Program Director: Residential/Education Program for Foster Youth

US-CA-Los Angeles
2 months ago
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University Village is an innovative hybrid placement model developed through a historical public-private collaboration between Seneca Family of Agencies and First Star. This program serves youth over the course of their high school career. In the first year, youth live in a Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP) close to UCLA. Youth receive services to accelerate permanency, wellbeing, and educational attainment, and spend weekends living with their resource (foster) families. For years two through four of high school, University Village supports youth in transitioning to live with their resource families. Youth and families continue to receive ongoing support to maintain permanency and education success, and they also receive family programming in collaboration with First Star and community partners.


University Village is seeking a Program Director to lead this innovative and exciting effort. The Program Director will oversee a multi-disciplinary staff and provide program-level oversight for all clinical and administrative aspects of University Village and will ensure appropriate implementation of all core services. In this role, the Program Director will be the primary liaison for all of University Village’s county, education agency, and community-based partners and therefore, is responsible for developing and sustaining meaningful partnerships that promote successful service delivery.



  • Establishes overall policies and operational procedures in order to achieve program objectives.
  • Stay abreast of legislation and regulations which may affect the operation of the program.
  • Lead the hiring of all management and direct care staff.  Oversee the hiring, training, evaluation and provides programmatic supervision to the Assistant Director and administrative support staff. 
  • Facilitate new relationships and maintain existing relationships with other community-based organizations, the public school system, community resources and county agencies including Children and Family Services, Mental Health, LAUSD, and UCLA.
  • Develop and implement new program models and service methods including evidenced-based practices to successfully address both the needs of the population served as well as the needs of the contracting entity.
  • Ensure program viability and financial sustainability.  Plan and monitor, with Controller, the fiscal activities of the program to maintain budgetary obligations.
  • Manage and analyze in-depth outcomes data and service delivery effectiveness in order to inform service provision and maintain adherence to the service models.
  • Ensure program meets clinical and administrative standards established by the agency, accrediting bodies (Joint Commission), contracting entities and the state.
  • Pursue and participate in fundraising opportunities as appropriate.



  • Masters level of education in social services, social work, public policy, or related field
  • At least 3 years’ experience within the mental health field in an administrative position
  • Obtain fingerprint clearances with the DOJ and FBI in addition to other regulatory requirements
  • Valid California driver’s license and a clean driving record
  • Management experience preferred
  • Experience working in a residential/STRTP model program preferred
  • Experience working in a foster care program a plus
  • Understanding required of the educational needs of child welfare involved youth
  • Ability to lead, supervise, speak and negotiate for the agency



  • Competitive salary
  • Comprehensive employee benefits package, including medical, dental, vision and chiropractic coverage, and partially paid premiums for dependents
  • Scholarship opportunities, ongoing training, and professional development opportunities
  • 5 weeks of flexible paid time off
  • We provide a 403b retirement plan
  • Employer-paid Employee Assistance Plan​


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