Organization Name: 
Washington State Health Care Authority
Olympia, WA
United States
Job Title: 
Prevention Services Supervisor
Contact Name: 
Jake Nelko
Contact Email: 

Prevention Services Supervisor (WMS2/DBHR) -

This position is open until filled. Application assessment will begin on March 9, 2022. The hiring authority reserves the right to offer the position at any time during the recruitment process. It is to the applicant's advantage to apply as early as possible.

This position supervises and oversees prevention and mental health initiatives being executed by a high-performing and equity-focused team of up to 14 staff. The Prevention Services Supervisor develops statewide policy and a biennial budget as well as overseeing implementation and performance of policy and programs. The ideal candidate will bring a strong work ethic and a dedication to health equity in communities. If you have passion for prevention and promotion work and want to make a systemic difference in the State of Washington, this may be the position for you.

Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 state employees must be fully vaccinated no later than October 18, 2021. Your vaccine status will be verified on your first day of work. 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.

The values of the Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Section of the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery are:

Cooperation | Flexibility | Health | Purpose | Respect | Service | Equity

About the position:

The Supervisor within the SUD Prevention and MH Promotion Section is responsible for supervision of staff, management and implementation of the related local services and statewide projects, which includes overseeing new initiatives, integration of promotion and prevention services with other health care programs, and evaluation and outcomes monitoring to influence the programming, service delivery, and policy decisions of prevention services.

The Supervisor will apply an equity lens to their work, which may include but is not limited to all analyses of core business and processes.

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

Some of what you will do:

Plan, lead, organize, and control the work performed by the Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Section’s Unit.

- Development of program and policy relating to substance use disorder prevention and mental health promotion services for the DBHR that target high need communities in Washington State.

- Supervision, hiring, onboarding, orientation, and training of unit staff.

- Make critical decisions and provide feedback involving staff daily assignments and work products using independent judgement.

- Serve as key individual on Section’s leadership and management team.

- Formulate statewide MH promotion and SUD prevention system and policy; and provide strategic direction of prevention/promotion services.

- Oversees the development and administration of federal grant applications, including monitoring and coordinating all related policies, budgets, contracts, programs, and projects for the federal and state grants.

- Oversee administration of policy, budget, initiatives, and programs; and provide strategic direction for SUD prevention and MH promotion services including existing and emerging needs and priorities.

- Act as agency point of contact for statewide SUD prevention and MH promotion services and outcomes. Represent prevention service functioning and delivery in meetings and in document preparation. Serve as the liaison with DBHR mental and physical health system as requested.

- Lead related programs within Section, for DBHR’s response to the HCA Director’s call for integrated behavioral health services delivery.

- Administer the statewide assigned grant program(s) including budget, policy and program within applicable state and federal laws and regulations.

- Oversees the development and implementation of the grants program.

- Develops, oversees, and monitors budgets for the grants program.

- Ensure proper contract development and implementation.

Required experience and education:

Bachelor’s degree in public policy and administration, prevention science, public health, community health education, health and human services, social sciences, communications, or related fields


6 years of applicable professional experience as outlined below

Graduate level education will substitute for the required experience on a year for year basis.

- Applicable professional experience is in the public health/social services fields, behavioral health, substance use disorder prevention or mental health promotion and related fields; contract management, project management, managing workforce development, communications, implementing educational training programs, community engagement, technical assistance, grants management, or other comparable experience.

- Experience should include a minimum of 3 years supervisory experience. Supervisory experience can include supervising employees, contractors, or volunteers.

- 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. 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:

- Commitment to advancing health equity systemically and programmatically.

- Knowledge of the latest research and developments in substance use disorder prevention practice, including community-based prevention, and ability to explain those developments to others.

- Demonstrate skills providing training and technical assistance to culturally diverse audiences on prevention and health promotion topics including coalition development, community organization, substance use disorder prevention principles and best practices, program planning and implementation, and program evaluation.

- Ability to form relationships with strategic partners, e.g., government agencies, non-profit agencies, schools, business, and faith-based communities.

- Knowledge of evidence-based environmental prevention strategies that can impact youth alcohol and drug use in communities.

- Ability to speak effectively and professionally in public to a variety of audiences, including  developing and delivering trainings addressing adult learning styles. 

- Experience with negotiating and managing performance-based contracts.

- Ability to write clear, concise, and grammatically correct letters, reports and other forms of communications.

- Proficient in MS office products including Word, Outlook, and Excel.

Preferred qualifications:

- Experience working with diverse, underserved, and/or priority populations.

- Experience working successfully with community-based prevention efforts.

- Knowledge of evidence-based environmental prevention strategies that can impact youth alcohol and drug use in communities.

- Plan, lead, organize and control the work performed by the organization.  

- Two years of experience in budgeting, project management, and strategic planning that includes: program design and implementation, and data comprehension and evaluation.

- 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 use disorder prevention planning, evidence-based program selection, and evaluation.

- Experience analyzing legislation.

- Experience developing and managing competitive procurements.

- Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills.

- Experience working independently as well as an effective team member.

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

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.

The Washington State Health Care Authority is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that provides equal access and opportunity to anyone who qualifies, regardless of sex, race, age, color, religion, mental or physical disability, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and/or military status. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may call the Human Resources Office at 360.725.0945 or email

$68,304.00 - $95,616.00
40 hrs/week, M-F