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Director of Mental Health,
Substance Abuse, and
Developmental Services

Loudoun County, Virginia

The Position

The Director of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services (MHSADS) oversees a staff of 351 FTEs in three divisions, which are Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Developmental Services, and Administrative Services. The department operates an approved FY 2016 expenditure budget of $36.3 million. The Director provides leadership for the department, advice and counsel to the Board of Supervisors, and is a member of the County Administrator’s Leadership Team. The position reports to one of the Assistant County Administrators. The department provides the following services: mental health outpatient, mental health/substance abuse emergency services, mental health residential, mental health day support, mental health/substance abuse prevention and intervention, substance abuse outpatient, substance abuse residential, developmental services support coordination, developmental services employment and day support, developmental services community support, developmental services group homes, parent infant education program, and administration of the department. The MHSADS Director serves as the Executive Director of the Loudoun County Community Services Board (CSB), which is mandated by Chapter 5 section 37.2 of the Code of Virginia. The CSB, an 18-member volunteer policy advisory board to the Board of Supervisors, developed a strategic plan clarifying how the CSB will support the department and the County.

The Director advises the Assistant County Administrator and the County Administrator and plans the short and long-term direction of the department consistent with the Board of Supervisors’ goals and objectives. The Director participates in strategic planning on a local and regional basis in collaboration with other Community Services Boards within the state, is actively involved in the General Assembly legislative process, and works closely with public, private, and nonprofit organizations in Loudoun and the health and human services communities.

The department provides a wide variety of services for citizens of all ages to stabilize acute situations and to enable people with mental disabilities to live independently and successfully in the community. Services are interrelated and designed to address the unique needs of residents and respond to state and federal mandates and local policy. The department reaches residents served by other agencies and collaborates with the Adult Detention Center, the Juvenile Detention Center, Youth Shelter, Sheriff’s Department, the Loudoun County Public Schools, Courts, Adult Protective Services, Family Services, Victim Witness, and the Loudoun Hospital system.

Over the last several years, a large focus of the department has been on collaboration between the divisions and programs. A department-wide Leadership Team helps guide the department.


The County is seeking candidates with strong management, coordination and collaboration skills, and experience working with medium and/or large organizations. Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Master’s degree directly related to the disability areas of mental health, developmental services or substance abuse with at least ten years of experience managing in mental health, development services, and/or substance abuse, including staff supervision and operational/administrative oversight experience which includes human resources and financial management. Expertise in fees, grants, and effective customer service delivery models is highly desired.

The Ideal Candidate

The Director of MHSADS will be fully committed to the department’s mission, have a broad-based understanding of behavior and developmental health outcomes, as well as the financial management aspects. The ideal candidate will be creative, innovative, and know how to engage employees and stakeholders in moving toward a vision. He/She will have demonstrated success with organizational development and leadership, hold steadfast to organizational progress, and hold management and staff accountable. The ideal Director will be strong, experienced in leading large organizations and dealing effectively with resistance to change, nurturing the leadership team, and staying focused on achieving long-lasting cultural change, and long-term goals. The Director will be both politically savvy and financially astute, understand the interrelationships between the federal, state, and local systems, and be able to respond to the dynamic needs of a growing community. He/She will be highly ethical, outcome-focused, and committed to providing the best solutions for the greater Loudoun community. The ideal candidate will be well-versed in social service systems and behavioral mental health systems, bringing fresh approaches that are adaptable to the changing Medicare and Medicaid environment. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills, have experience working with the media, and be comfortable speaking in front of the Board of Supervisors as well as with the individuals the department serves. The incumbent will be creative and bring new ideas for partnering with nonprofit groups, private providers, schools, and other community organizations. He/she will be able to advocate for the funding, staffing, and operational needs of the department, look for ways to be more efficient with current resources, and will have a strong grasp of the business side of the operations.  The ideal candidate will provide strong leadership for the department, work in partnership with other county agencies, and work effectively with community, regional, and state organizations.

The Community

Loudoun County, Virginia, “D.C.’s Technology Corridor,” is an innovative, globally competitive community known for its favorable business environment, exceptional quality of life, and strong sense of community. Located in northern Virginia, approximately 45 minutes northwest of Washington, D.C., Loudoun County is a growing and thriving community of more than 351,600 residents. Loudoun has been one of the fastest growing communities of its size for the last decade. The County’s eastern area is mainly suburban in character while its western area is more rural, including small towns, horse farms, and more than 160,000 acres of well-preserved open space. The County includes Dulles International Airport in its southern region, a major facility serving nearly 30 million passengers every year. Additionally, the Washington D.C. Metro area is currently expanding into Loudoun County with the extension of the Silver Line Metro Rail—scheduled for completion in 2018—that will allow residents to travel conveniently into Washington, D.C. Ranked by Forbes Magazine as the wealthiest county in the United States in 2012, Loudoun County is experiencing an exciting period of development. The Department of MHSADS is providing programs and services to meet the needs of the County’s growing and increasingly diverse population.

Our Vision

Community-wide access to behavioral and developmental health services with rapid, sustained engagement and meaningful outcomes for children, adolescents, families, and adults.

Mission Statement

The Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services provides and facilitates a person-centered system of individualized services and supports that promotes self-determination and empowerment and enables participation in community life.


  • Promote self-determination, empowerment and effective treatment for individuals with mental health, substance abuse and developmental needs.
  • Promote full inclusion and active participation in the community for individuals with mental health, substance abuse, and developmental needs.
  • Promote cost-savings through serving individuals in the least restrictive settings which best meets their clinical needs.
  • Provide individuals and the community rapid access to, and sustained engagement with, appropriate services in the most cost-effective, clinically appropriate level of care.


The hiring salary range is $ 140,000 to $160,000, depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefit package. Open until filled with initial review of applications October 26, 2015.

How to Apply

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Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group and will be kept confidential. Apply online at to complete a brief online form and then submit in one document (Word doc or PDF) a cover letter, resume with a list of 3-5 professional references, and 5-year salary history. Open until filled with initial review of applications October 26, 2015. Just click the button to get started.


Questions should be directed to Catherine Tuck Parrish at or 240-832-1778.


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