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The Health Care Authority is hiring a Substance Use and Overdose Response Unit Supervisor
February 10, 2023 | Chinami Arai

The Health Care Authority is hiring a Substance Use and Overdose Response Unit Supervisor in the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery.

Salary: $70,524.00 – $98,724.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Department: Health Care Authority
Job Number: 2023-02019
Division: BHR
Closing: 2/20/2023 11:59 PM Pacific


This position leads a team of program staff managing state and federally funded low-barrier programs which seek to increase supportive and engagement services for persons who use drugs. This includes overseeing implementation of low-barrier, harm reduction, substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, and overdose response programs across the state. This individual will supervise and mentor a newly-organized team to coordinate efforts across programming and to ensure grant and contract requirements are met. The ideal candidate will bring supervisory experience, an understanding of the principles of harm reduction, the State’s SUD treatment system, and overdose response strategies, while bringing enthusiasm for guiding work that positively impacts local communities.


Some of what you will do:
Support implementation of services that address the needs of individuals who use drugs with a focus on improving health, quality of life, and access to SUD treatment, treatment support, and harm reduction services.

  • Review behavioral health system needs and provide leadership about state and federal regulations that support SUD treatment and overdose response within the Medicaid State Plan, rules and policies pertaining to SUD and harm reduction, SAMHSA federal block grant requirements, and other state- and federally-funded initiatives.
  • Develop strategies related to SUD programming, structure, policy, training, and the Washington State Opioid and Overdose Response plan and the State Opioid Response grant.
  • Direct the development of new or expanded substance use disorder services as required by state or federal law, or departmental policy. Create and execute project plans that address the intent of the law/policy in a timely manner.
  • Determine and approve strategies for system change and development, utilizing management information and work with consumers, advisory committees, system partners and other stakeholders to form the basis for contracting and rules.
  • Communicate on budget or major policy issues with federal officials or Congressional elected officials.
  • Provide leadership, empowerment, and supervision to unit team members while delegating appropriate authority to assist team members to carry out their responsibilities.
  • Provide general oversight of the DBHR efforts in carrying out objectives and implementation of departmental initiatives related to the SUD treatment system and overdose response efforts, including oversight and management of procurement processes and negotiation of terms with contractors.
  • Provide guidance for politically sensitive issues, significant incidents or reported actions that may have a negative impact on the DBHR or HCA.
  • Develop grant applications to address emerging substance use disorder needs in Washington State.
  • Manage awarded grants, including negotiating and monitoring program and evaluation contracts, writing required grant records, and ensuring grant deliverables are met in a timely manner.
  • Develop and facilitate stakeholder and oversight committees as required by grants, and actively participate in federal/foundation grantee meetings.
  • Provide routine supervision and coaching to team members, reviewing status of current projects, initiatives, and reports.
  • Review and approve contracts and other formal correspondence drafted by the Substance Use and Overdose Response Unit.

Required qualifications:

Qualified candidates will meet one of the three criteria options below:

  • Master’s or other advanced degree in social services, behavioral health services, criminal justice, public administration, or another relevant field AND five years of experience working in a public behavioral health with specific duties related to substance use disorders, administration, and/or managed behavioral healthcare,
  • Bachelor’s degree in the disciplines listed above AND seven years of experience as described above.
  • Note: Additional related professional experience may substitute year-for-year for the degree requirements.

Qualified candidates will also have the following experience:

  • Extensive experience recruiting, developing, and supervising staff with diverse assignments.
  • Grant writing and management experience.


This position is posted until Monday, February 20, at 11:59pm.

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