Institutional Director

Iowa State Training School for Boys

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. The state offers paid vacation, sick time and holidays, a defined benefit retirement plan,  health, dental, vision, and long-term disability insurance along with flexible spending accounts. For more information, please visit the executive branch employee benefits website.

10 more reasons to consider Iowa: www.onlyinyourstate.com/iowa/10-reasons-move-to-ia

Job ID: 71379

Posted 20 days ago

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