Transitional & Independent Living Program Manager

Position: Transitional & Independent Living Program Manager

Supervisor: Director of Programs

Department: Residential Programs

Location: Decatur, GA


Job Summary: Reporting to the Director of Programs, ILP/TLP (Independent Living Programs/Transitional Living Programs) Program Manager is responsible for the overall operation of the on-campus Independent Living Program, and the community-based Transitional Living Program. The purpose of this position is to provide leadership to the ILP and TLP team that facilitates the growth of young adults which will lead toward a higher level of independence upon their exit from these programs.


The  ILP/TLP Program Manager works with the Director of Programs to help set the direction and help design, develop and guide the strategy for all independent and transitional living programs to consistently fulfill the United Methodist Children’s Home’s (UMCH) mission. This individual will be a creative, innovative, strategic thinker and results-driven leader.


Key responsibilities include working with executive leaders to develop comprehensive programs strategy, fiscal management, hiring and managing staff and developing and implementing results-driven ILP/TLP that align with overall UMCH organizational goals and objectives.





  • Responsible for the daily operations of the Transitional and Independent Living Programs
  • Responsible for program area budget management and the approval of invoices for ILP and TLP
  • Works closely with the Referral and Compliance Coordinator, coordinate potential client interviews, make intake decisions on new referrals and ensures that program compliance standards are met
  • Direct Supervision of the Life Coaches, Education Coordinator, Activities Coordinator, and Transition Support Supervisors
  • Agency designee for responsible and prudent parenting decisions for youth enrolled in the program
  • Ensures the Individualized Service and Skills Plans (ISSP) for each youth is completed initially and updated based on the program standards
  • Provide program structure to ensure that each youth placed in the ILP/TLP are taught independent living skills in accordance with the Room Board and Watchful Oversight (RBW0) Standards and their individualized goals.
  • Provide Independent Living Life Coaches and Transition Support Staff with crisis support
  • Provides monthly case consultation with the TLP/ILP Life Coaches to review status of each youth receiving Independent Living services
  • Write/revise policy, letters, job descriptions, educational materials, evaluations for staff and program team , as needed
  • Participates in bi-monthly Independent Living Team Meetings and Client meetings as needed
  • Compile and track compliance data for required agency reporting
  • Communicate with referral sources to market the program and assess the need for additional living units
  • Identify and secure appropriate living units for youth placed in scattered site apartments
  • Ensure that all living units are in compliance with applicable safety codes
  • Ensure the coordination of Independent Living classes with state Independent Living Program Specialists





  • Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in the area of behavioral or social sciences, social work, childhood education, business or public administration or related field
  • Two (2) years of paid work experience in the field of social services or human service delivery and at least one of which has been in an administrative or supervisory capacity;
  • Or Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in the same areas of study and four (4) years of paid work experience in a human services delivery capacity or a related field and at least two of which have been in an administrative or supervisory capacity
  • Be familiar with, and perform duties in accordance with RBWO (Room Board and Watchful Oversight) standards and DFCS Child Welfare policy
  • Coordinate and participates in a rotating after-hours support schedule to provide after-hours advisory support to staff in emergency situations
  • Must participate in at least twenty-four (24) hours of annual training. At least twelve (12) hours should be directly related to work with teens including understanding developmental needs of adolescents and strength-based assessments
  • Minimum two years of work experience in a State of Georgia-regulated child welfare program is required;
  • Experience working with older adolescent population (ages 17 ½ – 21) preferred
  • Excellent Written and Oral Communication Skills


Work Environment:


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential job functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions. General office environment: some stress may occur in meeting development deadlines. Uses office equipment and computer approximately 80% of the work day.


  • Work in an office and community setting
  • May be required to observe general dress code guidelines
  • Sit, stand, walk, bend, lift, move, squat, climb stairs, reach above shoulder level, kneels, push, or pull intermittently during working hours
  • Is subject to imposed deadlines
  • Has regular contact with clients and their staff, family members, and the general public
  • May be subject to hostile and emotionally upset clients, staff, family members, or the general public
  • May be subject to physically or verbally aggressive clients and may be required to deescalate situations using an evidenced based non physical behavioral intervention
  • Attend and participate in a variety of educational programs designed to increase knowledge and expertise in the field


How to Apply


Please email (no phone calls) your resume using the following guidelines:


  • Email:
  • Subject line: Transitional & Independent Living Program Manager
  • Cover letter should include (in bulleted form): Experience and qualifications for this position
  • Specific Salary requirements
  • Potential Start Date






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