Behavioral Health Deputy Director - Equity, Community Partnerships and Quality Assurance

  • Oregon Health Authority
  • Portland or Salem, Oregon (Hybrid)
  • Jun 11, 2024
Full time Public Health Public Policy Quality Assurance Government Health Care

Job Description

Do you have experience building trusted and collaborative community partnerships that directly shape policies and programs at the community, state, and/or national level that promote equity and inclusion and reduce disparities?  Are you passionate about weaving community engagement, health outcomes research, quality assurance, continuous improvement, and program/policy evaluation strategies to evolve equity centered, system-wide transformation? We look forward to hearing from you!

Work Location: Salem/Marion or Portland/Multnomah; hybrid position

What you will do!

The Behavioral Health Deputy Director of Equity, Community Partnerships and Quality Assurance serves as a member/leader of the Behavioral Health Division (BHD) executive leadership team. This position is responsible for the day-to-day activities related to administering and enforcing the statutes and rules of behavioral health services and laws/rules of Oregon Health Authority (OHA). This position oversees and supervises the BHD Quality Assurance, Office of Recovery and Resilience and BH Equity and Partnership teams. This position serves on state and executive level committees; acts as a liaison with other OHA divisions, state agencies, executive staff for contractors and community agencies, community residents and media. This position works with other BHD Deputy Directors, Directors and, Managers to focus services towards prevention, recovery and best practices in all of its funded services with a continuous commitment to improving the behavioral health system.

Additionally, the position directs activities of program areas by determining policy, program priorities, and utilization of resources. This position monitors the various business and clinical aspects of the division's programs via data/reports and makes recommendations for budgeting and fiscal stewardship. This position maintains constant awareness of updates in local, state and federal mandates and policy changes. Develops strategies for the division related to personnel administration, recruitment, and retention, providing timely employee PPRs, and training. Works in collaboration with human resources and labor relations to review and address personnel actions. Develops and monitor administrative controls to identify and mitigate fiscal, legal, strategic, and contractual and personnel risk and liability for the division and contracted providers. Provides leadership and consensus building and collaboration on a broad range of complex issues with a variety of participants, stakeholders, subordinates, and executive management.

OHA values service excellence, leadership, integrity, health equity and partnership and has a strategic goal to end all health inequities by 2030.

What's in it for you?
Oregon Health Authority is a team of passionate individuals working to promote health across the lifespan of individuals, families, and communities. We value and support unique perspectives using a trauma-informed approach and aim to reflect these values in our hiring practices, professional development, and workplace.

  • We offer exceptional medical, vision and dental benefits packages for you and your qualified family members, with very low monthly out-of-pocket costs. Try this free virtual benefits counselor by clicking here:
  • Paid Leave Days:
    • 11 paid holidays each year
    • 3 additional paid "Personal Business Days" each year
    • 8 hours of paid sick leave accumulated every month
    • Progressive vacation leave accrual with increases every 5 years
  • Pension and retirement programs
  • Optional benefits include short-term disability, long-term disability, deferred compensation savings program, and flexible spending accounts for health care and childcare expenses.
  • Click here to learn more about State of Oregon benefits.



Minimum Qualifications

Seven years of supervision, management, or progressively related experience; OR four years of related experience and a bachelor's degree in a related field (behavioral health, business management, etc).

Desired Attributes

  • Knowledge of health services delivery systems, particularly the Oregon Health Plan/ Medicaid administration in Oregon, and experience in working with Community Mental Health Programs, Behavioral Health Service Providers, Coordinated Care Organizations or other managed care entities and their leadership to guide operations and policies.
  • Knowledge and experience of the legislative process and government finance, specifically reviewing, interpreting and analyzing legislative concepts and legislative bills.
  • Experience and knowledge of Oregon's Behavioral Health System and relational landscape of key partners, providers, community based organizations, peer delivered services, and advocacy groups.
  • Specific knowledge and understanding of the full continuum of behavioral health care, with specific understanding of the cross section between mental health, substance use disorder, community criminal legal system and systemic racism.
  • Knowledge about contracts/interagency agreement administration, procurement, and project management within the context of Oregon state government (e.g. OHA/ODHS) or other complex health services delivery organizations.
  • Experience in financial and budget management, tracking and oversight for larger scale efforts or program / team accountability.
  • Familiarity with varying funding streams for statewide and community investment and value-based payment mechanisms.


How to apply:

Complete the online application at using job number REQ-158830


Application Deadline: 06/24/2024

Salary Range: $7,599 - $11,752



$7,599 - $11,752