Founded in 2010, A Place To Be is one of the largest, non-profit music therapy organizations in the country serving over 400 families each week through our direct services and medical music therapy programs. Located outside of Washington, DC, in one of the nation’s fastest growing and wealthiest counties, A Place To Be helps people face, navigation, and overcome life’s challenges using the clinically-based practices of music therapy. Our innovative performance-based music therapy approach has received numerous local and regional awards, as well as national recognition from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Professional Practice of the Year award from the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).

A Place To Be is currently seeking a well-qualified candidate to join our senior management team as a Clinical Director. This is a tremendous opportunity to be a part of an exciting and rapidly growing organization working to impact the lives of our clients by providing exceptional continuity of care within a supportive community of clients & their families, human service professionals & world-class music therapists.

The Clinical Director is primarily responsible for the full implementation of APTB’s direct services including the coordination of all aspects of the therapeutic programs including planning, organizing and staff supervision. Other key duties for this position include staff development, research & reporting and ensuring that every client receives exceptional care based on accepted clinical standards and ethics of music therapy.


1)     Program Management

  • Responsible for management of daily operations of A Place To Be direct services including organizing, planning, evaluation, performance, scheduling, budgeting and staff supervision.

  • Responsible for developing policies and procedures to ensure quality services for clients and accountability for staff.

  • Responsible for program development with community partners to establish programs that advance the Mission and strategic goals of A Place To Be.

  • Responsible for ongoing assessment and evaluation of the clinical programs to ensure that client needs, organizational standards and funding requirements are met. The Clinical Director will manage program growth and ensure program sustainability, reviewing program services and changing them as necessary to meet clients’ needs.

  • Responsible for managing client and outcomes tracking in Electronic Health Record (EHR) database and using outcome data to manage staff and program performance.

  • Responsible for maintenance of documentation, client files, and statistics as required by A Place To Be’s policies and funding sources.

  • Collaborate with administrative staff in grant writing and reporting

  • Prioritize the use of best and evidence-based practices, including researching programming trends and current practices being used in other organizations.

2)     Supervision & Support

  • Responsible for regular individual clinical supervision of therapy team.

  • Responsible for overseeing therapeutic staff including setting expectations, performance reviews, professional development and on-boarding new staff.

  • Responsible for approving all therapeutic plans for each client and supporting therapeutic staff in the identification of appropriate client goals, objectives and strategies for appropriate data collection.

  • Responsible for the organization’s internship and volunteer programs to ensure adequate staffing at all times. The Clinical Director will recruit clinical interns and maintain working relationships with accredited music therapy programs.

3)     Research & Reporting

  • Responsible for all research activities including program analysis/performance evaluation, publications in peer-reviewed journals and other quantitative and qualitative research methods applied to A Place To Be’s programs.

  • Responsible for cultivating research partnerships with other organizations in a manner consistent with the Mission and strategic goals of A Place To Be.

  • Responsible for ensuring that all research activities are compliant with the highest ethical and legal standards.

4)     Organization Mission and Strategy

  • Responsible for the enhancement of A Place To Be’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations.


  • An advanced degree (MA or Ph.D.) in music therapy with extensive knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies

  • Must presently hold CBMT certification

  • 5+ years of clinical music therapy experience

  • 3 years of administrative supervisory experience managing a team of therapists or similar experience

  • Extensive knowledge of clinical research literature

  • Program development, data, and performance management experience

  • Ability to build strong teams to meet strategic goals

  • Passion for the mission and values of A Place To Be

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and data management environments.


  • Salary commensurate with experience

  • Opportunity to join employer sponsored health insurance, life and 401(k) retirement plan

  • Paid Time Off


Email cover letter and resume to jobs@aplacetobeva.org. Please enter “Clinical Director” in the subject line of your email. Please be prepared to provide three professional references, upon request. Applicants may also include a CV or copies of recently published articles/literature.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Requires full range of body motion including handling and lifting clients, manual and finger dexterity, and eye-hand coordination. Requires standing and walking for extensive periods of time. Occasionally lifts and carries items weighing up to 40 lbs. Requires corrected vision and hearing to normal range.

A Place To Be is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status