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Director of Behavioral Health, Fairfield Region

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St. Vincent's Medical Center


Westport, CT

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Job Schedule: Full Time
Standard Hours: 40
Job Shift: Shift 1
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St. Vincent’s Medical Center, with more than 3,200 associates, is a 473-bed community teaching hospital including a 76-bed inpatient psychiatric facility in Westport, a large multispecialty provider group and St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services. St. Vincent's Medical Center is committed to exceptional health care for all with special attention to persons living in poverty and those who are most vulnerable. St. Vincent’s has been a Magnet designated organization since 2012. It is the first hospital in Fairfield County to be integrated into the Hartford HealthCare network, and is the system’s second largest hospital.

Position Summary:

The Director is responsible for all therapeutic and non-nursing behavioral health services provided in the Fairfield region including inpatient care, psychiatric emergency services, ambulatory services, and the community support services. The Director will shape and interpret the philosophy and definition of behavioral health care as is relates to patient care, staff development, resource and budget management, staffing, performance improvement and healthcare system utilization. 

Key Accountabilities:

  • In conjunction with Senior leadership the Director will design, develop and deliver growth and enhancement strategies for expanding evidence-based treatment opportunities, internally and externally for SVMC/Fairfield Region
  • Provides leadership to the development of meaningful goals and objectives for the departments that align with the strategic direction of the Fairfield Region, Behavioral Health Network and HHC by analyzing needs, developing recommendations and implementing proposed changes. Communicates the goals and objectives to the staff members and monitors progress during the year
  • Provides leadership and direct supervision of program managers and coordinators. Establishes performance expectations; coaches, develops and evaluates performance to enable employees to be successful in contributing to the achievement of individual, departmental and organizational objectives
  • Identifies needs and provides opportunities for ongoing staff development. Collaborates with supervisor to identify self-learning needs and seeks out resources or instruction opportunities to meet those needs
  • Develops, maintains and oversees budget. Uses resources effectively and efficiently to achieve the goals and objectives of the departments within established budgets by determining future needs, monitoring actual progress, and allocating resources to meet a changing environment
  • Creates and maintains effective, positive customer service relationships by identifying customers and their needs, ensuring that needs are met, responding appropriately to difficult interactions, and educating staff on the importance of quality customer service.
  • Responsible for the overall quality of clinical and therapeutic services, and service delivery of clinical operations for behavioral health in the Fairfield Region/SVMC 
  • In conjunction with staff, provides support and direction to client families to help ensure that families are able to support their family member and advocates effectively for mental health consumers
  • Participates in all program/system meetings on an ongoing basis, as appropriate. Collaborates with other Service Line leaders throughout the organization and within HHC
  • Provides Clinical Supervision when indicated, and (if permitted under specific licensure) psych testing or other direct clinical service provision from time to time
  • Participates in preparation of grant applications


  • Master’s Degree in Behavioral Health field is required
  • Current license in good standing to practice as a LCSW, LMFT or LPC in the State of Connecticut
  • Ten plus years of experience working with a behavioral health population (Severe Persistent Mental Illness/Axis I population)
  • Five plus years in a leadership position in a behavioral health setting
  • Experience in clinical supervision, administration, and budgeting required.
  • Visible leader with excellent interpersonal communication skills who relates well with all levels of the organization. Proven ability to coach, mentor and influence
  • A creative, forward thinking leader with the proven ability to engage, coach and mentor direct reports, colleagues and other key stakeholders
  • Highly effective analytical, organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Strong communications skills required - both written and verbal

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