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Lead Clinician

Department: Mh Director & Support
Location: Riverside, CA

McKinley: Youth, Family, and Community are what we are all about!  We offer a great working environment and benefits package! McKinley encourages growth so that you can Be your Best H.U.M.A.N. 

At McKinley employees share a set of guiding principles: We embrace a culture that is Hopeful, Understanding, Moral, Awesome, Nurturing. - H.U.M.A.N.  

The Company: McKinley is a highly respected welfare organization with a comprehensive array of programs and services – which touch nearly 1,800 lives annually – include short term residential treatment program (STRTP), Foster Care, Adoptions, Mental Health Services, and Special Education. McKinley has 5 locations throughout southern California with our main campus located in San Dimas. We embrace a culture that is  H.U.M.A.N.Hopeful, Understanding, Moral, Awesome, Nurturing. McKinley has created a Hopeful environment, in which we choose optimism in finding the motivation to achieve our greatest dreams. We are a team dedicated to Understanding individual needs and do so by listening and embracing each individual’s stories. We strongly embrace our agency’s Morals by treating everyone with kindness and respect. At McKinley, we acknowledge our team member’s and clients’ Awesome qualities by celebrating what makes each individual unique. We are dedicated to Nurturing a Trauma-Informed Integrated Care approach that has created a unique culture within the organization.  We celebrate diversity by our commitment to cultivating an inclusive and affirming environment for all.

The Position: The role of the lead clinician focuses on the supervision of documentation and workflow in the mental health treatment teams. This individual models exceptional mental health practice, and works with team members to assure that appropriate services are delivered to referred and assigned clients. These individuals are experiencing behavioral and/or mental health issues in the school, home, and community settings. The lead clinician serves as a support to the clinical team in ensuring that needed services are provided appropriately, while working collaboratively with school and community partner personnel. 



Compensation and Benefits:

The pay range we’re offering is $62,000 - $68,000 annually depending on experience.


Our people are the heart of our organization, which is why we offer robust benefits to support your health and wellness as well as your personal and financial well-being. 

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance- we offer a company defined contribution of $500/month
  • Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Paid Time Off
  • Sick Time
  • Paid Holidays
  • 403(b) retirement plan with company match up to 3%
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Employee Referral Bonus
  • Credit Union Membership
  • Training Opportunities to Further Personal and Professional Growth



  • Valid license with the Board of Behavioral Sciences (LCSW, LMFT, LPCC)
  • Prior mental health service experience strongly preferred
  • Prior DMH mental health experience preferred
  • One year post-licensure strongly preferred
  • Word Processing; Excellent Writing Skills, General Office Skills; Typing of 50 WPM
  • Bi-Lingual (Spanish) highly preferred
  • Must pass pre-employment physical exam, TB and drug screening
  • Ability to commute to various sites on campus
  • Ability to bend, stoop, kneel and lift 10 pounds


Key Responsibilities:

















  • Supervise MHRS, Parent Partners, and other paraprofessionals to assure appropriate service delivery and documentation.
  • Review notes, care plans, and assessments of the clinical team to assure effective care is provided according to county standards and agency expectations. 
  • Manage team meetings to train staff and review changing county and agency documentation and service delivery needs.
  • Serve as the primary clinician for a caseload of 3-6 school-based and/or community-based children and their families.
  • Provide mental health services including individual and family counseling, specialized groups as needed in the schools and or community.
  • Meet with each child/family for individual/family therapy at a minimum of a weekly basis (or as clinically indicated).
  • Plan, implement and provide mental health services to the clients and their families.  
  • Believe that people can change; demonstrate an ability to set limits and intervene appropriately to meet the needs of the children and families served.
  • Maintain close contact with school personnel regarding service needs or concerns with team members.
  • Meet regularly with an interdisciplinary team to discuss treatment objectives ,status and progress.
  • Provide crisis intervention as requested
  • Remain on call for clinical emergencies.
  • Provide direct services to children and families in the school, home and/or in the community. 
  • Participate in agency's on-call rotation. 
  • Participate in chart reviews and other QA functions.
  • Maintain all required documentation in a timely manner and in accordance with contractual and regulatory standards.
  • Attend all required supervision, department and agency meetings.
  • Take responsibility for on-going development of professional skills.
  • Attend all required agency training.
  • Participate in the agency’s Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) plan as assigned.
  • Other related duties as assigned.


Why Should You Apply?

  • Our Mission- work for an organization that makes a real difference in people’s lives
  • Competitive pay
  • Several benefit options
  • Employee tuition reimbursement
  • Great training for staff

Join McKinley to Be Your Best H.U.M.A.N.


McKinley’s response to COVID-19: The safety of the families, children, clients we serve as well as our valued team members is our priority. We want to make sure everyone at McKinley feels safe and welcomed. We are taking all the necessary precautions and safety measures to maintain a safe environment throughout our different locations. We are providing PPE to our team members and visitors along with practicing social distancing measures.

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