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 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 Service Access, Program Implementation, Stakeholder Support (SPS) Division in Regional Field Office 5. The ideal candidate will also have experience serving individuals with ID/DD. This position serves at the pleasure of the Commissioner of OPWDD. The Regional Office 5 supports 14,981 people with developmental disabilities who reside in 2 counties through a network of 75 providers who are the direct providers of services. Travel to both counties in Regional Office 5 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 2-county region. The selected candidate will report to the Associate Commissioner, of Regional Field Offices, Division of SPS and work with the Statewide Service Director and other Regional Field Office Directors across the state to ensure a consistence of practice with Statewide policies and initiatives. The Director of Regional Office 5 will work locally with their Deputy Directors and management team to align both the understandings and efforts of policy makers and practitioners. Each Regional Field Office has responsibility and oversight of Eligibility, Service Access and Authorization through Front Door and Home and Community Based Waiver team, Self Direction, Housing, Crisis, Property, Auspice and Merger, Fiscal and Quality Management and Technical Assistance Units within their respective geographic areas. 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.
With the mission, vision, and values of OPWDD as context, the Director of Regional Office 5 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 convening, 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 Please note:
• The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and it's Division of Service Access, Program Implementation and Stakeholder Supports is committed to creating and sustaining a culture of inclusion. We believe that we are most effective in managing and improving our service system with a
diverse team of employees. With such a large workforce, we rely on the collective individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, self-expression, ideas
and talent that our employees bring to their work. This speaks to our culture, and is a key part of our successes. As we continuously recruit people for our
team, we welcome the unique contributions that applicants bring in terms of their education, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression,
nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.
• 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
• OPWDD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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