Director of Program Implementation – DHHS, Commissioner’s Office

Department of Health and Human Services | Augusta, ME, United States

Posted Date 11/24/2022

Public Service Coordinator III

Opening Date: November 23, 2022

Closing Date: December 15, 2022

Job Class Code: CA35
Grade: 35 (Confidential)
Salary: $81,182.40 – $110,635.20

Position Number: 02000-4039

Core Responsibilities:

As the Director of Program Implementation, you will be responsible aligning policy development to program implementation in service of delivering improved health and human services outcomes for Mainers. The Director will act with considerable autonomy on behalf of the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners for DHHS in leading and coordinating project teams and work groups as appropriate. The position will develop, implement, evaluate and administer policies and procedures that align with desired outcomes. As a member of the Senior Management Team, this position will collaborate in the formulation of strategic plans and polices that impact the delivery of healthcare and social services to Mainers.

You will also:

  • attend, meetings, conferences, and workshops in order to provide agency representation;
  • organize and coordinate committees and task forces in order to study specific problems and develop solutions;
  • review and analyze reports and assessments of agency programs and operations in order to identify specific problem areas and develop solutions;
  • have established competency in management, collaboration, and effective communication within a large governmental agency or other complex organization;
  • have a proven record of success in system knowledge, operations, and project management, with a focus on setting measures, results tracking, and evaluating outcomes;
  • develop and write requests for contractors and consultants, receive bids, organize and coordinate committees to review/rate bids and award contracts to acquire necessary technical and consulting services to meet assigned goals and objectives; and
  • lead and coordinate strategic project implementation across DHHS offices.

Minimum Qualifications:

To qualify, your background must include an 8-year combination of education and experience in executive level leadership in governmental agencies or large, complex organizations. Educational requirement is a preferred master’s degree or bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, or another comparable field.

The background of well-qualified candidates will demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Demonstrated leadership in program development and oversight with the proven ability to interpret, develop and implement policy
  • Ability to multitask and function effectively in a complex, high-performing, fast-paced, professional environment
  • Ability to identify and assess the role of specific policy initiatives and goals in the context of a broad agenda
  • A high degree of professionalism and confidentiality
  • Facilitation experience with complex issues

Agency information:

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is dedicated to promoting health, safety, resilience, and opportunity for Maine people. The Department provides health and social services to approximately a third of the State's population, including children, families, older Mainers, and individuals with disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorders. The Department also promotes public health, operates two state psychiatric hospitals, and provides oversight to health care providers.

The Commissioner’s office provides direct leadership and oversight to multiple offices within the DHHS. This position reports to one of three DHHS’ Deputy Commissioners.

Application Information:

Please submit all documents or files in a PDF or Word format.

For additional information about this position please contact Desirea Chase, Director of Workforce Development, (207) 441-0465 or by email . To apply, please upload a current resume and cover letter addressing the competency areas identified in the Requirements Section. To request a paper application, please contact Ashley Smith at


No matter where you work across Maine state government, you find employees who embody our state motto—"Dirigo" or "I lead"—as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce's health and wellbeing with a valuable total compensation package, including:

  • Work-Life Balance – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays, 12 days of sick leave, and 3+ weeks of vacation leave annually. Vacation leave accrual increases with years of service, and overtime-exempt employees receive personal leave.
  • Health Insurance Coverage – The State of Maine pays 85%-100% of employee-only premiums ($10,150.80-$11,942.16 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costs for you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State.
  • Health Insurance Premium Credit – Participation decreases employee-only premiums by 5%. Visit the Office of Employee Health and Wellness for more information about program requirements.
  • Dental Insurance – The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value).
  • Retirement Plan – The State of Maine contributes 17.96% of pay to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), on behalf of the employee.
  • Gym Membership Reimbursement – Improve overall health with regular exercise and receive up to $40 per month to offset this expense.
  • Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts – Set aside money pre-tax to help pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses and/or daycare expenses.
  • Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness – The State of Maine is a qualified employer for this federal program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid office.
  • Living Resources Program – Navigate challenging work and life situations with our employee assistance program.
  • Parental leave is one of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child—including fathers and adoptive parents—receive four weeks of fully paid parental leave. Additional, unpaid leave may also be available, under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
  • Voluntary Deferred Compensation – Save additional pre-tax funds for retirement in a MaineSaves 457(b) account through payroll deductions.
  • Learn about additional wellness benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness.

Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

Job Type
Healthcare | Government

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