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Behavioral Health Director - KS

UHG - Overland Park, Kansas

Posted: 09/5/2018

No industry is moving faster than health care. And no organization is better positioned to lead health care forward. We need attention to every detail with an eye for the points no one has considered. You'll help improve the health of millions. And you'll do your life's best work.(sm)


As a Behavioral Health Director, you will be vital to our success and drive future growth. In this role you will provide leadership in the management and development of Behavioral Health You will be empowered to do your best to develop the strategy and vision for product roadmaps, establish collaborative relationships with external and internal stakeholders, gather accurate requirements and evaluate product performance to enhance our mission of helping people live healthier lives.


The Behavioral Health Director will think strategically, and creatively, about how the consumer experience should work - translating a vision to processes and requirements by focusing on contractual requirements including access to and delivery of Behavioral Health Services with emphasis on the importance of integration of care.


Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Navigate and influence multiple cross - functional teams in a complex, matrix work environment

  • Ensure the integration of physical and Behavioral Health services and Long-term services and supports as applicable

  • Support the development of market strategies and value proposition

  • Assist with forecasting revenue or savings opportunities associated with product development initiatives

  • Serve as the behavioral health clinical lead to the customer, state and community stakeholders

  • Define and develop local market performance against contractual, clinical and fiscal targets

  • Manage cross - segment projects and initiatives that require problem solving, relationship building, influencing and analyzing, including clinical, operational, network, reporting and fiscal teams

  • Adapt Behavioral Health plans and priorities to address business and operational challenges

  • Influences innovation across teams to ensure aligned, cohesive progress across technology, marketing and service operations

  • Responsible for oversight, tracking and reporting clinical requirements and performance standards set by the customer and the state

  • Establish strategic priorities for Benefit Expense Management, and overall affordability initiatives

  • Collect and deliver required clinical operations customer reporting as well as develop action plans to address performance issues

  • Identify and analyze local market trends, service gaps and the development of mitigation strategies aligned with our strategic priorities

  • Demonstrates an effective, adaptive leadership style that promotes innovation, accountability and establishes work priorities


Required Qualifications:

  • Must be a Kansas licensed Psychologist, Registered Nurse, APRN with specialty in Psychiatry
  • 5+ years of leadership experience
  • 5 years of experience in behavioral healthcare
  • Proficiency with MS Office applications (min of 3 years’ experience)
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve goals in a matrix environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and influence others
  • Effectively communicate at all levels of the organization
  • Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Commutable distance to Overland Park, KS office

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Medicaid experience

  • Prior experience making oral presentations

  • Thorough understanding of managed care principles, models and financing, with a 2+ years of experience working in a corporate managed health care environment  

  • Prior experience in public sector mental health or non - profit community mental health, with knowledge of Medicaid populations

  • Experience in a recovery - oriented delivery system

  • Data analysis background and report writing capability

  • Project Management skills


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Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.



Keywords: Kansas, Behavior, Psychiatric, Mental Health, Medicaid, Psychologist, RN, Nurse

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