The MEND (Mindful Eating New Directions) Project is a new organization dedicated to helping individuals improve their relationship with food, weight, exercise, and body image. MEND will serve both women and men of all ages including adolescents, and children that may be experiencing binge eating, bulimia, anorexia, and body distress. MEND will also serve those who may not have a formal clinical eating disorder but earnestly want to heal problematic eating and weight concerns. Anonymity and discretion will be paramount, and all clients’ information will remain completely confidential.
MEND, an outpatient clinic, will offer therapeutic counseling in individual and group settings. In addition to focusing on unhealthy behaviors related to eating and body image, MEND will also tackle the underlying route of these behaviors (anxiety, depression, trauma, societal pressures, etc.). Because Eating Disorders affect the whole family, MEND will also offer support to family members who are struggling with the illness of their loved one. MEND also recognizes the importance of prevention and will aim to develop a community education program for all ages.
MEND will be staffed by credentialed clinicians with a background in the treatment of eating disorders. MEND’s staff will be culturally sensitive, discreet, and aware of the best practices in the field.
MEND is an outgrowth of the SAFE Foundation (SAFE) which is a licensed Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) outpatient treatment program which works to provide a reliable haven for those experiencing difficulties with drug addiction, alcoholism, and compulsive gambling.
The MEND Project seeks a dynamic Founding Director to lead the creation and implementation of this critically important vision. The leadership of The MEND Project views the appointment of its inaugural Director as an opportunity for a seasoned clinician to ensure that MEND is an efficient and high performing organization that maximizes the client experience.
Primary responsibilities include:
- Leadingthe process of attaining a licensure from the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH).
- Recruiting, training, and supervising a clinical, treatment, and educational team.
- Developing and implementing MEND’s treatment modality and guiding the overall clinical service approach.
- Engaging the Board and other partners in envisioning new directions and programs which fulfill the mission of the organization, including the development of a curriculum for a community-based education program.
- Overseeing the daily operations and administration of the clinic, ensuring quality program delivery, and maximizing community engagement and outreach.
Additional Responsibilities Include:
- Oversee staff and clinical program operations in a manner that ensures the highest standards and meets all national and state licensing and accreditation standards.
- Support clinical staff in developing methodologies for assessing short and long-term effectiveness of the programs.
- Continually develop new treatment components to meet the needs of persons served.
- Develop and write outpatient program curriculum and program policies and implement these curriculums and policies.
- Maintain compliance with applicable federal, state, and local regulations including all legal and ethical requirements for privacy, confidentiality, and patient protection.
- Maintain an up-to-date referral list of resources and facilitate referrals for individuals requiring a different level of care than MEND offers.
- Develop and implement a training and onboarding protocol for new therapists and ongoing professional development for existing staff.
- Ensure therapist compliance with documentation requirements.
- Provide clinical and administrative supervision to the therapist team.
- Make necessary administrative preparation in order to be audit-ready at all times.
- Provide strong leadership; effective management, organizational, writing and communication skills.
- Advanced degree in one of the following fields: Psychiatry, Psychology, Social work, and Mental Health.
- Extensive experience working with individuals with eating disorders and related diagnoses.
- Knowledgeable about Federal, state, and local law and regulation governing eating disorder treatment programs.
- Familiarity with New York State’s Office of Mental Health regulations.
- The ability to comfortably serve as a strong and effective advocate and spokesperson for MEND’s program, mission and vision with potential clients and their families.
- An action-oriented and goal-focused individual.
- A dynamic, collaborative, and mentoring leader who inspires trust and respect; experience leading teams and supervising and training a diverse staff.
- Comfortable in a small organization with hands-on responsibilities.
- Capacity to prioritize responsibilities, work autonomously and multi-task.
- A diplomatic problem solver able to build consensus and cooperation among all stakeholders and perspectives in the clinical and programmatic sector.
- Ability to maintain and model high personal, ethical, and professional standards.
- Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
- Courtesy, professionalism, proactive problem solving, and attention to detail
This position description is based upon material provided by The MEND Project, an equal opportunity employer.
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