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Open Position:
Assistant Director for Bereavement Services

Employer: The Center for Grieving Children, Portland ME

This full time position is responsible for the provision, management and direction of the Center’s bereavement support services. The Assistant Director ensures excellent care and service for families, high quality support and training for volunteers, and works with the Director of Programs to identify and implement new opportunities for service and a cohesive outreach strategy.


Provide Supervision to bereavement staff, on all aspects; train and support staff on family calls; assist with volunteer management, clinical supervision related to family support services, volunteer support and effective group facilitation skills.  Ensure volunteers are adequately trained and supported in their roles working with families.

Deliver effective programming, ensure fidelity with the model, and maintain safety for participants and volunteers. 

Serve as primary point of contact for families seeking bereavement support services.  Ensure smooth and effective process for families seeking to access support services from first contact with the Center.

Provide quality support to families in our programs including working with collateral providers, following up with families, and participating in program evaluation efforts. 

Manage all aspects of one night of service.

Serve as primary point of contact for prospective interns, conduct initial interviews and coordinate placement for interns. Provide regular group supervision for cohort of students; individual supervision of 1-2 interns per year.

Maintain all records in a timely and complete fashion and report on data as requested. 

Coordinate with Director of Programs on data base utilization, program evaluation.

Perform other duties as assigned. Contribute to strategic planning and achieving agency goals, pursue appropriate professional development opportunities.


  • 5 or more years of experience working with children and families in an agency setting including group facilitation skills, sound clinical judgement, and knowledge of grief and loss.
  • Successful completion of the Center training (upon hire) and a belief in the power of peer support model to provide meaningful, effective, and transformative support
  • Experience working with grieving children, teens and adults. 
  • Demonstrated supervisory skills, effectiveness managing volunteers, sound judgement and decision making
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to develop positive working relationships with multiple stakeholders including participants, volunteers, colleagues, board members, donors, and community members. 
  • Demonstrated organization skills and ability to provide superior service.
  • Hold Maine license as a LMSW, LCSW

Benefits: health insuranceshort-term/long-term disability, simple IRA with employer contribution, sick leave, generous vacation, and holidays as per personnel policies.

Application Procedures: Submit cover letter and resume to

Posting Closing Date:  January 15, 2018     No phone calls please.

Our Work

The Center for Grieving Children is an oasis of loving support for children and families confronting loss, change, and grief when someone close to them dies or is seriously ill. Based in Portland, with an additional service site in Sanford, the Center's peer-support programs and community outreach touch the lives of more than 4,000 people annually. Trained volunteers and the generous support of the local community keep our services free for families. We depend on funding from individuals, businesses, foundations, and United Way.

Our Workplace

The Center has a community-oriented work place staffed by 10-12 full- and part-time staff members, and assisted by multiple volunteers and interns in different capacities. It is governed by a 25-member board of directors. To be successful, staff needs to be flexible under pressure, and respond creatively and professionally to changing priorities in a frequently fast-paced environment that depends on the leadership, service, and support of a wide variety of people.

The Center for Grieving Children is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants for employment on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and medical conditions which result from pregnancy, physical or mental disability, religion, age, citizenship, ancestry or national origin, military membership, or any other characteristic protected under local, state, federal law.