Executive Director – Nexus Family Healing

Manteno, IL

Nexus-Indian Oaks is looking to add an Executive Director to lead our youth residential treatment facility in Manteno, IL!


Position Summary: 

Our Executive Director will provide agency leadership and ensures the financial sustainability and operational efficiency of all services, programs and departments as demonstrated by service and program growth and a healthy agency culture.  They are responsible for implementing the strategic plan based on organization and agency vision and mission and creating effective service outcomes by creating a trauma-informed, values-driven culture that supports youth-guided and family-driven care.  They will ensure the development and retention of employees, and maintaining applicable policies and standards of the organization, as well as external regulating bodies.


Nexus’ Comprehensive Benefits Include:

  • Five weeks paid time off (PTO) in the first year of employment
  • Additional 8 Paid Holidays
  • Multiple options for health insurance coverage
  • No-cost life insurance
  • Short/long-term disability insurance
  • 401k match
  • NEW – Talkspace Therapy Benefit for the whole family
  • NEW – Hinge Health Benefit for the whole family
  • NEW – Carrot Fertility Benefit
  • Tuition assistance and training opportunities
  • And much more!


Primary responsibilities:

  • Agency Leadership & Oversight
    • Accountable for the overall positive leadership of the agency and maintains a healthy and high-performing culture among employees that supports staff development and reinforces effective supervisory engagement and the collaborative management of others
    • Leads, coaches and develops assigned employees; sets clearly defined performance expectations with employees, provides meaningful performance feedback and delivers formal performance evaluations
    • Inspires and motivates employees to perform their best work; demonstrates the ability to both receive and provide positive and constructive feedback through emulating Nexus’ ICARE values in all initiatives and communication
  • Agency Operations
    • Manages the day-to-day operations of services and programs by supporting the effective functioning of all departments and ensuring that the physical locations are well maintained, safe, and conducive to the therapeutic treatment and engagement of youth and families
    • Effectively plans, organizes and prioritizes, time and resources that aligns with the strategic direction, initiatives, goals and objectives of the organization and department; possesses knowledge of financial monitoring and reporting
    • Unites employees around their connection to the larger Nexus organization and creates positive engagement between assigned services and Nexus’ corporate departments, supporting one voice/brand nationwide
    • Partners and works collaboratively with other agency Executive Directors to promote operational excellence and efficiency through best practice sharing and adoption of standardized approaches across all agencies where appropriate
  • Foundation, Philanthropic & Board Collaboration
    • Actively involved in promoting positive public relations, marketing, and community relations by participating in community events, appropriate civic, governmental, and political advocacy, and participating in news coverage that is likely to generate positive visibility for Nexus and the agency
    • Works effectively with either the assigned Board of Directors or an active advisory committee by ensuring timeliness, organization, effective coordination, accurate reporting, and ongoing recruiting and positive outreach of Board and/or advisory committee members
    • Actively participates in philanthropic efforts and as a result participates in obtaining fundraising dollars, gets involved in events, builds relationships, and actively pursues grants and other external funding sources for expanding or enhancing current or projected development initiatives
    • Develops a strong referral base by actively promoting services and achieving high satisfaction with the youth, family, and referral agent experiences as demonstrated by positive results on satisfaction surveys and a steady stream of admissions and requests for services
  • Agency Operations & Continuous Improvement
    • Maintains appropriate census and budget expectations for long-term sustainability, as well as manages expenses and increases revenue and/or diversifies funding streams to ensure that the strategic goals of assigned services and the mission are achieved
    • Actively looks for ways to expand and grow services and be innovative with programs to keep up with sector trends to enhance better outcomes and impact
    • Building off of research and best practices, incorporates state of the art clinical services and programming that generates positive, long-term outcomes. Ensure the implementation of the Nexus practice model and clinical standards across all services and programs
    • Supports an active continuous quality improvement and risk management culture in which key organization and agency performance indicators are routinely identified, monitored, and improved
    • Manages a current and relevant training program that orients and mentors new staff effectively, expands staff’s knowledge and experiences, and ensures the ongoing talent development of future leaders
    • Leads and adjusts the agency’s strategic planning process, execution and achievement of relevant goals and strategies to address current needs as well as long-term planning while integrating Nexus organizational initiatives
    • Ensures that the agency adheres to the requirements of all licensing, contracting and accrediting bodies



  • Master’s degree in a clinical field required with licensing preferred; a combination of business degree with direct clinical experience will be considered
  • 10+ years of clinical experience with children, youth or families, and specific experience with agency services and programs required
  • 5+ years of senior leadership experience required
  • Working knowledge and experience overseeing and being responsible for operations and financial oversight required
  • Valid driver’s license required. Must meet state regulating agency and Nexus Home Office driving requirements


Preferred Education and Experience:

  • 7+ years of experience working a senior leader in a clinical related field; creating goals, objectives and strategic direction surrounding clinical service delivery and programming


At Nexus Family Healing, our voices and actions are focused on recognizing, affirming and respecting people of every race, ethnic background, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender expression and faith.


Our ICARE Values:

  • Innovation: Leading the way and implementing creative, cutting-edge ideas and approaches
  • Compassion: Listening, honoring differences, and showing respect, kindness, empathy care, and concern
  • Agility: Exhibiting flexibility and adapting quickly
  • Responsiveness: Being quick, positive, and accurate
  • Excellence: Demonstrating quality results that surpass ordinary standards


APPLY TODAY TO BE CONTACTED BY OUR RECRUITING TEAM! When you work at Nexus, you have the opportunity to change lives — including your own!

Keywords: “Trauma-Informed Care”, “Residential Treatment”, “Direct Care Professional”, “Direct support”, “Youth Support Professional”, “Mental Health”, “Children’s Mental Health”, “Social Work”, “Social Services,” “Nonprofit” “Human Services”, “Healthcare”, “Autism”, “Psychology”, “Executive Director”, “Leadership”, “LPCC”, “LMFT”, “LICSW”, “Clinical”, “PRTF”, “Residential”, “Program Director”, “Regional Director”, “Behavioral Health”, “Clinical Director”

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)