Position Description

Clinical Director, Chicago Torture Justice Center


On May 6, 2015, in response to a movement spanning three decades, the Chicago City Council passed historic legislation providing reparations to the survivors of racially motivated police torture committed between 1972-1991—specifically, the twenty years of police torture orchestrated by Commander Jon Burge and detectives under his command. This makes Chicago the first municipality in the United States to provide reparations to those harmed by racially motivated law enforcement violence. The push for reparations was driven by the lack of redress for systemic harms; the package provides for financial compensation to the survivors; job training; free education at the City Colleges; an official apology; required teaching in the Chicago public schools; and a public memorial. Lastly, the Ordinance required the creation of a community center informed by the needs of survivors of police torture, their family members, and community members. The Chicago Torture Justice Center is the first in the nation to provide specialized trauma services to those tortured by law enforcement officials within the U.S.

Position Summary

The Clinical Director provides clinical services to participants of the Center, supervision to the clinical team, and provides leadership in developing and sharing the unique therapeutic model of CTJC.  Services are inclusive of individual therapy, family therapy and group work, and will be provided at CTJC and community based spaces.

Position Responsibilities

  • Provide clinical supervision to staff therapists and clinical interns
  • Provide oversight to the clinical aspects of the program evaluation
  • Ensure agency clinicians maintain complete, accurate and confidential clinical progress notes, treatment plans and files meets agency standards and requirements
  • Develop and implement program model work plan for clinical service delivery
  • Provide individual and group therapy
  • Provide initial intake screening and mental health assessments that identify service needs and recommend options for care
  • Involve survivors in the development of treatment goals, objectives and interventions that address their assessed behavioral health needs
  • Reassess and review treatment progress with participants
  • Develop and provide presentations regarding the clinical model and services offered by CTJC to organizations and stakeholders as needed
  • Provide coordinated care by initiating and/or participating in participant centered consultation with internal and external providers 

Essential skills and experience:

  • Clinical license required
  • Experience in clinical practice, clinical supervision, and program management
  • Must be able to build and maintain strong collaborative healing relationships with survivors and their families
  • Experience working with formerly incarcerated, former members of street organizations, African-American communities, and/or communities impacted by police violence
  • Strong presentation skills, and ability to conduct workshops
  • Understanding of harm reduction, community-based organizing, trauma-informed systems of care, impacts of torture and healing justice highly regarded
  • Proven success cultivating relationships with program participants, staff, community groups, and other related agencies
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with Chicago

Interpersonal Skills

  • Proven leadership skills
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Deep personal commitment and passion for the Center’s mission
  • Strong personal and professional integrity
  • Excellent relationship building skills

Compensation and Benefits

  • This is a full-time position 
  • Compensation commensurate with experience and qualifications
  • Location: Chicago

To apply: Please send cover letter and resume to info@chicagotorturejustice.org with Clinical Director Position in the subject line. Applications are rolling. We welcome conversations or inquiries about the position. Please send questions can be sent to chris@chicagotorturejustice.org.



The Chicago Torture Justice Center seeks to address the traumas of police violence and institutionalized racism through access to healing and wellness services, trauma-informed resources, and community connection. The Center is a part of and supports a movement to end all forms of police violence.

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Chicago, IL 60621
Ph: (773) 962-0395
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September 21, 2020