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Director of Youth and Young Adult Services

The Institute for Health and Recovery (IHR) is a statewide service, research, policy, program development and capacity building agency. IHR designs its services based on an understanding of the impact of trauma. IHR’s mission is to develop a comprehensive continuum of care for families, individuals, youth and pregnant and parenting women affected by alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, violence/trauma, mental health challenges and other health issues. IHR’s CARF accredited treatment programs provide holistic interventions for hard to reach and high-risk individuals and families.

Summary Statement

The Director of Youth and Young Adult Services will support IHR’s mission to develop a comprehensive continuum of care for women, families, individuals, youth and pregnant and parenting women affected by alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, violence/trauma, mental health challenges and other health issues .The Director of Youth and Young Adult 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
  • Ensure IHR training on youth and young adult services reflects most updated content and training techniques
  • Report to BSAS on systems work.
  • Work with DYS Director of Substance Abuse to coordinate DYS Mass START
  • Maintain familiarity with DYS system including youth involved in DYS and BSAS
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.
  • Provide periodic in-service trainings for IHR Staff
  • Provide training resources to IHR staff as needed
  • Plan for and participate in professional development activities
  • Oversee training and development of direct reports and participate in training planning across IHR’s clinical programming;
  • Develop and provide substance use training for youth serving programs and state agencies
  • 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.
  • Communicate with IHR’s main office in Cambridge through use of shared online calendars, sign in – out board, time sheets, and check in/out with supervisor;
  • Attend team and agency staff meetings;
  • Regular attendance and punctuality is required
  • Other related duties


  • Leadership
  • Decision Making and Judgment
  • Accountability and Dependability
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Project Management
  • Staff Supervision
  • Strategic Vision
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem Solving
  • Development and Continual Learning
  • Adaptability and Flexibility
  • Valuing Diversity
  • Customer Focus


  • Advanced degree in social work, psychology, public health, social policy or related field
  • LICSW or LMHC preferred
  • 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
  • Understanding of 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
  • Willingness to regularly travel throughout MA 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 (Reimbursable; required 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 Youth and Young Adult Services
Cambridge, Mass.
Position Closed