This is a Statutory Unclassified position, which means the incumbent serves at the will of the appointing authority and does not acquire permanent status. This position requires frequent travel to MHSATS sites throughout Minnesota, usually two (2) or more days per week.
You enjoy best practices and empowering other social workers to do their best work. While some may see compliance as a hassle, you can appreciate that policies and regulations exist for a reason. Join us for the next step in your career, applying your talents and expertise in the role of Social Work Director.
The Social Work Director provides strategic leadership and oversight of social work competency and clinical practice standards to support the delivery of services across Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Services (MHSATS), a network of state-operated facilities that provide quality care and treatment for individuals with mental illness and chemical dependency.
This role is vital to ensuring that individuals we serve have timely access to the support and treatment services needed to support their admission, recovery and return to the community in a timely manner consistent with best practices, utilization of resources, applicable policy and accreditation standards. Collaboration and relationship building are critical functions of this position, and strong interpersonal skills are required.
Job duties include:
Manage, develop and implement services for MHSATS programs so that social work performance, interventions and roles are relevant to client needs by: establishing goals and objectives; developing performance objectives and timetables; and developing work plans.
Coordinate ongoing training, coaching and mentoring to ensure social work staff maintain competency to practice within their scope, engage as active members of the interdisciplinary treatment team, and deliver sound clinical decisions.
Serve as the primary MHSATS liaison to county and community social services in managing communication, representing treatment service efforts, reporting client flow analytics, and conducting stakeholder outreach.
Direct, guide and support all social work staff in meeting regulatory, licensing and credentialing requirements for the delivery of highly reliable social work services across MHSATS.
Identify and participate in quality assurance and performance improvement activities to enhance clinical effectiveness and efficiency, safety, treatment delivery, the implementation of best practices, and interdisciplinary processes, as well as developing action plans to correct problems that impact service delivery to patients.
Supervise the MHSATS Equity/Inclusion Coordinator and provide guidance and oversight of efforts in this area related to MHSATS policy, training and culturally responsive treatment to ensure positive outcomes.
Master’s degree in social work.
Licensed to practice social work in Minnesota at the Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) level; OR, currently licensed to practice at the equivalent level in another state and must obtain Minnesota licensure within six (6) months of hire date.
A minimum of five (5) years of professional, post-licensure social work experience, which includes at least two years (2) of management experience managing people, processes, or practices.
Experience in Quality Assurance and Process Improvement (QAPI).
Experience delivering clinical social work services in a hospital setting.
Dual diagnosis experience with mental health and substance use disorders.
Knowledge of The Joint Commission and/or CMS hospital and behavioral health standards.
To facilitate proper crediting, please ensure that your resume clearly describes your experience in the areas listed and indicates the beginning and ending month and year for each job held.
REFERENCE/BACKGROUND CHECKS - The Department of Human Services will conduct reference checks to verify job-related credentials and criminal background check prior to appointment.
Why Work For Us
GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.
Our mission as an employer is to actively recruit, welcome and support a workforce, which is diverse and inclusive of people who are underrepresented in the development of state policies, programs and practices, so that we can support the success and growth of all people who call Minnesota home.