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Clinical Supervisor

Do you want to make a difference? Are you passionate about helping others? Optimae Behavioral Health Services, a division of Optimae LifeServices, is looking for a Clinical Supervisor in our southeastern Iowa region.

Optimae assists individuals from more than 40 Iowa counties with their mental health, visible and invisible disabilities, and other barriers. We empower our customers to reach their fullest potential by being at their side and on their side.

The Clinical Supervisor works under the supervision of the Regional Behavioral Health Director and provides clinical supervision to therapists and paraprofessionals working in outpatient clinics, care facilities, school-based programs and recovery centers. This position establishes and maintains a high level of quality and efficiency in the delivery of professional and paraprofessional services to the people we serve.

At Optimae, our four core values of choice, respect, teamwork and education apply to both our customers and employees. With a supportive, mission-driven culture, many employees have started at Optimae and stayed for good. See what they’re saying:

“Optimae has 4 core values: Choice, Teamwork, Respect, and Education. This company stands by and really lives out those core values on a daily basis. Working in the Fairfield office has been such a wonderful experience. They are all about teamwork. Staff feel heard, appreciated, and supported… Optimae really is at your side, and on your side. They care about their employees and try to make coming to work an enjoyable experience. They offer extensive training and feedback as well. I would highly recommend working for this company!” (Indeed review)

Optimae values diversity, and we encourage all qualified candidates, including those from traditionally overlooked identity groups, to apply.

Education & work experience:

  • Must have an advanced degree in one of the fields of psychology, counseling and guidance, mental health, psychiatric nursing, social work, or an M.D. or D.O. eligible for certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
  • A minimum of two years post-Master’s degree experience providing services in a mental health field is required.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Knowledge of the principles of human growth and behavior, complex physiological and psychological problems, and related treatment practice and therapies.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, procedures, staff requirements, and operating conditions related to the administration of a clinical outpatient program.
  • Knowledge of laws applicable to treatment and therapy.
  • Ability to plan, coordinate and direct the professional functions of a large outpatient system.
  • Ability to supervise employees who perform professional treatment and therapy.
  • Ability to maintain professional and administrative standards as set by administration.
  • Ability to exercise judgment and discretion in applying and interpreting Optimae LifeServices policies and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate well with staff, people we serve, funders, the public, and other provider agencies.
  • Ability to work closely with people with a mental illness.
  • Ability to work in a stressful environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of and experience in giving clinical supervision to professional staff.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Understand, believe in, and demonstrate behavior driven by Optimae LifeServices’ Mission, Vision and Core Values.
  • Understand standards of professional conduct. Model and support ethical decision-making and uphold ethical standards.
  • Effectively perform personnel actions related to selection of staff, and supervision of staff’s performance, development and efficiency, and oversee disciplinary actions, terminations, work schedules, and assignments of same staff.
  • Monitor weekly productivity metrics and coach and support professionals on meeting targeted goals.
  • Participate in and coordinate staff development training incorporating evidence-based practice in alignment with Optimae’s Core Values.
  • Work in coordination with relevant administrators to provide clinical oversight to treatment programs.
  • Oversight of clinical assessments including PSE’s, diagnosis, crisis plans, treatment plans and progress notes through consultations and trainings. Review audit results and coach professionals on areas of needed improvement.
  • Carry a caseload of therapy clients proportionate to the clinical supervision responsibilities.
  • Oversee the referral process and review the waiting lists weekly.
  • Oversee the at-risk list and critical incident process. Provide supervision and consultation to clinicians related to at-risk clients.
  • Oversee participation in collaborative team meetings.
  • Model and support reflection/critical thinking, foster professional resilience and cultivate a healthy and supportive environment for Behavioral Health. Provide cross-cultural supervision.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Physical expectations:

  • Ability to lift and carry:
    • Up to 24 lbs. frequently
    • Up to 40 lbs. occasionally
    • Over 40 lbs. rarely
  • Ability to climb stairs while carrying objects
  • Normal vision with correction
  • Normal range of hearing with corrections
  • Frequently perform daily duties which involve standing, bending, pivoting, squatting, kneeling and crouching.

Job functions:

  • Efforts have been made to make this job description as complete as possible. However, it in no way states or implies that these are the only duties the Clinical Supervisor will be required to perform. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, or related to the needs of people we serve, or as assigned by supervisory level staff.

Salary Range:$55,000 - $70,000

To apply, visit or submit résumé and cover letter to


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Social Worker
Woodbury and Crawford County area


Northwest AEA provides visionary leadership and quality, student-centered services through relationships with families, schools, and communities. In short, our focus can be summed up in these four words: Inspiring Learning. Changing Lives. 

Our vision is to be the first contact for timely and ongoing support to improve the performance outcomes and well-being of all learners.

About the Agency

Northwest AEA provides special education and school improvement services to 34 public school districts and 32 accredited, non-public schools. The agency serves 45,000 students and more than 5000 educators in a 10-county area of Northwest Iowa (Lyon, Osceola, Sioux, O'Brien, Plymouth, Cherokee, Woodbury, Ida, Monona, and Crawford). 

Our headquarters is near the airport in Sioux City with regional offices in Cherokee, Denison, Le Mars, Onawa, and Sioux Center.

Why Northwest AEA?

Our vision, mission, and anchors guide our actions. Staff at Northwest AEA believe that what they do inspires learning and leads to changed lives for the students, staff, and families we serve. Our work is anchored in building positive, professional relationships with stakeholders and with one another. We embrace responsiveness in how we serve so that students, staff, and families can see improved results.

Job Purpose

Provide support to assigned schools to improve academic, social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes for students.


$50,000-$82,000 depending on experience.

For a complete job description, click here.
For more information and to apply here

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