Careers at Ironwood

Mission and Core Values

Ironwood offers a highly structured Residential Treatment Program offering intensive therapeutic and behavioral interactions, group work, satisfying physical exercise, adventure-based experiences and a wide range of special interest programs including equestrian, canine, art, culinary, horticulture and nature therapy.

Founded by parents who have faced similar circumstances, Ironwood’s treatment program offers therapeutic, behavioral, and academic services designed to bring about positive changes in teens. Through communication, relationship building, self-reflection, simple living, self-discipline, and engaging work, our residents adopt proactive behaviors necessary to lead a productive lives as contributing family members and community citizens.

Who You’ll Support

An Ironwood resident may be struggling with any number of behavioral issues, but we recognize that they are so much more than their behaviors. They are artists and athletes and equestrians. They are future scientists, doctors and writers. They have lost themselves along the way and have made poor choices, but they have a chance to realize their full potential here!

Ironwood is a all gender campus that serves teens 13-18. The teens who attend our program have a wide range of struggles to overcome, but our program can have a positive impact on many needs and diverse backgrounds. We are selective in our admissions process in order to ensure the safety and success of our students and our staff.

Working at Ironwood

At Ironwood, our employees create successful outcomes in everything we do. Our caring approach helps our residents live happier, healthier, and more productive lives. We are known for our superior work environment and for providing opportunities to advance within our organization. Ironwood provides an environment in which career educators, direct care staff, and therapists can continue to develop professionally, enjoying tremendous opportunities for professional growth and career advancement.

Our Campus

Ironwood is a rural farm nestled in the densely wooded mid-coast of Maine, situated on nearly 400 acres of private waterways, pastures, and woodlands, surrounded by an extensive wildlife management area and game preserve. This combination of maintained and wild spaces beautifully supports the residents’ exploration of nature through shared work and simple living. Guided by experienced and skilled staff, Ironwood offers a safe environment in which teenagers are guided in the transition to a renewed healthy, responsible lifestyle.

Our community of professionals enjoy a collaborative working environment that always strives to adhere to the mission of our program. We are a diverse and passionate group, who are selected based on their commitment to enriching the lives of the teens we work with. We are looking for candidates with a strong work ethic, natural compassion, and, above all, a strong desire to help and serve others!

Current Open Positions

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Clinical

Clinical Therapist

REPORTS TO: Clinical Director
DURATION: Full-time (5 days/week)

ORGANIZATIONAL SUMMARY

Ironwood is a therapeutic boarding school that works with families and adolescents from all over the United States. Serving up to 45 students from ages 13-18, as they work through a 4-level program. Families and/or schools who seek support from Ironwood are managing a variety of challenges including but not limited to, oppositional defiance, truancy, mild drug use, strained family relationships, dishonesty, anxiety, depression, PTSD. Students reside at Ironwood for 9-12 months as they engage in intensive therapeutic, educational, and relational work. Students are learning foundational skills in communication, self-discipline, healthy living, and participating in a variety of enrichment experiences.

POSITION SUMMARY

Ironwood is seeking a full time Adolescent Mental Health Therapist. Qualified candidates who can work within a team of professionals, as well as manage a case load of up to 8 students who are engaged in all aspects of the program. Ironwood functions within a treatment team model, assessing and supporting students as a multi-disciplinary team. This position requires strong communication skills, thoughtful organization, the ability to multitask, and most importantly someone who is able to form healthy connections with adolescents and adults alike.

POSITION FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Consult reference material such as textbooks, manuals, and journals in order to identify symptoms, to make diagnoses, and to develop approaches to treatment.
  • Counsel individuals and groups regarding behavior and/or to improve personal, social, and vocational adjustment.
  • Communicate with parents on a regular basis regarding the treatment of their child.
  • Develop and implement individual treatment plans, specifying type, frequency, intensity and duration of therapy.
  • Discuss the treatment of problems with clients.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of counseling or treatments, and the accuracy and completeness of diagnoses, and then modify plans and diagnoses as necessary.
  • Identify psychological, emotional or behavioral issues, and diagnose disorders, using information obtained from interviews, tests, records and reference materials.
  • Interact with clients to assist them in gaining insight, defining goals, and planning action to achieve effective personal, social, educational and vocational development and adjustment.
  • Observe clients in their setting, in group interactions, or in other contexts to detect indications of mental deficiency, abnormal behavior or maladjustment.
  • Obtain and study medical, psychological, social, and family histories, by interviewing individuals and families and by reviewing records.
  • Provide occupational, educational, and other information to individuals so that they can make educational and vocational plans.
  • Work cooperatively with the other systems in a residential treatment facility, in the best

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Preferred 3 years of experience in direct service to children and adolescents, preferably as a clinician or comparable experience.
  • Graduate degree in social work, clinical or educational psychology, psychiatry or other related field with a current Maine license in social work, psychology or psychiatry or eligibility for a Maine State License.
  • Experience working with adolescents in a treatment center milieu.
  • Must be able to emotionally and professionally handle highly-charged emotional situations.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

