About The Organization
Western Montana Mental Health Center (WMMHC) seeks to improve the overall quality of life for patients by taking a holistic, patient-centered and recovery-oriented approach to mental health services. This vision takes shape in a spectrum of integrated behavioral health services centered on respect, hope, and individualized care and collaboration with other local service providers.
WMMHC’s center in Bozeman and Livingston, known as the Gallatin Mental Health Center, serves clients in three counties (Gallatin, Park, and Madison) with a population of approximately 100,000 people. Of that population, WMMHC serves approximately 1,500 adults and children by responding to the needs and expectations of their communities, working collaboratively to provide the highest quality services possible, and remaining flexible and innovative in their approach. From the recently constructed campus in Bozeman, a staff of approximately 80 in Bozeman and 10 in Livingston provide a wide array of services, including therapy and psychiatric services, crisis stabilization-emergency detention, case management, access to employment assistance, temporary and permanent supported housing, a jail diversion program, and a drop in center.
Operational, administrative, and billing support comes from the WMMHC Administrative Office in Missoula. WMMHC is the largest mental health provider in Montana, and since 1971 has provided premier services across the state. As a nonprofit service provider, WMMHC receives its $50 million annual budget in the form of federal, state, and county funding, as well as Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements.
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The Executive Director provides strategic direction and program oversight and ensures that WMMHC assists individuals and communities in coping with the challenges of mental health, substance use, and co-occurring disorders in order to achieve their highest quality of life in a relationship of mutual respect, dignity, and empowerment. The Executive Director, with the assistance of a Clinical Director, leads a team of professionals and para-professionals and ensures proper clinical training, compliance, and documentation in order to provide support and therapeutic services to adults, children, and families. Managing the day-to-day operations, the Executive Director is responsible for all program operations, budgets, and both the Bozeman and Livingston facilities.
Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer of Western Montana Mental Health Center, the Executive Director effectively represents WMMHC and positively promotes the broader services of the Center. In addition, the Executive Director collaborates with the management team to establish agency priorities, unify policies and procedures, and provide for equitable resource distribution. The Executive Director engages with the state legislature to advocate for funding and services for the benefit of the local communities. The Executive Director also actively nurtures working relationships with community resource agencies through partnering, networking, and education to facilitate service for clients.
Located in a sweeping valley in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Gallatin County is the most populated and fastest growing county in scenic southwest Montana. The county seat of Bozeman is the fourth largest city in the state, with a rapidly growing population of over 43,000. Home to one of the state’s most respected public universities, Montana State University, Bozeman is also known for its excellent elementary and secondary public school system. With its growing tech sector and historic downtown with a vibrant arts and restaurant scene, Bozeman offers the rare combination of the intellectual and cultural amenities of a large urban area with the strong community connections found in a small town. Bozeman is surrounded by two world-class ski resorts, is one hour from Yellowstone National Park and boasts numerous art galleries, museums, a symphony orchestra, and an opera. The city is recognized as one of the most diverse small towns in the western Rocky Mountains and was identified by both National Geographic Adventure and Bloomberg Businessweek as a “best place” to raise a family.
- Understand the broader vision and strategic plan for WMMHC in order to identify and implement subsequent plans for WMMHC programs, facilities, and services. Ensure consistency and uniformity while being mindful of the uniqueness of Bozeman and the surrounding communities.
- Oversee treatment programs and services. Identify and ensure standards of care, promote new service approaches, and continue to incorporate evidence-based practices to ensure quality and substantiated support as the needs of the clients shift and change.
- Strengthen and expand relationships with community partners. Continue to raise awareness and promote the value of WMMHC to the broader communities.
- Continue to encourage a collaborative, supportive, and inclusive environment. Effectively communicate and lead staff through change as the organization continues to evolve.
The Executive Director embraces the mission of WMMHC and works collaboratively to provide integrated behavioral health services and build community partnerships. An effective leader, the successful candidate promotes respect for WMMHC, including its management, employees, and clients, and reflects the organization’s values in daily behaviors, interactions, and activities.
The Executive Director brings proven expertise in business operations and financial management while striking a balance with clinical operations and standards of care. The ideal candidate is strategic, assesses liability, and limits risk in order to drive sound business decisions. A straightforward and respectful communicator, the successful candidate takes the time to listen, but can also make tough or unpopular decisions when needed. The Executive Director holds him/herself and others accountable and has high personal and professional ethical standards.
A proactive leader, the Executive Director creates an inclusive environment that encourages collaboration and supports innovation. The ideal candidate has a strong background in managing and empowering employees and believes in transparent communication. In addition, the Executive Director values relationships and effectively collaborates with community partners to increase support for services and programs.
Candidates must have a minimum of five years of progressively responsible administrative experience in programs serving adults and/or children with severe emotional disturbances and their families. Thorough knowledge of serious mental illness; family and general systems theory; principles and techniques of program development; and effective treatment approaches for adults, children, and families is essential as is knowledge of dynamics of human behavior and social relationships. Proven experience with and knowledge of administrative principles including budgeting, funding streams, contractual guidelines, public relations, and personnel management is required.
A Masters Degree in Social Work, Psychology, or related field is required, as is LCSW or LCPC licensure. Candidates must also be eligible for certification as a Mental Health Professional Person (MHPP) in the state of Montana.