Program Specialist

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Multnomah County



Are you a QMHP mental health professional with natural leadership skills who is passionate about helping children and families? Are you savvy at navigating systems and program development? Are you skilled at implementing equity lens approaches and developing process improvements while providing vital program service delivery to the community?  If so, then apply your strengths in this high impact position with an outstanding team of Mental Health professionals working at the Health Department, Behavioral Health Division!

As the Preschool for All Program (PFA) Supervisor you are responsible for day-to-day operations of the Direct Clinical Services (DCS) Preschool for all Mental Health programs. This includes the assignment of work, development of work procedures, the management of staff caseloads, and clinical and administrative supervision of Mental Health Consultants.

You work with the Direct Clinical Services Manager to develop and monitor processes to assure the program’s compliance, including monitoring of staff-to-client ratios, caseload sizes, the accurate and timely submission of clinical documentation, data, and productivity. In addition, you are responsible for coordinating the contractual relationships with our Early Childhood team in DCS, Department of County Human Services, Preschool & Early Learning Division, Child Care Resource & Referral, PFA sites, program development, and system development within the Preschool communities. You will lead with race through actions and advocacy of the PSFA Team, with the Preschool leaders and partners, throughout the county and in the community.

The Preschool for All Program (PFA) Supervisor creates a work culture of respect, trust and understanding for the highly diverse populations the Health Department serves in the office and in the community.

Every employee shares the responsibility for promptly bringing to the County’s attention conduct that interferes with providing a work environment free of illegal discrimination and harassment.

**The eligible list created from this recruitment may be used to fill regular, full or part time, temporary, and limited duration assignments.

As the Preschool for All Program (PFA) Supervisor your duties will include:

Program Management

  • Manage day-to-day operations of Preschool For All Mental Health staff. Provide both individual and team based administrative and clinical supervision to Mental Health Consultants for the purpose of ensuring quality of client care; use of best practices in service delivery to clients; compliance with county and departmental personnel policies, procedures and work rules; compliance with job performance expectations and accountability; enhancing staff professional development, adherence to professional licensure expectations and maintenance of current credentialing.
  • Ability to work in partnership with Early Childhood Supervisor and Preschool for All staff to ensure continuity of care and desired outcomes for programming.
  • Responsible for monitoring cases; developing, streamlining, and monitoring work flows, policies and procedures; reviewing data and submitting required reports; approving and tracking expenditures within budget; providing clinical and administrative supervision and consultation; and evaluating staff performance and completing probationary and annual performance evaluations.
  • Assure that operations meet the needs of program clients and their families.

Program Development, Evaluation and Coordination  

  • Provides system and program planning, program evaluation, program development and design, coordination and collaboration with Early childhood Supervisor, Department of County Human Services Preschool & Early Learning Division, Child Care Resource & Referral, PFA sites, Child Care Resource and Referral, and other Preschool for all programs and initiatives.
  • Work with internal and external partners to develop programs, set up reports, and ensure program compliance.

Contract Management

  • Provide oversight and assist with management of Preschool for all sites and contractual agreements.


We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled required. Please be clear and specific about how your background is relevant. For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page.

Minimum Qualifications/Transferable Skills*:


Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in the mental health field with major coursework in social science, or a related field demonstrating the capacity for the required knowledge and skills to meet provider Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) credentialing requirements as required by Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) and the Mental Health & Addiction Certification Board of Oregon (MHACBO) – more information can be found at MHACBO website current QMHP-C, and/or licensed Board of Oregon (LPC, LCSW, PhD,etc)

See qualified degrees listed below:

Graduate degree in psychology.
Graduate degree in social work.
Graduate degree in a behavioral science field

Experience/Certification: Three (3) to six (6) years of experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position. Clinical supervisors/managers in mental health programs shall meet QMHP requirements and have completed two (2) years of post-graduate clinical experience in a mental health treatment setting. Other:

This position requires a background investigation, which may include being fingerprinted.

Preferred Qualifications/ Transferable Skills*: You do not need to have the following preferred qualifications/ transferable skills to qualify. However, keep in mind we may consider some or all of the following when identifying the most qualified candidates. Please clearly explain on your application how you meet any of the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills.

  • Demonstrated experience leading a multicultural and diverse workforce.
  • Respect and appreciation for ethnic and cultural diversity.
  • Knowledge of cultures, customs and social experiences of communities experiencing marginalization and barriers to services and opportunities.
  • High degree of resilience, has a sense of urgency, is outcome driven and can thrive in an environment of rapid change while effectively managing pressure in an effective and professional manner.
  • Advanced skills in managing sensitive information and ability to support the community.
  • Ability to identify and deconstruct unnecessary administrative and clinical barriers that impact communities of color and marginalized groups.
  • Ability to promote a culture of respect, inclusiveness, and appreciation of diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and values.
  • Ability to collaborate and build relationships to achieve positive work outcomes.
  • Ability to maintain a safe and healthful workplace.

*Transferable skills: Your transferable skills are any skills you have gained through education, work experience (including the military) or life experience that are relevant for this position. Be sure to describe any transferable skills on your application and clearly explain how they apply to this position.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: To protect the health of the community and employees, Multnomah County requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved medical or religious exemption as a qualification of employment.

The rule applies to all employees, as allowable by law. Candidates who receive an offer of County employment must provide proof of vaccination upon hire or submit an exception request prior to their start date.



The Application Packet: You must submit all requested items below. Failure to do so will be deemed as an incomplete application.

1. Attach a Resume demonstrating you meeting minimum qualifications; AND

2. Attach a Cover Letter addressing the following:

Demonstrate your experience working with families and children from a diverse background
How you meet the qualifications for this position
Experience developing successful programs
Why you are interested in the position
3. Attach a copy of your (Required):

Oregon QMHP Certification; and/or licensed Board of Oregon (LPC, LCSW, PhD,etc)
Note: The application, resume and cover letter should demonstrate your work experience/skills and how it is related to those shown in the Overview and To Qualify sections of the job announcement. Please be thorough, as these materials will be scored and determine your eligibility to advance in this recruitment process.

The Selection Process: For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page. We expect to evaluate candidates for this recruitment as follows:

Initial review of minimum qualifications
Resume and Cover Letter Review
Phone screen
Consideration of top candidates
Language assessment
Background, reference
Note: Application information may be used throughout the entire selection process. This process is subject to change without notice.


Type of Position: This non-represented position is not eligible for overtime

Type: Not Represented

FSLA: Exempt

Diversity and Inclusion: At Multnomah County, we don’t just accept difference; we value it and support it to create a culture of dignity and respect for our employees.

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran or protected veteran status, genetic information and other legally protected characteristics. The EEO is the Law poster is available for your reference. Multnomah County is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. We request priority protected veteran referrals.

Veterans’ Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualifying veterans may apply for veterans’ preference. Review our veterans’ preference page for details about eligibility and how to apply. Note: Veterans’ Preference does not apply in a transfer process.

Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act: We gladly provide reasonable accommodation to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing an application or participating in this recruitment process. Please contact the recruiter below in advance to request assistance. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may contact the recruiter through the Telecommunications Relay Service by dialing 711.

Questions? Please contact the recruiter.

Application information may be used throughout the entire selection process. This process is subject to change without notice.

Disclaimer: This announcement is intended as a general descriptive recruitment guide and is subject to change. It does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

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