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17 Jun 2022

Behavioral Health Deputy Director

Oregon Health Authority – Posted by Oregon Health Authority Salem, Oregon, United States

Job Description

Health Systems Division, a key division of the Oregon Health Authority, is seeking a new Deputy Director to serve as the Behavioral Health Director’s key ‘trusted advisor.’

In this role, the Deputy Director will identify emerging issues within behavioral health and raised by the media, the legislature, other government agencies and the community; identify the often interrelated internal and external subject matter experts, key informants and stakeholders; process the information and develop concrete steps for response and action; and keep the Behavioral Health Director informed as needed to advise and seek guidance.

This position leads initiatives for critical behavioral health system transformation and advancement efforts which require substantial collaboration with OHA’s strategic planning, government relations, legislative relations, public affairs, media relations, communications, community outreach and engagement, and marketing programs.

OHA values health equity, service excellence, integrity, leadership, partnership, innovation and transparency. OHA’s health equity definition is “Oregon will have established a health system that creates health equity when all people can reach their full potential and well-being and are not disadvantaged by their race, ethnicity, language, disability, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, social class, intersections among these communities or identities, or other socially determined circumstances. Achieving health equity requires the ongoing collaboration of all regions and sectors of the state, including tribal governments to address: the equitable distribution or redistributing of resources and power; and recognizing, reconciling, and rectifying historical and contemporary injustices.” OHA’s 10-year goal is to eliminate health inequities. Click here, to learn more about OHA’s mission, vision and core values.

With this in mind, many of the requested skills and experience we are looking for in a candidate supports this 10 year goal.

Demonstration of understanding and applying principles related to health equity, addressing systemic health disparities and collaborating with diverse population groups that are most impacted by health inequities.

Demonstration of effective delivery of culturally responsive and inclusive services, including evidence of ongoing personal development around health equity, anti-racism, unconscious bias, the ADA and universal access, diversity and inclusion.

Experience co-designing policies and strategic initiatives that advance health equity and reduce health disparities from a collaborative action model of inquiry, innovation, implementation and integration.

Demonstrated ability to lead, manage, and oversee high priority, complex projects and programs that serve to equitably transform the behavioral health system, elevating the voice of community and those with lived experience, redistributing power, and fostering collective accountability.

Experience representing an organization at an enterprise level, with demonstrated successes in achieving results, balancing and aligning operational, organizational, political/legislative, and community perspectives and priorities.

Demonstrated ability to build and steward positive relationships with Tribes and diverse community groups including communities of color, immigrant groups, the disability community, and other communities most impacted by health inequities.

Ability to communicate across a variety of forms including written and oral communications, specifically cross-cultural communications skill and experience.

Equally valued is cultural diversity and experience working with diverse groups that are most affected by health inequities, specifically racially, ethnically, culturally, linguistically, gender- and ability- diverse community members.


Minimum Qualifications:

Eight years of management experience which included responsibility in:

  • development of program rules and policies,
  • development of long- and short-range goals and plans,
  • program evaluation, and
  • budget preparation.


Preferred Attributes:

  • Master’s or higher in behavioral health or related field
  • 5 or more years providing direct behavioral healthcare services
  • 5 or more years managing behavioral health organizations
  • Demonstrated expertise in addiction and co-occurring services


We offer a workplace that balances productivity with enjoyment; promote an atmosphere of mutual respect, dedication, and enthusiasm. We offer full medical, vision and dental with paid sick leave, vacation, personal leave and eleven paid holidays per year plus pension and retirement plans


How to apply:

Complete the online application at using job number REQ-100468

Application Deadline: 07/03/2022

Job expires in 81 days.

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