Careers

We are very proud of our highly qualified professional staff.

Join our caring, professional and committed team in providing the highest quality services and carrying out our mission of strengthening and healing individuals and families.

Clinical Professional Openings

Program Director and Core Faculty of the Master of Arts in Counseling Program

Staff Psychotherapist

MSMFT Core Faculty

 

Operational Openings

Director of Development

Director of Clinical Operations

 

Fellowship Opportunities

Mindfulness and Behavior Therapies Program Fellow

Academic Fellowship Openings 

 (Four new, postdoctoral Fellows are accepted annually.)

 

Director of Development

Reports to: Chief External Relations Officer

Job Description

The Family Institute at Northwestern University is committed to strengthening and healing families from all walks of life through clinical service, education and research. An affiliate of Northwestern University, The Family Institute is a unique and innovative not-for-profit organization, governed by its own independent Board of Directors and responsible for its own funding. The Institute offers a wide range of high quality mental health counseling through our staff practice and sliding fee scale clinic, where we are committed to serving at risk, under-resourced communities. The Family Institute also operates two nationally-renowned graduate programs in marriage and family therapy and counseling psychology in affiliation with Northwestern University and conducts cutting edge research projects that lead to a better understanding and treatment of mental health issues.

We’re looking for a fundraising professional who is excited about the opportunity to build TFI’s development results by creating a strategy, working with all stakeholders and effectively communicating how donors can make a difference.

This candidate will strategize, set and meet goals, be proactive, and have meticulous attention to detail in the completion of tasks. Requirements include Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree, advanced degree, or CFRE preferred; minimum of 6 years’ experience working in Development and Fundraising; experience in hospital or university development setting preferred.  Also required are excellent communication skills, creative thinking skills, and the ability to multi-task effectively in a fast-paced environment.  Additionally, flexibility is a must, as well as the ability to work well on a team or independently in an organization of tremendously talented people. The ideal candidate will be excited about the opportunity to work in an organization that values a healthy work/life balance, and who will cultivate that culture within their team.

Please send cover letter along with salary history and resume to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Program Director and Core Faculty of the Master of Arts in Counseling Program

Faculty Position: Program Director and Core Faculty; Master of Arts in Counseling, The Family Institute at Northwestern University

Reports to: Chief Academic Officer and Director of the Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies

Job Description

We seek a skilled and savvy leader in Counselor Education to join and lead our well-established, CACREP-accredited, clinical mental health counseling program. The Counseling Program is a shared endeavor between Northwestern University and The Family Institute at Northwestern University (TFI). Our program blends the academic rigor of Northwestern University with the clinical renown of The Family Institute. As such, we seek a professional who is an experienced leader, a seasoned clinician, and an affable colleague. Although our students are exposed to a variety of training models, the Counseling Program has a long tradition in psychodynamic theory. The Family Institute also embraces integrative approaches to therapy. Thus, a successful candidate should be knowledgeable and comfortable with a variety of models, and be particularly open with respect to psychodynamic principles and practices.

The position includes a ranked clinical faculty appointment commensurate with experience at the Associate or Full Professor level.

Duties

  • Serve as Program Director, Core Faculty, and Staff Therapist
  • Oversees all Counseling faculty and support staff
  • Assume responsibility for the annual budget and development of new program initiatives
  • Represent the Counseling Program to key stakeholders including (but not limited to): TFI leadership, NU leadership, local practicum sites, and TFI board of directors.
  • Maintain a teaching load
  • Maintain of clinical practice
  • Engage in scholarly activities
  • Participate in TFI activities as appropriate
  • Participate in activities that support the Counseling profession at the local, regional, and national level

Qualifications

  • Doctorate in Counselor Education
  • Substantial, demonstrated leadership and teaching experience
  • Scholarly track record consistent with the rank of Clinical Associate or Full Professor rank at Northwestern University
  • Licensed or license eligible as an LCPC in the state of Illinois
  • Demonstrated commitment to psychodynamic and integrative approaches to clinical practice and the training of therapists
  • Experience supervising graduate students in clinical settings
  • Demonstrated track record of making scholarly contributions through publication and research
  • Cultural competence and strong interest in diversity
  • Demonstrated evidence of being committed to a scientist-practitioner model of training as all faculty maintain a clinical practice
  • Excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills needed to effectively work well with key stake holders at TFI and NU
  • Excited to work in an interdisciplinary setting that contains Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Social Workers

Application Process

Applications should include the following:

    1. Cover letter (the cover letter should include how applicant’s interest will be compatible with the perspective of the program)
    2. Curriculum vitae
    3. Statement of teaching and scholarly/research interests (this can be included in the cover letter)
    4. Three letters of recommendation should be sent by recommenders to the Human Resources Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    5. Finalist must pass the background check and provide documentation of educational background

Please submit all application materials to The Family institute at Northwestern University, c/o Human Resources Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Priority application deadline is December 31, 2016.

