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Director Behavioral & Mental Health

Location:  Center for Advanced Pediatrics 
Requisition #:  42004


The Director Behavioral and Mental Health is responsible for the delivery and success of the overall, system-wide portfolio of behavioral and mental health initiatives. This leader will provide direct operational, strategic and financial leadership as well as effective management and accountability for the daily implementation of Children’s Behavioral and Mental Health multi-year plan across all campuses. They will oversee and lead the implementation of the plan in collaboration with Vice President, Brain Health Center, system leaders and system medical directors. Works in partnership with others to ensure strategically-focused, high-quality services are delivered to patients, families, and employees. Prepares for and participates in senior level discussions regarding strategic and operational direction for Behavioral and Mental Health services.


• Bachelor’s degree in related field


• No professional certifications required.


• 8 – 10 years of experience managing projects in a complex environment or matrixed organization
• 5 years of proven experience leading a high performing team
• 5 years of experience in a healthcare setting


• Experience as a clinician in behavioral and mental health (licensure type and practice setting agnostic)
• Experience in managing and leading business operations in a behavioral or mental health care delivery setting
• Master’s degree in related field
• Project Management Professional (PMP)


• Ability to think strategically and act tactically, transitioning business needs into actionable items
• Advanced oral and written communication skills with attention to detail, presentation skills and a strong executive presence
• Works well both with and through others
• Engages multiple levels of experts and leaders
• Comfortable with ambiguity
• Skilled in change management
• Driven to execute, but sensitive to politics and interpersonal dynamics
• Demonstrates analytical reasoning skills
• Demonstrates sound financial acumen
• Willing and able to quickly learn new systems
• Track record implementation and doing whatever it takes to deliver results
• Demonstrates learning agility and flexibility
• Demonstrates high processing skills


1. Oversees and leads the implementation of Children’s Behavioral and Mental Health multi-year plan in collaboration with accountable leaders.
2. Keeps senior management informed with detailed and accurate reports or presentations.
3. Tracks and monitors performance against the plan (quality, patient experience, financial and operational).
4. Supervises a team to provide feedback and resolve complex problems.
5. Serves as a member of the Behavioral and Mental Health governance structure to ensure clear accountability, issue management, and communication among program stakeholders.
6. Works through others and delivers specific components of the plan.
7. Achieves the goals and outcomes identified in the plan.
8. Provides updates on both operational and financial performance against the plan.
9. Produces routine updates and materials for Boards and Donors.

Ability to lift up to 15 lbs independently not to exceed 50 lbs without assistance
Bending/Stooping - Not Present
Climbing - Not Present
Hearing/Speaking - Effective communication with employees, supervisors/managers and staff. Effective communications with patients and visitors, as required.
Lifting - Not Present
Pushing/Pulling - Not Present
Sitting - Frequently (activity or condition exists from 1/3 to 2/3 of time)
Walking - Occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of time)
No potential for exposure to blood and body fluids


About Us:

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has been 100 percent committed to kids for more than 100 years. A not-for-profit organization, Children’s is dedicated to making kids better today and healthier tomorrow.

With 3 hospitals, 27 neighborhood locations and a total of 638 beds, Children’s is the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia and one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 70 pediatric specialties and programs and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Children’s has been ranked on Fortune magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” for fourteen consecutive years and named one of the “100 Best Companies” by Working Mother magazine. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefit package that supports our mission, vision and values. We are proud to offer an array of programs and services to our employees that have distinguished us as a best place to work in the country. Connect to our mission of making kids better today and healthier tomorrow. 

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Address:  1400 Tullie Circle, Atlanta, GA  30329
Function:  Leadership/Management - Director/Senior Director

Nearest Major Market: Atlanta

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