Mental Health Program Administrator II

Recruitment #061322-MDDK02-370401


The Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families' (The Delaware Children’s Department) primary responsibility is to provide and manage a range of services for children who have experienced abandonment, abuse, adjudication, mental illness, neglect, or substance abuse.  Our services include prevention, early intervention, assessment, treatment, permanency, and after care.

We offer desirable career opportunities, attracting and retaining proud and talented employees who are motivated to think of the child first in all that they do.  The Department is the perfect place to kick-start your career!

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Summary Statement

This position oversees a unit of staff responsible for the administration of the Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services provider network.  The position has a lead role in assuring a robust continuum of behavioral health services for children and their families as well as monitoring service provision to ensure services are safe, use evidence-based approaches and achieve the best outcomes. Staff within this unit work closely with Division providers, offering support for onboarding, billing, and coordination of care. This position sits on the Division Senior Leadership Team and has input into operational and strategic planning.

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.

  • Develops and implements programming for child/adolescent mental health treatment, maintaining the integrity of the long term goals of the particular program unit.
  • Develops, administers and evaluates contracts for provision of mental health treatment services and monitors service delivery.
  • In conjunction with the statewide accountability effort, develops procedures and applies standards and measures for evaluation of program operation, and results to improve unit's effectiveness and efficiency.  Takes appropriate action to correct deficiencies noted.
  • Trains, assigns and supervises subordinates providing direction and technical guidance.
  • Develops and maintains effective relationships with public and private agencies regarding the unit's treatment services.
  • Interprets laws, regulations and administrative decisions as they apply to the unit's services.
  • Prepares and administers budget for the specific program, insuring operation within budgetary constraints.
  • Prepares narrative, statistical and court reports, as needed, on treatment, site review and/or recommendations for further action.
  • Participates in meetings, task forces, etc. and speaks before public groups on behalf of the unit/division.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Mental Health Program Administrator II
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Possession of a Bachelors degree or higher in Behavioral or Social Science or related field.
  2. Six months experience in health or human services program administration such as overseeing and directing the development, implementation and evaluation of health or human services programs and services; planning and establishing short and long range program goals and objectives. Providing advice to other agency organizational units through consultation.
  3. Six months experience in budget development which includes analyzing financial data and making long and short range plans and projections.
  4. Six months experience in contract development which includes writing and negotiating contracts
  5. Six months experience in developing policies and procedures.
  6. Six months experience in staff supervision which includes planning, assigning, reviewing, and evaluating the work of others.
  7. Knowledge of treatment modalities and theories for mental health, drug or alcohol services.

Conditions of Hire

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The State of Delaware Executive Branch participates in the Federal E-Verify system where the State will provide the federal government with each new hires Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. For more information refer to our job seeker resources.

Criminal background check:  A satisfactory criminal background check is required as a condition of hire.  The recruiting agency may require the applicant to pay for the criminal background check as part of the conditional offer of hire.

Pre-employment Drug Testing:  Upon a conditional offer, you must undergo pre-employment drug testing as part of the hiring process.


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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.

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at Delaware State Jobs.


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.

The State of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek out a workforce representative of Delaware including race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.