Child First State Clinical Director

  • Invest in Kids
  • Denver, CO
  • Jun 30, 2020
Full time Public Health

Job Description


Every day, we prove that the smartest investments are made in children. At Invest in Kids, we bring research-based, proven programs into communities across Colorado. Our efforts focus on the specific needs of children in low-income families, with the hope of seeing every child in Colorado thrive. We partner with community leaders, care providers, and donors to work toward this goal. Only those programs able to demonstrate the highest level of standards, a research-proven track record of success, and a promise of significant impact become Invest in Kids’ programs. The Child First State Clinical Director will further our mission by leading and overseeing the clinical implementation of and providing programmatic support for Child First at affiliate sites within Colorado.



The Child First State Clinical Director is to provide oversight and management of the clinical implementation of the Child First Colorado program. The position provides direct clinical, reflective and programmatic consultation to Child First Colorado affiliate sites, ensuring quality enhancement and model fidelity, conducting trainings in collaboration with Child First National Program Office (NPO) Training Director and training affiliate site staff and clinical experts.


The position is part of the senior leadership team of Invest in Kids and strategic partner to the Executive Director. The Child First State Clinical Director is also a member of the Child First National Program Office’s Clinical and Training Department (located in Connecticut), receives clinical oversight from the Child First National Clinical Officer, and works in close collaboration with the Child First State Clinical Directors in other states that are implementing Child First. S/he also serves as a liaison with all Colorado community partners and other Invest in Kids stakeholders.


The start date for this position will be January 2021.



Provision of Reflective Clinical and Programmatic Consultation

  • Oversee all components of clinical operations of Child First in Colorado.
  • During the Child First training period, provide weekly then biweekly, individual reflective clinical consultation, technical assistance and support to Child First affiliate site Clinical Supervisors, and group reflective clinical consultation to Child First staff at each of the Colorado Child First affiliate sites.
  • Provide ongoing, biweekly technical assistance, support and clinical consultation for affiliate site Clinical Supervisors in Colorado, and ad hoc consultation as needed.
  • Assist affiliate site Clinical Supervisors in building and maintaining cohesive, supportive and respectful relationships among their staff.
  • Conduct monthly Child First Colorado Clinical Supervisor Network Meetings focused on both clinical and management issues.

Quality Enhancement and Model Fidelity

  • Work as a member of Child First NPO Quality Enhancement Team (made up of NPO staff from both the Clinical and the Data & Quality Enhancement Departments) to monitor quality of clinical interventions, collection and analysis of data, and fidelity of implementation of the Child First model, as it is rolled out in Colorado.
  • Review Colorado Child First Benchmarks (implementation process) on a monthly basis and work with affiliate site Clinical Supervisors to enhance outcomes.
  • Review Child First assessment outcomes on a quarterly basis and work with affiliate site Clinical Supervisors to target areas needing enhancement, including more training or consultation.
  • Provide ongoing assistance to Child First affiliate sites to improve performance and help them meet standards for Child First accreditation.

Training Provision

  • Actively participate in planning and implementation of Child First training – including Child First Learning Collaborative, Distance Learning, and Staff Accelerated Training (STAT) – working in close collaboration with the National Clinical Officer, Training Director, and other clinical staff.
  • Assist affiliate site Clinical Supervisors in mastering Child First model components and facilitate collaborative learning.
  • Provide further training to Child First affiliate sites as needed. This is designed to support clinical/care coordination practice and fidelity to the Child First model.
  • Identify local expert faculty who can collaborate and contribute to Learning Collaborative sessions as needed.


  • Oversee and manage Child First implementation in Colorado in close collaboration with Invest in Kids staff and NPO Chief Program Officer.
  • Develop, recruit and nurture a Colorado State Advisory Council in close collaboration with Invest in Kids staff and Child First NPO Chief Program Officer.
  • Collaborate with Invest in Kids staff and affiliate agency Clinical Supervisors/Directors to embed Child First in the local/regional early childhood system of care, through engagement of local providers and stakeholders. Help facilitate the development of a Child First Community Advisory Board in each geographic area.
  • Collaborate with NPO and affiliate site Clinical Supervisor to address concerns as they arise.
  • Work with Invest in Kids’ Finance Department to create, monitor, and advise the organization on the program budget.


Commitment to Ongoing Training/Supervision Provided to the State Clinical Director by NPO

  • Commit to travel to Connecticut as needed (when safe/feasible) for in-person training in the Child First model at the Child First National Program Office (NPO), in order to facilitate close collaboration.
  • Complete all Child First training (Learning Collaborative, Distance Learning, Child-Parent-Psychotherapy, Child First Comprehensive Clinical Record) rapidly, post-employment.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities for personal growth, in consultation with the Child First National Clinical Officer.
  • Travel to the NPO for ongoing training as needed to facilitate close collaboration (when safe/feasible).
  • Maintain frequent contact with Child First NPO through web-based conferencing to include, but not be limited to, weekly reflective supervision, biweekly Child First NPO staff meetings, and weekly Clinical Department meetings.




  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal, and team-building skills.
  • Highly organized, high energy, team player, self-motivated, multi-tasker, and flexible.
  • Quality improvement and program evaluation experience a plus.
  • Excellent oral, writing, and editing skills.
  • Desire to have significant impact in the rapidly growing field of early childhood mental health.
  • Strong commitment to the vision, mission, and goals of Invest in Kids and Child First.
  • Computer proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Experience supervising and/or directly providing Child First services is highly valued.



  • Licensed early childhood mental health clinician with at least a Masters degree in the areas of clinical psychology, psychiatry, social work, marriage and family therapy, or relevant related discipline.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience working psychotherapeutically with young children (0-5 years) and their families using a relationally-based, dyadic model. Rostered clinician in Child-Parent Psychotherapy, highly preferred.
  • A minimum of four years’ experience conducting reflective clinical supervision with Master’s level clinicians, highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of early childhood development and disability, especially emotional development and mental health; young child assessment; parent-child relationships and attachment theory; impact of trauma, depression, and other environmental risks on early childhood brain development; family systems; adult psychopathology; psychopharmacology; and diagnostic classification of young children and adults.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with adults with mental health, substance abuse, intimate partner violence and cognitive challenges.
  • Experienced leader with demonstrated success embracing innovation and collaborative teamwork with other early childhood and adult providers with a focus on building and contributing to a system of care.
  • Experience working in home and community-based settings with vulnerable populations of diverse cultures and ethnicities.
  • Experienced trainer with ability to facilitate group learning and apply interactive training techniques.
  • Reliable vehicle for travel throughout Colorado required.
  • Available for overnight travel to NPO in Connecticut required.



  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Short-term disability, long-term disability and life insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Generous vacation, sick and personal time
  • Annual 401K match



Full-time exempt position

Minimum starting salary $95,000, depending on competencies and qualifications.



Please direct all inquiries to Amanda Fixsen via email at

Please submit cover letter, resume, and the names of three professional references

electronically prior to deadline of July 31, 2020.


The start date for this position will be January 2021.


IIK is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to building a diverse workforce. IIK strives to create an inclusive workplace that embraces diverse backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives. It is the policy of IIK to prohibit discrimination against any person or organization based on age, race, sex, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, ancestry, marital status, gender, veteran status, political service, affiliation, or disability.


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