Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Executive Director - Therapeutic Boarding School in Washington, Connecticut

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is seeking a highly visible and impactful leader to provide oversight of The Glenholme School, a therapeutic boarding and day school for adolescents and young adults in Washington, Connecticut. Anticipated start date: September 2018 (may be sooner based on operational need).

With an operating budget of $10 million and 110 dedicated employees, this key position is responsible for ensuring that quality programming, regulatory compliance, fiscal responsibility, organizational development / fundraising activities and anticipated needs of internal and external customers are met. Also, key to this position is the development of a positive work environment to attract and retain a stable progressive, caring and diverse workforce, needed to ensure the delivery of high quality, cost effective services. As Glenholme operates significantly using private funding, the Executive Director is responsible for increased referrals through educational consultants, as well as increased family placement from a national and international market. Furthermore, he or she is responsible for fundraising and advisory board activities. Finally, the Executive Director will oversee the development and implementation of strategies to address changing markets and assist in the implementation of positive consumer and community awareness programs and activities.

About Devereux - The Glenholme School

The Glenholme School is a specialized boarding school, averaging 70 students, that provides a therapeutic program and exceptional learning environment to address varying levels of academic, social and emotional development in boys and girls ages 10 to 18 through high school and a transitional program, which supports high school graduates pursuing a College education. The Glenholme School offers an individually prescribed learning environment with a steadfast academic curriculum. Using our effective individualized services, we apply a positive behavior support model focused on development of social skills and lifelong strategies for success. The school’s milieu therapy addresses the varying special needs development in our students and is present in every aspect of student life.

We invite you to bring your exceptional management skills and experiences to The Glenholme School. In this impactful leadership role, you will:

  • Create a vision, plan and implementation strategy, aligned with Devereux’s mission and vision;

  • Identify business opportunities for organizational growth to enhance financial strength and contribution margin, as well as create non-operating revenue;

  • Implement long-term revenue, cost and donor strategies that align with corporate objectives;

  • Create a culture and systems that capitalize on the diversity of our employees , that will attract, develop and retain the best employees;

  • Ensure training is provided that meets regulatory and agency requirements, and strategically supports internal development of employees at all levels to address future business needs;

  • Influence business practices and policy by creating new ventures or builds on existing advantage;

  • Possess expert knowledge of current and future cost drivers in the industry;

  • Work collaboratively with Devereux’s senior leadership, as well as with internal and external stakeholders.

About Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is one of the largest and most advanced behavioral healthcare organizations in the country. Informed by the latest advancements in science and medicine, we combine evidence-based interventions with compassionate family engagement to help change lives. We were founded in 1912 by special education pioneer, Helena Devereux. Today, Devereux is a national nonprofit partner for individuals, families, schools and communities, serving many of the most vulnerable members of our society in areas of autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, specialty mental health, and child welfare.

Our Mission : Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health changes lives – by unlocking and nurturing human potential for people living with emotional, behavioral or cognitive differences.**

We employ more than 7,000 staff and operate 15 centers in 13 states. We offer a comprehensive national network of clinical, therapeutic, educational, and employment programs and services that positively impact the lives of tens of thousands of children, adults and their families every year.

Competitive Salary and Benefits

In addition to a competitive salary, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health provides a comprehensive health and wellness program to eligible full-time employees, family members and domestic partners. Our health and wellness programs include medical, dental, prescription drug, preventative care, mental health services and an employee assistance / work-life balance program. In addition, we offer generous time-off policies and a 403(b) retirement plan, along with voluntary/employee paid vision, supplemental life and accident coverage to full-time employees.

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  • Master’s Degree in Education, Healthcare Administration, Human Services, Business Administration or other related field. Graduate level credentials in Behavioral Health preferred.

  • Minimum of ten (10) years’ experience in a senior level management role with Devereux, or a comparable organization, preferably overseeing the delivery of therapeutic boarding or educational programs.

  • Experience in business development, fundraising, and community relations.

  • Strong administrative, programmatic, analytic and operational experience in a multi-disciplinary treatment environment.

  • Exceptional communication, organizational and customer service skills.

Our Ideal Candidate:

  • Strong education background, a passion for school and education, and compassion for students, employee and families.

  • Highly knowledgeable in the special education field and/or behavioral treatment models.

  • Understands the platforms of external marketing, and has the ability to attain and maintain multiple levels of relationships, community leaders, political landscape, etc.

  • Experience in managing multiple levels of individuals/ groups and ability to teach and cultivate talent.

  • Knowledgeable in education law, IDEA, FAPE and the laws surrounding such.

About the Organization: The employment policies of Devereux are to recruit and hire qualified employees without discrimination because of race, religion, creed, color, age, sex, marital status, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, disability, veteran status, communication ability, gender identity or expression or sexual orientation and to treat them equally with respect to compensation and opportunities for advancement - including upgrading, promotion and transfer - consistent with individual skills and the needs of Devereux.

EOE Statement: We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We will consider applicants for this position without regard to any category protected by applicable federal, state or local law, including but not limited to race, religion, sex, color, age, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, national origin, marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or uniform service member status.

Devereux is a drug-free workplace, drug testing required. EOE