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BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy

Denver, CO

Clinical Director

Position Discription:
BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy guides Jewish young adults (18-26) struggling with substance abuse and mental health challenges on eight-week therapeutic expeditions. BaMidbar’s clinical intervention and wilderness experience are provided within a Jewish framework, and programming emphasizes Jewish community as a cornerstone of positive social supports and meaningful transitions out of the program. BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy is a program of the nonprofit Ramah in the Rockies, and is opening in January, 2018. BaMidbar will run three 54-day closed group programs per year. To learn more about BaMidbar, visit

Position type: Full-time, year round, salaried starting December 2017;
From July 2017-November 2017: 10 hours a week (remote work possible)

Compensation: $65,000-$75,000, benefits, generous PTO policy, and a flexible work environment

Reports to: Program Director

Location: The position is based in Denver/Boulder area, and requires a minimum of 2 days a week in the field (about 1.5-2 hour drive from Denver). Non-field days can take place remotely or at our Denver-based office.

To Apply: Please call Jory Hanselman at (303) 261-8214 ext. 102 for more information. To apply, submit cover letter and resume to: Jory Hanselman at Applicants will be contacted regarding follow-up interviews within 10 days of submission, starting April 1st. E-mail subject should read “Clinical Director Application”

Position Purpose: The Clinical Director will offer program leadership and clinical oversight in accordance with BaMidbar’s mission, vision, and values. The Clinical Director is responsible for direct oversight of clinical personnel, client admissions, and clinical administrative and risk management procedures. The Clinical Director will develop and oversee BaMidbar’s family program, and will play a strong role guiding the clinical direction of this new and growing program.

Major Responsibilities

Clinical Oversight:
  • Ensure high ethical standards in clinical care
  • Direct oversight of clinical team, including personnel management, clinical supervision, and professional development of a 1-3 person team
  • Day to day supervision and operation of clinical services, including individual and group therapy, family program, and crisis intervention
  • Guide development and implementation of BaMidbar's family therapy program
  • Guide development of programfs clinical model, and train staff (admissions, field guides, therapists, etc.) in clinical model and interventions
  • Collaborate with BaMidbar's Rabbi in Residence and wilderness program team to ensure Jewish and wilderness curriculum content align with therapeutic interventions
  • Carry small caseload of approximately 4 clients while program is in session
  • Admissions:
  • Develop and maintain working relationship with members of the referring community
  • Maintain organizational records of referral sources
  • Review all admissions information in collaboration with program director, and discern client fitness for program
  • Assign clients to clinical team based on client's needs and expertise of clinical team

Risk Management:
  • Oversee client risk assessments and crisis intervention
  • On call availability during programming
  • Assist with formulation and administration of program policies and procedures applicable to clinical services and ensure that all policies meet state, federal, and accreditation requirements

Program Leadership:
  • Invested in BaMidbar's mission and vision and participates in development and implementation of short, intermediate, and long term program growth and development goals that enhance the outcomes of BaMidbar's mission
  • In partnership with program leadership, is a public face for the program and builds relationships with referral sources, aftercare resources, and the broader community
  • In partnership with program leadership, identifies and engages in community education opportunities to decrease shame and stigma and increase dialogue about addiction and mental health issues in the broader Jewish community

Other Responsibilities
  • Attend conferences and trainings to maximize professional development and program visibility
  • Complete paperwork with accuracy and efficiency
  • Maintain a strong presence and voice in organizational activities such as staff and program meetings
  • Other duties as assigned


Education / Experience
  • Licensed (or able to obtain license by January 2018) in Colorado as a LCSW, LMFT, LPC, or board certified Clinical Psychologist
  • More than five years working as a licensed therapist leading individual, family, and group therapy sessions
  • At least two years of experience working in outdoor behavioral healthcare
  • Experience with and/or training as a clinical supervisor
  • Experience with crisis intervention, de-escalation techniques, and working with young adults and families in crisis

Behavioral Competencies
  • Entrepreneurial attitude and independent thinking
  • Flexibility, adaptability and capacity to work in a fluid and changing work environment
  • An open, inclusive, team-oriented work style and ability to collaborate
  • Engenders respect and is well equipped to empower and inspire others toward personal and team growth and development

  • Understanding of Jewish culture, values and cycles and if not fully understood, a willingness to learn and has an appreciation for the cultural aspects of the program and the integration of Jewish wisdom into clientsf pathway to recovery
  • Comprehension of exclusionary and admissions criteria and ability to discern client fitness for BaMidbar
  • Understanding of Colorado laws governing the practice of clinical therapy as well as the outdoor behavioral healthcare industry

  • Excellent managerial, mentoring, and problem-solving skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent group facilitation and public speaking skills
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to organize tasks and prioritize to meet deadlines
  • Able to manage information in an electronic health records system and organizational database

Travel Requirements:

  • Frequent overnight travel and non-traditional work hours, inclusive of evening hours

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