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The Arkansas State Hospital (ASH) Chief Operating Officer (COO) is responsible for directing, organizing, and coordinating hospital and department policies, hospital programs, and processes

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Supervises and directs the activities of personnel and programs engaged in carrying out the divisional objectives, utilizing knowledge of agency purposes, rules, regulations, procedures, and practices. Provides administrative direction and coordination in the formulation, interpretation, and administration of current and long range policies, procedures, and programs of the Department of Behavioral Health Services. This includes, but is not limited to, inpatient psychiatry service, transitional psychiatric programs, and management of psychiatric service lines for the hospital to ensure that financial and performance targets are met. Negotiates external contracts in conjunction with the overall goals and objectives of the clinical services strategic plan for psychiatric services. Establishes major schedules, task assignments, and allocation of manpower, space and equipment to ensure conformance with the departmental commitments; assists in departmental construction, renovation, and maintenance activities. Directs staff involved in the determination of departmental fiscal requirements, preparation of budgetary recommendations, monitoring of contracts, and expenditure of budgeted funds. Develops and recommends new and revised statutes, policies, and procedures to respond to changes in operational needs, objectives and priorities, as well as to improve the effectiveness of division operations. Represents the division during presentations and hearings, maintains successful relations with provider organizations, legislators and peers in other state agencies, develops policy responses, provides presentations for the highest levels of state government and the public, including the media. Develops annual operating and biennial budgets, testifies before the legislature in regards to budget information, and responds to financial inquiries from the Capitol. Performs other duties as assigned.?????

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of the principles and practices of organizational management and public administration. Knowledge of state budgetary, accounting, human resources, and purchasing procedures. Knowledge of hospital administrative procedures and recognized industry standards of practice. Ability to develop, implement, interpret, and apply state and federal laws and administrative and operational policies related to service areas. Ability to communicate effectively by preparing and presenting oral and written reports. Ability to make effective decisions and produce results through strategic planning and the implementation/evaluation of programs and policies.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in health care administration, social work, public administration or a related field; plus eight years of progressively more responsible experience in health care administration or a related field, including four years in a professional managerial capacity.

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