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System of Care Expansion Grant Project Director

Job Description

The State of Georgia has worked on building systems of care utilizing several grant initiatives:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Child and Adolescent Service System Program, Child and Adolescent State Infrastructure, Substance Abuse Coordination and Health Transitions/Emerging Adulthood Initiative grants; and the CMS Alternatives to Psychiatric Residential Treatment Waiver Demonstration and CHIPRA Quality Improvement grants.  The SOC Expansion grant provides DBHDD, in partnership with other child-serving agencies, the opportunity to further implement infrastructure and services which support development of a more effective service delivery system for children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances and co-occurring disorders and their families.  The SOC Expansion Implementation Grant is a four year cooperative agreement with SAMHSA.

The person in this position will oversee all aspects of the project including contract development and monitoring, SAMHSA evaluation and programmatic reporting, management of project tasks, timeline and budget.

Job Responsibilities include:
  • Ensure compliance with all reporting requirements for SAMHSA/CMHS and the System of Care Expansion grant guidelines.  Develop programmatic and budgetary reports and briefing papers as required by SAMHSA, DBHDD and DMH
  • Develop grant applications for continuation funding within SAMHSA timelines and guidelines.  Develop plans for use of carryover funds and submit to SAMHSA for approval
  • Work with Departmental budget staff to budget grant funds.  Monitor expenditures throughout project budget year and ensure project spending is within proposed levels and used according to federal guidelines
  • Keep project on task and advancing within approved timelines.  Identify barriers to implementation of project goals and objectives and develop recommendations to address barriers to implementation
  • Manage all IDT (Interagency Director's Team) and workgroup meetings and functions related to project goals and objectives.  Provide reports, materials and other resources to assist IDT with their work.  Provide staff leadership/direction and support to consultants and facilitiators
  • Coordinate work responsibilities with peers in the Division of Mental health, Community Services Section and with the Division of Addictive Diseases as appropriate
  • Work closely with other offices and sections of DBHDD, Regional DBHDD Offices as well as child-serving agencies, advocacy, family and youth organizations to advance project work
  • Manage all activities related to development of project work products.  Develop requests for proposals for external vendors to carry out project work.  Negotiate and develop contracts with selected vendors.  Meet with contractors regularly to keep abreast of activities and deliverables and monitor contract progress.  Provide technical assistance and consultation to vendors as needed to ensure contract deliverables are met.  Process all payments to vendors and consultants.
  • Represent the System of Care Expansion Grant at the federal, state and local level.  Attend federal meetings and participate in conference calls of grantee sites.  Gather information necessary to successfully accomplish project goals.  Provide information on progress of the System of Care Expansion grant and gather information on other state site activities
  • Attend other national/federally funded grantee meetings and regional System of Care grantee meetings, as appropriate and within available funding


Completion of 90 quarter hours (60 semester hours) at an accredited college or university and four years of related experience OR Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university and two years of related experience OR Masters degree in a related field from an accredited college or university OR two years of experience at the lower level or position equivalent. Note:  Experience in a related area may substitute for degree on a year by year basis

Preferred Qualifications

Advanced degree in Social Work, Psychology, Public Health, Public Administration or a related field and two years of professional experience in program/project management in mental health and/or addictive disease programs for children and adolescents or related area

Bachelors degree and four years experience in program development and planning for youth with serious emotional disturbances.  Additionally, applicants must have experience in group facilitation, public speaking and in writing complex documents and reports

In addition to the above, possess the following:
  • Experience in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and understanding System of Care for youth with Serious Emotional Disturbances and their families
  • Knowledge of Evidence-based practices for youth with substance abuse disorders and youth with co-occurring disorders
  • Experience working with broad stakeholder groups including state level or local level interagency collaborative, providers of children's services and family and advocacy organizations
  • Experience with administration of federal grants
  • Experience at a state, regional or county level in program or project administration
  • Experience writing request for proposals and managing contracts


In addition to a competitive salary (), we offer a generous benefits package that includes a flexible schedule, training opportunities, employee retirement plan, deferred compensation, 12 paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, dental, vision, long term care, and life insurance.

This position is a pay grade 16 on the statewide salary plan.

Employment Information

This position is located in downtown Atlanta.

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Applying for this job

Please email your cover letter and resume in Microsoft Word format to: recruiting@dbhdd.ga.gov

To ensure proper routing/handling of your credentials, copy/paste or type the following title in the subject line of your email: System of Care Expansion Grant Project Director If you are currently employed by DBHDD, please include "Internal Employee" in the subject line as well.

You may be subject to a Drug Screen. You may be required to submit fingerprints to check for the existence of Criminal History Record Information through the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. You do have the right to challenge the contents of any Criminal History that is located, should you choose to do so.

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities provides services to ensure the health and welfare of Georgians. As an employee of DBHDD, in the event of an identified emergency you may be required, as a term and condition of employment, to assist in meeting the emergency responsibilities of the department.