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Emerging Adult Initiative Project Director

Job Description

  • The incumbent will serve as the subject matter expert for the state for Georgia's Emerging Adult Initiative (EAI);
  • Act as primary liaison between the Department and other agencies on issues related to services for youth transitioning to adulthood and the adult behavioral health care services;
  • Oversee the organization and implementation of the EAI State Advisory Committee;
  • Manage all, Advisory Committee and workgroup meetings and functions related to EAI goals and objectives. 
  • Manage all activities related to development of project work products; serves on committees, task forces, and work groups at the discretion of the DBHDD Federally Funded Programs Director to further the goals of the EAI;
  • Develops requests for proposals and manages contracts. 
  • Maintain knowledge of current trends and developments related to system of care development for the target population;
  • Recommend changes or development of mental health policies and practices for service delivery.
  • Manage the budget of the Emerging Adult Initiative and ensure funds are spent in accordance with grant requirements;
  • Initiate, manage and perform activities to implement the Emerging Adult Initiative;
  • Ensures program reports as required by federal, state and other entities are completed in a timely manner.
  • Serve as liaison to national technical assistance staff; facilitate linkage and continuity of care between state agencies and other partners;
  • Make recommendations for priorities and assist with the state planning process during infrastructure roll-out.
  • Work with and oversee the implementation of the designated local project in Savannah and Atlanta Georgia for the EAI service pilots;
  • Monitor compliance with Emerging Adult Initiative policies and procedures.
  • Develop evaluation plan and oversee work of evaluation team.



Completion of 90 quarter hours (60 semester hours) at an accredited college or university and four years of related experience OR a 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

  • Experience with administration and management of federal grants
  • Knowledge of system of care framework to service delivery
  • Experience or knowledge of issues related to transition aged youth
  • Experience working with broad stakeholder groups including state and local level interagency collaborative, providers of services and advocacy and family organizations
  • Experience at a state, regional or county level in program or project administration
  • Experience 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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We're located across from Underground Atlanta. Parking is nearby as well as direct access to MARTA's rail and bus system.

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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: Emerging Adult Initiative 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.