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Program Director, Functional Family Therapy

Tucker, Georgia
Closing date
Aug 13, 2022
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Job Details

Wellroot offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits package that includes: 

  • Major medical, dental and vision coverage 
  • STD, LTD, and Basic Life coverage – 100% Employer Paid 
  • 11 Paid company holidays 
  • Generous PTO policy 
  • 401K – 6% Match 

For 150 years Wellroot Family Services has provided meaningful, positive change that dramatically impacts the lives of children and families within the North Georgia community.  Join our dynamic and growing organization!  Our mission at Wellroot is to restore children and families from trauma through Christ; and we envision a world where every child is raised in a loving, compassionate, and nurturing home.   

Position: Program Director, Functional Family Therapy 

Reports to: Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer  

Department: Prevention Services 

Location: Tucker, GA 

FLSA: Exempt 

Job Summary:   

The Program Director for Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is responsible for implementing all aspects of Wellroot’s FFT program in order to create meaningful impact and change in the lives of those we serve.  The Program Director, FFT is responsible for managing the agencies relationship with our external accreditation and training partner, ensuring model fidelity, creating and maintaining a strong client pipeline, and the tracking of all client data. In addition, the Program Director, FFT will provide clinical supervision to a team of therapists who are pursuing their LCSW or LPC. Program Director will also provide clinical supervision to master’s level interns in order to create a pipeline of talented mental health professionals for the agency and the region.   The Program Director will work closely with the SVP of Programs and the Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer (CSIO) to build the department, provide first-in-class mental health services, and define and measure outcomes with rigor. Program Director will also partner with the CSIO to develop sustainable revenue streams to ensure long term program stability.   


  • Responsible for overall success of Wellroot Family Services Functional Family Therapy Program, including oversight all clinical, administrative, and managerial aspects of the program. 
  • Work with CSIO to develop a departmental structure that positions the agency for rapid growth, including new revenue sources and client referral pipelines.    
  • In year one, the Program Director, FFT will serve as the supervisor for two teams of 3-4 FFT therapists, providing clinical supervision, case note review, weekly individual and group supervision, and overall oversight of the FFT team. 
  • The Program Director will work directly with the model developer to learn, train, and implement the FFT model with fidelity and ensure that he/she is prepared to provide ongoing clinical supervision for the program as it expands. 
  • The Program Director, FFT will consistently monitor program for model fidelity and desired outcomes. 
  • Assures availability of clinical and administrative support to staff 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. 
  • Conducts the weekly program implementation and problem-solving meeting with the supervisors and program consultants.  
  • Approves referrals and discharges.  
  • Maintains stakeholder relationship with referral sources. Coordinate services within agency and with other community providers. 
  • Assures appropriate documentation of services in Care4 database, as well as any other stakeholder databases. 
  • Coordinates all HR related concerns in coordination with the Vice President, HR. Recruits and hires staff for the program; coordinates the training and cross-training of staff with the developers and their purveyor organizations. 
  • Assures program quality efforts to allow for supervisory and oversight input, and to meet all reporting and communication needs of funding and referral sources. 
  • Conducts weekly clinical meeting with team to ensure all clinicians are receiving the support needed and that cases meet contract expectation. Conducts weekly individual supervision as needed to target staff competency needs. 
  • Participates in leadership and CQI reporting meetings. Monitors outcomes related to identifying performance trends, best practices, and opportunities for improvement.  
  • Reports to agency administration, funding sources and referral sources as required regarding program outcomes, cost effectiveness, and overall success. 
  • Provides administrative support targeting systemic barriers to treatment success or practice.  
  • Provides coaching to new supervisors/staffs. 
  • Partner with the CSIO to gauge progress toward goals with monthly and annual reporting; set performance objectives and metrics; monitor and provide periodic progress reports to CEO and senior leadership.  
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned. 


  • Master's degree in a Social Work or Psychology 
  • Licensed professional in clinical or counseling Psychology, Social Work, or a related subject area 

Preferred Experience:  

  • Minimum of 5 years’ leadership experience in one of more of the following areas: social work, child welfare, mental or behavioral health 
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience providing individual and group therapy, preferably with a trauma-informed approach 
  • Supervisory experience and oversight. Supervision of professional and administrative staff 
  • Program Development including design, financing, staffing, and evaluation. 
  • Managing day-to-day operation of community-based and social service program for children, adolescents, and families.  
  • Understanding of mental health disorders or substance abuse problem 
  • Behavioral therapy; crisis intervention & de-escalation therapy 
  • Service coordination 
  • Program Promotion and marketing 
  • Experience with program evaluation, data entry and analysis, and report production. Basic understanding of evidence based preventive services issues. 
  • Knowledge of evidence-based models and continuous quality improvement process. 
  • Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills.  
  • Excellent communication skills required.  Strong written and verbal communication skills.  
  • Ability to work with a wide variety of stakeholders and manage multiple deadlines and projects as necessary.  
  • Experience in recruiting, hiring, mentoring and coaching to build a strong and effective team 
  • Superior leadership and management skills; proven ability to influence and engage staff, direct and indirect reports, peers and volunteers 
  • Demonstrated skill and comfort in proactively cultivating, developing and building strong relationships across all functions and at all levels 
  • Strong creative problem solving, negotiation and conflict resolution skills 
  • Computer skills: Microsoft Office – strong proficiency and experience in working with Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint 
  • Intermediate level experience in working with and understanding of Internet applications and programs 

Work Requirements:  

This job generally operates in a professional office environment. Fast-paced, working with vulnerable clients. The ability to maintain a flexible work schedule which will include evenings and weekends is required. Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds.  

Wellroot is an EEO employer 




Our mission: We restore children and families from trauma through Jesus Christ.

Our vision: We envision a world where every child is raised in a loving, compassionate, and nurturing home.


Foster Care in GeorgiaFor nearly 150 years, Wellroot Family Services has been leading the effort to transform the lives of children and families in Georgia. Through our four programs, Wellroot cares for and encourages the growth and healing of children, young adults and families in and affected by the foster care system of Georgia.

Wellroot first opened its doors in 1871. Its name at the time, though, was The Decatur Orphans’ Home. Its mission was to serve the needs of children who had been orphaned during the Civil War. Over the next several decades, the needs of children and families in Georgia changed, as did the focus and programs of The Decatur Orphans’ Home, whose leadership continued to grow and transform the organization in order to better meet those needs. In 1934, after 63 years as The Decatur Orphans’ Home, The Board of Trustees approved a name change that would better reflect the growth of the organization, along with its potential as an Foster Familiesagency of the Methodist Church. The new name was The Methodist Children’s Home.  Thirty-six years later, in 1970, “United” was added to the name, reflecting the continued growth and transformation of the Methodist denomination.

The needs of children and families in Georgia continue to change and true to our heritage, the programs and focus continue to be transformed in order to better meet those needs.

In December 2018, the Board of The United Methodist Children’s Home approved another name change, one that better reflects the growth of the organization, along with its potential as an agency of The United Methodist Church. After 49 years of operating as The United Methodist Children’s Home, our organization is now called Wellroot Family Services.

Built on industry best practices, our Christian faith and bold, new innovative approaches toward child welfare, Wellroot is the leading faith-centered family services organization in Georgia. As an agency of The United Methodist Church in North Georgia, Wellroot Family Services’ programs were designed to respond to the needs of children and families through faith-centered service. With a focus on supporting youth from infancy through early adulthood, we help people reach their God-given potential through the encouragement and love of a healthy home.

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