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Director of Mental Health Programs

Company: North Texas State Hospital - Wichita Falls Campus
Location: Wichita Falls
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:


The Director III (Director of Mental Health Programs, Policy & Planning) position reports to and works under the direction of the Associate Commissioner (AC) for Behavioral Health Services, and in collaboration and partnership with the program, contracts, quality management, and other HHSC agency leaders in the implementation, operations and development of behavioral health services with a primary focus on mental health related programming.

The Director III provides highly advanced (executive level) management, direction, guidance and coordination activities assigned to the Behavioral Health Services Section of HHSC in alignment with HHSC strategic planning initiatives. The functions of the position are to perform complex managerial work directing the day-to-day operations of the Mental Health Program Services area and all full array of grant funded or legislatively directed behavioral health services as directed by the Associate Commissioner of Behavioral Health Services. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: development and implementation of strategic operational plans, policies, and program initiatives; evaluation and performance monitoring; review and analysis of complex behavioral health issues related to federal statutes and regulations; and exacting of policies and processes that enhance the behavioral health services delivery system.

Represents the AC of BHS as requested at meetings and hearings. Initiates, develops and ensures the coordination of briefing documents, issue papers, correspondence, bill analyses and memorandums for executive management review and decision-making. Responds to legislative correspondence and requests ensuring coordination with appropriate staff. Meets with fiscal and budget staff to provide guidance and input in assessing the fiscal impact of proposed policy changes specific to programs and activities that fall within the position's purview. Behavioral Health Services on external Councils, Committees or workgroups. The Director III Works under general direction with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.


Essential Job Functions:
(30%) Provides overall vision, leadership, and strategic direction regarding behavioral health, (with a focus on mental health and co-occurring related programming) and all other associated programming. Directs the overall planning, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of Behavioral Health Services programs in collaboration with the existing state agency leadership.

(30%) Plans, implements, and administers diverse programs to meet department objectives. Makes program management decisions, impacting statewide behavioral services, working collaboratively with other state agencies and stakeholders. Reviews and evaluates impact of proposed federal and state laws on program objectives.

(15%) Ensures the regulations and standards established by the commission are consistent with state and federal law.

(10%) Represents BHS by making presentations, providing information and testimony, collaborating with advocacy associations, other state agencies and federal partners. Responds to requests by legislators and other public officials. Coordinates with federal agencies to assure program policies, standards, and activities conform to federal regulatory standards.

(10%) Manages and develops staff through review of performance data, consultation, training, and performance appraisal. Responsible for hiring and selection, assigning work, completing performance evaluations, recommending personnel disciplinary actions, and scheduling and approving leave.

(5%) Completes other duties as assigned in accordance with the direction of the Associate Commissioner of Behavioral Health Services or their designee. Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.



Knowledge Skills Abilities:
-Knowledge of service needs of the Behavioral Health populations and systems of care.

-Knowledge of systems and procedures used to evaluate funded behavioral health provider performance.

-Knowledge of state and federal laws, regulations, policies, rules and requirements for behavioral health services.

-Knowledge of Texas legislative process and public accountability systems.

-Knowledge of strategic planning, budget management, human resource management, and project management.

-Knowledge of the principles of leadership and how to effectively interact with various leadership styles.

-Skill in the use of data to analyze trends and prepare reports for management decisions.

-Skill in directing and assessing the evaluation of behavioral health program services and implementing or recommending improvements.

-Skill in communication, meeting facilitation and public speaking.
-Skill in managing multiple and competing priorities.

-Skill in identifying problems, evaluating alternatives, and implementing solutions.

-Skill in working collaboratively and cooperatively with diverse groups.

-Ability to think creatively and support creative thinking in others.

-Ability to plan, assign, and evaluate the work of others and effectively manage and motivate staff.

-Ability to make timely and effective decisions.

-Ability to lead in an environment of change.



Registration or Licensure Requirements:
N/A

Initial Selection Criteria:
Experience in public health policy administration, management work and behavioral health initiatives required. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in business or public administration or a related field is generally preferred. Experience and education may be substituted for one another. Advanced degree from a U.S. accredited college or university with specialization in public administration, health services, business administration, human services, or related areas, or equivalent post Master's degree training. Experience managing the operations of a large human services delivery agency or equivalent program

Additional Information:
The posted salary range reflects the minimum and maximum allowable by state law. Any employment offer is contingent upon available budgeted funds. The offered salary will be determined in accordance with budgetary limits and the requirements of HHSC Human Resources Manual Chapter 7.

Note: Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include, but not limited to: N/A.

All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information, see the Texas State Auditor?s Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx.

HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work. I-9 Form - Click here to download the I-9 form. https://hrportal.hhsc.state.tx.us/PORTAL/documents/EmployeeNewHireChecklist.pdf

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.


MOS Code:
N/A

HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.

- Click here to download the I-9 form.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.



Keywords: North Texas State Hospital - Wichita Falls Campus, Wichita Falls , Director of Mental Health Programs, Other , Wichita Falls, Texas

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