Youth and Family Services Manager

Youth and Family Services Manager


The Youth & Family Services Manager (YFSM) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) responsible for the development, oversight, coordination, delivery, and clinical leadership for Healing Tree programming and services at all Dempsey Center sites. This includes the planning, implementation and evaluation of programming and services for youth and families impacted by cancer based on evidence-based practice, as well as the needs and interests of clients as identified through ongoing assessment and evaluation.  The YFSM will be responsible for conducting outreach and providing reliable information pertaining to the psychosocial needs of youth and families affected by cancer to clients, professionals, staff and the community at large. This role also involves the direct provision of clinical mental health services to youth and their families, including counseling, consultation, developing and leading support groups and support/skill building workshops. In addition to youth and family clients, a small adult counseling caseload may be carried (up to 20% of total caseload) as client volume and organizational need dictates. The YFSM will report quarterly data and be responsible for procuring relevant research for grant writing purposes specific to the Healing Tree programs and services.  The YFSM also provides guidance and direction to all direct services staff regarding the psychosocial aspects of the cancer, cancer treatment, and bereavement impact on youth and families, offering consultation and debriefing sessions as needed.  The Youth & Family Services Manager functions as an active member of the Dempsey Center Management team, providing a psychosocial perspective specifically related to the provision of services to youth to policy and program development.

  • Provide direct individual, family and group clinical services to primarily youth and family clients impacted by cancer. 10-20% of caseload may also be made up of adult clients as organizational need dictates.
  • Develop and oversee the provision of high quality, evidence-based clinical programs and services to youth and family clients impacted by cancer. This includes supervision of staff providing services to youth and families.
  • Ensure Healing Tree Program sustainability and growth through strategic planning, outreach and development.
  • Advocate with key stakeholders for the needs of youth and family clients impacted by cancer in accordance with the mission and values of the Dempsey Center.


  • Master of Social Work degree required
  • LCSW in state of Maine required, OSW-C strongly preferred
  • 3-5 years of clinical experience necessary, including at least 1 year working with youth and families. Experience in outdoor education, experiential learning or wilderness therapy a plus.
  • Experience working in oncology, palliative care or hospice strongly preferred.
  • Willingness and ability to act as clinical leader in facilitating outdoor adventure based therapeutic programming, including week-long therapeutic summer camp program for adolescent cancer caregivers, Space to Breathe, and twice annual Teen Adventure Day trips.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide array of people – junior and senior, for-profit and nonprofit, and from diverse backgrounds
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills are essential including group presentation
  • Passionate about the Dempsey Center’s mission and impact
  • Skilled in providing clinical supervision and coaching; be visible, approachable and serve as a sounding board/resource
  • Operates with excellence in mind in all matters, with the confidence to defend/debate ideas without ego interfering