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DSHS DDA Deputy Assistant Secretary

Company : State of Washington, Dept. of Social and Health Services
Location : Thurston County, Lacey, WA


The Opportunity  

To join one of the state's largest agencies in a role that supports and empowers people with developmental disabilities. As the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA), you'll help lead the vital work by providing support and fostering partnerships that empower people to live the lives they want. 
This is an exciting opportunity for a change agent to become a valuable partner for our clients and families. Your reputation for innovation and belonging will bring us closer to our goal of being a national leader in providing a safe, high-quality array of home, community, and facility-based residential services and employment supports. Bring your leadership experience to DDA, and let's move forward to ensure that the people we serve can exercise the rights and privileges that have always been theirs. 
The job is located at the DSHS Lacey, WA, headquarters office. A hybrid telework schedule is available for this role; at least two days in the office will be essential, including travel to WA state 24/7 facilities and statewide training. 
The Appeal
As a leader in developmental disabilities, you will report directly to the Assistant Secretary, supervise seven direct reports, including; four superintendents, health care administrators, a program manager, and a nurse care consultant, and work as part of the Administration's executive leadership team. You will collaborate with executive leadership and various stakeholders, including the Legislature, the Governor's Office, the Office of Financial Management, and the Office of Equity. You will face numerous challenges. From developing community support systems for individuals and families to ensuring equitable quality care for WA residents and staff safety in 24/7 facilities and maintaining the ongoing support of diverse stakeholder groups, you must be prepared to overcome many obstacles to provide quality care to those with developmental disabilities.
We seek a proven executive who can lead with tenacity and kindness and inspire excellence. The Deputy Assistant should understand the forces that drive change while carefully considering past successes and lessons. They must be visionary and an expert in compliance and regulatory processes. You’ll manage all aspects of the Administration activities, including program support, performance accountability, and quality improvement within the allotted budget.
Primary Priorities 

  • Provide direct case management for all eligible persons through the Administration's three regional offices, and 27 outstation offices
  • Contract with 39 counties to provide employment/day program services and increased community access
  • Contract with approximately 17,000 individual providers to deliver support and services to DDA clients
  • Manage approximately 13,300 other contracts with service providers
  • Set policy and standards for all programs operated by DDA
  • Lead the strategic planning to ensure Washington State is prepared to meet the long-term services and support needs of people with developmental disabilities
  • Lead and direct immediate and long-term goals and initiatives for the administration
  • Provide oversight of a $1.45 billion annual budget and ensure that funds appropriated are spent in accordance with legislative and program intent
  • Develop and maintain strong relations and partnerships with the legislature and the Office of Financial Management, and a wide variety of stakeholders and foster an environment of collaboration
  • Provide oversight of quality control and risk analysis
Our Future Leader
Our top applicant will be a collaborative partner to assist DDA with business innovation and change as we reimagine the programs and services offered to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families who support them, and the employees & contractors who work in service for them.
For DDS’s Deputy Assistant Secretary, we will be considering professionals with a bachelor’s degree or higher in social work, human services, business administration, public administration, healthcare administration, finance, or a related field, with five years of experience directing a large workforce.  CMS experience and quality assurance experience are preferred.
DDA is pursuing result-driven professionals with extensive, progressive management/executive experience. This mission-critical role calls for a solid understanding of developing and implementing programs that provide services for developmental disabilities, aging, or behavioral health. The successful individual considers themselves experts in collaborating with stakeholders and constituents, building consensus on policy issues, and experiencing networking and supporting marginalized communities.

Application and Process

Applicant material received by May 23, 2023, will be guaranteed consideration. Applicants with the most relevant demonstrated experience will be contacted for further interview and selection. The hiring authority reserves the right to close this job announcement once a successful applicant has been selected.
Please submit a resume and cover letter that clearly demonstrates your qualifications and accomplishments, connecting you to success in this role. 

Our Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) mission to Transform Lives requires that we come together with a sense of belonging, common purpose, shared values and meaningful work. It is crucial to our agency’s mission that you bring an equity, anti-racism and social justice commitment to your work with DSHS. We strive to create greater access and affirming representation of the communities we serve, including Black, Indigenous and People of Color, people with physical, behavioral health, and intellectual disabilities, elders, LGBTQIA+ individuals, immigrants and refugees, and families building financial security.
If you have any questions about this opportunity, you are encouraged to contact the Recruiter, Tracie Kidd, at or 360-628-7870 and reference 04590.
Supplemental Information

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history may be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the job. This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Employees driving on state business must have a valid driver's license. Employees driving a privately owned vehicle on state business must have liability insurance on the privately owned vehicle.
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any area of employment, its programs or services on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or beliefs, political affiliation, military status, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam Era, recently separated or other protect­ed veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, equal pay or genetic information. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the Recruiter at (360) 725-5810. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384. 

Salary: $89,460.00 - $154,140.00 Annually
Job Type: Exempt
Job Number: 2023-04590
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Closing Date: 6/4/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

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