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Program Director Behavioral Health Services

Benefits Eligibility (Employment Type):  Full-time benefits (32-40 hours per week)
Shift Type:  Day
Shift Length:  8 Hours
Primary Location (City):  Bellingham
State:  WA

PeaceHealth is seeking a Program Director Behavioral Health Services for a 1.0 full time equivalent Exempt position. This position will be working Day shift with shift durations of 8 Hours.

Req ID: 185931


This position is responsible for providing operational leadership and for planning, developing and directing patient care programs and related capital projects for Behavioral Health Services at St. Joseph Medical Center. This includes outpatient, inpatient, crisis-consult and sub-acute services.


1.Provides leadership for operational effectiveness, clinical excellence and personnel management.  Supervises staff for assigned services and programs across the continuum of care.

2.Provides direct operational oversight of care and services within the inpatient behavioral health department: supervision of personnel; staff performance and patient outcomes; staff procurement and retention; regulatory compliance; and patient care. Evaluates work performance and conduct annual performance assessments.  Delegates and coordinates responsibility for completion of departmental projects, tasks, and activities.
3.Creates and monitors infrastructure, systems, processes and standards to achieve desired outcomes in collaboration with medical directors, department chairs and medical staff.

4.Provides fiscal and business planning that promotes revenue enhancements and cost efficiency.  Develops, implements and monitors operating and capital budgets.  Accountable for meeting budgetary and operational targets as defined by triple aim outcomes.

5.Develops strategic and long-range plans and policies for the effective implementation and operation of specific patient care programs and associated activities.
6.Develops and supports clinical processes that assure patient safety.  Accountable for knowledge of and for achieving or exceeding national benchmarks and patient safety goals for scope of accountability.
7.Lead continuous improvement efforts that promote clinical excellence, revenue enhancement and cost efficiency.  Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with physicians, department managers, staff and customer that lead to measurable improvement in patient care outcomes, efficiency and customer service.
8.Ensure regulatory compliance for all areas of responsibility.
9.Monitors, communicates, and works to improve patient, physician and staff satisfaction.
10.Plans, develops, implements and evaluates new patient care programs and practice models including identification of clinical objectives, capital and other resource requirements, expected operating revenues and expenses, allocation of space and organization of program personnel and other operation components.
11.Performs other duties as assigned. 


EDUCATION:RN who has a master’s degree in psychiatric and mental health nursing, or its equivalent, from a school of nursing accredited by the NLN or be qualified by education and experience in the care of the mentally ill.  

•Minimum of 7 years of related experience.
•Minimum of 5 years of management experience required.
•Demonstrated experience in developing successful working relationships at all levels of the organization.


•Clinical licensure in the state of practice within two months of hire as required in order to practice.



•Ability to deliver financial results for areas of accountability.
•Effective communication skills; verbal, written and presentation.
•Demonstrated ability to be flexible, lead change, remain current with healthcare environment changes and translate those changes into operational plans to discern and interpret the potential impact on assigned departments/community (s).
•Strong leadership and mentoring skills.
•Proficient computer skills including MS Office applications.

For full consideration of your skills and abilities, please attach a current resume with your application.


About Us

PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, WA, is a not-for-profit Catholic health system employing approximately 16,000 caregivers, a multi-specialty medical group practice with more than 1,200 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities in Washington, Oregon, Alaska.  In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. Today, the legacy of its founding Sisters continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. 


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To learn more please visit: jobs.peacehealth.org.  Questions? Review our Employment FAQ or email Recruitment@peacehealth.org. Please note this email does not accept resumes or applications.


Location: Bellingham, St. Joseph Medical Center (216)
Job Category:  Leadership 
Shift:  Day
Shift Length: 8 Hours
FTE: 1.0
Work Type:  Full Time
Hourly compensation starts at: $58.41, more depending on experience
Required Certifications/Licensure: Basic Life Support; Registered Nurse - Washington


PeaceHealth is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified job applicants and employees without regard to the following statuses: protected veteran, qualified individual with a disability, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, pregnancy, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, or any other protected status in accordance with local, state, or federal laws.


The above information is intended to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by this position. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of caregivers assigned to this job.

Nearest Major Market: Bellingham
Nearest Secondary Market: Everett

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