State of Massachusetts Clinical Director - Metro in Boston, Massachusetts

The Department of Youth Services (DYS) is the juvenile justice agency for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We work with young people who are detained or committed to the Department and provide detention, custody, care, education and support to young people ages 7-21. Most of the youth served are between the ages 14 and 18.

The Department of Youth Services employs staff in various professions and backgrounds in order to engage young people in strategies that support positive youth development.

We are seeking an energetic, positive and dynamic individual for the role ofClinical Directorto support theMetro Suffolk Detention Program, located at 425 Harvard St. Dorchester, MA.

The current position is for the Clinical Director of a new adolescent boys secure detention program. The Clinical Director is part of the Administrative Management Team in this program – a team comprising the Program Director, the Assistant Program Director, and Teaching Coordinator. You will report directly to the Program Director. You will be working with adolescent boys. He/she will provide clients with clinical social work services in order to promote and maintain maximum psychosocial functioning; perform a standard DYS intake and suicide assessment. The candidate should be comfortable with the prospect of providing crisis interventions when needed. The Clinical Director also works closely with milieu staff ensuring a safe and therapeutic environment for all, staff and youth. It will be preferred if the candidate is familiar with or willing to learn the Restorative Justice Model (RJ) as you will be working with the Management Team as they implement a RJ philosophy into the program. The incumbent of this position will receive clinical supervision from the Regional Clinical Coordinator.

The duties and responsibilities of the Clinical Director include but are not limited to the following:

Ensure proper documentation according to legal, DYS, and DEEC (Department of Early Education and Care) mandates. Performs mental health evaluations and develop plans to ensure safety of residents when appropriate. Ensure that subordinate staffs are in compliance with all DYS and programmatic procedures and policies. Perform Assessments, 68A's and Mental Status exams.

Responsible for the intake and suicide assessment of all clients entering the program.

Working one night a week (until 8:00pm) as part of a team of clinicians in the facility who share the intake and suicide assessment of any youth entering. Provide clinical groups on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and substance abuse prevention with Department approved curriculums. The incumbent for this position is expected to become certified in DBT within six months of hire.

The candidate should possess good communication skills as s/he will also have to be communicating with collaborative agencies and personnel. .

Conduct weekly individual supervision with each clinician and one weekly group clinical supervision.

The Clinical Director is responsible for the clinical review of all clinical records maintained in our electronic filing system (JJEMS). .

S/he is also responsible for the professional development of the clinicians and the supervision of clinical staff for independent licensure when appropriate.

Perform case management tasks which may include helping families make connections with community resources.

With the agency’s initiative of increasing our family engagement, we would expect the Clinical Director to work with his/her administrative team to initiate, plan and organize family events on a regular basis.

Attend clinical and facility meetings as required. .

Perform related tasks as requested.

_Preferred Qualifications:___

Experienced in Suicide Prevention/Intervention Strategies.

Knowledge of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Experience in working with sexual offenders.

Strong clinical and organizational skills directly related to the functions of the Department of Youth Services.

Computer skills in MS Word, Outlook and MS Excel.

Considerable knowledge of State laws pertaining to juveniles and juvenile rights.

Considerable knowledge of and experience in juvenile justice system.

Experience working as a member of an multi-disciplinary team.

Experience in working with families.

Transportation Requirement: Must have reliable transportation.

Minimum Age Requirement: 21 years

*Candidate must be flexible. Will be required to work one (1) late night per week (12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.) and 1 weekend day per month. It is a 40 hour/week work schedule. *

Regular Schedule: 9am to 5pm or 10am to 6pm (Monday through Friday)

Pre-Employment Requirements: Candidates must pass a pre-employment screening which includes: 1) Drug Screening; 2) Psychological Screening; and 3) Medical Examination. If you would like more information, please logon to the DYS website to access detailed information on the Pre-Employment process.

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit and click on "Information for Job Applicants".

  • Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

For questions, please contact the CYF Office of Human Resources at 1-800-510-4122 and select option #2.

This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.



At least three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience as a clinical social worker after earning a Master's degree in social work. Based on assignment to second-level supervisory positions, at least one year of experience must have been in a supervisory capacity.


  • A Doctorate in social work, psychology, sociology, counseling, counseling education, or human services may be substituted for the required nonsupervisory experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.

  • No substitution will be permitted for the required supervisory experience. One year of education equals 30 semester hours. Education toward a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.


A Master's or higher degree in social work is required.


  • Licensure as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Social Work is required.

  • Based on assignment, travel may be required. Those employees who elect to use a motor vehicle for travel must have a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's license or the equivalent from another state.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.*

Job: *Community and Social Services

Organization: *Department of Youth Services

Title: Clinical Director - Metro

Location: Massachusetts-Boston-425 Harvard Street

Requisition ID: 1700033M