Program Director

Healthy Minds
July 29, 2020
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Job Type


Position Description:


Healthy Minds Policy Initiative (HMPI), a fund of the Tulsa Community Foundation, is a nonpartisan team of policy and mental health experts who collaborate with state and local leaders to develop and advance innovative policies and capacity-building approaches in the prevention and treatment of mental illness and substance use disorders in Tulsa. The organization was seeded by The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation in 2019, and has its roots in the 10-year Tulsa Mental Health Plan.

As an organization, we envision a future where robust thought-power and community coordination exist to support policymakers, law enforcement, schools and treatment providers in more effectively using resources, generating creative funding solutions, and using data and best practices to pursue transformational change in the way mental health is treated and prevented in our communities.


The Program Director is responsible for tracking, supporting and occasionally leading on-the-ground community implementation of organizational policy and funding goals. This includes creating and improving internal and external processes, structures, partnerships, and data-tracking. The role specifically focuses on:

  • Identifying and tracking community-level gaps and needs with data, especially in support of the 10-year Tulsa Mental Health plan
  • Developing and implementing practical strategies and partnerships for improving mental health data accessibility and data-oriented storytelling
  • Expanding community capacity in Tulsa for winning federal grants, including through proactive grant identification, assessment and reporting, and building effective grant partnerships
  • Creating processes and structures to inform HMPI's policy team in researching and advancing a statewide mental health policy agenda
  • Identifying creative opportunities to grow funding, improve system efficiencies and strengthen productive community partnerships
  • The Program Director reports directly to the Executive Director.


  • Implement and lead a community-level strategy for increasing the amount of federal grant dollars for mental health and addiction services in Tulsa, including by proactively identifying grant opportunities, coordinating partners and ensuring the availability of appropriate data, assessment and reporting.
  • Support external organizations seeking to apply for grants in alignment with HMPI's community-level strategy and identified community needs
  • Ensure appropriate community-level tracking and reporting of service gaps and opportunities, including those identified in the 10-year Tulsa Mental Health Plan
  • Create and maintain accessible, story-rich methods of reporting data relevant to community needs in order to have maximum impact on policy discussions, including by maintaining and improving an online data dashboard
  • Respond to data requests by legislators and other policymakers in a timely manner
  • Understand and articulate community- and state-level gaps and opportunities using data
  • Create and maintain organizational processes to inform public policy development with feedback from on-the-ground providers, data and community-level observations of gaps, needs and strengths
  • Research and implement strategies for building community treatment and prevention capacity, including through the identification of new funding sources
  • Understand, analyze and report on stakeholder and partner needs with regard to expanding capacity for mental health services
  • Develop/provide public education, presentations, and outreach regarding mental health policy and systems issues as needed
  • Create and organize agendas and materials for meetings with stakeholders and partners, and conduct other logistical support as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Qualifications:


This position will be able to demonstrate exemplary organization, communication and follow-through. Furthermore, this position will become knowledgeable in the gaps and opportunities of mental health systems and be able to lead strategic conversations about the future of mental health in Oklahoma.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum of six years of experience working in or around public health, public policy, community-level data or mental health systems, or an equivalent amount of relevant education beyond a bachelor’s degree
  • Experience designing or coordinating collaborative efforts with multiple partners (preferred)

Desired Strengths and Abilities:

  • Ability to understand public health problems and summarize them in common language
  • Ability to coordinate and maintain multiple projects and priorities simultaneously
  • Ability to understand how to craft an effective public policy argument, especially using data
  • Effective communication — to a broad range of audiences; comfortable working with diverse populations and knowledge of a wide subject matter
  • Strategic thinking and innovation – ability to reason and solve problems in high pressure situations; recognize strategic opportunities for systems change; introduce new tactics or approaches that significantly improve or revise existing systems
  • Self-motivation – results oriented, takes action, committed to continuous learning and growth
  • Collaboration – must be skilled in facilitating and staffing meetings and developing buy-in
  • Social acumen – social skills to navigate interpersonal relationships
  • Fast-paced environment – an ability to move quickly in urgent situations and adjust to changing circumstances

Other Skills and Requirements:

  • Detail oriented and organized
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office Suite, especially Excel and Outlook
  • Experience working with computer applications for organizational communication and organization, such as Slack, Asana, Outlook calendar
  • Ability to lift objects under 25 pounds and set up presentations
  • Ability to work regularly from an established office in midtown Tulsa during traditional work hours. Healthy Minds allows for occasional remote work and off-hours work as agreed upon by employee and supervisor.
  • Ability to work remotely with Internet access, such as during periods with organizational COVID-19 precautions.
  • Ability to travel in and around the Tulsa area for meetings and occasional further or overnight travel, once activities resume.

Position Requirements:

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, or any other basis made unlawful by applicable federal, state, or local laws or regulations. We are an e-verify employer.

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