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 BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE DIVISION CHIEF - Arlington, Virginia, United States

Job information
Posted by: Arlington County 
Hiring entity type: Government 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: US$101150 - 197163
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Health - Psych/Behavioral/Mental
Health - Social Work/Public Health
Management - General
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 2910699 / Latpro-3765104 
Date posted: Dec-11-2020
State, Zip: Virginia, 22234



$101,150.40 - $197,163.20 Annually


(Sequoia Plaza) *ART Bus Accessible*, VA

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Department of Human Services

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Position Information

Please note:   This recruitment is open until the position is filled with a preferred filing date of January 14, 2021.*

Arlington County, VA's Department of Human Services (DHS) seeks a behavioral healthcare professional who is a seasoned and energetic leader and Behavioral Healthcare professional for the position of DHS Behavioral Healthcare Division (BHD) Chief. DHS is an integrated department that provides health and human services for approximately 50,000 residents of Arlington County. With a budget of over $165 million in local, state and federal funds, DHS works with community partners and over 700 employees to strengthen, protect and empower those in need with a wide variety of behavioral health, social services, public health, employment and economic assistance services for children, families, and adults.

BHD provides a range of services that promote recovery, independence, and community integration for adults suffering from mental illness and/or substance abuse. This includes emergency mental health, same day access/psychosocial assessment, discharge planning, medical services, outpatient treatment, case management, psychosocial rehabilitation, assertive community treatment, office-based crisis stabilization and linkage to other services such as medical detox, and employment and residential services. Services are provided directly by County staff or through contract, at the Sequoia Plaza BHD offices, at community-based locations, in the County jail, in homeless shelters, and on the streets.

The Behavioral Healthcare Division Chief provides executive and strategic leadership and direction to the following five program areas:

Operations Support  
Residential and Specialized Clinical Services 
Outpatient Services  
Psychiatric Services  
Client Services Entry

To learn more about our services, please visit BHD.

Responsibilities include:

  • Managing the delivery of high quality, consumer-focused, culturally sensitive, and cost-efficient services based on the recovery model;
  • Ensuring that services are aligned with best practices and produce positive outcomes for consumers;
  • Providing leadership in working with state and federal funding agencies to secure grants, and ensuring that grand-funded services are in compliance with program regulations;
  • Supervising and providing direction to 149 full time staff, including clinical and non-clinical employees;
  • Managing the divisional budget of $23 million and overseeing contracted BHD services;
  • Setting policy, evaluating programs, and conducting short and long range planning;
  • Ensuring compliance with state, federal and local policies and regulations; 
  • Establishing, tracking, and reporting on performance measures; and
  • Promoting continuous quality improvement.

The ideal candidate will have experience managing a large professional staff and management/administrative experience in one or more program areas within the Division; the ability to interact effectively with clients and their families, elected and appointed officials, business leaders, employers, and residents, experience working with boards, commissions, and advisory councils; substantive experience managing relationships with state and federal agencies; and exceptional oral and written communication skills.

Arlington County DHS is committed to delivering client services in an effective, equitable, respectful, and trauma-informed manner. Our staff is dedicated to ensuring our clients are approached, engaged and cared for in ways that demonstrate competency, sensitivity and awareness of factors which impact the client experience including but not limited to: cultural identity, gender, racial, and ethnic diversity, religious/spiritual ascription, physical capability, cognitive and literacy levels, sexual orientation, and linguistic needs.
Selection Criteria


  • Master's degree in Public or Business Administration, Social Work, Psychology, Human Service Administration or a closely related field; 
  • An advanced degree such as a PhD or D-SW is highly desirable;
  • A current Commonwealth of Virginia LCSW or similar designation is required within one year of hire;
  • Extensive clinical management experience in behavioral health services; and
  • Comprehensive application of the principles of public administration, human resources, financial management, organizational development, and program management and a record of significant accomplishments in a large, complex human service organization providing behavioral health services in a multi-cultural/multi-ethnic environment.

Special Requirements

Please note : A complete application will include a letter of interest and resume. Please submit a letter addressed to the DHS Deputy Director highlighting your experience and education as well as your most significant and relevant management accomplishments in the behavioral healthcare field as they relate to the position. Please include your experience with program development and meeting the needs of the most vulnerable. Please use the space provided in the Supplemental Questions section of the online application for your cover letter and resume or attach both to your online application.

*This recruitment is open until the position is filled with a preferred filing date of January 14, 2021. Applications submitted by this date will receive first consideration. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. Qualified applicants in this first group will be referred to the hiring manager and interviews will be conducted on a regular basis throughout the recruitment with candidates whose qualifications best fit our needs. Applications received after January 14, 2021 may be considered if a hire is not made from applicants received by the preferred filing date. The application process will close when the position has been filled or when enough qualified applications have been received.

A pre-hire background check will be made on all candidates who are selected for employment. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information. Applicant must possess, or obtain by time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence or willingness to use alternative modes of transportation. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. An offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

A state of Virginia Central Registry check will be performed.

Completion of the Commonwealth of Virginia Statement of Economic Interest form will be required of the successful candidate upon hire and annually thereafter.

Additional Information

An online application is required.

Work Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with flexibility to work remotely and attend evening meetings as needed.

The County offers a comprehensive package of benefits including relocation assistance with the selected candidate. The position is in Arlington's Senior Management Accountability Program (SMAP), in which Senior Executives are eligible for a negotiated salary/benefits package and are evaluated and compensated on the basis of a performance agreement linked to the County Management Plan, results achieved, and a multi-rater appraisal. SMAP is a flexible total rewards/compensation system directly linked to performance and the market.

For details about our benefits please visit Benefits .

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website: (see application details)

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement:  a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457).  The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County.  You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan.  General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan. 

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan.  The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit.  New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above.  They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays. 

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments: 
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


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