Residential Unit Program Coordinator *


Full-time (40-hours/week) position under the general direction of the Senior Program Manager. Responsible for: Supervising the cottage-based programming functions of assigned residential cottages, including the care and supervision of the children, performance of staff, budget monitoring and care of the cottages physical and therapeutic environments. Creating a therapeutic atmosphere for children and ensuring all cottage activities comply with the treatment philosophy of Five Acres. Effectively partnering with other agency staff to ensure success of client's individual plans.

Position responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Performs supervisory duties including: recruitment, interviewing, hiring and training department staff; manages performance, conducts performance appraisals and recommends salary increases; takes disciplinary measures as needed.
  • Provides oversight to the physical care and nurturing of children in residential placement; monitors daily incident reports and responds as needed to resolve problems and concerns.
  • Identifies training needs of staff; works with the Program Manager to develop and implement orientation and training programs for child care staff; provides direct orientation and training as needed.
  • Ensures proper staff ratios and oversees childcare scheduling and coverage for the cottages.
  • Under the general direction of the Program Manager coordinates the planning and implementation of activities and programs according to children's needs; coordinates planning with other departments as needed.
  • Facilitates the development of a warm milieu in the cottages; completes cottage inspections and monitors physical upkeep to ensure compliance with health and safety standards and professional standards related to the cottage as a therapeutic environment.
  • Delegates and supervises daily Cottage responsibilities so as to effect efficient operation of the Cottage, including documentation of children's progress, activity planning, cottage treatment program development, shopping and supply requisition.
  • Consults regularly with the Unit Clinician to identify possible needs and recommendations for additional services.
  • Participates in regularly scheduled cottage meetings and treatment staffing in residential units, participates in treatment planning for individual children and translates treatment objectives into treatment techniques for child care staff.
  • Provides crisis-intervention type services as needed either in response to requests from other staff members or as a result of personal observation.
  • Reviews practices, policies and procedures of residential units and programs to ensure compliance with Agency expectations, licensing requirements and professional standards; makes corrective action as necessary.
  • Ensures effective communication and integration between residential cottages and other programs/service providers inside and outside the agency.
  • Attends and/or leads various meetings designed to ensure full communication and coordination of client's services; participates in program evaluation and planning activities as assigned.
  • Maintains confidentiality regarding children, families and operations of the agency.

Position requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • BA degree in Social Work, Psychology or related mental health/human services field, preferred. 
  • 2 years supervisory experience in a residential treatment program for young people or similar setting preferred.
  • Effective communication skills both oral and written; bi-lingual skills in Spanish/English are preferred. 
  • Ability to be flexible and work in a changing environment.
  • Computer skills sufficient to meet production demands of the job including Microsoft Office and TIER/WELLIGENT software, and skill in maintaining detailed, accurate and complete records.
  • Current California driver's license and a driving record acceptable to the Agency's insurance carrier.
  • Sensitivity to the different cultures represented among the clients, families and staff.
  • Sensitivity to the different cultures represented among the clients, families and staff.

Location: Altadena, CA