The Office of Mental Health (OMH) is currently recruiting to fill a Special Assistant, NS, position in the Office of Consumer Affairs. Under the general direction of the Commissioner, the Special Assistant will serve as the Director for the Office of Consumer Affairs and will manage and direct the operations and program activities of the Office of Consumer Affairs which ensures the inclusion of recipient perspectives into OMH policy making, planning, program development, and evaluation. The incumbent oversees and influences the interface between the consumer aspects (who are current and former users of mental health services) and the operational implementation of new programs and guides changes to existing programs into all areas of the mental health system. The incumbent serves as a member of the Executive Team of the Commissioner’s cabinet.
Specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following: Engages in executive level management planning, policy and decision-making to lead and guide the operational implementation of the consumer aspects of new programs and services, as well as changes to existing programs and services, which comprise OMH’s mental health system; Directs and coordinates the management of the Office of Consumer Affairs by planning, developing and directly implementing policy for efficient and effective operations of the Division; Directs the inclusion of recipient perspectives into policymaking and planning and into program development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation; Liaises between the Office of Mental Health and recipient organizations and individuals in New York State; Supervises the Bureau of Consumer Affairs supervisor who manages the regional Recipient Affairs Specialists (RAS). The RAS liaises with statewide contractors for which the office is responsible by providing training and technical assistance on topics including peer engagement, recovery, family facilitation, employment supports, entitlements to state and community operated mental health programs; Directs contract management, procurement and program oversight for statewide contracts for the New York State Mental Health Association, New York State National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, the New York Association of Psycho-social Rehabilitation Services, Mental Health Empowerment Project, and Mental Hygiene Legal Services; Provides broad program guidance and oversight for peer, family and advocacy support programs contracted through local government; Oversees the accreditation process for credentialing peer and family’s individuals and organizations to provide Medicaid billable peer services.
Minimum Qualifications: This is an exempt class position; as such there are no established minimum qualifications.
Preferred candidates would have prior experience as a current or former recipient of mental health services and have a strong track record of documented accomplishments and leadership within the consumer/survivor movement, including self-help and/or advocacy, and are strongly encouraged to apply.
The salary for this unique position will be commensurate with the chosen candidate’s experience and qualifications. A generous benefit package includes: paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave, medical prescription, dental, and vision care benefits, and membership in the New York State and Local Employees’ Retirement System.
Application Procedure: Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter via email to OMHHRM@OMH.NY.GOV, attention Sarah Mahar. Please reference Vacancy ID #00006N.
Notes: Candidates are advised that, should they accept a job with OMH, they will be required to be fingerprinted and pay a fingerprint fee. New York State residency is required at the time of appointment. NYS Office of Mental Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
For complete vacancy details, please see the following link: https://statejobs.ny.gov/public/vacancyDetailsView.cfm?id=61943