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Institutional Director

Eldora State Training School

  • Location: Eldora, IA
  • Post Date: 7/28/2020
  • Job Type: FULL TIME
Institutional Director Salary: $73,299.20 - $147,763.20 Annually Location: Eldora - 50627 - Hardin County, IA Job Type: Full-time Agency: 405 Dept of Human Services - State Training School (Eldora) Job Number: 20-02774 Point of Contact: Ed Gilliland - 641-858-5402

Job Description

This is a non-merit position with the Iowa Department of Human Services.

The Mental Health and Disabilities Services division of the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking an energetic and forward thinking individual to lead and manage the operations of our 24/7 facility that serves approximately 80 youth. A successful candidate for this critical Institutional Director role is a tenacious and innovative problem solver who understands the needs of today s adjudicated youth, nurtures collaborative relationships and responds with appropriate urgency. This position serves as the Institutional Director for a secure juvenile facility. This position is not an educational administrator.

The Boys State Training School (BSTS), operated by DHS, offers a holistic social, behavioral, psychiatric, academic, and vocational program that utilizes supportive counseling, behavioral health treatment, and consequences paired with praise and opportunity to males, ages 12 to 18 years old who have been adjudicated delinquent. Services and programs provide individualized treatment and offer comprehensive education, with a goal of transitioning these young men back into the community.

This position will lead and manage a team of direct care, administrative and clinical professionals, and will be responsible to represent the facility and the department with key stakeholders including, but not limited to, the legislature, juvenile justice, law enforcement and policy makers. The Institutional Director provide direction and oversight to the entire facility that includes a team of about 200. This position is responsible for facility operations, staffing, budget, licensing/accreditation compliance, safety and well-being of all students and staff, etc.

BSTS is located in Eldora, Iowa, a city of approximately 2,800, located in North Central Iowa. Eldora is the home of the Pine Lake State Park which offers an array of indoor/outdoor recreational activities. Eldora is an Iowa River Greenbelt Community and the Iowa River Greenbelt Scenic Drive winds through a picturesque landscape of valleys, woods, and streams.

Eldora is 45 minutes from Ames and Cedar Falls, 30 minutes from Marshalltown, and only 20 minutes from Iowa Falls. Sportsmen enjoy the great hunting and fishing, and there are many educational opportunities, cultural activities, and entertainment events nearby.

Ames, Iowa is the home of the Iowa State University, one of the nation s largest Universities featuring a premier Engineering school and one of the leading Veterinary and Agricultural schools spurring many new businesses and solid growth. https://www.iastate.edu/

Ames was voted the number one college town in the America by the Wall Street Journal. https://247wallst.com/special-report/2019/09/04/30-best-college-towns-in-america/7/

Cedar Falls is the home of the University of Northern Iowa, https://uni.edu/
Iowa Falls is the home of Ellsworth Community College. https://ecc.iavalley.edu

Wells Fargo Arena is an hour and 15 minutes from the State Training School. NCAA Basketball tournaments, top drawer concerts, and other activities are hosted there. The nation s finest State Fair and the Iowa Cubs are also only an hour and 15 minutes away.

Pay is quite competitive and the benefit package is second to none. Benefits at a Glance (Download PDF reader)

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Minimum Qualification Requirements

Graduation from an accredited four year college or university and the equivalent of five years of full-time management experience in a correctional, mental health, intellectual disability or juvenile correctional or training facility;


an equivalent combination of education and experience substituting the equivalent of one year of the above type full-time work experience for each year of the required education to a maximum substitution of four years;


an equivalent combination of education and experience substituting the equivalent of one year (twenty-four semester or equivalent hours) of graduate level course work in penology, the social/behavioral sciences, business administration or public administration, for each year of the required full-time experience to a maximum substitution of two years.

For additional information, please click on this link to view the job description. (Download PDF reader)

Apply online at: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/iowa/jobs/2784616/institutional-director?location[0]=eldora%20-%2050627%20-%20hardin%20county&sort=PositionTitle%7CAscending&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs
Eldora State Training School