For more information about TFI and the Counseling program, please visit the TFI website: family-institute.org or contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Nona Wilson, Ph.D. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please submit resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Subject: Job Posting #18016: Director of Counseling


Staff Psychotherapist

The Family Institute (TFI) at Northwestern University, a leading behavioral health system that integrates clinical service, education, and research, has openings for staff psychotherapists who practice:

• Couple, and/or Family Therapy
• Children, Adolescent & Family Therapy
• Adult, and/or Family Therapy

We are seeking Doctoral-level clinicians and /or Master’s level clinicians to join our esteemed clinical service team. Clinicians who demonstrate cultural humility, passion for the work we do, and commitment to delivering scientifically informed treatment, will be the best fit for our organization going forward. Applicants must be licensed, or nearly licensed, in Illinois as a counselor, social worker, psychologist, or family therapist.

Opportunities are currently available at our TFI offices in Northbrook and downtown Chicago. All interested candidates must be willing to work evenings and on Saturday.

Our ideal candidates possess a background in systemic psychotherapy, flexibility working across levels of the systems (e.g., individual, couple, family, subsystems), and competence in incorporating evidence based treatment modalities into their practice. Primary responsibilities include effectively managing a clinical caseload (up to 25 sessions weekly), being a collaborative member of our Clinical Services team, and a demonstrating an ongoing investment in professional development. Opportunities for teaching and clinical supervision may be available for qualified applicants.

Special consideration will be given to:

Child, Adolescent & Family clinicians with experience treating children and adolescents who struggle with ADD / ADHD, substance abuse, and /or work with young children (under 10 years old) and their families.

Couples therapists who are experienced, agile with a diverse couples, and have been explicitly trained & practiced as a couple’s therapist.

Adult (including young adults) psychotherapists who have experience with substance abuse.

The Family Institute (TFI) at Northwestern University offers excellent benefits and a competitive salary, commensurate with experience. To apply, please send letter of interest and CV to: Human Resources at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


MSMFT Core Faculty

Faculty Position: Core Faculty; Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, The Family Institute at Northwestern University

We seek an individual with a strong interest in systemic, integrative and empirically informed couple and family therapy to join our core faculty within the Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy Program (MSMFT). The MSMFT Program is a collaborative endeavor between Northwestern University and The Family Institute at Northwestern University (TFI). Our graduate students receive the best of both worlds in that Northwestern University is a world class, research I university where students have the opportunity to interact with renowned scientists; and TFI has a 47-year history of being one of the international pillars for the field of Couple and Family Therapy where cutting edge education, research, and clinical services takes place.

Through this unique partnership, faculty members are employees of TFI and hold ranked clinical appointments in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern. In addition to faculty duties described below, through TFI, faculty members also have vibrant clinical practices, participate in specialized clinical programs and clinical consultation and conduct research through TFI’s Department of Research. Faculty members also have access to fellows who are enrolled in a two-year postdoctoral fellowship. The position includes a ranked clinical faculty appointment commensurate with experience at the Assistant or Associate Professor level.

Duties

  • Serve on the Core Faculty of the Program.
  • Serve as advisor to MSMFT graduate students.
  • Teach 2-3 courses related to the expertise of the candidate and the needs of the Program.
  • Conduct group supervision.
  • Maintain of clinical practice.
  • Engage in scholarly activities.
  • Administer the program’s capstone requirement.
  • Participate in TFI activities as appropriate.
  • Participate in activities that support the profession of couple and family therapy.

Qualifications

  • Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy or a closely related field (by fall of 2017).
  • Hold a current license or be license eligible as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Illinois.
  • Current Approved Supervisor designation or Supervisor Candidate status with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).
  • Demonstrated commitment to an integrative, systemic and empirically-informed approach to clinical practice and the training of therapists.
  • Evidence of ability to teach within the discipline of marriage and family therapy.
  • Experience supervising graduate students in clinical settings.
  • Demonstrated track record of making scholarly contributions through publication and research.
  • Cultural competence and strong interest in diversity.

Application Process

Please submit online to The Family institute at Northwestern University, c/o Human Resources Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Subject: MSMFT Core Faculty, Job Posting # 18014

A cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts and statement of teaching and research interests (must include how applicant’s interest will be compatible with the perspective of the program).

Three letters of recommendation should be sent by recommenders to the Human Resources Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Applications deadline is December 31, 2016.

