Memorial Health System

  • Affiliate Vice President - Memorial Behavioral Health

    Job Locations US-IL-Springfield
    Professional and Leadership
    Position Type
  • Overview

    Provides administrative and executive leadership to Memorial Behavioral Health (MBH), a MHS Affiliate and Community Mental Health Center and works with the President, MHS Ambulatory Group to coordinate Memorial Health System's Regional Behavioral Health programs.  Has the authority and accountability for planning, directing and coordinating all Behavioral Health matters in order to achieve customer-responsive, cost-effective, and high quality patient care services for the people and communities served by Memorial Health System.  Accountable for establishing and maintaining strong professional relationships with all behavioral healthcare providers, as well as the communities associated with Memorial Health System hospitals and affiliates.  In addition to the President, MHS Ambulatory Group, reports to MBH’s Board of Directors and is a member of the MBH Board of Directors.  Collaborates to develop annual budgets, develop and implement operational tactics, and execute appropriate contracts and agreements related to scope of responsibilities within the MHS Ambulatory Group. 



    Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration, Business Administration, Public Health, Social Work or related field required.



    Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor preferred.



    Minimum of five (5) years progressive relevant management experience, with at least three (3) years occurring in a behavioral healthcare setting.

    Demonstrated experience working effectively with state agencies, allied behavioral healthcare providers, social service agencies and the community.

    Experience working effectively with the State of Illinois Department of Healthcare and Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery preferred. Experience working effectively with Medicaid Managed Care Organizations preferred.


    Other Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

    • Analytical Thinking: Ability to understand a situation, issues or problem by breaking it into smaller pieces, or tracking its implications in a step by step way.  
    • Innovation: Ability to approach one’s work and the organization in new and breakthrough ways, including applying complex concepts, developing creative new solutions, or adapting previous solutions in promising ways.
    • Impact and Influence: Ability to persuade, convince, influence or impress others in order to get them to go along with or to support one’s opinion or position; able to understand others interests and motivations, in order to have a specific impact, effect, or impression on them and/or convince them to take a specific course of action.
    • Relationship and Network Development: Ability to establish, build and sustain professional contacts for the purpose of building networks of people with similar goals that support similar interests
    • Communication: Ability to use written and spoken communication in formal and informal situations to convey meaning, build shared understanding, and productively move agendas forward.
    • Accountability: Ability to hold people accountable to standards of performance or ensure compliance using the power of one’s position or force of personality appropriately and effectively, with the long-term good of the organization in mind.
    • Project Management: Ability to plan, execute and oversee a multi-year project involving significant resources, scope and impact to meet unique goals and objectives.
    • Professional and Social Responsibility: Demonstration of ethics, sound professional practices, social accountability, and community stewardship. Acting in ways that are consistent with one’s values and what one says is important.


    1. Ensure fulfillment of mission and progress towards vision. Exhibit behaviors consistent with MHS values, and ensure strategic plan is cascaded throughout the organization to achieve desired business outcomes.
    2. Build and maintain a cohesive leadership team. Provides leadership, direction and support for assigned colleagues including onboarding of new colleagues, monthly updates, triaging of work, appropriate expectations for setting staffing levels, resource allocation and follow through of assignments. Interprets polices, objectives and operational procedures and represents them in a positive manner.
    3. Coaches and develops colleagues to their fullest potential, providing educational and developmental opportunities as needed. Equips the colleagues to fully utilize the time, talent, technology, and resources available to them to ensure maximum effectiveness and efficiency. Annually evaluates the performance of colleagues.
    4. Develop and enhance strategic partnerships with various external individuals and groups. Develop and enhance relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Participate in collaborative work with key external partners, including but not limited to, SIU Medicine and Springfield Clinic to develop networks and ensure strategic alignment of payer and value based agreements.
    5. Provides operational and strategic leadership for the development and operations of Behavioral Healthcare Services, Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery Services, and Developmental Disability Services at Memorial Health System, including all services provided through Memorial Behavioral Health. Works closely with leaders to monitor productivity and effectiveness of colleagues. Ensure effectiveness of delivery to targeted patients and clients and improvement of quality and engagement, reducing costs and improving overall health and wellbeing across our communities. Ensure appropriate colleague integration and cohesiveness within Memorial Health System.
    6. Integrates Behavioral Healthcare throughout the primary care enterprise and within other key service lines and clinical settings. Partners with Memorial Physician Services, SIU Medicine and Springfield Clinic on the provider side and local government and social agencies to deliver integrated care where the patient/client needs it most.
    7. Promotes adoption of evidenced-based standards and works to achieve community level results related to reductions in emergency room care for behavioral health and substance abuse, reductions in overdoses and suicides, reductions in adverse childhood trauma, and other key indicators.
    8. Identifies and recruits physician champions as needed to support MHS alignment and integration priorities. Ensures physician involvement in development and implementation of care improvement initiatives.
    9. Develop and implement marketing strategies and business plans to support behavioral healthcare programs.
    10. In conjunction with public, private, managed care, and other funding sources, works to optimize reimbursement and funding for behavioral health services and care delivered. Fulfills obligated grant requirements and critical reviews grant funding options for securing aligned funding sources with strategic imperatives.
    11. Assist in development of Memorial Health System managed care strategy relative to Behavioral Health Services.
    12. In cooperation with President, MHS Ambulatory Group, provides strategic and operational direction for capital and operating budgets to ensure preservation and enhancement of the organization’s assets and resources. Maintains effective budgetary controls on matters of staffing, expenses, and capital equipment expenditures; ensures cost effective operational measures; and monitors the effectiveness of programs and services.
    13. Participate in development of annual goals and objectives consistent with the MHS strategic plan and monitor status of goal achievement throughout the year.
    14. Ensure compliance with all regulatory agencies governing health care delivery and the rules of accrediting bodies by continually monitoring all operations, programs and physical properties; initiates changes when required.
    15. Participate in community outreach and networking programs. Participates in local civic organizations and community services, including roles on community, state, and/or national boards of directions whose purpose may be in concert with, or benefit to, MHS.
    16. Performs other related work as required or requested.


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