  • Competitive salary
  • Full-time Status Includes:
  • Accrued Paid-Time Off
  • Accrued Sick Time
  • Insurance Plan- (health, vision, dental)
  • FSA

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For Questions or More Information

Contact Chris Johnson, Director of Special Projects:
Phone: (207) 446-4921
Email: chrisj@ironwoodmaine.com

Direct Care

Awake-Overnight Youth Counselor

ORGANIZATIONAL SUMMARY

Ironwood is an independent residential treatment center and private school committed to helping families in crisis with young adults. Ironwood prioritizes positive relationship development while utilizing a behavioral support model, comprehensive therapy, and disciplined academics to cultivate personal growth and positive change. Our residents have a wide range of challenges to overcome, but our program can have a positive impact on many needs and diverse backgrounds. We recognize that our residents are so much more than their behaviors. They are artists and athletes and equestrians. They are future scientists, doctors and writers. They have lost themselves along the way and have made some poor choices, but we have a chance to help them realize their full potential!

POSITION SUMMARY

We are looking for energetic and caring staff to join our team as awake-overnight youth counselors. The overnight counselors work as an integral part of the team to meet the needs of our residents. This position is primarily responsible for ensuring the health and safety of residents throughout the night. They also support clients through their morning routine and evening routines and help support resident’s transition to the school day. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Ensure the well-being and safety of residents
  • Remain awake, alert and responsive to the needs of the residents throughout the shift.
  • Assist residents with daily activities such as preparing for the day, cleaning and cooking.
  • Provide routine checks according to program procedure.
  • Communicate program participant’s progress and any changes in daily notes.
  • Report significant health or behavioral issues to the on-call staff member.
  • Provide crisis intervention and access emergency services as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to give and receive appropriate and timely feedback.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to dependably serve as a positive role model to students and peers at all times.
  • Proven success operating in dynamic and changing environments.
  • Demonstrates sound judgment.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Flexibility of Schedules
  • Career Advancement Opportunities
  • Professional Development Reimbursement
  • Generous Paid Time Off

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For Questions or More Information

Contact Chris Johnson, Program Director:
Phone: (207) 342-3655
Email: chrisj@ironwoodmaine.com

Residential Youth Counselor

ORGANIZATIONAL SUMMARY

Ironwood is an independent residential treatment center and private school committed to helping families in crisis with young adults. Ironwood prioritizes positive relationship development while utilizing a behavioral support model, comprehensive therapy, and disciplined academics to cultivate personal growth and positive change. Our residents have a wide range of challenges to overcome, but our program can have a positive impact on many needs and diverse backgrounds. We recognize that our residents are so much more than their behaviors. They are artists and athletes and equestrians. They are future scientists, doctors and writers. They have lost themselves along the way and have made some poor choices, but we have a chance to help them realize their full potential!

POSITION SUMMARY

Qualified candidates are individuals that are motivated to have a positive impact on the lives of young adults.Your core responsibilities include creating opportunities for our residents to rediscover values and develop skills to cope with challenges. Helping students develop a relationship with the natural world and learn how to get along with others in healthy and cooperative ways. Evaluating the results of students’ choices and encouraging them to develop improved strategies and problem-solving skills.

POSITION FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Actively participate and contribute in training and continued professional development.
  • Maintain program expectations and encourage healthy growth in our resisdents
  • Review and maintain familiarity with student notes and record daily obersvations.
  • Oversight of daily routines including but not limited to meals, chores, school, and enrichment activities. 
  • Maintain 100% supervision at all times, providing constant emotional and physical support to students.
  • Respond to program, behavioral and medical needs in accordance with Ironwood policy and procedure.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • REQUIRED
    • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to give and receive appropriate and timely feedback.
    • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
    • Ability to dependably serve as a positive role model to students and peers at all times.
    • Proven success operating in dynamic and changing environments.
    • Demonstrates sound judgment.
  • PREFERRED
    • Bachelor’s degree in related fields preferred. (recreation therapy, behavioral health, etc)
    • 1-2 years’ experience working directly with youth
    • Experience with behavior and group management.
    • Current CPR, Safety-Care, CRMA, First-Aid Certifications.

BENEFITS

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Flexibility of Schedules
  • Career Advancement Opportunities
  • Professional Development Reimbursement
  • Generous Paid Time Off

Click Here to Apply

For Questions or More Information

Contact Chris Johnson, Director of Special Projects:
Phone: (207) 446-4921
Email: chrisj@ironwoodmaine.com

For questions or more information on any of these openings, contact

Contact Chris Johnson, Director of Special Projects:
Phone: (207) 446-4921
Email: chrisj@ironwoodmaine.com

Click Here to Apply

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