Organizational Structure & Staff Positions


Hillcrest Educational Foundation

General Overview of the Organization

(* Senior Management Team Member)


Board of Directors

* President/CEO

   * Executive Director (reports to President/CEO)

     * Vice Presidents (report to Executive Director)

–   Senior VP

–   VP of Finance

–   VP of Human Resources & Workforce Learning

  • Department Heads (report to the Senior Vice President)
  • Director of Nursing
  • Director of Education & Assistant
  • Program Support /Facilities Director
  • Program Director
  • Clinical Director


Department Staff (report to Department Heads)

  • Supervisors & Assistants
  • Clinical Staff
  • Teachers
  • Nurses
  • Support Services
  • Youth Development Counselors
  • Teacher Aides
  • Related Service Providers

There are many different types of staff who will be working with you and your student on your treatment goals. Here is a list of staff that will be a part of your life at Hillcrest:

1) YDC (Youth Development Counselor): YDCs are staff that work directly with students on the dorm or in the classroom. YDC’s help with daily living needs, following the daily schedule, and working on your skills and treatment goals. YDC’s also help you to learn the rules and expectations of Hillcrest, and remind you of the skills to use when you are having a hard time.

2) Supervisor (and Assistant Supervisor): Supervisors are in charge of running the campus during their shift. There is a supervisor on campus at all times, and they make sure that you and all the other students and staff remain safe. Supervisors are here to help YDC’s, other staff, and students, as well as make sure that everything that is supposed to happen that day gets done.

3) Clinician: Clinicians work with the students, families and agency workers to make a plan for your treatment while you are at Hillcrest. They work with the individual, when applicable, or families to help create goals for treatment, including overcoming behavioral challenges and learning adaptive replacement skills for the future. They also talk with families and social workers, or other involved parties, to make sure that they know how their student is doing, and to assist with planning the next step in treatment after they leave Hillcrest.

4) Teacher:   Teachers at Hillcrest work to create educational goals and instruct staff in the best ways for students to achieve their specific educational goals. They also help families and school districts with understanding how their student learns best, what the student needs in school environment to be successful, and they keep track of student academic progress.

5) TA (Teacher Assistant): Teacher Assistants are assigned to a group of students and work with the classroom teachers to help you meet your educational goals. TA’s also help to give extra support to students in the classroom when they need it, and help the teacher to keep the classroom running smoothly.

6) Nurse: Nurses are on campus during daytime hours and on call during the night. Nurses oversee the general health of all students. They also give student’s their medication, and provides treatment if you are sick or hurt. They also help you to learn about your individual health and well-being.

7) Psychiatrist: The psychiatrist meets with all students on a regular basis. They receive feedback from a team of staff and assess the need for medications or changes. They also work with other members of the health care team if there are questions or concerns about the students medical needs.

8) Nutritionist: The nutritionist works with the nurses and cooks to provide a well-balanced diet for all students. They help the students who need special guidance with the food they eat to be healthy.

9) Cook: The cooks prepare nutritional meals and snacks for the staff and students on campus.

10) Speech-Language Therapist: These are specialized therapists that work with students who need extra help with speech and language skills as noted in their IEP. The Speech-Language Therapist works with students during the school day, usually in their classroom either one on one or in small groups.

11) Residential Coordinator: This individual is responsible for the residential treatment milieu and direct supervision of our residential supervisors and assistant supervisors.

12) Assistant Program Director: The Assistant Program Director is responsible for supervision of certain individual parts of the ASD program (i.e. Academic shift and academic staff ) and acts as the Program Director his or her absence.

13) Program Director: This person is responsible for the oversight and operation of the entire program. The Director ensures the security and well-being of our students and staff while operating a safe program.