New Vision Wilderness
  • Dahlonega, GA, USA
  • Full Time

Program Director

First Light Wilderness Therapy

Reports to: Executive Director

First Light Wilderness - A New Vision Program (the Outdoor Division for Embark Behavioral Healthcare) is recruiting for dynamic and passionate Industry Leader to join the mission of growing our newest program! NVW has successfully operated specialized OBH program models for over 13 years, and we are looking to expand and enhance upon the existing OBH models currently offered to children and families in need.

The core purpose of NVW Programs is to Profoundly Change Lives and Create Joy. Our company core values are Empathy, Service, Trusting Relationships, and Growth. We have a dynamic, fun, and enthusiastic team and the Program Director is a key driver of our culture. We offer a competitive salary (negotiable) and robust benefits package (health insurance, life insurance, dental and vision insurance, 401k match, paid time off, and more!). First Light believes in providing high quality, innovative treatment within a compassionate environment. Building healthy relationships with our students and their families is a special focus of ours.


Why work with our Team?

  • Access to endless outdoor activities including kayaking, mountain biking, fishing, climbing, and more
  • Canine therapy integrated into treatment
  • Work with adolescents, pre-teens, and emerging adult population
  • Extensive learning opportunities for personal and professional growth
  • Team building experiences
  • Professional development
  • Opportunities for advancement in a growing family of programs
  • Opportunity to become an expert in the field of healing trauma and attachment
  • Flexible work environment and culture
  • Work collaboratively as a member of teams for best outcomes
  • Collaboration opportunities with other leading Mental Health Programs
  • Relocation/signing bonuses available for experienced candidates
  • Proprietary CASA treatment model, with a unique relational and experiential approach
  • We are not a behavior modification program
  • Great compensation based on experience
  • Excellent benefits package

Position Overview:

The Program Director will be responsible for the continued development and growth of a newer location while overseeing student programming, staffing and operations as well as working in collaboration with the clinical team to implement First Light's treatment model.  The Program Director will ensure there is healthy program culture and norms, minimize risks, ensure student and staff safety, develop and grow people, build upon and optimize systems and processes and work closely with the Executive Director and other leaders (Clinical Assistant Director, Field Director, Academics, Canine Therapy and Admissions.)  

The Program Director is someone who can effectively manage people and large teams with multiple levels of employees and with varying degrees of experience and professional development.  The position requires a natural customer focus and team builder mentality to meet the needs of referents, parents, employees and students.

Job Responsibilities (among others):

  • Responsible for the incident response system and field support when needed
  • Daily paperwork requirements, outreach, marketing, program alignment visits and taking part in conferences
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a team
  • Natural Leadership
  • Basic knowledge of therapeutic processes and child, adolescent, and young adult development
  • Time management and organizational skills
  • Provide customer driven services such as receiving and responding to phone calls, e-mails, and inquiries in a timely manner
  • Building Trusting Relationships with our internal and external community

Job Requirements:

  • Minimum of 5 years management experience in the adventure or outdoor field with at-risk youth, or comparable experience
  • Must have excellent leadership, communication and problem-solving skills
  • Must have the ability to self-transport during crisis situations
  • Must be able to lift and carry 50+ pounds for extended durations and have the ability to walk at least 1 mile over uneven terrain
  • Must have knowledge and skill to camp competently and safely in four-season conditions
  • Must possess a current first aid and CPR certification; Certified Wilderness First Responder preferred
  • Must be able to pass a Background Criminal Investigation
  • Must hold a valid Driver's License with clean driving record
  • Education: BS/BA degree required (related field preferred)
  • Age: 25+ years old

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