Director of Clinical and Residential Services – Cunningham Children’s Home


Urbana, IL

 KEES has been exclusively retained by Cunningham Children’s Home in its search for a Director of Clinical and Residential Services.

Cunningham Children’s Home is seeking an agile and collaborative leader who has proven success leading residential programs in complex, non-profit service environments, preferably working with youth, adolescents, and families. The ideal candidate leads with a high level of responsiveness, flexibility, and decisiveness, adapting easily to changing circumstances and collaborating closely with others.

The successful candidate will thrive in a fast-paced environment and demonstrate a capacity to stay composed under pressure while effectively steering their team toward goals. The individual must have high emotional intelligence and experience in leading teams with a focus on empowerment and growth. Sophisticated clinical acumen is essential for this position, as well as proficiency in navigating Illinois state agencies.

Some specific requirements include:

  • A minimum of 8 years of progressive experience in human services, with direct clinical work with children and adolescents.
  • Ability to direct and manage within a complex organizational system and handle conflict and problem situations constructively and productively.
  • Proven ability to build strong external relationships with public leadership, partner organizations, and other stakeholders.
  • A current license as either a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, or a Licensed Clinical Psychologist.
  • A current license as either a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, or a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Knowledge of clinical work with children and adolescents with severe emotional challenges as well as DCFS and Medicaid standards related to child welfare and mental health services required.

Compensation for this position has recently been benchmarked by Cunningham Children’s Home and KEES and is in the fair market range of $110,000 – $125,000. This position offers a competitive salary along with a strong benefits package including medical, dental, and 401K.

To provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at Cunningham Children’s Home will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. Cunningham does not discriminate in recruitment, employment opportunities or practices based on race, color, religion, age (40 and over), sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status (concerning employment), physical or mental disability, military status, sexual orientation, unfavorable discharge from military service, or any other State or Federal protected status.

Cunningham will provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in undue hardship to Cunningham. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.

Any employee in need of reasonable accommodation or with questions about any type of discrimination in the workplace is to bring these issues to the attention of the Director of Human Resources. Employees can raise concerns and make reports without fear of reprisal. Anyone found to be engaging in any type of unlawful discrimination will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

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To assure confidential tracking of all applicants, no applications will be accepted via email. ALL INQUIRIES WILL BE HELD IN STRICT CONFIDENCE.

This search is being managed by Yoo-Jin Hong, Executive Search Manager, and Randi Blasutti, Project Manager of KEES. Questions may be addressed to

KEES (formerly Alford Executive Search) is a nonprofit executive search firm that builds diverse teams and dynamic leaders in the nonprofit and public entity sectors. A woman-owned and operated firm, KEES offers a full array of nonprofit consulting services including executive search, leadership development, interim staffing, and HR support. For more information, please visit

Located in Urbana, IL, Cunningham Children’s Home (Cunningham) is an exemplary child welfare and educational services agency providing caring support and therapeutic intervention to more than 846 youth, adults, and families annually through comprehensive programs including residential treatment, special education, and community-based services.

Today, Cunningham is a fiscally healthy organization with a $31M annual operating budget and an endowment of $38M, with a state-of-the-art facility that sits on a 37-acre wooded campus supported by an overall team of 400 staff members. To learn more, please visit