Clinical Services Program Director
Washington, DC Clinical
Job Type

Be part of a diverse and dynamic team delivering quality services to/for child victims with equity, respect, and care!  


At Safe Shores, our work is all about PEOPLE. Therefore, we center people in our programming, services, policies, practices, and operations. Which people? The children and families we serve AND the people who do the work, our staff. How? For our trauma-impacted clients, by honoring the humanity of every individual, delivering high-quality services tailored to their specific needs, which includes giving them the time and attention they need. For our staff, by listening, offering excellent benefits, paying competitive salaries, providing remote work flexibility (depending on the position), investing in professional development, pursuing JEDI, encouraging and facilitating self-care and wellness, prioritizing progress over perfection, and building a team of smart, dedicated pros who know that Safe Shores’ mission is best accomplished when we show up as our whole selves, support one another, and experience joy. Joy working with young victims of crime? Absolutely, yes! Mining joy is essential to offering hope, helping clients heal, and individual/organizational sustainability. 

Safe Shores’ survivor-centered approach to healing means we recognize that healing is not linear and that our clients often bring multi-layered challenges to the therapy space in addition to the trauma that brought them to Safe Shores. Traditional insurance-guided treatment time-frames and deadlines may not meet our clients’ needs, therefore, we don’t have those restrictions. Our therapists meet each client where they are and work with them, accordingly, including on their time frame. Reasonable caseloads give Safe Shores’ clinicians the time and space to provide optimal clinical support. Further, Safe Shores knows the importance of language and cultural factors that affect client needs and we allow the time required for staff to be appropriately supportive and responsive.

We are currently searching for an experienced Clinical Services Director. This is a full-time exempt position, with a salary range of $85,000 to $100,000.


To start, we recognize that co-workers impact the job experience. Safe Shores is intentional about assembling and supporting a team of individuals who are not just able, resourceful professionals, but just as importantly, people who are respectful, responsible, honest, and kind and who embrace Safe Shores' mission and values wholeheartedly, with a focus on racial equity, kindness, belonging, trustworthiness, integrity, and taking care to give care. 


That said, our robust benefits for newly hired employees include: 

  • Birthday Comp Day (Your birthday is a holiday for you!)
  • Your Own Annual Professional Development Fund
  • 13 days of paid vacation leave 
  • 13 days of paid sick leave 
  • 13 days of paid holidays 
  • Paid personal leave 
  • Paid parental leave 
  • At least 75% employer-paid medical (PPO with lots of provider options), dental and vision insurance 
  • Dedicated Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 
  • Employee appreciation and wellness events 
  • Short- and long-term disability insurances 
  • Life insurance 
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan (Employer contribution after 1 year of service)
  • Essential oils and diffusers for employee workspaces

Other benefits as applicable are as follows:

  • For clinical professionals, Safe Shores provides clinical supervision that may be counted toward licensure as a benefit for the clinical positions.
  • For clinical professionals, Safe Shores cover the cost of licensure fees in the District of Columbia. 
  • For employees with a tenure of five+ consecutive years, Safe Shores offers paid sabbatical leave.


  • Safe Shores is currently working in a hybrid work environment. 
  • Candidates will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. 
  • Fully vaccinated means COVID-19 vaccination and any related booster vaccination(s) is required.

Reasonable accommodation may be available to enable persons with disabilities to perform the essential job duties. The following is a summary of and not an all-inclusive list of the essential job duties. 


Oversees the day-to-day operations of the Clinical Services Program, including clinical supervision, oversight of and quality assurance for the provision of trauma-focused mental health interventions with child victims, their siblings, and non-offending family members as well as clinical consultation to the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) that investigates child sexual and physical abuse cases in the District of Columbia.  The incumbent is required to participate in the on-call rotation for after-hours and weekend support for forensic interviews. Is accountable to guide and advance the mission of the organization in all ways and to contribute to creating and maintaining a positive, productive, and constructive working environment. This position requires mandatory reporting for child abuse and neglect under the District of Columbia Statute § 4-1321.02. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES (Other duties may be assigned)

