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Program Director, Youth Mental Health Academy

San Mateo, California
USD150,000 to USD200,000
Job Type
19 May 2023

Research Operations Director


Research - California Initiative


Child Mind Institute




Full-Time, Exempt


September 2022

Supervisor Position:

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The Child Mind Institute is seeking a Program Director for the California Youth Mental Health Academy (YMHA). The Program Director will be responsible for general oversight and management of the YMHA which is being developed and operated through a contract to CMI from the State of California, initially for a three-year period beginning in 2022.

The Youth Mental Health Academy is a unique, exciting, multifaceted program with the goal of identifying under-represented minority and disadvantaged high school students and helping them realize their potential to join the workforce with careers in mental health science and practice. High school-aged participants in the Youth Mental Health Academy will be provided a range of workshops, immersive mentoring, and networking opportunities. To succeed at this goal will require creativity, imagination, and energy to build novel opportunities and services in California, with the possibility of a very broad impact on and transforming child and adolescent mental health. In addition, this position provides the opportunity to engage with a broad range of clinicians, policy-makers, researchers, and community leaders.

The Program Director will work with CA Youth Mental Health Academy Directors to support the day-to-day operations of the Youth Mental Health Academy. They will have overall responsibility for operations and administrations to ensure the short and long-term success of the YMHA. This includes planning, operations, compliance and processes, employee engagement, finances, and outcome quality. Within this role, the Program Manager will oversee the work of multidisciplinary teams, including clinicians, media and communications specialists, researchers, and community organizers.

The Program Director, YMHA must have the ability to multi-task in a high-energy environment. This position will involve traveling to Program sites throughout California to monitor activities.

The Child Mind Institute is proud to be named a Great Place to Work-Certified company! Our competitive compensation and benefits include medical insurance, 401(k), paid parental leave, dependent care, and flexible work schedules, paid parental leave, dependent care and discounted tickets and entertainment perks programs. For more information about our benefits, please visit our employee benefits website.


Coordinate the day-to-day work of the YMHA team members responsible for achieving Program goals
Work directly with Project Directors to implement and facilitate project operations
Travel (up to 20%) to California YMHA sites is required to oversee overall operations, coordinate with partnerships and provide direct supervision to the management and operations teams
In collaboration with the CMI Contracts Office and the Managing Director, create and complete contracts with relevant parties engaged in the Initiative
Actively manage and escalate issues related to meeting project milestones, and proactively identify alternative ways to develop and implement risk mitigation strategies
Assist with establishing new sites, including implementing plans, participating in architectural planning, hiring of staff, arranging service vendors, and assisting in designing new participant recruitment efforts
Facilitate communication and information sharing across the Program team. Develop, prepare and distribute communications, meeting minutes, presentations, and other materials as needed to ensure communication objectives are met.
Support program evaluation and reporting activities.
Other duties as necessary


Minimum 5 years of operations, or project management experience
Masters or doctoral degree in a relevant discipline preferred
Prior experience with community-focused and/or educational initiatives preferred
Exceptional interpersonal, communication (written, verbal) and collaboration skills
Demonstrated management and organizational skills
Demonstrated strategic, critical thinking and problem-solving skills
Comfortable in a fast-paced environment and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities
Able to share in morale building and group support to achieve goals and objectives
Excellent communication skills (oral and written) some understanding of financial and organizational management

Special Considerations:

Please upload your CV during the application process.

All new hires must be vaccinated and must stay up to date with vaccines against the COVID-19 virus unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religion or disability. If you are offered employment with CMI, this requirement must be met by your date of hire, unless a reasonable accommodation for exemption is received and approved by CMI.

The Child Mind Institute is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment based on race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), color, sex/gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), sex stereotype, gender identity/gender expression/transgender (including whether or not you are transitioning or have transitioned) and sexual orientation; national origin (including language use restrictions and possession of a driver's license issued to persons unable to prove their presence in the United States is authorized under federal law Vehicle Code section 12801.9 ); ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information/characteristics, marital status/registered domestic partner status, age (40 and over), sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation.
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  • Job Reference: 1010170265-2
  • Date Posted: 19 May 2023
  • Recruiter: Child Mind Institute
  • Location: San Mateo, California
  • Salary: USD150,000 to USD200,000
  • Sector: Healthcare & Medical
  • Job Type: Permanent