Organization Description

The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is charged with planning for and promoting an array of services from prevention and early intervention to resiliency and recovery. DMHSAS operates four Regional Mental Health Institutes and contracts with mental health and substance abuse community providers across the state to offer services to Tennesseans. The Department manages a budget of more than $380 million, with funding from dedicated fees, revenue, federal grants, and state general fund appropriations.

Summary of Position

The Director of System of Care Across Tennessee (SOCAT) serves as a member of the Office of Children, Young Adults, and Families within the Division of Mental Health and has responsibility for providing leadership, vision, administration, and oversight of the SOCAT program.

This position is headquartered in Nashville, but travel is required 25% – 35% to visit sites and give presentations. It is a remote work role, but you must be a resident of Tennessee.

Education / Experience

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a social or behavioral science or other related acceptable field. Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Experience equivalent to 3 or more years working in the human services field.
  • Experience monitoring, evaluating, planning, or coordinating behavioral health programs.
  • Willingness to travel approximately 25% – 35%, primarily in-state.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities


  • Creates, communicates, and enacts a vision for SOCAT programs throughout the state of Tennessee.
  • Closely collaborates with DMHSAS leadership to make improvements to program content based on analysis of program data and information collected through communication with service providers, stakeholders, and other departmental staff.
  • Develops, supports, and strengthens collaborative relationships with staff, statewide community groups, state and local government and non-profit agencies, community mental health centers, and other stakeholders.
  • Routinely presents information relevant to SOCAT programs to community groups, other governmental agencies, or other groups.
  • Maintains open lines of communication (by telephone, written form, e-mail, or in person) with internal and external stakeholders (e.g., individuals seeking information, service recipients, contracted providers, other agencies, families, and others) to exchange information relative to the department’s mission and goals.

Data Collection and Dissemination

  • Collects and compiles required DMHSAS programmatic and fiscal information to assist in the development and management of children, youth, and young adult mental health programs.
  • Compiles reports for DMHSAS executive management and to other identified audiences and shares recommendations with relevant staff.
  • Develops and implements methodologies and systems for program data collection and reporting.
  • Reviews program related data to identify problems, trends, best practices, and other information pertinent to program management and development.

Supervisory Relationships

  • This position is supervised by the Director of Children, Young Adults, and Families and provides supervision for key program staff including the Family Engagement Program Manager, the Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator, and the Community Engagement Program Manager.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Proven experience in successfully initiating and sustaining multi-agency and multi-community policy, system, and environmental change strategies.
  • A demonstrated working knowledge of children, youth, and young adult mental health.
  • Effective communication skills, including written and public speaking, and adept at dealing with people at various levels within the organization, as well as external stakeholders and leaders.
  • Knowledge of contracting processes, budget development, and program monitoring.
  • Knowledge of System of Care and/or wraparound preferred.

Pre-employment criminal background check is required.

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee’s Workplace Discrimination and Harassment policy, the State is firmly committed to the principle of fair and equal employment opportunities for its citizens and strives to protect the rights and opportunities of all people to seek, obtain, and hold employment without being subjected to illegal discrimination and harassment in the workplace. It is the State’s policy to provide an environment free of discrimination and harassment of an individual because of that person’s race, color, national origin, age (40 and over), sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status or any other category protected by state and/or federal civil rights laws.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $6,383.00 – $10,108.00 per month


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance

Experience level:

  • 3 years


  • Monday to Friday

Application Question(s):

  • Please provide us with (4)four references – (3)three professional references and (1)one personal reference:

Work Location: Hybrid remote in Nashville, TN 37242