Behavioral Health Administrator I

Recruitment #081022-MDDY01-350600


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Summary Statement

Incumbent provides on-going oversight and management support for all Policy and Compliance activities in the areas of Quality Assurance, Risk Management, and Provider Enrollment Units.  The incumbent will be tasked with direct auditing and risk management activities; support DSAMH’s ability to ensure quality, consistency, integration and compliance with all regulatory certification and accreditation standards.  Additionally, integration of this data to promote and recommend strategic directions by conducting comprehensive research and evaluation of our current Behavioral Health providers performance benchmarked against current and projected national standards

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 I
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. One year experience in program management in sectors such as Public Health, Primary Care, Policy, or Data and Evaluation which includes making recommendations for continuation or changes to operations, programs, budgets services, policies or procedures based on findings.
  3. Six months experience in grant management and control which includes monitoring and evaluating grant expenditures.
  4. Knowledge of contract management and control which includes ensuring compliance with terms of contracts; negotiating changes to existing contracts.
  5. Knowledge of staff supervision acquired through course work, academic training, training provided through an employer, or performing as a lead worker overseeing the work of others; OR supervising staff which may include planning, assigning, reviewing, and evaluating the work of others; OR supervising through subordinate supervisors a group of professional, technical, and clerical employees.

Additional Posting Information

Due to a new requirement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) the following mandate is effective January 27, 2022: As a condition of employment, employees providing health care services and/or support services in covered facilities must show proof that they have received the dose of a single J&J dose or the 1st dose of Moderna/Pfizer two-dose vaccine effective date January 27, 2022, and proof of the single J&J dose or the 2nd dose of Moderna/Pfizer two-dose vaccine by February. 28, 2022. Employees may not provide any care, treatment, or other services until proof is provided.  Based on CMS guidance, the date for compliance may extend into March due to the health care facilities high vaccination rate of staff.  If you accept a position with the facility, your Human Resources representative can provide more guidance.  The only exception to these requirements is for those employees granted medical or religious exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which may require weekly COVID-19 testing. This will be in effect until further notice.  More information can be found here

Conditions of Hire

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The State of Delaware participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your 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.

DHSS does not provide employment-based sponsorship.


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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.