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Job Description


McDowell Center for Children (a UHS facility):


McDowell Center is a 28-bed residential treatment facility located in Dyersburg, Tennessee, for adolescent males experiencing mental health, behavioral, and/or substance abuse issues. Our staff is made up of licensed therapists, psychiatrists, nurses, and counselors who offer 24-hour support for our patients. We provide young men with the skills they need to improve their thinking patterns, make healthier choices, and create new futures with improved outlooks and outcomes.



The Program Manager ensures the delivery of quality mental health care services within the context of structured clinical programs and an interdisciplinary treatment team. The Program Manager supervises the therapeutic community by providing personal quality assurance through monitoring, role modeling, and teaching. The Program Manager directly supervises Shift Supervisors including monitoring their effectiveness in meeting the position requirements, develops the work schedule, and ensures staffing meets licensure and acuity standards. The Program Manager works directly with upper management in developing and implementing the strategic goals and objectives of the McDowell Center for Children.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to demonstrate competency in the criteria listed in this job description. The specifications listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability to meet the minimum requirements for this position. The Program Manager must demonstrate flexibility in providing care to varied populations including dual diagnosis residents in a residential treatment setting.


Education:   High school diploma or GED required; bachelor’s degree in behavioral health science preferred.

                                                    Experience: Prior experience working with a psychiatric mental health population, preferably in a residential setting.  Prior supervisory experience highly preferred.

             Licensure/Certification: None 

Knowledge: Prefer knowledge of milieu management, case management, discharge planning, group leadership skills, age specific growth and development, crisis and behavior management, family therapy theory and practice.

                                                    Supervision Received: Chief Executive Officer 

                                                    Supervision Exercised: Shift Supervisors, Mental Health Technicians

            Environmental Conditions: Exposure to psychiatric residents who may exhibit violent/aggressive behavior. Potential for exposure to communicable diseases, blood/body fluids and other hazardous waste. General hospital environment.


An environment that puts patient care first.  One of the most rewarding aspects of this job is providing excellent care, comfort, and security to the patients and families you treat, at their most vulnerable times.  Supportive and responsive leadership.  You are never alone, as you are part of a large network of peer co-workers that routinely exchange ideas and review current topics within the industry.  Having the opportunity to grow, learn, and advance in your career.  There are very robust continuing education options and opportunities for skills diversification and career advancement with UHS.  

           Physical Requirements:

Ability to communicate verbally and in writing.  Physical agility to manage residents.  Push, pull and lift up to 40 pounds. Intermittent sitting, standing, walking, bending and stooping. Drug and alcohol free as evidenced by negative results of post-offer, pre-employment urine drug screen.


The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary functions.


                                                 Job Classification:      

Exempt; Hours vary based on staffing and resident needs and may include day, evening, and weekends.




  • Challenging and rewarding work environment
  • Career development opportunities within UHS and its Subsidiaries
  • Competitive Compensation
  • Excellent Medical, Dental, Vision and Prescription Drug Plan
  • 401(K) with company match and discounted stock plan
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Free Basic Life Insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement

Universal Health Services (UHS):


One of the nation’s largest and most respected providers of hospital and healthcare services, Universal Health Services, Inc. has built an impressive record of achievement and performance. Growing steadily since its inception into an esteemed Fortune 500 corporation, our annual revenues were $10.77 billion in 2018. In 2020, UHS was again recognized as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune; in 2019, ranked #293 on the Fortune 500; and in 2017, listed #275 in Forbes inaugural ranking of America’s Top 500 Public Companies. Headquartered in King of Prussia, PA, UHS has more than 87,000 employees and through its subsidiaries operates 26 acute care hospitals, 327 behavioral health facilities, 40 outpatient facilities and ambulatory care access points, an insurance offering, a physician network and various related services located in 37 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom.


EEO Statement


All UHS subsidiaries are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates. UHS subsidiaries are equal opportunity employers and as such, openly support and fully commit to recruitment, selection, placement, promotion and compensation of individuals without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), genetic information, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

We believe that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success.




At UHS and all our subsidiaries, our Human Resources departments and recruiters are here to help prospective candidates by matching skillset and experience with the best possible career path at UHS and our subsidiaries.  We take pride in creating a highly efficient and best in class candidate experience. During the recruitment process, no recruiter or employee will request financial or personal information (Social Security Number, credit card or bank information, etc.) from you via email. The recruiters will not email you from a public webmail client like Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, etc. If you are suspicious of a job posting or job-related email mentioning UHS or its subsidiaries, let us know by contacting us at: or 1-800-852-3449.


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