Behavioral Health and Recovery Division Director

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Mental Health
Posted on November 23, 2022
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King County’s Department of Community & Human Services (DCHS) is recruiting for candidates for the position of Director of the Behavioral Health and Recovery Division (BHRD). Qualified individuals will bring a passion for delivering critical public services, specifically as related to behavioral health and recovery. 
This recruitment is open until December 31, 2022.  The first review of applications is scheduled to begin on Monday, December 4, 2022. A hiring decision may be made at any point thereafter, so interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 

Note: Salary rates reflected will be effective January 1, 2023.

The individual selected for this role will be a seasoned people leader with deep knowledge in behavioral health and integrated care systems. They will bring an authentic appreciation for the critically important mission of the division and will have proven success navigating politically sensitive environments.

Job Duties

The Director will be relied on to:  

  1. Lead the Department’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Division and its operations
  • Lead and exercise overall responsibility for the effective, equitable and ethical operations of the full range of King County’s behavioral health functions including: 
    1. King County’s Integrated Care Network (KCICN) to administer Medicaid-funded Behavioral Health System; 
    2. Crisis and Commitment Services, including Designated Crisis Responders, and other crisis response services; 
    3. Administration and implementation of the MIDD; and
    4. Diversion and reentry services.
  • Foster strong relationships with a broad coalition of partners including behavioral health peers and persons with lived experience, providers, managed care organizations, the Washington Healthcare Authority, State legislators, King County Councilmembers, and political and crisis response leaders in King County’s 39 cities.
  • Set strategic direction and guide, align and empower the Division’s senior leaders, teams, sections, and partners to support a continuum of care that achieves healthcare integration, high-quality and equitable behavioral health outcomes, responsive crisis intervention, and connection to DCHS’s broad network of social determinant of health services. 
  1. Lead, coach, and supervise a high-performing team
    • Inspire, coach, lead, manage, and support a team of more than 165 behavioral health and public service professionals, including direct services teams who provide 24/7 services.
    • Champion and embrace principles of equity and racism as a public health crisis and provides exceptional  leadership skills to further equity in the public behavioral health system , including alignment with and implementation of King County’s Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan 
    • Foster a culture of leadership development that challenges, engages, and develops the next generation of public servant behavioral health leaders
    • Inspire and exemplify ethical conduct and develop expertise in King County’s Code of Ethics
    • Provide and seek candid and caring feedback and coaching to help all members of the team continually improve and develop. Supervise and mentor staff including planning work assignments and conducting employee development and performance evaluation. 
  1. Direct the development and implementation of the Division's $465 million annual budget. 
  • Ensure the effective development and administration of the BRHD bi-annual budget; directs the annual forecast of funds for program execution and approves directional changes; Partner with CFO to manage all BHRD resources.
  • Understand and build coalitions with the diverse group of funders (Federal, State, and local governments, non-profit and private sector organizations) to achieve and leverage common goals.
  • Develop short and long-term objectives and strategies to optimize financial resources and monitors changing funding landscape and ensures BHRD is adherent to all fund source, regulatory requirements.
  1. Serve as the County’s lead representative and advisor on behavioral health matters, including frequent presentations before the Metropolitan King County Council and other legislative bodies, routine discussions with the media, and politically sensitive discussions with other departments, community stakeholders, legislative bodies and governments.        

The Division

The Behavioral Health and Recovery Division (BHRD) provides a wide variety of direct and contracted  services that serve people in crisis and low-income King County residents, including people enrolled in the federally funded Medicaid health care program. BHRD serves approximately 70,000 people annually and funds a wide network of community behavioral health agencies, ranging the from mental health (MH) and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment continuum from preventative care, outpatient treatment, detoxification services, specialty team-based care, residential treatment, medication assisted treatment, inpatient care, crisis response and involuntary commitment-related services and supports. BHRD ensures treatment services are available throughout King County by contracting with over 90 community-based provider agencies, half of whom are members of the King County Integrated Care Network (KCICN)

The KCICN is a clinically integrated behavioral health network that provides behavioral health treatment to King County Medicaid enrollees and other low-income King County residents. Behavioral health providers and King County share governance of the KCICN. On behalf of this provider network, BHRD negotiates and administers contracts with the State’s five Apple Health Medicaid managed care organizations, who fund approximately 60 percent of the behavioral health treatment services in King County. BHRD also braids state and local funding sources to support the KCICN in providing a broad continuum of services and supports for Medicaid enrollees and other low-income people.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Fully qualified candidates will submit a resume and cover letter that convey:

