Behavioral Health Administrator III

Recruitment #101019-MDDY03-350600

Summary Statement

The incumbent in this position will report to the Director of the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health.  The incumbent will oversee the newly-formed Bureau of Communication and Workforce Development.  The incumbent will oversee the training, workforce development, communication, and legislative policy efforts across the Division.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class.  Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Performs on-going oversight, monitoring and strategic management of the Division’s behavioral health programs and operational support services such as assessment of health data, behavioral health promotion, addiction prevention programs and activities; inpatient and community-based substance use and mental health treatment and service programs; and programs that manage other types of addiction. 
  • Ensures quality, consistency, integration and compliance with all regulatory, certification and accreditation standards.  
  • Conducts comprehensive research and evaluation of a wide-variety of behavioral health programs to make projections by identifying trends and issues in areas such as service delivery, performance, utilization, staffing, accessibility, cost and funding.  
  • Makes recommendations on improvements and alternative courses of action that strengthen behavioral health treatment and prevention efforts and improve health outcomes.  
  • Participates in the development and implementation of strategies, policies and standards related to treatment and service systems.  
  • Monitors fiscal activities for behavioral health programs and contracted providers within the DSAMH system.  
  • Coordinates public and private behavioral health services to reduce duplicate services, align and strengthen existing services and address the needs of the community.  
  • Analyzes state, federal and local legislation to determine impact on operations.  
  • Facilitates the adequate dissemination of public information regarding urgent substance use and mental health concerns.  Assists in developing and coordinating communication that ensures an understanding of and accessibility to behavioral health services for Delawareans.  
  • Reviews and interprets statistical, narrative, analytical and financial reports.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Behavioral Health Administrator III  

Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:  

  1. Possession of a Bachelor’s degree or higher in Public Administration, Public Policy, Behavioral, Social or Health Science or related field.
  2. Two years experience in behavioral health administration which includes ensuring that behavioral health policies, procedures and operational plans are implemented to provide overall direction of activities involving behavioral health programs, services, budgets, state and federal funding, varied resources, staff and fiscal requirements to meet goals and objectives and to ensure compliance with applicable behavioral health laws and regulations.
  3. Two years experience in grant management and control which includes monitoring and evaluating grant expenditures.  
  4. One year experience in behavioral health planning which includes  analyzing and evaluating behavioral health programs, projects, and policies, interpreting research studies and health trends which includes qualitative and quantitative analysis of health data to develop strategies and policies and advise department and state officials on behavioral health concerns.
  5. One year experience in strategic planning which includes planning and mapping a path between the present and future usually for three to five years by determining key objectives, how to accomplish the key objectives, what strategies should be used, what activities would contribute to accomplishing the key objectives and developing performance measures to gauge and report progress or success.
  6. One year experience in contract management and control which includes ensuring compliance with terms of contracts; negotiating changes to existing contracts.
  7. One year experience in policy administration such as planning, developing, implementing or evaluating policies and procedures.
  8. One year experience in operations management which includes planning, directing, coordinating, controlling and evaluating operations typically through subordinate supervisors.


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Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

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