Chief Executive Officer - #001
Unique Behavioral Healthcare Leadership Opportunity
Bluegrass.org is conducting a national search for candidates to compete to become its new Chief Executive Officer. This is a unique leadership opportunity to guide a large, complex behavioral healthcare system from its roots in community mental health into the future of emerging managed care, competition and collaboration; expanding demand for behavioral healthcare services amidst diminishing resources; service and system integration with physical healthcare; a focus on outcomes and prevention; and, higher than ever expectations for quality, compliance and public accountability. The new CEO must face these challenges while adhering to Bluegrass.org’s commitment to recovery and resiliency oriented systems of care that afford individuals hope, the right to self-determination and choice.
Bluegrass.org (Bluegrass) is a private, not-for-profit community mental health center home-based in Lexington, Kentucky (www.Bluegrasss.org). Bluegrass serves 17 counties in the Bluegrass Regional Development area. Last year, Bluegrass served over 30,000 adults and children through its primary service corporation. Bluegrass also provides specialized treatment and administrative services through three (3) separately incorporated companies: Bluegrass Regional Psychiatric Services, which provides staffing for Eastern State Hospital; Bluegrass Oakwood, operating one of the country’s premier ICF-MR facilities; and Bluegrass New Directions, a for-profit subsidiary that provides administrative support and after-hours call center services. Enterprise-wide revenues for FY14 total about $150M.
Known for its leadership in Kentucky’s community mental health system since 1965, Bluegrass is committed to developing innovative solutions in response to rapidly changing individual and community needs. In its work, Bluegrass’ greatest asset is its engaged and dedicated professional workforce of about 1800 full and part time clinical and administrative staff. Balancing the challenges of serving a large urban population while attending to the unique needs of rural communities across the region has required Bluegrass to adapt and change, using emerging and clinical best practices, community collaborations, technology and management expertise to their maximum advantage. Recent implementation of a system-wide, real-time clinical outcomes measurement system is just one example of Bluegrass’ commitment to service excellence.
Bluegrass is governed by a voluntary citizen Board of Directors with 23 members representing diverse interests from across the region including schools, social & other human service agencies, healthcare professionals and organizations, stakeholders, and a broad spectrum of community members. The Board is focused on selecting a new Chief Executive Officer to secure Bluegrass’ future and lead it to new heights as a premier behavioral healthcare provider.
Located at the heart of Central Kentucky’s scenic Bluegrass Region, Lexington (officially Lexington-Fayette Urban County) is the second-largest city in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the 62nd largest in the United States. A vibrant business community, nationally recognized schools and colleges, world-class health systems and diverse social and entertainment venues and events all contribute to Lexington’s leadership role in a region with a diverse population of almost 700,000. Lexington ranks tenth among US cities in college education rate, with 39.5% of residents having at least a bachelor's degree. It is the home of Transylvania University, the University of Kentucky and Bluegrass Community & Technical College. Lexington combines these amenities with a wide range of housing options, a history of community safety and fun-loving neighbors that make it and the surrounding area a very livable community.
The Bluegrass Region is a vast and engaging playground, whether you’re a spectator or participant. Back roads, byways, stone bridges, scenic overlooks, paddocks, pastures and vineyards gives you reason to explore the region year ‘round to get a close look at a setting that ranges from stirring to serene. Horses are everywhere! Saddle up at any of the area’s many riding stables. Visit the stars of racing at famous horse farms. The Kentucky Horse Park is all about horses all of the time. Take off to the races at Keeneland Thoroughbred Racetrack and The Red Mile harness track.
Pro sports fans can cheer on the Lexington Legends minor league baseball team. College fans can enjoy sports practically all year ‘round, with the University of Kentucky and Rupp Arena, one of the nation's largest basketball arenas, Eastern Kentucky University (Richmond), Georgetown College (Georgetown) and more. At lakes and rivers in the Bluegrass, you can go fishing, skiing, power boating, canoeing and poking around in a pontoon boat, or just find a quiet spot on a bank and listen to the lapping of the water.
“Ideal" candidates will be experienced leaders who are passionate about people and our mission of service. Candidates must have demonstrated success leading large, complex behavioral health and human service systems that have regional reach and impact. Our ideal candidates will have a strong business sense within the community health and human services context – able to balance clinical and financial goals & to provide personal leadership within the organization including the development of leaders/managers at all levels.
We’re looking for a results-driven leader who has experience building and nurturing collaborative relationships with broad stakeholder groups – board, staff, consumers and families, communities – and a wide range of private and public partners - to shape a future of integrated and innovative systems of care. With philosophies of shared leadership and collaboration, candidates will be politically savvy and excellent communicators. Candidates must have successful track records leading strategic initiatives while “taking care of business” on a day-to-day basis.
A graduate degree in Behavioral Health, Business, Healthcare or Public Administration or a related field is required. Progressive leadership in community health and human services and proven executive experience are a must.
To compete for this challenging leadership opportunity, please contact:
Ron Morton, Vice President
The Meyers Group
Executive Search Consultants
301-625-5600 Ext. 2
Director for Human Resources - Oakwood
Summary of Function: The Human Resources Department functions in a collaborative relationship to provide employee recruitment and retention, payroll and benefit administration and employee relations in support of Oakwood. All services are provided at the highest standard of professional practice, complying with standards by both federal and state regulations and facility policies.
Full Time: Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 4:30pm (must be able to flex hours/work overtime as needed)
Qualifications required: Bachelors degree and 5 years experience.
Please have email resumes sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Resumes may also be sent to: OW HR Director
1351 Newtown Pike
Lexington, Ky. 40511
Qualifications preferred: SPHR / PHR, Experience in Intermediate Care Facility supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
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