Chief of Behavioral Services

JFCS of the Suncoast | Sarasota, FL, United States

Posted Date 5/20/2022

Job Summary/Function:

The Chief of Behavioral Services is responsible for the oversight and development of the Counseling Services function of JFCS.  As a licensed clinician, this position will provide direct supervision to the Clinical Supervisor and the Director of Community Based Counseling Programs.  Clinical supervision of licensed staff as well as maintaining an active case load are also part of this position. The Chief of Behavioral Services is a high-profile position that is tasked with high accountability, leadership, and the ability to simultaneously work with a great degree of autonomy.


Accountability:  President/CEO


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversight and development of the Counseling Services
  • Provide supervision and oversight of the Clinical Supervisor, Director of Community Based Counseling Programs
  • Provide the requisite supervision to licensed staff
  • Interface with external medical billing company and Finance Department
  • Manage Clinician’s weekly productivity levels
  • Maintain an active case load


Clinical Supervision

  • Individual and team supervision
  • Superior clinical skills as demonstrated by understanding methods, practices, and therapies beneficial for the treatment of the Agency populations and the ability to communicate and implement the same to subordinate staff.
  • Exercise sound, objective and informed business judgment based upon ethics and a sole agenda of agency betterment with no hint of personal bias or personal gain.
  • Participate in the hiring process when necessary


Clinical Program Planning

  • Ensure that all programs have operational plans that relate to the outcome indicators as well as any other relevant identified information.
  • Ensure supervisors follow program plans and have the necessary supports to meet their objectives.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of best business practices/models that will ensure programs remain fiscally viable and at the ready for any and all external changes or requirements


Regulatory compliance

  • Maintain current knowledge of all regulations pertaining to the programs
  • Quality improvement
  • Program outcomes and reporting
  • Review policies and procedures to ensure compliance
  • Ensure complete compliance with regulatory standards and requirements within the respective programs
  • Monitor Quality Management and Quality Assurance to ensure the development, implementation and monitoring of program quality assurance standards that are in compliance with regulatory requirements. This includes participation in utilization review and incident review as well as conducting inquiries into questions with respect to utilization and incident review.


Staff Development

  • Ensure evaluations and professional development plans are completed on time and supported.
  • Ensure staff is provided sufficient opportunities for training
  • Develop an organizational structure of reporting relationships between program leaders and senior management which ensures that adequate program supervision is being received on a routine basis.
  • Development of staff to enable individuals to reach their highest potential
  • Assess the training needs and coordinate appropriate training in order to meet the needs of the Departments, regulatory agencies and staff.


Grants Management

  • Oversee the review of contractual requirements, milestones to ensure compliance
  • Assist in the writing of grants to enhance the Department as needed



  • Monitor and supervise programmatic budget compliance and revenue of programs to ensure maximum revenue potential and efficient utilization of programs and drive corrective action steps toward improvement when needed



  • Conduct monthly walkthroughs to evaluate conditions and submit short and long term recommendations
  • Coordinate improvement efforts in partnership with appropriate area administrator


Internal Representation

  • Participate in  Executive Staff and Leadership Council meetings
  • Participate in other meetings as deemed appropriate by the  President/CEO


External Representation

  • Participate in external committees/workgroups that increase the organization’s presence, obtain needed information and enhance JFCS reputation
  • Ensure representation of Counseling Services at all interagency and public levels  



  • Specific training and background in program evaluation, program supervision, program development and implementation
  • Sensitivity to the service population’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics
  • Experience with budget and administration with Mental Health and Substance Abuse
  • Five (5) or more years of clinical experience and progressively increasing administrative experience in the Mental Health or Substance Abuse field.
  • Florida Licensed Case Social Worker


Development of New Programs Initiative

  • Identify service gaps and plan programs and service initiatives to address areas and assist in presenting proposals to funding sources.
  • Assess trends and community needs in order to facilitate program development
  • Plan and assure the submission of grants related to finding programs consistent with programmatic needs
  • Provide strategic planning and development for ongoing programs and new programs
  • Assess the needs of clients and evaluate program functioning relative to those needs. Make modifications of program functioning as necessary in order to meet assessed needs.
  • Ensure special issues which should be areas of focus to include development of formalized programs to address these issues and the development of new programming.
  • Ensure maximization of census by coordinating and providing outreach  efforts of programs to the community referral sources
  • Monitor, review and negotiate insurance rates
  • Development of new programs to enhance the Department


Physical Requirements

  • Light physical activity is required with occasional lifting of objects up to 10 pounds. Work is normally performed in an office setting. Duties will require travel in personal vehicle.

Required Skills

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint


Training Requirements

All JFCS mandatory training


Classification: Exempt


Salary90000.00 - 95000.00 Annual
Full Time
Organization Type
Family Services
Retirement Plans | Dental | Leave Early for Shabbat | Life Insurance | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Sick Days
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