Director/Policy & Healthcare Reform
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES. The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), the primary national association that advocates for the collective interests of state mental health authorities in the 55 states, territories and the District of Columbia is seeking a Director/Policy & Healthcare Reform to assume responsibility for all aspects of policy and healthcare reform for NASMHPD and its members. Under the direction of the Board of Directors and the Executive Director, the Director will advance the role of behavioral health (inclusive of mental health and substance use disorders) in the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), including the development of health insurance exchanges, minimum benefit packages, health information exchanges and health information technology. The Director will lead the development and implementation of policy agenda and association positions, inform members on key public policy activities and developments within Congress, the Administration and key Agencies, as well as the states, advance critical behavioral health workforce development issues, and develop legislative and regulatory strategies designed to support state public behavioral health systems. The Director will work closely with other policy staff to accomplish these activities.
QUALIFICATIONS. The qualified applicant will possess a Master’s Degree or the equivalent law degree and a minimum of 10 years in executive level operational and/or public policy positions, preferably with significant experience in healthcare, mental health and substance use, and/or public health. Demonstrated ability to drive a non-partisan policy agenda, work effectively in a leadership role with both legislative and executive branches of government and in collaborations with public and private organizations required. Strong knowledge of public policy and funding mechanisms affecting behavioral health services and supports and of the U.S. healthcare system and insurance, including Medicare and/or Medicaid required. Experience/knowledge at the federal, state and local government levels and knowledge of best practices in mental health, substance abuse, healthcare financing, workforce development, and service delivery systems with knowledge of system, provider, consumer and fiscal level outcomes preferred. Superior written, oral communication and public speaking skills required.
The ideal candidate is personable, collaborative, and a connector who is visionary yet pragmatic. Has keen political skills and a demonstrated ability to interact effectively with multiple stakeholders. Action-oriented, optimistic, and flexible and knows how to react to opportunities when they arise. Has established entrepreneurial and leadership skills, serving as a director, project manager, convener, facilitator, and change agent. Advanced interpersonal skills around building strong relationships with individuals across the political and advocacy spectrum. Strong listening and decision-making skills and strong personal integrity and ability to think strategically.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. NASMHPD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, women, persons with disabilities and persons with experience of mental health services are encouraged to apply.
APPLICATION PROCESS. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest indicating salary requirements and/or salary history and a resume to:
Kathy M. Parker, Human Resources Director, NASMHPD
66 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 302, Alexandria, VA 22314
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: (703) 548-9517 www.nasmhpd.org