DSHS BHA Forensic Evaluator Supervisor

US Government, Dept. of Social and Health Services

DSHS BHA Forensic Evaluator Supervisor
 The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Behavioral Health Administration (BHA), Office of Forensic Mental Health Services (OFMHS) is seeking an established and enthusiastic leader to serve as a Forensic Evaluator Supervisor. Reporting to the Director of OFMHS, you will supervise Forensic Evaluators located in the southwestern, the west, and peninsular areas of Washington who perform evaluations from outstation locations.
 Why you should consider this career with the Office of Forensic Mental Health Services (OFMHS)

  • The opportunity to telecommute within the state of Washington and the flexibility to work from literally any location in WA State along with the ability to travel the beautiful State of Washington
  • Be part of OFMHS as we transform the Washington State forensic mental health system
  • You understand and enjoy the diversity offered by a profession where psychology and the legal system intersect
  • You want to coach, mentor and train other forensic psychologists
  • Washington State is a great place to work and live.

 Your role within OFMHS: 

  • Provide ongoing supervision of Psychologist-Forensic Evaluators
  • Assign job duties and distribute workload to ensure appropriate use of resources and effective performance
  • Ensure Psychologist-Forensic Evaluators maintain appropriate standards of care and are meeting performance standards, especially those standards imposed by the Federal Court and State statutes
  • Complete annual staff performance evaluations and conduct supplementary performance evaluations as needed
  • Respond to work performance and human resource issues to include addressing performance counseling, corrective action plans and discipline when appropriate
  • Develop, implement and monitor practice improvement initiatives for forensic evaluation services
  • Develop action plans, track progress and provide reports and presentations
  • Provide expert testimony for the courts
  • Communicate regularly and in-person with subordinate staff to ensure that information provided by OFMHS and BHA leadership is communicated
  • Provide oversight of the program, train and coach staff, provide routine and ad-hoc reports
  • Monitor performance and quality measurements and data, develop and monitor action plans resulting from analysis of the performance and quality measurements and data
  • Participate in OFMHS management team meetings and lead management team initiatives
  • Serve on various workgroups and committees, including involvement with the APA accredited internship program
  • Interact with key partners such as attorneys, judges, and jails
  • Schedule, set agendas and chair meetings for Psychologist-Forensic Evaluator staff
  • Provide leadership and clinical support to OFMHS
  • Coordinate and participate in the hiring process for Psychologist-Forensic Evaluators.

 Who we want in this role:
 Mental health professionals with a doctoral degree in psychology from an accredited school or department of psychology and an active license to practice as a psychologist in the State of Washington or the ability to obtain one prior to employment.
 Three years of post-doctoral experience and demonstrated psychological treatment and assessment skills.
 Substantial demonstrated supervisory experience
 What we are looking for:

  • Leadership, management and supervision experience
  • Good judgment, independent problem-solving, decision-making, responsiveness, conflict resolution, time management and excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of APA Ethics Code.
  • Ability to teach evidence-based psychological practices.
  • Demonstrated competency in working with people from diverse backgrounds and cultural groups.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with management peers, patients.

To Apply–

  1. Completed Application
  2. Resume 
  3. Cover Letter

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.
 Questions about 14628? Contact Joshua.Shawhan@dshs.wa.gov.
Employees of the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Any offer of employment is contingent upon verification of your vaccine status. Please note medical or religious accommodation may be available once an offer of employment is made.

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