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


Urbana, IL

Seeking Exceptional Director of Clinical and Residential Services for Cunningham Children’s Home

Are you passionate about making a profound impact on the lives of vulnerable children and adolescents? Are you an inspiring leader who can drive excellence and innovation in residential programs? If so, we have a remarkable opportunity for you!

About Us:

At Cunningham Children’s Home we are committed to providing safe, nurturing environments for children in need. We believe that every child deserves a loving and supportive home, and we work tirelessly to achieve this vision. As a leading organization in the child welfare sector, we have been transforming the lives of children and families for over 128 years.

Why Join Us?

Make a Difference: Be part of an organization that transforms the lives of children and families, providing them with a brighter future.

Professional Growth: We are committed to the growth and development of our employees, offering opportunities for advancement and continuing education.

Supportive Environment: Join a passionate and dedicated team that values collaboration, empathy, and teamwork.

Competitive Compensation: This position earns a competitive annualized wage of $86,000 – $139,700. We also provide great benefits, including serious illness bank, medical, vision, dental insurance, 11 paid holidays, up to 30 days of paid leave, 401K plan with up to a 6% match, and a wellness program.

The Role:

As the Director of Residential, you will oversee the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of our 56 domestic on-site and community group home residential treatment beds, and up to 24 on-site international residential shelter beds. Your role will be critical in ensuring that children in our care receive the highest quality of support, guidance, and care.


The Director of Residential will work with a dedicated multi-disciplinary team of psychologists, nurses, therapists, clinical directors, psychiatrist, and special therapies. The Director will maximize the potential of the program’s resources, which include:

  • An outstanding team of skilled professionals, dedicated to continually improving services for 56 children and youth ages 8-18 with severe emotional and behavioral disorders;
  • An agency commitment to providing effective and appropriate facilities and tools, including a state of the art 30-bed residential treatment center, an outdoor pool, fields, and gymnasiums;
  • A strong continuous quality improvement program which supports evaluation of progress for individual clients as well for overall program design;
  • Oversight of an integrated special therapies department that includes special recreation, music therapy, and other special therapies;
  • Partnership with Cunningham’s on-grounds newly constructed Education Center, as well as an agency-wide commitment to vocational education and training for clients;
  • Strong agency infrastructure, including hiring practices dedicated to promoting excellence, employee retention, diversity, and team;
  • Agency-wide commitment to providing a continuum of care for our residential youth, including transitioning clients into specialized foster care and independent living programs; and
  • A longstanding culture of commitment to providing treatment that offers hope to kids where other interventions have failed.


In addition to education and professional experience, we are seeking candidates who possess the confidence to purposely drive toward results while constantly problem-solving and building the commitment of others. An outgoing, poised, and professional communication style is essential, as this position must effectively build rapport and relationships with individuals and groups—including staff, clients, collaterals, colleagues, and funding sources. Team building and caring for staff is a must.

Master’s degree in the human services area from an accredited university or college, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, or a Licensed Clinical Psychologist; or willingness to obtain licensure are required.  Must meet the standards for a Licensed Practitioner of the Healing Arts (LPHA) per Medicaid Community Mental Health standards.

At least 5 years of human services experience with a strong background in clinical work with children and adolescents, including 3 years of supervision experience and administration duties are required. Knowledge of clinical work with severely emotionally disturbed children and adolescents as well as DCFS and Medicaid standards related to child welfare and mental health services required. Must be able to conduct DSM diagnoses, interpret psych diagnostics measures, and provide clinical supervision.


If you are ready to make a lasting impact and contribute to the well-being of children in need, we would love to hear from you. Apply today to join our team as the Director of Residential at Cunningham Children’s Home. Together, we can provide hope for the children we serve.