City of Philadelphia

Behavioral Health And Intellectual Disability Services Deputy Commissioner - Administration, Finance, & Quality

3+ months agoPhiladelphia, PA

Company Description

A best-in-class city that attracts best-in-class talent, Philadelphia is an incredible place to build a career. From our thriving arts scene and rich history to our culture of passion and grit, there are countless reasons to love living and working here. With a workforce of over 30,000 people, and more than 1,000 different job categories, the City of Philadelphia offers boundless opportunities to make an impact. 

As an employer, the City of Philadelphia values inclusion, integrity, innovation, empowerment, and hard work above all else. We offer a vibrant work environment, comprehensive health care and benefits, and the experience you need to grow and excel. If you’re interested in working with a passionate team of people who care about the future of Philadelphia, start here.

What We Offer:

  Impact - The work you do here matters to millions. 

  Growth - Philadelphia is growing, why not grow with it? 

  Diversity & Inclusion - Find a career in a place where everyone belongs.

  Opportunities in Tech - Don’t wait for the future, shape it.

  Benefits - We care about your well being.

Agency Description

The mission of DBHIDS is to improve the health status of Philadelphians in need of behavioral health and/or intellectual disability services. This is accomplished through an emphasis on recovery and resilience-focused behavioral health services, as well as an emphasis on self-determination for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The goal is to help individuals realize their goals and attain the highest quality of life possible. DBHIDS works with persons recovering from mental health and/or substance use, individuals with intellectual disabilities, families, communities and service providers to ensure that high quality services are accessible, effective and appropriate and is committed to developing a system of care that is data-driven, trauma-informed, employs evidence-based practices, promotes cultural competence and eliminates health care disparities. DBHIDS is the principle funder and provides oversight to Community Behavioral Health(CBH), a not-for-profit 501c (3) corporation contracted by the City of Philadelphia to provide

Job Description

The Deputy Commissioner oversees the management of the Department's budget and maintains oversight responsibility for matters pertaining to state, federal and local funding and coordination of departmental programs and projects, including those involving other governmental units. The Deputy Commissioner oversees the Quality Management program to ensure measurement of initiatives and evaluation of programs to ensure quality, value and sustainability.  Work is provided under the direction of the Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services.

Essential Functions

  • Establishment of administrative, policy, program, quality, and fiscal direction for the components of DBHIDS.
  • Assure coordination of services to both the Medicaid and uninsured individuals requiring services.
  • Development of annual plans and budgets to federal, state, and local government.
  • Responsibility for fostering integrated approaches to service delivery through partnerships with other City agencies such as the Department of Public Health,  Department of Human Services, Office of Homeless Services and the Managing Director’s Office of Criminal Justice and Public Safety;  School District of Philadelphia,  as well as community stakeholders, including those with lived experience and their families.
  • Responsibility for fostering family, consumer, and provider involvement in the development of program policy and operations and for assuring the availability of education, training and technical assistance support for families, consumers and providers.


Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree,  or higher in behavioral health discipline, business administration, or related field.
  • 10+ years’ experience in a senior management role in a large state or local program involved in the provision, development or oversight of mental health / drug and alcohol services.
  • Experience with managed behavioral health and / or mental health policies, principles and approaches.
  • Experience working with political system, elected officials, constituents and advocacy organizations.
  • Experience working in an urban environment and a demonstrated appreciation for cultural, ethnic and racial diversity.
  • Experience managing organizational and cultural changes of systems.
  • Reputation for innovation, bold leadership, vision and a commitment to partnership service delivery models.

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Interrelationships between behavioral health and other social determinants of health, such as health, human services, homeless programs, the criminal justice system and the public education system.
  • Extensive programmatic knowledge of behavioral health, mental health, substance abuse or related program area.

Skills in:

  • Unflappable leadership skill.
  • Excellent communication skills, oral and written, noted for clarity.
  • Strong interpersonal skills that support a collegial style of leadership.
  • Decisive abilities that support the vision.
  • Ability to function within a political environment without being political, politically savvy.
  • Strong fiscal practices that reflect appropriate fiscal discipline but leverages resources. 

Ability to:

  • Establish the organization as a cohesive unit of behavioral health services and services for mental health, substance use disorders, and intellectual disabilities..
  • Develop a client centered and community informed programmatic and clinical vision for the system.
  • Develop and improve access to services and a comprehensive service system and, enhance the services across the lifespan and across the organization.
  • Develop standards that address quality of services and standards of care that are widely accepted.
  • Develop and enhance the cultural competency and capacity of the private provider system and community.
  • Leverage the inherent flexibility of a behavioral health managed care system to address program needs and expand services.
  • Integrate organization-wide project management, strategic planning and quality improvement principles
  • Support the reform and development of the behavioral health system to reflect a similar level of innovation and comprehensive services for consumers, children, and their families.

Additional Information

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and reference list with your application. Applications without all required documents will not be considered.

Did you know?

  • We are a Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program qualified employer
  • Employees are eligible for a 25% tuition discount program (and sometimes spouses and dependents as well) in partnership with area colleges and universities
  • We offer comprehensive health coverage for employees and their eligible dependents
  • Our wellness program offers eligibility into the discounted medical plan
  • Employees receive paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays
  • Generous retirement savings options are available 

Successful candidate must be a city of Philadelphia resident within six months of hire

The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 or send an email to For more information, go to: Human Relations Website:


Job ID: 743999730891063