Minimum Qualifications A bachelor’s degree in a mental hygiene discipline; hospital, business, or public administration; or other area closely related to health care, behavioral or social science, statistics, or quantitative, research; and ten years of administrative, management, or supervisory experience in a mental hygiene, health, or human services setting, five years of which must have been at a managerial level, including working at a leadership level with responsibility for fiscal and program administration.
Substitutions: a master’s degree in one of the above fields may substitute for one year of general experience; and a license to practice medicine in New York State or Canada may substitute for two years of general experience described above.
Duties Description With the mission, vision, and values of OPWDD as context, the Director of Regional Office 1 will collaborate with both stakeholders, voluntary agency partners and the regional office workforce to ensure a system of individualized, community-based supports. Principal duties include the following:
• Leading local level efforts to advance the Commissioner’s Initiatives;
• Supporting local level implementation of Care Coordination Organizations;
• Coordinating and overseeing ongoing services and supports;
• Representing the needs of and opportunities within the region to key decision makers within OPWDD and external groups;
• Maintaining regular and high-quality communication with voluntary providers through regularly scheduled agency leadership meetings and other convenings, as required.
• Ensuring ongoing communication and collaboration with peers from other state agencies and units of local government who provide supports to the individuals and families we serve.
• Ensuring that the Regional Office is considered a valuable resource by individuals, our provider network, local agencies and elected officials and OPWDD administration.
Additional Comments The New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is looking for a forward-thinking leader who is capable of informing and executing strategic decisions at both the organization and system level to serve as the Director of Regional Office 1. The ideal candidate will also have experience working in a managed care delivery system, as well as experience serving individuals with ID/DD. This position serves at the pleasure of the Commissioner of OPWDD. The Regional Office 1 supports 25,000 people with developmental disabilities who reside in 17 counties through a network of 100 providers who are the direct providers of services. Travel to all counties in Regional Office 1 is required, as is intermittent travel to other areas of the state. The individual selected will serve at the executive level and will lead Regional Office work in support of a results-oriented delivery system for the 17-county region. The selected candidate will report to the Associate Deputy Commissioner, Division of Service Delivery, Regional Offices and work locally with Deputy Directors and management team to align both the understandings and efforts of policy makers and practitioners. The director will also advocate for individuals, for emerging issues and work toward the best possible balance of system capacity. A commitment to collaborating with all stakeholder groups, as well as a commitment to a leadership strategy of “Putting People First” is essential.
The ideal candidate for this position will have a strong problem-solving orientation; the capacity to develop and sustain cross-systems collaborations; prior experience working for or with a state agency or unit of local government; a willingness to work with local trade associations, foundations, and other key stakeholders in the delivery system. The candidate should have demonstrated the capacity to lead and mentor staff, as well as an understanding of capacity-building opportunities for agencies who are trying to adapt to a managed care operating environment. A working understanding of tools to identify and create customer-oriented efficiencies in the OPWDD delivery system will be helpful. Strong written and oral communication skills, including comfort with public speaking, are essential.
• Preference will be given to OPWDD employees impacted by closures. If you are being impacted by closure, please indicate this on your resume/cover letter.
• In order to be eligible for appointment and to maintain employment, you cannot be listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of the Federal and/or State Medicaid and Medicare exclusion lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program). If you are appointed and subsequently listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of these lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program), you may be terminated from your employment.
• OPWDD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
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