Posted: Jan 10, 2022

Director- Systems of Care Across Tennessee (SOCAT)

Salary: $4,543.00 - $8,176.00 Monthly
Application Deadline: N/A

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.

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 Coordinator.

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.

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.

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.