  1. The ability to articulate a vision for a regional government’s ideal role in creating and maintaining an equitable, effective, and sustainable continuum of behavioral health services in large and diverse region like King County. 
  1. Demonstrated experience leading a team, including leading other supervisors, preferably for five or more years.  
  1. Ten or more years of experience in behavioral health or a closely related field, or the ability to describe other experience that provides similar professional preparation. 
  1. The ability to describe previous experience in creating, administering, or being responsible for a multi-million dollar budget, as well as familiarity with typical public sources of behavioral health or other healthcare funding such as Medicaid. 
  1. Deep knowledge and demonstrated practice of the principles of equity and social justice and the ability to describe previous experiences in designing, leading, or implementing a program or initiative that incorporated pro-equity or anti-racist strategies or tactics. 
  1. Advanced experience with or knowledge of how public entities procure services and contract with provider agencies to provide behavioral health or other related services. 
  1. Demonstrated experience working with elected officials, representatives of other governmental agencies, co-workers, and the public. 
  1. Outstanding spoken and written communications skills, including the ability to clearly convey concepts despite complexities, in addition to experience communicating with media.    
  1. A willingness to be good colleague, leader, and follower while doing some of the community’s hardest, most complex, and most important public service work.
  1. A strong belief in the value of public service and the importance of ethical conduct. 

 To Apply:

This position is open to all qualified candidates.

The Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans and those with lived experience.

Please submit a resume and cover letter that clearly convey the qualifications outlined in this announcement.  

If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact: 

Supplemental Information

The Department of Community and Human Services
DCHS provides equitable opportunities for people to be healthy, happy, and connected to community. DCHS annually administers more than $1B in public funds to provide King County residents much-needed services for behavioral health prevention, treatment, and recovery, housing and community development, supports for children and their families, youth and adult education and employment, veterans, older adults, women's program services and developmental disabilities to help our county’s most vulnerable residents and strengthen our communities. DCHS has five divisions in the department that offer much-needed resources for our residents.

We believe in working as a team to build solutions and solve problems. We work at the cutting edge of human services, recognizing how intense community collaboration and innovative use of data are both necessary to support our communities. DCHS envisions a welcoming community that is racially just because the field of human services exists to undo and mitigate unfair structures. We seek to lead the way by working as respectful and responsible stewards for our community.

Please click here for more about: The Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS)

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Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play. 

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. 

We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. 

We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter. 

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to: 

  • Submit proof of vaccination, or have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. 
    1. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation. 
    2. People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 
    3. The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office. 

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Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation. 

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Have you supervised ten or more staff for a period of five or more years? Please note that responses to these questions must align with experience documented in your resume and/or cover letter.
  • Yes, I have supervised ten or more employees for a period of five or more years.
  • No, but I have supervised fewer than ten employees for five or more years.
  • No, but I have supervised ten for less than five years.
  • No, my supervisory experience doesn't align with the statements above. My cover letter and resume describe my relevant experience.
Do you have ten or more years of experience working in a Behavioral Health and Recovery environment? Please note, responses to this question must be supported by the information included in the attached resume and cover letter.
  • Yes, I have ten or more years of recent experience working in Behavioral Health.
  • Yes, I have ten or more years of recent experience working in a program related to the work in the Behavioral Health and Recovery Division.
  • No, I don't have ten years experience working in a program related to the work in the Behavioral Health and Recovery Division.
  • My experience doesn't align with the options provided. My attached resume and/or cover letter will provide details of my relevant experience.
Do you have recent experience managing a large (ten million or more) complex public sector or nonprofit budget and fund management? Please note, your response must be supported by information included on your resume and/or cover letter to include details of your responsibility with the organization name, your role, and relevant dates.
  • Yes, I do have this experience and have included details in my resume or cover letter.
  • No, I don't have this experience.
  • My answer to this question is not defined here but will be conveyed in my attached cover letter and/or resume.
It is now common to acknowledge the importance of racial equity in successful government programs and services, but it is harder to successfully implement racially equitable programs and services. Please include one or two examples of: 1) How you have successfully implemented an equitable program or service, or 2) An example that illustrates lessons you have learned from implementing programs that fell short.

Required Question