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Mental Health Team Leader - Young Adult Residential

Are you ready to take the next step in your career? As a residential Team Leader in our Young Adult Program, you will supervise a dynamic team of Residential Support Specialists as they support young adults ages 16-21 with mental health challenges. 
As a "player-coach," you will work alongside Residential Support Specialists on your team in the residential setting. You and your team will assist the clients as they learn and practice skills related to what matters most to young people: relationships, school success, recreational activities, health and wellness, early career experiences, and day-to-day living. You will also ensure safety by helping youth regulate and safely express their emotions, including using Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) skills. As a leader in the program, you will support your staff as they teach independent living skills like hygiene and housekeeping, help residents prepare meals, model relationship-building skills, and coach youth on coping skills.
As you see the youth progress, you will document their experiences, success with medication management, and recovery process as they transition to adulthood. Similarly, you will foster professional development in the Residential Support Specialists through regular supervision. You will engage and motivate your staff, provide direct feedback, coach staff to meet billing targets, ensure the residence is adequately staffed for each shift, and help staff work through challenges. Share your knowledge of harm reduction, trauma-informed care, and evidence-based practices and receive ongoing opportunities for training, clinical supervision, and leadership development. 
To succeed in this role, you need: 
  • Passion for mental health advocacy 
  • Effective communication and relationship-building skills
  • Adaptability to staff and client needs, including flexible evening and weekend availability
  • Patience and willingness to meet youth where they’re at
  • A valid driver’s license, current car insurance, and a car for daily use 
  • To be able to perform Therapeutic Crisis Intervention therapeutic restraint techniques, which require moderate exertion, being able to lift 40 pounds, and the mobility to lower self to a kneeling position on the floor. This training is provided and required by Thresholds.
Education and experience required for this role:
  • Bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, or related field
  • Previous experience in DCFS residential programs
  • Previous supervisory experience preferred
What sets Thresholds apart:
  • Competitive pay – Base rate: $25.49 - 28.84 per hour / $53,020 - 59,990 annually 
  • Subject to increase based on education and experience
  • Generous PTO (9 federal holidays, 8 days of sick leave, 15-22 days personal and vacation)
  • Dental insurance, vision insurance, choice of 4 medical insurance plans
  • 403(b) retirement plan with 3% employer match
  • Robust employee assistance program (EAP) 
  • Public service loan forgiveness
  • Supervision for clinical licensure at no cost (LSW, LCSW, LPC, LCPC)
Thresholds is a mission-driven agency with a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We foster an environment where all feel valued and respected, a place where every employee can be themselves, thrive, and support the agency’s mission. Click here to learn more. 
One of the oldest and largest community mental health organizations in Illinois, we pride ourselves in being a Chicago Tribune Top Workplace and one of Chicago’s 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For, several years in a row.
Covid-19 Note
  • In the spirit of caring for one another and our community, please note that upon accepting an offer of employment from Thresholds, you will be required to share proof of a COVID-19 vaccination and booster upon eligibility. You may apply for a Medical or Religious Exemption in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.