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Health Equity Director

Date Posted:  Jan 14, 2022
Requisition ID:  302644

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:  The annual minimum starting salary for this position is $ 37,778.00.  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 purpose of this position will be to serve as the Health Equity Director for the Division of Mental Health and Addiction, leading DMHA health equity initiatives thought assisting executive team, staff, contractors, providers, communities, and other system partners in ensuring cultural and linguistic competence and practices.   

A Day in the Life:

​The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Promote and educate systems in the National Cultural Linguistic Appropriate Service (CLAS) Standards to Community Mental Health Centers, Block Grant recipients, and other providers and communities at the local and state levels.     
  • Work with state and local constituents to assess organizational compliance with the National CLAS Standards and develop action plans to include technical assistance and training as deemed necessary.   
  • Review, modify and update Block Grant application and other discretionary federally funded programs including grantee contracts to include language that is inclusive and culturally responsive. 
  • Serves as the content expert and facilitates the organizational development process to accomplish these goals. 
  • Maintain coordination and collaboration with other entities addressing issues of health equity and cultural and linguistic competence, at a local, state, regional and national level.
  • Review, analyze and interpret statewide data and trends, policies and procedures, in order to make recommendations for community or statewide programs to meet the mental and substance use and misuse health needs of individuals who represent minoritized or vulnerable populations.
  • Provide coordination and technical support for community partners working to promote health equity, and address racial/ethnic, geographic, gender, and LGBTQ+ populations’ disparities as designated focus areas determined by federal funding.  
  • Contribute to the development of multi-media communication plans to contribute a healthy equity lens.
  • Develop partnerships across FSSA to build internal capacity in programming for equitable community engagement and serve as DMHA representative for health equity related committees and councils.
  • Evaluate state, regional and national information concerning outreach to, and service access for minority and vulnerable populations and make recommendations for change as necessary.
  • Assist with development of technical assistance plans for each local system of care to ensure a health equity and cultural competence focus.
  • Assist all programs within the division in developing and maintaining cultural competence plans, identifying and enacting strategies to address health disparities as required by funding sources.  
  • Oversee grants and contracts of vendors as appropriate, promoting timely claim submission, timely review of claims, and providing guidance and support as needed.
  • Lead meetings and discussions regarding policy development related to health equity and cultural competence.
  • Assist with responses to inquiries from providers, other agencies and the public regarding initiatives.
  • Maintain confidentiality in all matters related to DMHA programs.
  • Other duties as assigned that are necessary to meet the position requirements.
  • Attend trainings and meetings as required.

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: 

  • Bachelor Degree required, Master degree preferred with 2 years of relevant experience. Two or more years of post-degree experience specific to diversity, equity, and inclusion in healthcare or public sector, including demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations (i.e., Black Indigenous People of Color, LGBTQ+ communities), individuals across the lifespan, and from varied socioeconomic background. 
  • Demonstrated competency in National CLAS standards. Preferred knowledge and practice in trauma-informed principles and practices. 
  • Demonstrated ability to engage individuals in DE&I discussions. Preferred experience in policy development, review, and analysis.
  • Working knowledge of mental health, addiction and related behavioral health issues/topics.
  • Ability to work with consumers, families, law enforcement and advocacy groups. Must be able to appropriately interface with service providers, various government agencies, and other community entities. 
  • Ability to assess issues and engage good problem-solving skills as related to systems perspectives.
  • Excellent written, computer and verbal communication skills.
  • Requires dependability, attention to detail, good time management and multi-tasking skills, flexibility and adaptability to respond quickly and appropriately to issues and needs.
  • Ability to participate in in-state 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.


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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