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WA State Dept of Veterans Affairs WDVA Director of Counseling and Wellness, Olympia in Olympia, Washington

Here at the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA), we are passionate about our mission of “Serving Those Who Served.” As a national leader in our advocacy for more than 500,000 veterans and their family members, we strive to connect them to earned benefits as well as innovative programs focused on their overall health and wellness. In addition, we provide critical community services through a variety of programs, and at our four State Veterans Homes located in Orting, Port Orchard, Spokane, and Walla Walla. Within WDVA, our Counseling & Wellness Programs (CWP), represent community advocacy and support services throughout Washington State, while providing a wide variety of assistance to veterans and family members. In your role as the Director of Counseling and Wellness, you'll provide leadership and oversight of our programs and staff. This includes the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) War Trauma Outpatient Counseling Program, Veterans Conservation Corps (VA Farms), Vet Corps, Veterans Peer Corps, Suicide Prevention and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Program, and Veterans Training Support Center.These programs have state-wide impacts on public services to 560,000 veterans and their families in WA State. Each specialized program within the CWP addresses identified needs found among veterans and promotes posttraumatic growth and wellness through either professional counseling, professional development and training, peer to peer mentoring and case management.If you want to be a part of our mission in transforming the lives of veterans and their family members, then we encourage you to apply now! DutiesSome of what you'll be doing includes: *Planning and executing funding within annual spending authority and in accordance with applicable guidelines. *Serving as the Contract Administrator for all contracts in the Division and conducting clinical oversite of the licensed mental health professional contractors. *Ensuring that funds from various sources are used effectively and ethically for the treatment of war and military related trauma. *Recruiting, hiring, and supervising CWP staff. *Maintaining target performance for the State General Fund program to satisfy reports requested by the WDVA Director, the Office of Financial Management as well as the Governor’s office; responsible for external contracts such as King County such as quarterly and annual demographic, service and outcome reports. *Providing periodic program presentations to funding source boards, community programs, Vet Centers, federal VA Medical Centers, other State agencies, legislators, and other entities as needed. *Assisting the Assistant Director with preparing major decision packages to continue and supplement program services. *Researching alternative funding sources and initiates funding proposals, develops grant requests for federal funding through U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and other Federal funding sources. *Providing a central planning role in all financial and budget activities among eight (8) program areas to ensure the allocation of resources based on the desired level of services within each program and across the Veteran Services Division. *Serving as the subject matter expert on policy issues involving a wide range of programs and services provided to veterans and their families including complex programs such as PTSD War Trauma, TBI, Suicide Prevention, Military Sexual Trauma, and other war/military service mental health challenges.

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