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Associate Director for Relational Health

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Job Description


Reporting to the Director, Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health (CAECMH) the Associate Director for Relational Health is responsible for managing the clinical and consultative programs of the CAECMH in the areas of infant and early childhood mental health and early relational health. The Associate Director develops and implements policies and protocols, manages grant deliverables, and supervises staff. The Associate Director collaborates with the Director to develop, promote and implement new activities to further grow the infant and early childhood clinical and consultative programming of the CAECMH. The Associate Director assists the Director in providing systems development and coordination activities throughout the state and nation, advocating for policy and legislative actions towards early relational health, and advancing and enhancing the infant and early childhood mental health field in New Jersey.

  • Provide principle administrative and supervisory oversight of the clinical and consultative programming in early relational health and infant and early childhood mental health at the CAECMH.
  • Oversee logistical implementation of continuing education and professional development programs.
  • Assist the Director with managing the CAECMH budget.
  • Manage procedures related to internal University systems (i.e. grant accounting, Human Resources, budget and finance offices, HIPAA compliance, etc.).
  • Provide administrative and clinical supervision of staff using reflectivity as a primary method of supervision.
  • Provide direct consultative and clinical services, as needed.
  • Develop and deliver trainings in relational, emotional/social, cognitive, motor and language development, reflective and regulatory practices, inclusion topics and/or other aspects of practice within the scope of expertise.
  • Develop evaluation plans to collect and report data to advance practice.
  • Develop relationships with state and national stakeholders.
  • Provide expert consultation to government agencies, school districts, health-related agencies, community organizations, human services agencies, other educational and research organizations and other community partners.
  • Represent the CAECMH and MSU at local, state, and national boards and committees.
  • Communicate with the CAECMH Advisory Board where appropriate.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Management retains the right to add or change job duties at any time.

  • Master's degree from accredited college or university in a field related to the position
  • Independent licensure in a mental health field (i.e. LCSW, LPC, Ph.D., Psy.D., M.D.).
  • A minimum of seven years of experience in the field of infant and early childhood mental health and/or early relational health.
  • Demonstrated record of success in administrative oversight, managing clinical operations; promoting and implementing programs and events; supervising clinical staff; managing budgets; and excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of partners at community agencies, statewide and national advocacy groups, and government agencies and departments.
  • Demonstrated experience in sociocultural attunement with culturally diverse populations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the theory, principles, and techniques essential to infant and early childhood mental health/early relational health clinical and consultative practice.
  • Ability to foster statewide relationships, analyze problems, and develop effective work methods.
  • Ability to work independently, with flexible schedule and travel within the state.
  • Bilingual English-Spanish.
  • Endorsement at Infant Mental Health Specialist or Infant Mental Health Mentor level by the New Jersey Association for Infant Mental Health.
  • Record of successful grantspersonship.
  • Demonstrated experience as a trainer on the topics of relational, emotional/social, cognitive, motor and/or language development, reflective and regulatory practices, and/or developmental disabilities and inclusion.

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