DHHS Program Specialist

$21.77 hourly
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • May 04, 2022
Full time Other Behavioral Health Positions

Job Description

The State of Nebraska, Department of Health and Human Services is seeking a Program Specialist for the Division of Behavioral Health. The DHHS Program Specialist manages the day-to-day operational and technical functions of a health and human services program(s) performing program planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of program activities.

Under limited supervision, a DHHS Program Specialist, plans and coordinates the development, administration and evaluation of a statewide health and human services program(s); serves as a resource and consultant to provide technical assistance/advice to agency staff, clients and service providers; researches and develops program policy and performs quality assurance analysis and evaluation of assigned program(s); performs related work as assigned. The primary role of the Program Specialist in the Division of Behavioral Health is contract management of the six Regional Behavioral Health Authorities.

What we can offer you:

• Stable Employment Opportunity

• Career Development and Learning

• Tuition Reimbursement

• 156% match of first 4.8% contribution to Retirement Plan

• 13 Paid Holidays • Generous Leave Accruals and Benefits

• Opportunity to be part of a caring organization

• Flexible Schedules

DHHS State of Nebraska values our employees as well as a supportive environment that strives to promote Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging. We recruit, hire, train, and promote in all job qualifications and at all levels without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or genetics.

For more information about the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and the Division of Behavioral Health, please visit our website, http://dhhs.ne.gov.

The Program Specialist's, in this position, job duties are as follows:
• Assist in contract management, fiscal monitoring, utilization review and quality of care reviews
• Assist contractors in the allocation and expenditure of funding in a manner that is consistent with Federal and State Regulations, State statues and consistent with the Division of Behavioral Health’s Strategic Plan.
• Research and develop program policy and manuals.
• Train and survey internal and external partners
• Audit programs for compliance with state and federal regulations.
• Use the internal centralized data system and electronic billing system to perform quality assurance analysis and evaluation of assigned programs
• Interpret and ensure compliance with state and federal regulations
• Collaborate with federal representatives, stakeholders and other partners
• Provide customer assistance and technical assistance to internal and external partners.

Knowledge, skills and abilities

Knowledge of: the principles and practices of public administration; procedure and policy development; methods and techniques of program planning; federal and state laws, rules, regulations and procedures pertaining to health and human services programs; public funds and budgeting methods; the principles and techniques of adult learning; quality assurance mechanisms; principles and techniques of planning, monitoring and evaluating human services programs and service delivery systems.
Skill in: interpreting and/or clarifying policy to interested groups; conducting formal presentations to provide education and share information.
Ability to: plan, organize and direct a major program; work collaboratively in a team setting; analyze, develop and organize materials; establish and maintain positive relationships with agency staff, service providers/contractors, community organizations and clients; communicate electronically, on paper or in person to promote, explain, discuss, advise and interact with interested groups on various program issues and problems; prepare and review technical documents such as summaries of state and federal regulations, action plans, reports, contracts and grants; understand, interpret and apply instructions, laws, rules, policies and procedures pertinent to the program; exercise independent critical thinking skills; maintain liaison with community representatives and other governmental agencies.

Job Requirements

Minimum Qualifications: • Bachelor's degree, or equivalent coursework/training, in public administration, social/behavioral sciences, healthcare, human services or other program related field. • Professional experience working in a human/social service or health care agency with responsibility for planning or evaluation services, programs or operational policies and practices may substitute in lieu of the educational requirement.

Preferred Requirements: • Experience with Behavioral Health • Experience with contract management, policy and regulatory processes.

Loan Forgiveness?

No

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