Program Director – Therapeutic Nursery School (TNS)

EBAC improves the well-being of children, youth and families by reducing the impact of trauma and social inequities and is committed to building a comprehensive, place-based continuum of accessible, trauma-informed and culturally relevant services that build resiliency, aid in recovery and, where possible, prevent exposure to adverse childhood experiences.


Our staff seeks to reduce barriers that contribute to disparities in wellness for socio-economically disadvantaged and racially marginalized families and to create communities where all children and families have supports to reach their full potential.


We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the following dynamic position:
Program Director – Therapeutic Nursery School (TNS)


The Program Director shall oversee all aspects of program operation, ensuring that TNS operates optimally in meeting the needs of the children and families served.


The Program Director works closely with the Clinical Coordinator and Teaching staff and provides general oversight of clinical supervision for staff clinicians, clinical interns and trainees and direct supervision of the educational team.


The Program Director facilitates daily and weekly meetings for the team; addresses crises and coverage issues; maintains program budget; and attends to all administrative obligations such as management meetings, and developing and implementing program procedures. .


  • MFT, LCSW or PhD or license eligible required.
  • Child Development Site Supervisor or Program Director permit from CCL, or 12 Early Childhood Education units and 3 ECE Administration units preferred.
  • Minimum of two years’ experience offering direct mental health or educational services to young children and their families.
  • Minimum of two years’ experience working with interdisciplinary teams in a school or milieu setting.
  • Minimum of one year experience managing staff and programs.
  • Excellent administrative and supervisory skills.
  • Language skills that include the ability to read; analyze and interpret financial reports and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquires or complaints from parents or agencies. Ability to write documentation that conforms to prescribed style and format. Ability to present information to top management, public groups or board of directors.
  • Demonstration of flexibility, patience and calm in a busy setting.
  • Intermediate computer competency (Word, Excel).
  • Must complete certification in non-violent crisis intervention as provided by Crisis Prevention Institute, Inc.
  • Ability to drive with valid driver's license, auto insurance and access to use of an automobile as needed.
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of educational, psychological and casework modalities of the program.
  • Coordinate the treatment planning process in conjunction with the mental health staff.
  • Coordinate the intake and evaluation of children referred for services in conjunction with the mental health staff.
  • Devise specific education programs for children in collaboration with the educational staff.
  • Ensures the environment is safe for the children, families and staff.
  • Provides back-up coverage for teachers and mental health staff in the milieu and provide crisis intervention with children as needed.
  • Coordinate all staff meetings.
  • Provide observational data and assessment of children's adaptation and functioning in the program to staff through supervision and case conferences.
  • Consult with parents and caretakers, school district personnel, and community partners regarding children's progress in program as needed.
  • Assume overall responsibility for recruitment, training, supervision and evaluation of staff.
  • Provide consultation and in-service training to staff.
  • Supervise teachers in group or one on one, one hour per week.
  • Ensure compliance with Federal, State and local laws, Community Care Licensing regulations, and with terms of contracts with funding sources.
  • Work closely with community agencies regarding placement, referrals and other ancillary services in coordination with Clinicians.
  • Attend interagency meetings and conferences.
  • Utilize Operations Manual and oversee inclusion of periodic policy and procedure updates.
  • Monitor employee work schedules and approve employee time sheets for forwarding to Payroll within the required time frame.
  • Oversee and manages program budget.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Work is in a two-story building with stairs that need to be climbed for access to the second floor.
  • Work is primarily in office, classroom and an enclosed outdoor play yard setting.
  • Because work is directly with small children, full mobility is required for standing, walking, sitting, using hands, climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling.
  • Periodic lifting up to 50 pounds is required.
  • Noise levels may be high at times.
EBAC offers a uniquely generous time off package and an outstanding benefits package that includes health; chiropractic; dental; voluntary life insurance (for yourself and your family), AD&D and SDT; accident and critical illness coverage (for yourself and family); flexible spending for medical, child care and commuter benefits; 403b retirement program; legal insurance; and, agency paid life insurance and long term disability coverage.


East Bay Agency for Children is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diverse candidates to apply by sending a cover letter and resume to, or by fax to 510-268-0143. Please use the job title as the subject. No phone calls please.

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