;
  • Build high-quality relationships with youth participants to understand the personal experiences of children and youth impacted by homelessness;
  • Provide strategic direction relating to ongoing program development, quality improvement, and evaluation efforts;
  • Implement core principles and evidence based practices including, but not limited to: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy techniques, Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency skills;
  • Provide high-level support to staff to ensure staff and participants’ safety, and support responses to emergent situations;
  • Carry out and implement relevant strategies identified in the agency’s strategic plan; and
  • Carry out and implement relevant therapeutic strategies identified as best practices for youth.
Clinical Management:
  • Supervise, develop, and maintain crisis consultation and after hours clinical support for NWYS programs and staff;
  • Supervise the clinical team and provide information and direction as it relates to youth care;
  • Conduct assessments, assist program and clinical staff in care planning;
  • Provide clinical insight and supervision while supporting and educating staff around behavioral health support issues;
  • Share on-call duties; and
  • Other duties as assigned.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and depth perception. While performing these job duties, the employee is regularly required to listen to others and provide verbal feedback. The employee is required to frequently sit for extended periods of time, stand, walk, climb, or balance.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in Social Work or related field;
  • Licensed Mental Health Professional;
  • A minimum of five years’ experience working with youth and young adults who have significant mental illness and co-occurring disorders;
  • Two years’ experience diagnosing and providing mental health treatment to individuals with a mental illness;
  • Three years’ supervision experience;
  • Must be 21 years of age or older;
  • Proficient with Word, Excel, and general office machines; and
  • Must pass background checks.
Required within first 30 days of employment:
  • CPR/First Aid/Bloodborne pathogens certifications required;
  • Must have a negative TB test; and
  • Full understanding of the CPS reporting requirements.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated experience working with high-risk youth;
  • Five years’ experience diagnosing and providing treatment to individuals with a mental illness and co-occurring disorders;
  • Demonstrated experience working with persons who are homeless; and
  • Demonstrated experience working with people experiencing suicidal ideation and self-harm.
Northwest Youth Services is an Equal Opportunity employer. Employment is based upon individual qualifications without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, marital stats, veteran stats, disabilities, political ideology, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected stats. Alumni or foster care and those who have experiencing youth homelessness are encouraged to apply.
Northwest Youth Services
1020 N State St
Bellingham, WA, United States
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