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Workforce Dev. Director

Date Posted:  May 14, 2022
Requisition ID:  295561

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204


Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


About the Family & Social Services Administration (FSSA): 

The Division of Mental Health and Addiction within the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) sets care standards for the provision of mental health and addiction services to Hoosiers. DMHA is committed to ensuring that clients have access to quality services that promote individual, family and community resiliency and recovery. 

The division also certifies all community mental health centers and addiction treatment services providers. DMHA operates six psychiatric hospitals (NeuroDiagnostic Institute, Evansville Psychiatric Children’s Center, Evansville State Hospital, Logansport State Hospital, Madison State Hospital and Richmond State Hospital). DMHA provides funding support for mental health and addiction services to target populations with financial need and administers federal funds earmarked for substance abuse prevention projects. 


Salary:  Salary may be commensurate with relevant experience/education.   

About the Job:

​​As a Program Director, you will administer a program within a state agency and serve as the specialist in a specific area. In this position, you will utilize education, consultation, cooperative programming, and coordination to accomplish goals. The primary purpose of this role is to assess and collaborate with interdisciplinary and external educational programs specializing in behavioral health training and coursework in service to individuals with experiencing mental health, substance use, and intellectual or developmental challenges.

A Day in the Life:

​The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Serve as primary DMHA liaison to Indiana's colleges and universities in order to assess, guide, manage expectations, and monitor diversity of educational programming for multiple graduate and undergraduate disciplines related to behavioral healthcare and exposure to the multi-modality treatment training needed for dually diagnosed individuals. Such programs include, but are not limited to psychology, social work, counseling, and marriage family therapist students, specifically within practice and internships.
  • Successfully survey and synthesize educational programs with the operational goals,
  • paradigms, and treatment provision needed within Indiana's community mental health centers to enhance the workforce.  
  • Have significant autonomy in keeping with the broad range of disciplines served and will identify limits to the number and type of students, provide feedback on the curriculum for each discipline with institutes of higher learning, and coordinate with the various discipline leads to effectively ensure the curriculum needs are met.
  • Identify opportunities to increase student exposure to clinical opportunities (via internships and practicums) and will coordinate with community treatment providers to ensure proof of educational attainment is in place for students placed to achieve the goals.
  • Develop a strategic plan to identify and address the gaps in the workforce shortage for behavioral health workers, including but not limited to diversity within the workforce
  • Coordinate and create educational opportunities such as seminars and trainings to enhance professional skills working with dually diagnosed individuals.
  • Collaborate with DMHA’s Health Equity Director on initiatives to implement the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care in Indiana’s mental health workforce.   
  • Facilitate statewide required essential trainings to foster the growth and development of workforce competencies to meet state program demands; work to remove barriers for job candidates.
  • Seek to promote program awareness by leveraging advocacy group networks.
  • DMHA attendee at ongoing stakeholder workgroup, subcommittee meetings, etc. Develop and maintain internal and external partnerships to move mission forward.
  • Seek state leadership direction to promote funding structures that support all of the variations in program design.  
  • Responds to service complaint/concerns and inquiries within designated timeframes as established by FSSA/DMHA.
  • Will share knowledge with the team on a regular basis and be the point person to field questions and problem-solve issues brought forth by staff and providers related to workforce issues.
  • Maintains essential internal communication/documentation within designated timeframes related to assigned position and specialty area.
  • Develops and manages initiatives and programs that mutually benefit DMHA, workforce development partners, and the community.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.  

What You'll Need for Success:

This person must have the following requirements to be considered for employment: 

  • Masters Degree required from a college or university with a degree in behavioral health, or a closely related field; significant work experience in behavioral healthcare service delivery; significant leadership experience in the mental healthcare arena.
  • In-depth knowledge of common office-based software applications
  • Successful candidates will have strong analytical skills, strategic thinking, an inquisitive nature, and a strong track record of creative problem solving.
  • Ability to create and deliver presentations and recommendations to senior management and stakeholder groups.
  • Ability to access, analyze data and implement mechanisms to determine and monitor program effectiveness and efficiency.  
  • Ability to manage, plan and coordinate program policy development and implementation.
  • Ability to work and communicate with a wide range of stakeholders including but not limited to consumers, families, advocacy groups, service providers, various government agencies, and other community entities.
  • Ability to assess issues and engage good problem solving skills. 
  • Requires excellent written, computer, and verbal communication skills.
  • Requires dependability, attention to detail, good time management, multi-tasking skills, flexibility and adaptability to respond quickly and appropriately to issues and needs.
  • Ability to participate in both in and out-of-state travel as required with occasional overnight stay

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role may serve as a team lead for an assigned work group.

Role Highlights: The primary purpose of the Behavioral Health Workforce Development Director is to assess and collaborate with interdisciplinary and external educational programs specializing in behavioral health training and coursework in service to individuals experiencing mental health, substance use, and intellectual or developmental challenges. This individual will develop a strategic plan to identify and address gaps in the workforce shortage for behavioral health workers, including but not limited to diversity in the workforce. 


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages 
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan) 
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution) 
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options 
  • Group life insurance 
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits 
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off 
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs 
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program 
  • New Parent Leave 
  • Free Parking 
  • Free LinkedIn Learning 


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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