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Executive Director

Cathedral Counseling Center

Location: Chicago, IL

End date: 2017-10-31

http://www.cathedralcounseling.org

Salary: open

Additional information: The search committee will review only submissions via email. Please do not send hard copies. Initial review will begin in September with a final decision by the 4th quarter of 2017. Position to begin by the end of the 1st quarter 2018. Submissions will be acknowledged. About the Cathedral Counseling Center The Cathedral Counseling Center (CCC) has provided affordable, high-quality mental health care since it was established in 1974. Initially housed on the campus of Chicago’s Episcopal Cathedral of St James, the agency outgrew the available space and relocated in the early 2000’s. Its present site is the Garland Building office condominium on the eastern edge of Chicago’s Loop and in view of Chicago’s famed Millennium Park. CCC owns its full-floor space. In addition to its Loop offices, CCC maintains two satellite locations, one in the southside Hyde Park neighborhood and one in the adjoining northern suburb of Evanston. These sites help to make CCC’s services more accessible to clients. CCC provides its services without regard to clients’ religious affiliation (or lack of it), sex, nationality, ethnicity, race, or sexual or gender identity. CCC’s services are available on a variable-fee basis—fees are correlated to each client’s financial resources. The agency commits to raise funds to cover costs not met by client fees. As a partner agency of Episcopal Charities and Community Services, CCC applies for and regularly is awarded ECCS grants to supplement revenue generated by fund raising. CCC benefits from the effort of a full-time director of development supported by a committee of the board of directors. Such revenue-generating activities as CCC’s respected Fellows Program for post-graduate clinicians contribute to the agency’s financial well-being. CCC’s services are not free because of the well-established principle in mental health care that even a modest payment for service promotes the client’s involvement in the therapeutic process. CCC’s clinicians represent experience in providing care across a wide span of mental illness and therapeutic modalities, enabling the agency to offer service to an equally broad range of clients. Clinicians must have at least seven years of post-graduate clinical experience to be eligible for consideration for a CCC position. CCC psychiatric and psychiatric nursing services permit diagnosis, prescription, and monitoring of medication for clients who can benefit from it. Among its collaborations and public outreach activities, CCC is a local site for the annual survivor-support event of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and produces a public program each year during Mental Health Awareness Month. CCC’s clinicians are independent contractors who provide service for an agreed-upon number of hours per week (including evenings and Saturdays). Clinicians are paid a per-session fee that is far less than what they earn in their private practice. In addition to satisfying their individual wish to contribute to the community, at CCC clinicians find a supportive and collaborative group of like-minded professionals and formal and informal opportunities for continuing education. Sustaining this community of care is an explicit goal of the agency and its board of directors. CCC’s board of directors includes members with backgrounds in finance, human resources management, mental health care, law, and ministry. Each board member makes a personally meaningful annual contribution in support of the agency’s work.