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The Department of Human Services (DHS) Mental Health Center Director is responsible for planning and directing the operations of a mental health facility. This

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Plans, coordinates, and directs the administrative operations of a mental health facility to establish operational priorities and to direct and coordinate facility functions inside and outside the division. Directs the activities of subordinate personnel through lower level managers and supervisors by determining overall center goals and objectives and by managing subordinate staff, including interviewing, hiring, providing training, assigning and reviewing work, evaluating the performance of immediate subordinates, and serving as performance evaluation reviewing official for lower level divisional employees. Plans, coordinates, and directs the implementation of new programs and ensures that program objectives and standards are established and followed. Develops and recommends new and revised statues, policies, and procedures to respond to changes in operational needs, objectives, and priorities, and to improve the effectiveness of the facility’s operation. Maintains external relationships with other agencies, individuals, and organizations; resolves conflict situations through management meetings with division staff. Projects budgetary needs, develops and recommends overall facility budget, and monitors expenditures. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of the principles and practices of human resources management, organizational management, and public administration. Knowledge of the organization, management structure operations, and programs of a state operated mental health facility. Knowledge of state and federal laws governing applicable health administration programs/operations. Ability to direct, lead, or conduct inspections of facility for compliance with laws/rules or to investigate complaints or allegations against the facility. Ability to interpret and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures, and to develop legislation or recommended revisions. Ability to negotiate differences or conflict situations between individuals, groups, or organizations, and to address complaints and/or allegations of misconduct. Ability to assess the impact and effectiveness of programs or operations and to devise corrective measures or modifications where necessary. Ability to prepare detailed reports or narratives of specialized information and to make oral presentations to large groups.

Minimum Qualifications:

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

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