Posted: Mar 3, 2021
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Director of Education and Training - Behavioral Health Program

Full-time
Salary: $85,000.00 - $105,000.00 Annually
Application Deadline: N/A
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The Position

Are you ready to join a team that is committed to strengthening behavioral health through education and training across the western United States and Pacific Territories? The WICHE Behavioral Health Program (BHP) is searching for a dynamic, team oriented, psychologist-leader. Successful candidates will demonstrate an ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment, while maintaining a professional attitude and strong attention to promoting innovation, cooperation, resource-sharing and sound public policy. 

 

Organizational Responsibility

Under the supervision of the WICHE Behavioral Health Program (BHP) Vice President and alongside the Director of Operations, the Director of Education and Training will perform and coordinate a variety of tasks involving the regular exercise of independent judgment and initiative, and is responsible for the planning, development, and management of educational and training focused initiatives of the behavioral health unit. The position is focused externally upon the development of applied educational programs (e.g., internships, residencies, fellowships) to enhance the preparation of a qualified workforce. The position is responsible for internal applied educational experiences (e.g., post-doctoral fellowships) with the behavioral health unit. Additionally, the position coordinates and provides training and continuing education as required by technical assistance contracts with customers (e.g., Suicide Prevention, Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, etc.). The Director of Education and Training is responsible for the developing and managing related activities in a manner to ensure they are delivered on time and on budget.

 

Essential Duties:

  • Provides leadership and oversight for all operations, budgets, projects, and expansion activities related to education and training.
  • Collaborates in developing and implementing programmatic and administrative policies and procedures to attain organizations’ goals and objectives.
  • Supervises assigned staff in accordance with WICHE policies and procedures.
  • Researches and develops new opportunities for projects, prepares grant and contract solicitation responses and analyzes their results, writes project reports, and develops associated marketing materials.
  • Develops a network of technical content experts and monitors their associated services when retained.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with state, regional, and national organizations that influence area of responsibility (e.g., American Psychological Association, Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers, Suicide Prevention Resource Center, etc.)
  • Makes presentations at national and regional conferences and via webcasts. Makes reports to the WICHE Commission as requested.
  • Prepares and submits scholarly articles and reports that enhance knowledge exchange with stakeholders and policy makers.

     

Required Education, Skills, and Experience

  • At least five (5) years’ experience with developing, managing, and administering education and training related activities, developing and maintaining accreditation of such programs, and holds a broad understanding of the education and training needs of the WICHE West.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop funding strategies, proposals, and to secure and fiscally manage complex initiatives. Previous experience writing grants and responding to funding solicitations.
  • A doctorate in psychology required, license eligible in Colorado, with progressively responsible experience in the behavioral health environment.
  • Experience and knowledge of accreditation processes for psychology internships, and the ability to provide technical assistance to those seeking accreditation.
  • Familiarity and knowledge of state policy and regulatory agencies operations in the field of behavioral health.
  • Knowledge of and experience in working with diverse populations and with diversity related issues in Behavioral health.
  • Experience in suicide prevention, and components of the Zero Suicide framework, as well as evidence-based prevention programs and practice in prevention.
  • Demonstrated ability to speak and write clearly and effectively as is required to provide technical consultation and education to a wide variety of personnel in public behavioral health agencies and higher education institutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with an interdisciplinary staff, behavioral health administrators and governing boards.
  • Supervisory competence and demonstrated ability to delegate authority for accomplishment of program objectives and to successfully mentor others.

 

Preferred Education, Skills, and Experience

  • Experience using Windows, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access software
  • Knowledge or experience working with state mental health data and information systems.
  • Previous experience as a training director, or training committee member, of an APA accredited psychology internship program.
  • Experience working with Western state behavioral health agencies, and consumers.
  • Demonstrated competence in program evaluation and needs assessment, and community participatory engagement in planning and evaluation.
  • Experience training others to deliver evidence based mental health and substance use services, programs and practices, especially in rural and underserved places.

 

Travel

Travel is frequent, often 2 to 3 overnight trips per month. 

 

About the Behavioral Health Program

WICHE’s Behavioral Health Program (BHP) provides technical assistance, education, consulting, and research services to strengthen behavioral health care in the West. Initiatives focus on analysis and growth of the behavioral health workforce, as well as overall improvements within the public mental health system. The BHP has a long history of providing mental health services in rural area, and for providing training to support prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts throughout the West.

 

About WICHE

Since 1953, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has been strengthening higher education, workforce development, and behavioral health throughout the region. As an interstate compact, WICHE partners with states, territories, and postsecondary institutions to share knowledge, create resources, and develop innovative solutions that address some of our society’s most pressing needs. From promoting high-quality, affordable postsecondary education to helping states get the most from their technology investments and addressing behavioral health challenges, WICHE improves lives across the West through innovation, cooperation, resource sharing, and sound public policy.

 

Benefits

WICHE offers a competitive benefits package which includes medical insurance with generous employer contribution to health savings account (H.S.A.), dental, life, and disability insurance; flexible spending accounts (medical and dependent care); 403(b)retirement plan with employer match of 200% on employee contributions up to 5% after six full months of employment; and vacation accrual of four weeks per year, sick leave, paid holidays, and personal leave time.

 

WICHE is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally-protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.