Unit Program Coordinator


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 clients' individual plans

  • 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 Residential Staff 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 staffings 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 clients' services; participates in program evaluation and planning activities as assigned.
  • Maintains confidentiality regarding children, families and operations of the agency.
  • Exercises good judgment in the performance of duties and responsibilities.
  • Completes and submits all required documentation according to established deadlines and requirements.
  • Incorporates Agency philosophy and mission in all aspects of job description.
  • Receives feedback with commitment to on-going refinement and professional growth.
  • Develops and maintains professional skills; establishes goals and pursues opportunities to grow professionally.


  • 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.
  • Effective communication skills both oral and written; bi-lingual skills in Spanish/English are preferred
  • Effective oral/written communication skills; bi-lingual skills in Spanish/English preferred
  • Ability to pass and utilize the Pro Act physical restraint system
  • Computer skills sufficient to meet production demands of the job including Microsoft Office and WELLIGENT software, and skill in maintaining detailed, accurate and complete records
  • Must have a valid California Driver License, proof of automobile insurance and meet the Agency's safe driver guidelines.
  • Ability to maintain First Aid/CPR Certification
  • Ability to work varied hours including evenings, nights and weekends, if needed.
  • Sensitivity to the different cultures represented among the clients, families and staff.
  • A basic understanding of age appropriate behavior for children/adolescents.