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Director of Young Adult & Youth Services

The Institute for Health & Recovery (IHR) is a nationally-renowned, award-winning agency that specializes in innovative services, training and evaluation focused on addressing the unique needs of underserved families, women and youth. IHR’s CARF accredited treatment programs provide holistic interventions for hard to reach and high-risk individuals and families. Our mission is to develop a comprehensive continuum of care for individuals, youth, and families affected by alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, violence/trauma, mental health challenges, and other health issues.

Summary Statement

The Director of Young Adult and Youth Services is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and objectives regarding youth and young adult services

Reports to

Executive Director

Essential Functions

  • Oversight of Services
    • Ensure successful clinical and administrative management of assigned programs and services, including IHT, and other youth and young adult clinical outpatient services.
    • Integrate stages of change model and client-centered, strengths-based, family-centered, trauma-informed and culturally relevant clinical approaches into all aspects of programs.
    • Conduct team meetings with all project staff and regular ongoing individual supervision
    • Ensure all programs are meeting legal, funding, licensing, and accreditation standards and requirements
  • Collaboration/Systems Development
    • Focus on systems integration to enhance State agencies’ ability to work together around addiction and co-occurring disorders in order to increase the positive outcomes for targeted population.
    • Work in collaboration with all involved local, state and federal agencies
    • Meet regularly with key management staff at partnering sites
    • Liaison with project evaluation staff, and oversee program staffs evaluation activities
    • Liaison to federal grant Project Officers
  • Funding, Licensing & Reporting
    • Coordinate Programmatic Components to secure Mental Health Licensure and CARF accreditation
    • Participate in grant writing as needed throughout the year
    • Report regularly, and as directed, to IHR executive management and to federal, state, and third-party funders, evaluators, and accreditors.
  • Training
    • Provide periodic in-service trainings for IHR Staff
    • Oversee training and development of direct reports
    • Plan for and participate in professional development activities
    • Develop and provide substance use training for youth serving programs and state agencies
  • Administration
    • Participate in IHR‘s Quality Assurance Committee, Safety Committee, Program Director’s Committee, and others as needed
    • Ensure compliance of direct report staff regarding all regulatory and employment requirements
    • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records for all direct reports, including supervision notes, timesheets, annual evaluations, and other responsibilities as needed.
    • Other related duties.


  • Leadership
  • Decision Making and Judgment
  • Accountability and Dependability
  • Influencing Others
  • Managing projects and programs
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Staff Management
  • Strategic Vision
  • Valuing Diversity


  • Advanced degree in social work, psychology, public health, social policy or related field
  • LICSW or LMHC required.
  • At least 7 years’ experience in the field of substance use disorders/mental health
  • Previous experience managing federal grants, state contracts and third party billing
  • Previous success managing state licensing and accreditation of programs
  • Demonstrated expertise in the area of substance use and co-occurring disorders for young adults and youth
  • Previous experience in working in multi-cultural environments and community-based, non-profit organizations
  • Excellent supervisory and training skills
  • Regular access to a reliable vehicle
  • Willingness to regularly travel throughout Mass. and occasionally to national conferences

Other Requirements (if applicable)

  • Valid driver’s license, good driving record, and regular access to a reliable vehicle;
  • Business Class Rider on Motor Vehicle Insurance, if transporting clients (within one month of start of job)

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit: stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. This position requires the ability to occasionally products and supplies weighing up to 10 pounds.

Reasonable accommodation will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability.

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. This job description is subject to change at any time.

IHR offers a rewarding work environment with competitive salary, generous benefits and a strong commitment to diversity. IHR is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, seeking to create and welcoming a diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Director of Young Adult & Youth Services
Cambridge, Mass.
40 hours
Position Closed