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Job Overview

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Addictions and Mental Health Division (AMH) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of permanent, full-time Principal Executive/Manager H (Addictions and Mental Health Deputy Director) located in Salem, OR. This position is executive service and is not represented by a union.

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Here’s an opportunity to join a team committed to providing excellent services and to follow your interests in a large, diverse organization. Benefits include a competitive salary, health insurance, paid holidays, leave accrual and personal leave, membership in the Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan and opportunities to participate in the Oregon Savings Growth Plans. 

OHA has a commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, and community and actively engages in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce that includes members of historically underrepresented groups. The State of Oregon is committed to affirmative action, equal employment opportunity, culturally competent services and workplace diversity.

Scope of the Position – Closes August 22, 2013

The primary purpose of this position is to provide operational and administrative oversight and leadership for the Division, under the direction of the AMH Director, including:

Act as Administrator of the operations of the AMH Director to assure smooth and accountable fulfillment of agency responsibilities

Plan and execute complex initiatives (and help other leaders in the organization do so) in the context of a large organization with many stakeholders  

Ensure the Division’s assets are best utilized to support Oregon’s health reform efforts

Provides direction in planning, resource development, budget development, and consultation, training and technical assistance

Accomplish the goals of AMH, including the development of policy for overseeing the delivery of community based-services and the coordination for hospital and community programs

Act on behalf of the AMH Director with full authority in all decision making.


Oversees administrative and operational aspects of AMH, such as:

Leads efforts to improve administrative processes within the Division and align those efforts with relevant agency-wide efforts.

Develops and makes recommendations to the AMH Director and the leadership team for the deployment or realignment of resources.

Oversees the day to day budget and operational issues for AMH

As a member of the leadership team for AMH, proposes, reviews, and monitors legislation or legislative issues.

Oversees the development of rules and policies related to legislative actions

Serves as a back up to the AMH Director in his or her absence, and as assigned represents AMH and its programs at legislative hearings, committees, task forces and agency meetings.  Also assists the AMH Director by:

Promoting mental health and addiction issues, policies, and priorities to the general public, and to public and private organizations at the state, regional, and national level

Providing backup supervision for Program Administrators

Serves as key representative of statewide mental health and addiction policies and programs involving frequent contact with leaders from other state agencies, community mental health programs, Coordinated Care Organizations (CCO’s), legislators, advocates, consumer groups, provider organizations, and advisory boards and councils.  Includes making presentation to various groups and providing testimony as needed to legislative committees

Directs the establishment of guidelines, rules, standards and operating procedures to assure the effective administration and delivery of state-funded programs

Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

Eight years of management experience in a public or private organization which included responsibility for each of the following:

a) Development of program rules and policies

b) Development of long- and short-range goals and plans

c) Program evaluation and

d) Budget preparation

Desired Attributes

Master’s or Doctoral degree in Public Administration, Management, Social Work, Social Sciences or a related field

Experience with state, local and federal government systems and operations, as well as regional, and national level

Experience with building performance management capacity, quality improvement initiatives and organizational development

Experience leading strategic initiatives related to key addictions and mental health

Experience proposing, reviewing, and monitoring legislation or legislative issues

Experience with state funded programs

Experience with development of rules and policies related to legislative actions

Experience adhering to the highest standards of confidentiality regarding patient information and information security