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Program Director | Cuttingsville, VT

Program Director | Cuttingsville, VT

Published: February 27, 2023


The Program Director oversees the Work, Recreation, and Clinical departments as part of the full continuum of the resident experience. Primary objectives include effecting the integration of therapeutic goals and treatment into the Work program, devising milestones towards wellness, and ensuring that all departments understand how they contribute to the residents’ therapeutic experience and the mission, vision and standards of Spring Lake Ranch. Must be a strong proponent of experiential milieu therapy.


• Provide supervision, mentoring, coaching and performance management for Work Program and Clinical staff.
• Coordinate and collaborate with the Consulting Clinical Supervisor to ensure that clinicians are well supported and actively working toward providing meaningful resident specific experiences on work crew.
• Provide Therapeutic Work Program Managers support in creating work opportunities that are meaningful and individualized to further residents’ goals.
• Supervise the Program Manager to ensure therapeutic activities/recreation are appropriate and well planned.
• Provide administrative oversight including on-going general support and supervision, time-management, conflict resolution, scheduling, evaluation, and professional development, etc. of the Therapeutic Work Program Managers and Clinical team. • Be an active member of the Leadership team, thinking strategically to move SLR into the position of being the best therapeutic farm-based program in the country. • In collaboration with the Business Office, support all Managers in developing their respective annual budgets.


• Attend Coordination/Leadership team meetings and participate in committees as needed as the representative of SLR Programs.
• Provide quarterly written reports to the Executive Director for inclusion in Board reports.
• Ensure active communication, coordination, and collaboration between the program departments and all other departments to encourage an environment of efficiency and performance.
• Provide leadership and coordination of monthly Community Meetings. • Establish guidelines and standards by which the organization’s quality and impact can be evaluated; identifies opportunities for improvement.

Additional Responsibilities:

• Demonstrate an understanding and commitment to the SLR Mission, Vision and Core Values.
• Represent Spring Lake Ranch professionally and positively to others including families, doctors, therapists, vendors, other providers, employers, volunteer contacts, friends, interns, volunteers, visitors, candidates, the general public, etc.
• Maintain respectful, therapeutic, and supportive relationships with Spring Lake Ranch residents and clients.
• Draw upon personal talents, interests, and passions to develop special programming for the community.
• Participate in holidays and other Ranch special events throughout the year when requested.
• Crisis intervention and assistance as needed.
• Other duties as requested.

• Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW.
• Passion for and commitment to experiential therapy in a farm-based therapeutic community with people working towards recovery from mental health and substance abuse conditions.
• 2+ years previous experience managing psychiatric treatment, education, or wilderness therapy programs.
• 2+ years previous supervision, administrative and management experience.
• Experience in organizing and managing groups of people to accomplish a specific task.
• Flexible leadership style; ability to be direct and supportive; ability to act as a leader or in a collegial role with coworkers.
• Interested and able to develop new skills.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Strong interpersonal, organizational, conflict resolution and presentation skills.


See above


Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW


Vision, 401(k), Dental, Medical, Life Insurance

About Spring Lake Ranch

Spring Lake Ranch was founded in 1932, a non-profit residential program serves adults 18+ with a variety of mental health and addiction struggles. Central to our focus is the idea of healing through shared, meaningful work. Each day, residents and staff in small groups participate in all the work involved in keeping a community of nearly 70 people going. There are four crews which engage in five hours of work each day. Our Farm Crew takes care of our cows, sheep, chickens, goats, and pigs, and runs the haying operation every summer. Gardens Crew tends our vegetable gardens, lends a hand in the kitchen, oversees our year-round farmers market booth, and does most of the holiday preparation. The Woods Crew busies itself in our 700 acres of forest – felling, limbing, splitting, and hauling the wood needed to heat our buildings and run our substantial maple sugaring operation. On the Shop Crew, residents build and repair furniture, fix tools, and keep our engines running. Other projects include sewing, weaving, cleaning, painting, landscaping, and all kinds of other work required to keep the Ranch running through all seasons.

In addition to the therapeutic work program, we have a strong clinical presence. Residents meet with masters’ level and/or licensed clinicians on a weekly basis for individual therapy, attend group sessions, and receive medication management from our nursing staff and psychiatrist. While we are mental health primary, we do have a wide range of recovery supports including AA/NA, SMART Recovery, Refuge Recovery, and individual recovery coaching.

To apply, please send your resume to