This position is a full-time position in the Division of Behavioral Health Services leading the work of the Division and Department and collaborating with the community to improve the health and well-being of individuals in Davidson County by addressing the public health crisis of unmet behavioral health (mental health and/or substance abuse) needs of individuals so that preventable and avoidable incarcerations decline in Davidson County.
Provide leadership and oversight to the Community Mental Health Systems Improvement Initiative.
Facilitate meetings of internal and external stakeholders.
Participate in local, regional and state public awareness and policy initiatives and collaborations to promote behavioral health policies and strategies addressing preventable and avoidable incarcerations.
Ability to effectively represent MPHD interests in the community and maintain effective working relationships among colleagues and all stakeholders.
Prepare communication materials on CMHSI Initiative.
Prepare correspondence and documentation on work progress.
Assist in writing grants to support CMHSI initiatives.
Maintain documentation of CMHSI initiatives.
Demonstrate MPHD’s core values of Professionalism, Respect, Integrity .
Dedication, and Equality (P.R.I.D.E.) when interacting with the public and employees of the Metropolitan Government.
Regular, reliable and predictable attendance.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Behavioral Health, Public Health or Criminal Justice related field (social work, psychology, counseling or related field) Masters Preferred; with three (3) years of experience in the practical application of public health, behavioral health, and community collaboration principles. Masters Degree in a related field may be substituted for one year of experience.
Candidates with accreditations earned in a foreign institute are encouraged to apply.
Valid class “D” driver’s license, use of personal vehicle, and maintenance of valid personal vehicle insurance as required by Tennessee Law.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of Adverse Childhood Experiences and their implications.
Knowledge of policy, systems and environmental change strategies to address decriminalization of individuals with mental illness and public health implications.
Experience in program development, implementation and management.
Knowledge of mental health crisis systems and services.
Knowledge of criminal justice systems and services.
Demonstrated ability to engage diverse community stakeholders and facilitate progress to complete tasks and achieve goals.
Demonstrated experience as a facilitator.
Must be able to demonstrate the following competencies:
Organizational skills, time management, task-relevant knowledge ,multi-tasking, self-reliance, interpersonal awareness, communicating with co- workers, communicating outside the organization public speaking, facilitating discussion, developing and building teams, resolving conflicts/negotiating, political savvy ,creative problem solving, intelligent risk-taking and challenging the status quo.