Oak Park, IL (Pop. 52,000) Exciting opportunity for mental health professionals with a passion for community mental health services to lead these efforts in a progressive community located nine miles west of downtown Chicago. Oak Park is a fully developed, 4.5 square mile, mature, ethnically, racially, and culturally diverse community. The Oak Park Township Community Mental Health Board (CMHB) is led by nine residents appointed by Oak Park Township. The CMHB appoints the Executive Director and together they plan, develop, coordinate, evaluate and fund mental health services in Oak Park. Each year the CMHB provides more than $1 million in funding to more than a dozen agencies. The CMHB is funded by an annual tax levy that was approved by Oak Park voters in 1973 for the purpose “…of providing community mental health facilities and services including facilities for the developmentally disabled and those with Substance Abuse Disorder.” https://oakparktownship.org/community-mental-health/
Oak Park is a community of choice, benefitting from multiple modes of transportation and immediate accessibility to local and regional high-quality retail, high-tech employment, arts, and cultural attractions. Oak Park is bounded on the east and north by the City of Chicago, on the west by River Forest and Forest Park, and on the south by Cicero and Berwyn. Further information about the Village is available on their web site at: www.oak-park.us.
The current Executive Director is retiring after 13 years of service to the CMHB. The Executive Director is assisted in their duties by a Grant Manager, a part time Administrative Assistant and two interns. The mission of the CMHB is to: 1) Enhance the mental health and developmental potential of Oak Park residents; 2) Establish an appropriate continuum of community support service; and 3) Manage local resources in a fiscally responsible manner.
Please note the following information about this highly responsible and critical position:
The Executive Director is expected to provide leadership and direction to support the Board’s goals and objectives. It is critically important that the Executive Director be able to develop and effectively implement strategic plans. Importantly, the CMHB partners with the Village of Oak Park on the community health needs assessment and strategic plan (IPLAN) which must be completed every five years. The IPLAN is due to be updated in 2021 but the deadline is likely extended due to the pandemic.
The Executive Director is a leader in the behavioral health and intellectual-developmental disabilities communities and must be a natural convener and collaborator, serving as an empathetic partner with funded agencies and other stakeholders in the community to advance the mission of the CMHB. This includes community organizations, local health care providers/hospitals, the Village of Oak Park, state agencies and residents and businesses in Oak Park. The Executive Director acts as the principal representative of the CMHB.
The Executive Director must be a skilled administrator with the ability to develop and manage the CMHB’s budget and contracts, ensuring the Board’s work is always in compliance with sound financial practices and state and local laws and regulations. In addition, the Executive Director leads a small staff and must provide effective management and communication to accomplish the work of the CMHB.
The annual salary range for the CMHB Executive Director is $105,000-$115,000 +/- DOQ. The Executive Director position has a generous benefits package and participates in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF). Placement within the approved salary range will be dependent upon career experience and qualifications. Applications for the position must be received by June 15, 2021. To apply, candidates must submit a comprehensive resume, cover letter and contact information for three professional references to www.GovHRjobs.com to the attention of Heidi Voorhees, President GovHR USA, and Ade Lewis, Vice President, 630 Dundee Road, Suite 225 Northbrook, IL 60062. Oak Park Township is an equal opportunity employer.
Candidates must possess a master’s degree in human services, social work, public health, psychology, or related field. Candidates must also have at least five years of progressively responsible experience within human services and/or a public entity of which three years are in a position of senior or executive management with contract and budgeting responsibilities. Thorough knowledge of the Illinois Community Mental Health Act and experience with mental health, human services contract development, auditing, and budgeting is essential. The ability to plan, coordinate and monitor a community-wide, community-based multiple agency behavioral health and disability care system is critical to success in this position.
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