Founding Executive Director – Idaho Youth Ranch

Caldwell, ID

POSITION: Full-time, Exempt

LOCATION: IYR’s Hands of Promise Campus – Caldwell, Idaho

SALARY: Executive level; salary DOE with starting range of $102,000 to $145,000.

DEADLINE: Open until filled

Idaho Youth Ranch seeks an experienced, mission driven Executive Director for our Residential Center for Healing and Resilience (RCH&R), a 64-bed psychiatric residential treatment facility (PRTF) for adolescents that is currently under construction at our beautiful 258-acre Hands of Promise Campus in Idaho’s Treasure Valley.

The Executive Director will report to the CEO and serve as the founding leader of the RCH&R, providing a once-in-a-career opportunity to lead, together with their senior leadership team, the development and execution of all aspects of services and operations including program design, staff hiring and training, organizational culture, and advancing leading practices in behavioral health care.

About Idaho Youth Ranch

Headquartered in the Treasure Valley of Idaho, Idaho Youth Ranch has been helping youth and families since 1953. We provide extensive outpatient counseling services in multiple parts of the state, equine therapy, adoption services, a short-term crisis shelter for youth, workforce development and other programs, and operate 24 thrift stores that help fund our work with youth and families.

Already one of Idaho’s largest not for profits with operations statewide, a $27 million budget, and 385 Full-Time and 40 Part-time staff, Idaho Youth Ranch is on the cusp of significant expansion with plans to open the RCH&R by January 2023. We are hiring the Executive Director now to lead program design and culture work, coordinate planning with the Educational Leader (to be hired) and actively participate in the recruiting, hiring, and onboarding of the RCH&R leadership and management team.

Why Idaho Needs the Residential Center for Healing and Resilience

Youth in Idaho have some of the highest rates of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Idaho ranks high for youth suicide. Unfortunately, there are very few services to meet the needs of Idaho youth and families, and most of Idaho’s youth who need residential treatment, including all of those on Medicaid, are sent to facilities in other states. The state has rallied around our $27.7M capital campaign to “Bring Idaho’s Kids Home,” fully funding the construction and startup of the Residential Center for Healing and Resilience. This 64-bed facility will make a significant step toward meeting the behavioral health needs of these youth in a local campus where families can be involved in therapy and effective after-care can be in place.

A consistent, positive, trauma-informed culture is critical to the success of youth in this program. We selected the metaphor of a “Journey” to represent the experiences of the youth and their family before entering our care, their path during their stay in this program, and the course their lives will take after leaving the program. The Journey has been a foundation for the design and construction of the RCH&R, the planned treatment and programming, and our communications about the program. In addition to the responsibilities detailed below, the Executive Director is responsible for ensuring the Journey metaphor is effectively embedded in every aspect of the daily experiences of youth and staff.

Responsibilities of the Executive Director, RCH&R

 1. Develop and execute all aspects of services and operations for a 64-bed psychiatric residential treatment facility (PRTF), the Idaho Youth Ranch’s (IYR) Residential Center for Healing and Resilience (RCH&R); this includes:

    • Direct Care
    • Therapeutic Services
    • Education
    • Admissions, Intake & Discharge
    • Case Management
    • Psychiatry & Nursing
    • Ancillary Services (dining, housekeeping, janitorial, as required).
  1. Model and support IYR and RCH&R culture, creating an environment where all staff, youth, and families feel valued and respected and a strong sense of belonging.
  2. Serve as key member of IYR’s Executive Leadership Team and partner with senior leaders across the organization.
  3. Develop and lead a strong RCH&R leadership team by embracing a growth mindset and reflective practice and providing constructive feedback, coaching and staff development.
  4. Supervise the RCH&R Clinical Director, Psychiatrist, Program Manager and Administrative Assistant, and closely collaborate with, and provide de facto supervision of, the Educational Leader and on-site educational program.
  5. Oversee implementation of leading trauma-informed practices at all levels of the program, initial training for all staff, and ongoing training to continue to stay current
  6. Utilize leading practices in family engagement (family-driven care) as well as youth engagement and empowerment.
  7. Stay current with best practices and emerging models in behavioral health care to inform potential improvements or expansion of service delivery at the RCH&R.
  8. Ensure integration of all treatment, education, and programmatic operations.

Must have qualifications

  • Deep personal commitment to the mission of IYR, the work of the RCH&R, and the welfare of the youth we serve.
  • 5 years’ leadership experience in a mental/behavioral health setting, preferably in a residential environment for adolescents.
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain a healthy organizational culture, preferably in the context of standing up and leading a new program or organization.
  • Proven ability to build strong relationships across functional areas and organization levels, and commitment to quality of care and client and staff safety.
  • 5 years’ supervisory experience and demonstrated capability in team leadership, including hiring, team formation, staff and team development, goal setting, turning around under-performing team members and supporting high performance.
  • Strong personal values that demonstrably align with IYR values (Relationships, Compassion, Commitment, Growth, Transparency, and Joy).
  • Willingness and ability to step into vulnerability as an intentional act of leadership, to strengthen relationships and create psychological safety for those around you.
  • Minimum of Master’s degree in a related field.

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience leading and supporting trauma informed care.
  • Senior-level leadership experience within an organization, including proven ability to set and achieve a vision within one’s own area of responsibility and partner cross-functionally to support the strategic objectives of the broader organization.
  • Familiarity with concepts of a reflective practice, reflective supervision, and the application of these in residential treatment.

Other

Idaho Youth Ranch offers a competitive Total Compensation Package including medical, dental, vision, immediate eligibility for 401(k) retirement plan with employer match after one year, and other optional benefits.

Idaho Youth Ranch is an equal opportunity employer.

As a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit, Idaho Youth Ranch is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PLSF) program. The PLSF offers student loan forgiveness on qualifying loans under specific conditions. Speak with your loan provider for more information.

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