  • Provide individual supervision to therapists and interns; conduct quarterly and annual performance appraisals. Participate in the hiring and training of full-time and part-time staff when applicable. Develop and monitor yearly professional development plans with supervisees.
  • Implement work plans for program areas that are based on the organization’s overall strategic plan; develop yearly service projections and program budget; submit program reports and statistics as required.
  • Maintain and assure the integrity and accuracy of program data, statistics, and service provision; the quality and confidentiality of electronic and paper case files; and the appropriate use of program supplies and other inventory.
  • Conduct therapeutic sessions with children, adolescents, and parents; conduct psycho- social assessments to identify strengths, needs, and appropriate interventions; develop case goals and document progress; conduct pre- and post-tests with clients.
  • Assign cases and track program caseloads.
  • Participate in MDT and organization-wide planning efforts.
  • Participate in ongoing training and professional development activities including supervision with the Deputy Director.
  • Serve as a member of the organization's senior management team and participate in development projects to build financially sustainable programs.


  • Respond to crisis situations with clients and identify/plan with staff regarding secondary trauma issues.
  • Provide non-offending family members with clinical consultation, parent education, and therapeutic referrals.
  • Represent the Clinical Services Program at MDT Case Reviews and share appropriate insight and information with MDT members; collaborate with team members in planning care for children/adolescents and arrange services.
  • Organize, coordinate, and conduct weekly clinical case reviews with clinical staff and bi-weekly case reviews with all program staff.
  • With the Deputy Director, coordinate and participate in in-service training sessions on relevant topics, such as engaging clients, child development, and secondary trauma.
  • Consult with members of the multi-disciplinary team as requested or as deemed necessary.


Manages all staff in the clinical services program. 

Candidates must submit all the following information to be considered for the position:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter indicating your interest in the position and how your experiences will benefit Safe Shores
  3. Proof of Licensure in the District of Columbia or statement regarding license eligibility 

Safe Shores – The DC Children’s Advocacy Center conducts pre-employment background checks on all selected candidates.  If you are a finalist, we will investigate your background, employment history, references, and any related employment matters to determine your suitability for employment. 

By submitting this application, you understand the above statement and authorize all persons and entities contacted by Safe Shores – The DC Children’s Advocacy Center to provide any relevant information regarding your current or previous employment and you release all persons and entities contacted by Safe Shores – The DC Children’s Advocacy Center, of all claims for providing such information.


Safe Shores is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.



  • Master’s or Doctorate degree (from an accredited institution) in psychology, social work, or related field; current clinical license in your field in the District of Columbia (LICSW, LPC, or licensed psychologist). 
  • Six (6) years of full-time work experience within a mental health/social service setting providing mental health services. 
  • Four (4) years of experience supervising full-time clinical staff. 
  • Post-graduate training in trauma-focused interventions and modalities including trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT). 
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally with diverse individuals and groups. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively with children and adolescents up to 17 years of age. 
  • Familiarity with and a disposition toward the MDT approach to the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with different theoretical and intervention models including developmental theories, attachment theories, crisis intervention theories, the dynamics of intra- and extra-familial child abuse, and the DSM-V.
  • Demonstrated ability to testify effectively in civil and criminal proceedings. 
  • Superb interpersonal skills; high level of cultural competence. 
  • Familiarity with and a disposition toward the MDT approach to the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases. 
  • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to work independently. 
  • Ability to successfully pass Child Protection Registry clearance and criminal background check.


  • Experience working in a Children’s Advocacy Center setting, pediatric organization, or traumatic stress center. 
  • Knowledge of or familiarity with criminal investigative, social services and legal systems in the District of Columbia. 
  • Professional relationships within the region, including community, organization, and university partnerships.


High level of comfort with technology and proficiency with MS Office applications, primarily SharePoint, MS Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint. Knowledge of Adobe and the internet.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to touch or feel a computer, keyboard, monitor, telephone, Smart Phone, and talk or hear when interacting with employees. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk and sit. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The employee may regularly lift and /or move 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.