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Program Director of Acquired Brain Injury Services

Department: ABI Administration
Location: Atlanta, GA

Program Director of Acquired Brain Injury Services

Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions.

Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation.

In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 900 inpatients, 575 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year. Patients travel from across the nation – and even the globe – to Shepherd Center for its innovative brand of neurorehabilitation.

Patients at Shepherd Center get more than just medical care:  They get an experience that brings healing and hope. Shepherd’s team of highly specialized, experienced clinicians are dedicated to helping their patients rebuild their lives with hope, independence and dignity, advocating for their full inclusion in all aspects of community life while promoting safety and injury prevention.

Clinicians work with each person to create a blueprint for rehabilitation, tapping into state-of-the-art medical care, therapeutic equipment and comprehensive educational services. Staff members also serve as ambassadors to help patients navigate their journey over a lifetime. At Shepherd Center, we are a family, working together to help patients and their families obtain the care they need plus so much more.

This Acquired Brain Injury Program Director role has overall responsibility for the full continuum of services provided in the Acquired Brain Injury Program which include:

Inpatient care for disorders of consciousness and comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation programming for TBI, stroke, and non-traumatic Injuries; post-acute services for residential, day program, and outpatient services that include a complex concussion clinic and a military TBI/PTSD program; oversight of nursing and therapy personnel; managing budgets; monitoring overall outcomes; leading performance improvement initiatives; supporting evidence informed practices and integration with research initiatives.

Necessary skills for educating and presenting at national, regional and local seminars are imperative. Advocacy work includes ability to collaborate with federal and state agencies for supporting enhanced services and long- term care for people with brain injuries and their families. As a member of the senior management team, the PD collaborates with all other levels of center staff and physicians contributing to the Shepherd mission and hospital-wide strategic initiatives as a key decision maker, collaborator, and innovator while maintaining a positive role model. Through appropriate surveillance, the PD ensures compliance with local, state, federal governing bodies and external accrediting bodies (TJC, CARF, State, CMS) within their scope of responsibility.

This is a high-level role that will interface with all levels of the organization ranging from the chairman of the board to staff and has overall responsibility for:

  •  Managing the performance of a team of around 200 individuals via performance and outcomes.
  •  Utilizing data for clinical and non-clinical decisions is a must.
  •  Executing a mission where service excellence is the norm and perform swift strategic recovery when things don’t go as planned.
  •  Being keenly aware of clinical and operational outcomes and the ability to push the bar higher.
  •  Participating with strategic short and long planning with key stakeholders around the facility.
  •  Connecting and networking with current and prospective donors.
  • Engaging in and attending at least 3 foundation events annually.


Education: Minimum of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university in an allied health field.

Experience: Minimum of ten years clinical experience in rehabilitation/related field. Five years of middle or senior management experience.

Licensure: Current licensure or eligible for licensure upon application for the position in the state of GA.

Certification: N/A

Technical Knowledge: Advanced leadership and management skills; appropriate utilization of human and fiscal resources; able to delegate tasks effectively; supervise large numbers of employees through direct reports; consultant and resource to program specific objectives; maintains current knowledge of specialty to focus on realistic, evidence based and competitive clinical outcomes; good communication skills for partnering and collaborations; basic research skills are recommended to contribute to program and community through mentoring, presentations and participation on national committees.

Work Environment: Office, patient care areas, and community

Contact Group: Patients, patient family members, staff, physicians, vendors, researchers, and community advocates

Supervises: RN Unit Managers, Program Managers, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Therapy Education Coordinator, & Administrative Assistants

Supervised By: Chief Operating Officer

Qualified candidates should be ready for a challenge and value strong team collaboration that strives for everyday excellence. Shepherd Center is extremely proud of its programs and outcomes. We are looking for a new team member that will continue to further our strong mission.  

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