Minimum Qualifications Possession of a Master’s Degree in a mental hygiene discipline (e.g., occupational therapy, physical therapy, social work, speech pathology and audiology, psychology, recreation, rehabilitation counseling, education or nursing), hospital administration, business or public administration or other area specifically related to health care, behavioral or social science, statistics or quantitative research; OR a valid license to practice medicine in New York State or Canada; AND three years of progressively responsible administrative, management or supervisory experience in a mental hygiene or health/human services setting or comparable setting, delivering individualized and customized services. Experience must be at a leadership level, with broad policy-influencing responsibility for fiscal and program administration.
A Bachelor’s Degree in any of the disciplines listed above and five years of progressively responsible administrative, management or supervisory experience in a mental hygiene or health/human services setting, or comparable setting, delivering individualized and customized services. Experience must be at a leadership level, with broad policy-influencing responsibility for fiscal and program administration.
Ten years of progressively responsible administrative, management or supervisory experience in a setting whose purpose is to serve the needs of a developmentally disabled population by delivering individualized and customized services. Five years of this experience must be at a leadership level with broad policy-influencing responsibility for fiscal and program administration.
Duties Description The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is looking for a creative, innovative leader who is capable of executing strategic decisions to serve as Deputy Director within its Division of Quality Improvement (DQI). The Deputy Director of DQI will report directly to the Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Quality Improvement. In collaboration with other executive level staff, the Deputy Director will support and is responsible for the provision of all policy, programmatic, administrative, oversight and operations of the Division which includes the Continuous Quality Improvement Unit (CQI), the Bureau of Program Certification (BPC), the Incident Management Unit (IMU) and the Data Analysis & Evaluation Unit. This position serves at the pleasure of the Commissioner of OPWDD. The Deputy Director is also responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Division.
The Division of Quality Improvement has locations in Albany, Schenectady, New York City, and Newark. This aids in the objective to integrate and promote quality improvement practices throughout the OPWDD system to enhance the quality of services and outcomes for individuals receiving supports.
The Deputy Director is responsible for, but not limited to the following duties:
• Lead and/or support efforts as a key change agent to define and enhance quality improvement efforts for the delivery and regulation of services by all provider agencies (both SO and VO) in the OPWDD system.
• Manage and enhance a well-trained, quality workforce team to ensure the oversight of critical supports and services for the highest quality outcomes for individuals.
• Ensure all personnel activities are efficiently completed with a concentration on diversity, equity and inclusion for all employees.
• Provide leadership to the division on various initiatives including the newly implemented Risk Stratified Oversight and further redesign and implementation of survey and certification processes and protocols; as well as in the completion of routine duties of the division.
• Create agendas and chair or provide facilitation on various workgroups or committees;
• May review or draft administrative memoranda or guidance documents;
• Review, propose and/or prepare draft legislative proposals and budget requests, analyze staffing needs, and/or make recommendations relative to the Division’s functions;
• Coordinate with various internal and external partners related to key initiatives;
• Work closely with DQI leadership and the other OPWDD divisions to continually improve data; as well as manage information technology projects related to the Division’s applications, the Incident Report and Management Application (IRMA) and the Division of Quality Improvement Application (DQIA);
• Work closely with the NYS Justice Center on oversight of incident management issues and data sharing with external stakeholders;
• Provide advice and guidance concerning quality improvement policies, program legislation, regulations and waiver requirements for the People First Waiver;
• Provide oversight of OPWDD’s Early Alert process, which seeks to proactively identify providers facing programmatic, fiscal and governance challenges and assist providers with developing a plan to address concerns;
• Coordinate OPWDD’s Mortality Review/Committee process and mortality data collection and analysis to promote quality improvement and reduction in preventable deaths;
• Provide supervision to staff managing the units within DQI to ensure that DQI meets all mandates and meets operational goals.
Additional Comments Please Note:
• 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
• Employees on long term leave can bid on positions but must be able to report to work within fourteen (14) days and be able to perform the essential functions of their positions with or without reasonable accommodation (RA). If an employee believes that they need a reasonable accommodation, they should contact the NYS OPWDD Workforce and Talent Management Central Office at (518) 473-4785 or Email at email@example.com to obtain information and RA forms.
Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.