Behavioral Health Director

This position is with the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). The department helps provide essential services to Minnesota’s most vulnerable residents. While the vast majority of human services in Minnesota are provided by its partners (including counties, tribes, and nonprofits) DHS, at the direction of the governor and legislature, sets policies and directs the payments for many of the services delivered. As the largest state agency, DHS administers about one-third of the state budget. Its largest financial responsibility is to provide health care coverage for low income Minnesotans. DHS is also responsible for securing economic assistance for struggling families, providing food support, overseeing child protection and welfare services, and providing services for people with mental illness, chemical dependency or physical or developmental disabilities.

The Behavioral Health Director reports to the Assistant Commissioner of Community Supports Administration; leads a staff of approximately 150 employees; and   has shared responsibility in the budget oversight of one-half Billion dollars for behavioral health program expenditures.


The Behavioral Health Director brings Transformational leadership and an entrepreneurial attitude to the role in overseeing the Behavioral Health Division. This is a highly visible position that will communicate internally and externally to effectively tell the story of the position, division evolution, and the support the division offers to the people of Minnesota.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Being a member of the Community Supports Administration’s leadership team
  • Directing multiple complex, statewide health care programs and services for hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans (children and adults) that need mental health and/or substance use services
  • Coordinating and aligning efforts of these major health care programs to maximize positive and equitable results for Minnesotans who frequently have multiple, co-occurring conditions
  • Developing and maintaining ongoing relationships with external stakeholders so that mutual needs and concerns are met
  • Working with staff and partners (advocates, providers, managed care organizations) to develop and implement a plan for a cohesive and collaborative division, focused on the continuum of care for Minnesotans affected by substance use disorders and/or mental illness


  • Five years of managerial experience leading a team or organization serving people with disabilities, mental illness or chemical addiction in a non-profit and/or government organization
  • Experience guiding a large organization through change management, or organizational restructuring
  • Excellent communication skills, planning, and delegation skills
  • Leadership experience in identifying needed change, creating a vision to guide the change through inspiration, and executing the change


  • Master’s degree or higher in Transformational leadership, public administration, healthcare administration or business

Salary Range: $90,598 – $129,706 annually

Location: St. Paul, MN

Industry: Government

Contact Information

If you have any questions about this job opportunity, please contact Bunny Robinson.

Robinson-Robinson & Asssociates
O: 952.942.8938 | C: 612.490.6909