Vice President of Child and Family Services

POSITION SUMMARY: The Vice President articulates vision, strategy and direction for the Child & Family Department, sets goals, and manages all aspects of Child and Family Services at MHCD. This person is an ambassador for Child & Family Well-Being, takes a strengths-based approach to diverse communities, values multiple perspectives, and embraces the power of innovative and creative partnerships, both local and national. The VP of Child & Family Services sets and provides fiscal management of the Child & Family budget, participates in development activities and has a demonstrated record of successful grant writing. The VP of Child & Family Services is a member of the Executive Management team, addressing opportunities and managing risk in partnership with executive team members. In collaboration with information systems, the VP of Child & Family Services is involved in the evaluation of all services offered within Child & Family, both clinic and community-based. This person is responsible for the supervision of all Child and Family programs including administrative, health promotion, well-being, prevention, early intervention and treatment services.


  • Maintain and enhance a strengths-based, person-centered, trauma-informed culture within Child & Family Services
  • Develop, provide oversight and monitor all of Child & Family's programs which serve the diverse population of Denver and surrounding communities as applicable.
  • Design, recommend and implement new and expanded programs, projects and strategiesobjectives of each program within the Department.
  • for the Department and align resources. Facilitates the implementation of goals and
  • Coordinate Child & Family Services with other clinical areas of MHCD and community partners and stakeholders.
  • Supervise and support as indicated Child & Family Directors and Program Managers including hiring, training, motivating, evaluating, coaching, and taking disciplinary action when appropriate.
  • Support and motivate the Department's staff. Provide inspirational leadership and direction to ensure the continued development and management of a professional and efficient Department.
  • Comply with and enforce all State and Federal laws, regulations, and MHCD policies and procedures, including but not limited to supporting the organization's efforts relating to equal opportunity employment.
  • Develop, administer, and adhere to the program's budget.
  • Ensure continuous quality improvement in services and records.
  • Ensure compliance with Personnel Guidelines and Procedures. Responsible for developing and maintaining a positive and an effective employee relations environment in the department. Responsible for encouraging the coaching, growth and development of supervisors and staff. Oversee all hiring, coaching, disciplinary actions taken by supervisors.
  • Participate in grant proposals for the program and generate revenue from both public and private sources.
  • Provide linkage to the Office of Behavioral Health and other community mental health centers statewide as needed and indicated.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the COO and CEO.

EDUCATION: A qualified mental health professional must be licensed in the state of Colorado as a psychologist, clinical social worker, professional counselor, or registered nurse. Minimum of Master's degree, and PhD or LCSW preferred.

EXPERIENCE: A minimum of five (5) years of experience in clinical delivery of services. A minimum 4 years of supervisory and management responsibilities with a staff of at least 25 people. Five years' experience in budget development, grant writing, and program development.


  • Ability to set direction, lead, attain goals, get results
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise an experienced multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural staff.
  • In-depth knowledge of methods of psychotherapy and available community resources.
  • Understanding of resiliency and recovery from mental illness, treatment approaches and techniques, and innovative practices.
  • Utilize and interpret data to inform strategies.
  • Ability to work well with a variety of people, write and communicate effectively.
  • Effective management and conflict resolution skills.
  • Must be computer literate.
  • Knowledge and understanding of trauma-informed care, principles and practices.
  • Bilingual skills are a plus.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Directly supervise Child & Family Directors and Program Managers. May supervise executive assistants or other personnel as needed.

MACHINES AND EQUIPMENT TO BE USED: Computers (including laptop & remote access), calculators, fax machines, copiers, telephone and a variety of other office/clerical equipment.

TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Requires sitting, standing, bending and reaching. Required manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office machines such as computers, fax machines, calculators, the telephone, and other office and/or clerical equipment.

Typical Mental Demands: Ability to give, receive and analyze information, formulate work plans, prepare written materials and articulate goals and action plans. Must understand people from all walks of life and be able to communicate effectively with them.

WORKING CONDITIONS: This leadership position requires occasional evening and/or weekend hours.

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