The National Association of Counties (NACo) announces an opening for an Associate Program Director, Behavioral Health and Justice to join our Counties Futures Lab. The Associate Program Director leads the Behavioral Health and Justice portfolio which provides thought leadership to counties on issues related mental health, substance use and misuse, justice and public safety.
Position Responsibilities and Activities
- Oversee all strategic aspects of the portfolio, including identifying current and near future priority areas of county need, emerging trends and best practices in local behavioral health and justice and using this information to design, propose and launch new programs; facilitating external engagement with portfolio program offerings; and building strategic networks of portfolio-specific stakeholders, funders and thought partners.
- Provide oversight, supervision and guidance of educational offerings and technical assistance to county officials, including responding to requests for information; making presentations at national, regional, state and local meetings; and facilitating the exchange of best practices and programmatic information between county officials.
- Oversee the day-to-day activities of the portfolio in alignment with NACo’s strategic goals, including managing workflow across a multi-person team; developing, maintaining and reporting on program-specific and portfolio annual budgets; managing contracts and agreements with funders, sub-contractors and providers; preparing regular financial and progress reports for program funders and NACo leadership; ensuring quality control of all portfolio products and deliverables; and fostering effective relationships and efficient collaboration across portfolios and departments.
- In collaboration with internal partners, develop metrics to illustrate programs’ effectiveness.
- Represent NACo to key external constituencies, as appropriate, related to area of expertise and responsibilities of the position.
- Participate in organization-wide activities, including conference planning and implementation; membership recruitment and retention; and internal reporting and planning.
- Educate external partners, funders and the general public about the role of county government and to establish relationships with them to support county government efforts.
- Responsible for leading and supporting a productive team, including hiring and supervising staff; supporting the development and achievement of program-specific and career development goals and plans; and providing guidance and direction on special projects and initiatives.
- Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree in public administration, justice/criminology, psychology or relevant field preferred
- minimum eight years’ relevant experience in related content area
- Minimum 3 years of people and team management experience
- experience in the state or local government context preferred
- knowledge of local government policies and practices
- strong project, budget and supervisory people management skills
- the ability to thrive and remain nonpartisan in a political environment
- excellent oral and written communications skills
- the ability to set and meet deadlines and work well under pressure
- experience working with grantors and the desire and skillset to develop new funding relationships
- the ability to coordinate partnerships with other organizations to achieve better services for counties; and
- ability to travel up to 25% of the time.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Employees of NACo enjoy a fun and challenging environment with a wide range of competitive benefits. Benefits include comprehensive medical, vision and dental insurance; generous paid leave and federal holidays, transportation subsidy, tuition assistance, group life insurance, 401(k) match, pension plans, pet insurance, credit union membership, short/long term disability coverage including applicable parental leave and Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.
NACo is an equal opportunity employer. Our jobs are open to all applications regardless of race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, disability, military status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law.