Behavioral Health Administrator III

Recruitment #093022-MDDY03-350600


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Our mission at the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) is to improve the quality of life of Delaware citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations. We prioritize personal and family independence by assisting individuals and families in a variety of life areas.

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Summary Statement

The incumbent will serve as the Chief of Social Determinants in the Community Behavioral Health and Social Determinants  Bureau, reporting to the Division Director.  The Chief provides administrative oversight, direction, and technical assistance for the state's community-based behavioral health system relating to social determinants. Work includes the implementation and monitoring of a continuum of community-based support services related to employment, housing, peer services, legal support, and primary healthcare.

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.

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


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.