Nexus Family Healing

Principal - Nexus Indian Oaks

Posted Date 2 months ago(8/18/2020 9:31 AM)
Position Type Regular Full-Time
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Nexus - Indian Oaks Family Healing


Nexus- Indian Oaks Family Healing is part of Nexus Family Healing, a national nonprofit network of mental health agencies with over 45 years of restoring hope for thousands of children and families through outpatient/community mental health services, foster care and adoption, and residential treatment. Safe Harbor School is our very own private school. Safe Harbor School is the on-campus, non-public school that serves youth receiving treatment at Nexus- Indian Oaks. Safe Harbor School serve grade level 6 - 12, and students participate in a curriculum that is tailored to their unique needs and current grade level. The school provides a special education curriculum that is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, and approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. Credits transfer to any school upon the clients discharge.


Classroom instruction is provided by teaching staff who are Special Education-certified and licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education. Curriculum is linked to the new Common Core Learning Standards. All students follow the graduation requirements for their home school district.


Nexus- Indian Oaks is looking for a skilled principal to join our Safe Harbor School. In this position you will have the opportunity to assist our teachers as they engage with our youth and help them navigate through their treatment plans and individual IEP's.


If you care about the next generation and have what it takes: dedication, a kind spirit, and an overall compassion to help our clients, please apply!


At Nexus Family Healing, we not only support diversity – we celebrate it and rely on it for the betterment of our employees, our services, and our impact on the community. We strive to provide the best quality care for our youth and the best work environment for our employees through an inclusive team culture. Nexus Family Healing is proud to be an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard for race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, familial status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran, or disability status.



  • Develop and maintain the academic program on site for Illinois schools.

  • Develop and manage a highly skilled and engaged faculty and participate in the staffing process.
  • Ensure an environment and culture conducive to therapeutic treatment and learning.
  • Serve as primary education liaison with internal departments and external agencies and contacts.
  • Provide crisis intervention and apply de-escalation techniques when appropriate while maintaining appropriate boundaries and relationships with students.
  • Identify and develop proposals for grants having the potential for enhanced programming.

  • Attend and participate in staff meetings and training sessions as required by Nexus. Attend relevant conferences for continued education. Understand and support the Nexus philosophy and treatment modalities.

  • Ensure confidentiality regarding residents’ medical background and treatment issues and comply with Nexus policies involving resident privacy and confidentiality rules for residents and their families.

  • Assist with off-campus activities when needed and other duties as assigned.
  • Other duties assigned.


Knowledge, Skills and Personal Attributes

  • Remain current on all required training and certifications.
  • Demonstrate extensive knowledge in education program administration; remain current on economic, political, regulatory, social issues and trends that involve the education field and impact the education department.
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan, organize and effectively manage multiple priorities and perform activities in a manner that makes the best use of existing resources, staff and time.
  • Communicate effectively and is comfortable and effective at presenting information and speaking to groups.
  • Consistently demonstrate the ability to problem solve decisively and respond to changing situations in a flexible manner that best meets current needs of the department and staff.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop a cohesive and effective team, through the use of basic supervision and team-building components such as: communicating a clear mission to the team, outlining common goals and promoting shared accountability for outcomes.
  • Identify problems that can inhibit team/staff development and use facilitation strategies to help achieve team goals.
  • Easily adjust and be highly flexible in meeting changing work needs and demands and willingly provide direction and/or assistance when needed.
  • Demonstrate problem resolution skills and the ability to handle emergency or crisis situations and use sound judgment by taking appropriate actions consistent with Nexus policy and procedures. Remain calm and effectively manage stressful workload conditions and difficult, emotionally charged or crisis situations.
  • Exhibit clear, professional, respectful and effective communication when interfacing with residents, staff, families and external contacts and share knowledge, information and resources appropriately.
  • Develop and maintain healthy relationships and appropriate boundaries with residents, families and employees and exhibit a high degree of ethical conduct, integrity and confidentiality.
  • Interact with and appreciate people from diverse cultural, social and religious backgrounds.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of all policies and procedures; the ability to enforce them and hold individuals accountable.
  • Supports the mission of Nexus (“Changing lives through our Cornerstone Values”) by exemplifying the Cornerstone Values and the Nexus Guiding Principles in all interactions with internal and external customers, and in all work performed on behalf of the organization.


Education, Credentials and Experience


  • Administrative Type 75 certification and/or approval as Director of Special Education Building Administrator.
  • Minimum of 3 years managerial experience in a community-based school or psychiatric setting required.
  • First Aid/CPR/Infection Control/Blood Bourne Pathogen/TCI certification required.
  • Valid driver’s license. Must meet state driving criteria and pass corporate eligibility standards.


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