For more information, contact the Program Director, Douglas Breunlin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About the MSMFT Program

The Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy program is COAMFTE accredited since 1994. The two-year full time program has national, international and diverse cohorts of 28 students per year. Students complete their clinical work through TFI’s own clinic that serves a highly diverse population from the greater Chicagoland area. The primary goal of the program is to train graduate students to be competent, integrative, systemic, empirically informed, ethical and culturally sensitive therapists. The program’s theoretical perspective is drawn from a forty-year tradition of psychotherapy integration at TFI that is currently articulated as Integrative Problem Centered Metaframeworks (soon to be renamed Integrative Systemic Therapy). The program is one of the few programs that embraces empirically supported therapy through the inclusion of progress research as part of training. Students are taught to use the Systemic Therapy Inventory of Change (STIC), an online feedback instrument that tracks client change from a multi systemic perspective.


Director of Clinical Operations

Reports To: Chief Financial Officer

Position Overview:

The Director of Clinical Operations will be responsible for providing leadership, direction, and management of the practice’s operations including billing, registration, and reception teams. Responsible for managing metrics in those areas and reporting on results. The Director is responsible for translating the mission, vision, strategic goals, and program priorities of the organization into department operations.

Primary Responsibilities:

• Develop, maintain, and assure compliance with standards, policies and procedures in clinical operations area to ensure an effective and efficient client and clinician experience.
• Provide management, coordination, and oversight of the clinical operations staff to deliver a high-quality client and clinician experience in the most effective way.
• Collaborate with the Program Management Office to develop best practices and standardize workflows during implementation of new, integrated Practice Management and EHR system.
• Conduct ongoing performance management of staff including annual performance evaluations.
• Responsible for planning, recruitment, hiring, and, when appropriate, discharge of all clinical operations staff of the Institute.
• Generate and prepare appropriate reports to analyze, measure, and report on established metrics.
• Speak to current and prospective clients to answer questions about services offered by The Family Institute.
• Provide oversight of the development of statistical information as required by the Institute for clinical operations management or planning.
• Build collaborative relationships across the organization to develop and implement quality improvement initiatives within Operations.
• Create and maintain the Clinical Emergency On-Call Schedule.
• Develop and manage policies and procedure to optimize all facets of revenue cycle operations from beginning to end.
• Responsible for overall facilities management, including supervision of Operations Assistants
• Assist in the coordination of monthly Clinical Services meeting.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements/Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree required and a minimum of 5 years of experience in healthcare environments.
• Previous experience with supervising personnel required.
• Demonstrated leadership ability and interpersonal effectiveness required to work collaboratively with multiple disciplines.
• Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite.
• Experience with electronic medical records and quality improvement initiatives is a must.
• Direct knowledge of insurance and Medicare billing policies, procedures, and codes (CPT, ICD-10/DSM-5) is a plus.
• Demonstrated ability to recognize, establish, and deal with priorities promptly.
• Highly motivational communication skills.
• Ability to provide excellent customer service.
• Ability to commute to off-site locations.

The Family Institute at Northwestern University is committed to strengthening and healing families and individuals from all walks of life through clinical service, education and research. As an affiliate of Northwestern University, no other institution brings together such a concentration of knowledge, expertise and academic credentials to help improve the lives of people in Chicago and around the globe.

Please submit resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Subject: Job Posting #18010: Director of Clinical Operations

Attn: Chief Financial Officer


Mindfulness and Behavior Therapies Program Fellow

The Family Institute (TFI) at Northwestern University, is a leading behavioral health system that integrates clinical service, education, and research. The Mindfulness and Behavior Therapies Program specializes in treatments that integrate behavioral science and mindfulness practice and philosophy to help individuals, couples, and families with a wide range of presenting problems. Our program has an opening for recent graduates with a Masters Degree in Counseling or Marriage and Family Therapy from our Family Institute educational programs who have training in any of the following:

• Standard Dialectical Behavior Therapy
• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
• Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Clinicians who demonstrate compassion and technical expertise, along with a commitment to delivering evidence-based treatments that integrate mindfulness practice and behavioral science as adherently as possible, will be the best fit for our program. Applicants must be graduates of our Counseling or Marriage and Family Therapy educational programs.

Opportunities are currently available at our TFI offices in Evanston, downtown Chicago, and Northbrook. All interested candidates must be willing to work evenings and on Saturday.

Our ideal candidates possess some previous training in one or more of the following: Standard Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and have flexibility working across levels of the systems (e.g., individual, couple, family, subsystems). Primary responsibilities include effectively managing a clinical caseload (up to 20 sessions weekly), being a collaborative member of our Dialectical Behavior Therapy Consultation team, and a demonstrating an ongoing investment in continued training in mindfulness and behavioral therapies. Opportunities for clinical supervision may be available for qualified applicants.

The Family Institute (TFI) at Northwestern University offers excellent benefits and a competitive salary, commensurate with experience. To apply, please send letter of interest and CV to: Human Resources at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..