Chief Executive Officer

Mental Health Superintendent 2 | Office/On-Site

Recruitment #230412-5702MP-001


Are you the type of person who is passionate about helping some of our State's most vulnerable populations?
Do you want to take your next step into management over a mental health facility?
If so, we have a role for you!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is seeking a qualified individual to join our team as the Chief Executive Officer (PCN 27757) of the Southwest Connecticut Mental Health System (SWCMHS).  The SWCMHS is a DMHAS state-operated Local Mental Health Authority (LMHA) that serves all of Fairfield County via three facilities, two in Bridgeport and one in Stamford.  SWCMHS provides individualized integrated treatment for adults over the age of 18 who have behavioral health and/or substance use disorders that are publicly insured or have insurance vulnerabilities.  Find out more information on this great opportunity below!

  • Work Schedule: Monday - Friday
  • Work Hours: Full-time, 40 hours per week
  • Work Shift: First shift, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • On-Call: This position includes 24/7 on-call responsibility
  • Location: 1635 Central Ave, Bridgeport, CT
State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive comprehensive benefits plan that includes:
  • Industry leading health benefits with medical and dental coverage
  • Generous paid time off, include 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings
  • Retirement healthcare offerings
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • As a loan forgiveness organization, you may be able to qualify for one or more State or Federal loan forgiveness programs
  • A healthy work/life balance!
You'd be able to work for a Forbes top company: 'Forbes' State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule.

  • Developing and implementing a strategic plan for clinical and recovery programming.
  • Leading and collaborating with an executive leadership team comprised of a Chief Medical Officer, Assistant Agency Director, Quality Improvement Director, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Nursing Officer.
  • Planning, managing and overseeing plant operations in collaboration with the Plant Facilities Engineer as well as with the DMHAS Chief of Engineering Services.
  • Preparing, managing and overseeing system’s budget in collaboration with the Chief Financial Officer. 
  • Assuring continued facility accreditation by the Joint Commission and other regulatory bodies including the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • Formulating and overseeing the implementation of policies and procedure in collaboration with the Director of Quality Improvement.
  • Ensuring the conformance of system procedures and programs with relevant statutes, regulations and collective bargaining agreements across a number of different unions.
  • Collaborating with Affiliated partner agencies to ensure contract adherence and service delivery outcomes are met.
This role requires that you possess appropriate current license in one of the following areas: clinical psychology, professional counselor, clinical social work, or psychiatry.


The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), is a health care agency whose mission is to promote the overall health and wellness of persons with behavioral health needs through an integrated network of holistic, comprehensive, effective, and efficient services and supports that foster dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency in those we serve.

The Southwest Connecticut Mental Health System (SWCMHS) provides clinical and rehabilitative care  in various levels including: Inpatient services (62 beds),  community-based services that include: Young Adult Services, Community Support Programming integrating rehabilitative skill building, Assertive Community Treatment,  Homeless Outreach and Engagement, Mobile Crisis Team, Forensic specified supportive treatment for the justice involved, and outpatient therapeutic treatment all of which is served with cultural, gender-specific, and trauma sensitive approaches to meet individuals realized goals.  The CEO has responsibility for 32 private non-profit affiliated contracted agencies for the provision of residential, employment and clinical services.  The CEO has fiscal responsibilities for oversight of a 50+ million-dollar budget including plant operations of one hospital building and two leased outpatient clinics. This position will be supporting over 400 employees in a bargaining unit environment and additional contracted staff that serve over 3000 people annually. 

Connecticut offers you and your family access. Access to the finest schools in the nation, beautiful weather year round and recreational activities to fit each season. Bridgeport is in the heart of Fairfield County, which is right across from the border from New York, and has been ranked one of the best counties in America by US News and Reports. However, a trip to the mountains and or the coast is just a brief trip away.

Selection Plan

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This position may be subject to Federal requirements for COVID-19 Vaccination Immunization.

To Apply:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • In order to receive educational credits toward qualification for this job posting, the institution must be accredited. If the institution of higher learning is located outside of the U.S., you are responsible for providing documentation from a recognized USA accrediting service which specializes in determining foreign education equivalencies to the recruiter listed on this job posting.
  • You must specify your qualifications on your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
  • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
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  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
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In the Departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Correction this class is accountable for developing and directing the clinical and administrative programs and operations.


Directs clinical and administrative programs and operations of the facility or community mental health center.


  • Plans, develops and directs clinical and administrative program in accordance with policies established by Commissioner;
  • Participates in planning and development of mental health systems;
  • Participates in policy and subcommittee meetings;
  • Presides at administrative conferences with department heads to formulate policies to meet needs;
  • Develops and monitors programs;
  • Confers with visitors, relatives and professional consultants regarding patients and clients and agency practices;
  • Ensures conformance of all procedures and programs with statutory laws governing patients and clients with mental illness;
  • Directs preparation of budget in conjunction with department heads;
  • Directs and coordinates with department heads tasks necessary to maintain accreditation by Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Hospitals;
  • Leads the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of
    • and ability to apply management principles and practices;
    • relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations;
    • behavioral health policies and systems;
    • principles and practices of public and/or health care administration;
    • managed health care systems;
    • mental health program planning and development;
  • Knowledge of quality assessment and/or improvement techniques and accreditation body standards;
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communication skills;
  • Considerable ability to collaborate within department, state, community and agency constituent groups;
  • Ability to analyze fiscal data and prepare budgets.


A Master's degree or higher in a health related field and at least seven (7) years of managerial experience in hospital, health or mental health administration.


  • Experience with the oversight of contracts
  • Experience managing outpatient behavioral health programs
  • Experience with Joint Commission Accreditation, as well as Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services regulations
  • Experience managing inpatient psychiatric unit(s)
  • Experience managing labor force, including union personnel
  • Experience overseeing of plant operations
  • Experience managing facilities’ budgets of $20 million, or greater 


  • Incumbents in this class will be required to possess the appropriate current license in one of the following areas: clinical psychology, professional counselor, clinical social work, or psychiatry.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.