Organization Name: 
Washington State Health Care Authority
Olympia, WA
United States
Job Title: 
Policy and Project Manager (MAPS3/DBHR)
Contact Name: 
Jake Nelko
Contact Email: 

Please follow this URL to apply: Washington State Health Care Authority | HCA Careers (

This is a project position funded through 03/14/2023. Project extension based on continuation of federal funding.

Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 state employees must be fully vaccinated. Your vaccine status will be verified upon acceptance of a contingent job offer. Please note, medical or religious accommodation may be available once an offer of employment is made.

Division philosophy statement:
The Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery values and seeks diversity, equity, and inclusion as integral to the behavioral health field. We support, embrace, and celebrate everyone’s uniqueness, promote inclusion, and commit to remove systemic barriers that affect our workforce, our providers, and the people that receive prevention, treatment, and/or recovery support services.

About the position:
The Policy and Project Manager is an exciting opportunity to contribute to workforce development efforts. This includes leading the strategic direction of the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery’s Workforce Development Training Plan for the Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Section to include facilitating and coordinating training and professional development opportunities for both internal staff and external providers to ensure the State has a highly competent workforce to deliver prevention services in the communities with greater risk and higher need within each of our states’ 39 counties. This position also provides culturally appropriate and culturally sensitive technical assistance and training that disseminates the latest substance use disorder prevention science research for service providers, community-based organizations and/or coalitions. The Policy and Project Manager implements statewide evidence-based prevention initiatives based on comprehensive knowledge of effective policies, planning processes, program facilitation, and evaluation through a minimum of one statewide project.

This position is eligible to telework but is frequently required to report on-site to meet business need.

Some of what you will do:

Formulate and oversee statewide prevention policy and system improvement for the substance use disorder prevention workforce

  • Develop program and policy related to the Statewide Substance Use Disorder Prevention Workforce Training Plan and workforce development including execution of the annual plan
  • Create and implement policy to ensure:
    • The highest standards of personal, professional, and ethical conduct and support the state’s goals for a diverse workforce
    • All trainings are culturally competent and that the workforce is prepared to address health disparities to include a method for evaluation
  • Oversee the development and implementation of the annual prevention services training plan through various mediums including online and in-person trainings
  • Provide training, supervision, and guidance to prevention interns, fellows, and/or other individuals engaged in the Section’s workforce development program

Managing and monitoring contracts

  • Review and process monthly contract payment invoices, document monthly compliance, track prevention contractor performance data, and monitor programs
  • Conduct biennial on-site reviews

Manage and administer statewide projects

  • Manage and oversee projects that involve representation from other agencies
  • Develop and monitor the implementation of goals, objectives, division administrative policies and procedures for assigned statewide projects

Provide technical assistance to providers for effective services

  • Provide strategic technical assistance and training on prevention program development including supporting needs related to resource assessments, program selection, program reporting, and evaluation.
  • Analyze grant and project guidelines and requirements and provide training and technical assistance as needed.

Required qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in public policy and administration, prevention science, public health, community health education, health and human services, social sciences, or communications AND 5 years of professional experience with a minimum of 3 of the years in the applicable professional experience as indicated below


Master’s degree in the fields indicated above AND 3 years of applicable professional experience as indicated below.


  • Additional graduate level education may substitute for the required experience on a year for year basis.
  • Additional relevant experience may substitute for required education on a year-for-year basis.
  • Applicable professional experience:
  • Environment: In the public health/social services fields, behavioral health, substance use disorder prevention or mental health promotion and related fields
  • Function: Contract management, project management, managing workforce development, communications, implementing educational training programs, community engagement, technical assistance, grants management, or other comparable experience.
  • Certified Prevention Professional accreditation will equate to one year of required experience.
  • Associate Prevention Professional accreditation will equate to 6 months of required experience.


Required competencies:

  • Current certification as a Certified Prevention Professional in Washington State or equivalent standing as recognized by a national accreditation body or the ability and plan to receive the Certification within 3 months of hire.
  • Commitment to advancing health equity systemically and programmatically.
  • Knowledge of:
    • Latest research and developments in substance abuse prevention practice, including Strategic Prevention Framework, and ability to explain those developments to others.
    • Evidence-based environmental prevention strategies that can impact youth alcohol and drug use in communities.
  • Demonstrated skills:
    • Providing training and technical assistance to culturally diverse audiences on prevention and health promotion topics including coalition development, community organization, substance abuse prevention principles and best practices, program planning and implementation, and program evaluation.
    • Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills.
    • Strong interpersonal communication skills.
    • Proficient in MS office products including Word, Outlook, and Excel.
  • Ability to:
    • Form relationships with strategic partners, e.g., government agencies, non-profit agencies, schools, business, and faith-based communities.
    • Speak effectively and professionally in public to a variety of audiences.
    • Write clear, concise, and grammatically correct letters, reports and other forms of communications.
  • Experience:
    • Working successfully with community-based prevention efforts.
    • Developing and delivering trainings addressing adult learning styles.
    • Negotiating and managing performance-based contracts.
    • Working independently as well as an effective team member.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience working with diverse, underserved, and/or priority populations.
  • Plan, lead, organize, and control the work performed by the organization.
  • Assure appropriate and optimum use of the organization’s resources and enhance the effectiveness of employees through timely appraisal and professional development opportunities.
  • Support effective communications throughout the organization.
  • Maintain the highest standards of personal/professional and ethical conduct and support the State’s goals for a diverse workforce.
  • Successful completion of the Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Training (SAPST) or Washington Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (WA-SAPST).
  • Grant writing and editing experience.
  • Experience providing technical assistance to local communities on substance abuse prevention planning, evidence-based program selection, and evaluation.
  • Experience analyzing legislation.
  • Experience developing and managing competitive procurements.
  • Intermediate to Advanced skill in MS Office programs.

How to apply: 

Only candidates who reflect the minimum qualifications on their NEOGOV profile will be considered. Failure to follow the application instructions below may lead to disqualification. To apply for this position you will need to complete your profile and attach:

  • A cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications for this position. 
  • Current resume 
  • Three professional references

To take advantage of veteran preference, please do the following:

  • Attach a copy of your DD214 (Member 4 long-form copy), NGB 22, or USDVA signed verification of service letter.
  • Please black out any PII (personally identifiable information) data such as social security numbers. Include your name as it appears on your application in

About HCA: 
The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) is committed to whole-person care, integrating physical health and behavioral health services for better results and healthier residents.
HCA purchases health care for more than 2.5 million Washington residents through Apple Health (Medicaid), the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) Program, and the School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) Program. As the largest health care purchaser in the state, we lead the effort to transform health care, helping ensure Washington residents have access to better health and better care at a lower cost.
What we have to offer:

  • Meaningful work with friendly co-workers who care about those we serve Voices of HCA 
  • A clear agency mission that drives our work and is person-centered HCA's Mission, Vision & Values
  • A healthy work/life balance, including alternative/flexible schedules and mobile work options.
  • Infants in the workplace Infants at the Workplace Video
  • A great total compensation and benefit package WA State Government Benefits
  • A safe, pleasant workplace in a convenient location with restaurants, and shopping nearby. 
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • And free parking! 


Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment.

HCA is an equal opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included, and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, as well as people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact Jake Nelko at 360.725.0945 or

Please follow this URL to apply: Washington State Health Care Authority | HCA Careers (

$63,216.00 - $82,896.00 Annually
Project (limited duration)