Vice President of Residential Treatment – The Buckeye Ranch


Columbus, OH

Introduction to The Buckeye Ranch

The Buckeye Ranch restores hope and provides healing through a comprehensive continuum of care including mental health treatment, child welfare, and education-based services for children, youth, and their families.

Today, The Buckeye Ranch operates six locations throughout Central and Southwestern Ohio and serves more than 2,500 youth and families each day. The organization utilizes a continuum of tailored programs—ranging from community-based services & education based mental health and child welfare services residential treatment—to meet parents and youth where they are.

Throughout all programs, The Buckeye Ranch practices four core pillars of quality care:  trauma-informed, strength-based, culturally competent, and family-centered care and upholds an enduring commitment to strength and healing.

In short, The Buckeye Ranch raises hope.

The Opportunity

The first—and most important—opportunity for the incoming Vice President of Residential Treatment is the ability to directly impact the lives of countless youth across Ohio. The individual who holds this role is responsible for overseeing the operations of a nine-house certified Qualified Residential Treatment program that provides life-changing care to more than 300 youth each year. The successes and accomplishments of this individual, then, will extend to the lives of the youth and families they serve.

The Vice President, too, has the opportunity to bring visionary leadership and a keen understanding of workforce dynamics to this role—to best attract, retain, and develop an interdisciplinary team of front-line mental healthcare workers. The new Vice President will guide and inspire a cross-functional team to provide excellent clinical care and embrace holistic treatment for youth receiving residential services.

A strategic thinker, the Vice President of Residential Treatment will be integral to The Buckeye Ranch’s growth and impact as they implement board-approved strategies and develop short- and long-range goals. The Vice President of Residential Treatment will be responsible to facilitate the addition of a Psychiatric Residential Treatment program and Crisis Stabilization unit in 2023-24. They will bring an understanding of program operations and financial management and assure the sustainability and growth of the organization.

A successful candidate will have a clear understanding of the psychiatric treatment landscape and a vision for implementation at The Buckeye Ranch. They will build and maintain relationships with referring agencies and represent The Buckeye Ranch at the table with key mental health leaders across Central Ohio.

About the Position

Key Position Functions

Lead the team – Oversees a dynamic and skilled interdisciplinary team comprised of residential, clinical, administrative, and nursing staff. Promotes a culture of high team member engagement and teamwork that advances trauma-informed, evidence-based behavioral care practices. Ensures appropriate training of all Residential Treatment staff related to the skills, experience, and professional development needed to provide quality services to residents and families.

Define and monitor performance standards – Executes board-approved strategies for the Residential Treatment Program. Develops short- and long-range goals to meet the strategic objectives of the organization. Defines performance standards at all levels of the program and monitors performance and processes to ensure accountability.

Compliance — Oversees the residential treatment program, client admissions protocols, client acuity, and length of stay to meet standard-of-care protocols. Manages the program in accordance with all applicable state and federal regulations, including the Family First Prevention Services Act.

Expand the program – Explores opportunities for growth and innovative strategies to improve The Buckeye Ranch’s position in the community.  Develops strategic management agreements with like providers, and/or explores mergers and acquisitions in conjunction with the CEO.

Innovate – Implements innovative plans, processes, and delivery mechanisms to improve program functions and address program challenges. Leverages industry expertise and best-practice research to develop and align practical plans. Identifies and fosters leadership within the residential treatment program to strengthen processes and practices and enhance delivery to serve more acute-level clients. Understands competitive markets, service differentiators, and key business drivers.

Financial Management – Prepares the budget, ensuring financial stability with a focus on increasing census/revenue, minimizing expenses, and enhancing quality mental health treatment strategies. Assures sustainability and growth is met through meeting and/or exceeding budget targets.

Connect with the community – Maintains strong relationships in the community with key leaders in the youth mental health space in Central Ohio and beyond.



  • 10-15 years management experience in a residential treatment or similar setting
  • Strong track record of building and supporting teams


  • LISW
  • Master’s Degree

Application Process

Benefactor Group is pleased to be assisting The Buckeye Ranch with this executive search. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. All applications are considered highly confidential. To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to:


Benefactor Group Recruitment Team


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