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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 08/07/19

Applications Due09/16/19

Vacancy ID72810

AgencyMental Health, Office of

TitleDirector Mental Health Field Office 1, Central Office;

Occupational CategoryOther Professional Careers

Salary Grade666

Bargaining UnitM/C - Management / Confidential (Unrepresented)

Salary RangeFrom $135179 to $170030 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Non-competitive Class

Travel Percentage 20%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 8 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No

County Onondaga

Street Address NYS Office of Mental Health, Central New York Field Office

545 Cedar Street, 2nd Floor

City Syracuse


Zip Code13210

Minimum Qualifications Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree in a human services field, hospital, healthcare, public or business administration, or a related field; and nine years of clinical, administrative, and/or supervisory experience in a mental health, public health, healthcare, and/or managed care setting. Four years of this experience must have been at a managerial level in at least one of the following areas:

1. Policy development for a statewide public mental health program, public health, healthcare, and/or managed care program.
2. Quality control, quality assurance, or quality improvement in a mental health, public health, healthcare, and/or managed care program.
3. Program planning, design, implementation, or evaluation in a mental health, public health, healthcare, and/or managed care program.
4. Allocation, budgeting, and claiming of OMH funding for local mental health programs.
5. As a county director of mental health.

Duties Description The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is seeking a qualified candidate for the non-competitive policy influencing position of Director Mental Health Field Office 1, M-6, to direct the Central New York Field Office. Under the general direction of the Executive Deputy Commissioner, the incumbent will direct the development, interpretation, and communication of OMH policies and initiatives to local governmental units, community mental health providers, and the general public; formulate and recommend policies, procedures, and remedial actions to OMH executive staff on issues related to community treatment program activities and local service delivery systems. The incumbent will also direct a multi-disciplinary team of professionals representing key mental health functional areas. Specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Directs field office staff activities related to development, implementation, and evaluation of local mental health programs, and addresses policy questions and operational problems raised by local service providers.

• Monitors and oversees field office staff, program activities, and the delivery of services to ensure compliance with the New York State Mental Hygiene Law, federal standards for Medicaid reimbursement, and other applicable laws, rules, and regulations.

• Monitors and oversees all licensed programs and services to ensure the provision of quality mental health services in accordance with OMH policies and procedures.

• Works collaboratively with local governmental units, providers, and Central Office staff to identify unmet needs and issues in service delivery as they arise and recommends appropriate solutions to OMH executive staff.

• Reviews staffing configurations to develop and establish resource allocation plans; and targets resources to ensure funding for field office priorities.

• Develops program plans for State-operated and funded programs for clients within various populations and/ or cultures, and strategies to improve the operation of mental health services in the local service delivery system.

• Advises various Central Office programs, divisions, and bureaus on issues related to regional mental health planning.

• Responds to inquiries from outside consumer groups, families, the Legislature, the Division of the Budget, and other interest groups on behalf of the Governor and OMH executive staff.

• Solicits and facilitates participation by appropriate advisory committees, such as consumer and other citizen groups, and relevant professional and special interest groups in the development process of new initiatives and/or OMH policies.

• Works in partnership with other human service agencies to facilitate communication, improve agency collaboration, and better meet the needs of the constituencies served by multiple service systems.

• Supervises Field Office staff.

• Analyzes staffing distribution, directs staff deployment to meet program needs and priorities, and reviews, monitors, and evaluates staff performance.

• Identifies training needs and arranges for the provision of training.

Additional Comments The Mission of the New York State Office of Mental Health is to promote the mental health of all New Yorkers, with a particular focus on providing hope and supporting recovery for adults with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbances. Applicants with lived experience are encouraged to apply. The New York State Office of Mental Health is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Name Nicole Swankey


Fax 518-486-3897



Street New York State Office of Mental Health

44 Holland Avenue

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12229


Notes on ApplyingTo be considered for this position, interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume in Microsoft Word or PDF format to Please include the title of the position and Vacancy ID #72810 in the subject line of your email when applying.

You are advised that, should you accept a job offer with the Office of Mental Health, you may be required to be fingerprinted and pay a fingerprint fee.

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