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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 client's discharge.

Position Summary:

The Principal manages the education programs and school staff to achieve and maintain a high quality, therapeutic learning and treatment environment.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Develop and maintain the academic programming
  • Ensure a curriculum that is current, outcome based, and is of high quality, with a process for continual improvement
  • Ensure all state and accreditation requirements are met and remain current
  • Review and conduct Individual Education Plans (IEP’s)
  • Communicate with residents’ home school district regarding the youth’s placement and related issues
  • Manage department budget and participate in annual budgeting process. Approve purchase of books and materials for staff and classroom use.
  • Actively participate in the interview and selection process for faculty and education staff
  • Supervise and participate in the orientation process
  • Mentor, train and develop faculty and education staff and ensure the process is consistently and effectively administered
  • Provide performance management for staff on an ongoing basis and conduct formal performance evaluations that are timely, constructive and effective
  • Conduct faculty meetings on a regular basis
  • Facilitate teacher participation in clinical/therapeutic staffings
  • Ensure an environment and culture conducive to therapeutic treatment and learning
  • Ensure and monitor compliance with safety and health codes and procedures for faculty and residents/students.
  • Ensure appropriate boundaries are maintained in all staff/student interactions and that physical interventions are conducted appropriately and within training parameters.
  • Ensure appropriate staffing of all classrooms and obtain backup support/staff when required, to ensure adequate coverage to meet school standards
  • 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.

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • Assistant Principal, Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Librarian, and Behavioral Specialist/Interventionists 


Required Education and Licensure

  • Master’s Degree in Education
  • PEL (Professional Educator License) with General Administrator/Principal Endorsement (formally known as a type 75)
  • LBS1 endorsement required
  • Managerial experience in a community-based school or psychiatric setting a plus/preferred
  • Valid driver's license required and meets the state regulating agency and corporate driving requirements

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Certification in Emotional Behavior Disorders, Learning Disabilities and/or other related special need areas

Physical requirements:

  • Must be able to assist staff in proper restraining of residents.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds unassisted and up to 100 with assistance.
  • Must be able to twist, bend and stretch in a manner conducive to the execution of daily activities within a residential unit.
  • May need to sit for long periods of time.


Compensation: Salary Range is listed $76,634.00 to $95,787 per year based on experience level.

Benefits Include:

  • Comprehensive medical and dental coverage
  • 401(k) match
  • Pre-tax flexible health care and dependent care spending accounts
  • No cost life insurance
  • No cost short term and long term disability benefits
  • Tuition assistance program
  • Education loan forgiveness program
  • Paid time off
  • Holiday pay
  • Free counseling sessions

Additional Notes

Nexus Family Healing's ICARE Values & Behavioral Competencies:

  • Innovation: Leading the way and implementing creative, cutting-edge ideas and approaches.
  • Compassion: Listening, honoring differences, and showing respect, kindness, empathy care, and concern.
  • Agility: Exhibiting flexibility and adapting quickly.
  • Responsiveness: Being quick, positive and accurate.
  • Excellence: Demonstrating quality results that surpass ordinary standards.

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.  

How to Apply

To apply for this exciting role, please follow the link below:

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