Children’s Mental Health Program Director

Exciting opportunity to experience the beauty of southeast Alaska while leading life-changing mental health services for children and families!

The Children’s Mental Health Program Director leads a team of dedicated therapists, service coordinators, foster families and direct support paraprofessionals. We are committed to providing wrap-around, trauma-informed, and family-centered services to the island communities of southern southeast Alaska. Community Connections has been providing innovative care to our communities for 35 years. We value our team members, the people we serve and this incredible place we call home.


This isn’t the frozen north the word “Alaska” normally invokes. We live in a temperate rainforest that is similar in climate to Seattle . Salmon, bears, bald eagles, and whales are our neighbors, and our communities have a rich culture of art and music. Ketchikan is a small island town (population: 13,856) but it’s only a two hour plane ride to Seattle.

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  • Competitive Salary DOE
  • Signing and relocation bonus with 2-year commitment
  • Benefits packaged including health, dental, vision, and life insurance, paid leave, 401K retirement with 6% employer match, 11 paid holidays, employee assistance program


  • Leads and directs the entire service team through coaching, support and training from a wrap-a-round, family-centered, and trauma-informed perspective;
  • Leads and directs the entire department in implementation of change initiatives identified through strategic planning or because of changes in regulatory or accreditation requirements;
  • Directs, develops, evaluates and ensures systems of quality and compliance for Medicaid, licensing, and CARF Accreditation for the entire program;
  • Develops and manages program budgets to include regular analysis of expenditures, financial priorities, program productivity, and efficiency;
  • Performs supervisory functions for direct reports: interviews, provides ongoing training and support, conducts performance reviews, initiates staff recognition, and addresses performance issues and concerns;
  • Facilitates regular staff meetings in coordination with other program leadership;
  • In partnership with the Clinical Supervisors, represents the department in the community and maintains key relationships with other agencies, state and national networks, schools, the Division of Juvenile Justice, and the Office of Children’s Services;


  • Master’s degree in counseling, psychology, social work, or other related field;
  • Three years of leadership, supervisory and administrative experience;
  • Two years of experience developing systems and/or training related to regulatory compliance;
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check under agency guidelines and state regulations.


  • Four years of experience working in a human service position with youth and adults experiencing disabilities or severe emotional disturbances;
  • Two years of experience developing systems and/or training related to regulatory compliance;

To Apply

Download the printable application packet

Send in a letter of interest along with the application to or drop off at our Ketchikan or Craig office. A resume or CV can be substituted for the education and work experience sections of the application.