Portfolio Director, Behavioral Health

Portfolio Director, Behavioral Health  

Organization and Portfolio Background

The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI), founded in 1997, is a statewide 501(c)(3) nonprofit and public health institute that translates evidence into strategy to optimize health ecosystems. Our work focuses on uncovering complementary connections across sectors to combine the social, economic, and human capital needed to align action for health. We champion health for people, within systems, and throughout communities because we envision a world where everyone has the opportunity to be healthy.

LPHI’s strategies span a broad continuum of efforts that seek to address the social determinants of health in communities and enhance health care systems to improve health outcomes. LPHI prioritizes prevention, partnerships with multiple sectors, increased access to quality, integrated care and social services, and solutions that influence decision makers and policies that drive progress toward equity locally and nationally.

LPHI’s Behavioral Health (mental health and substance use/misuse) strategy and programming facilitate equitable access to integrated health by transforming our health system into one that prioritizes behavioral health, primary care, social services, and wellness. This strategy is achieved by aligning systems, building capacity, informing policy, and promoting best practices.

Position Summary

The Behavioral Health Portfolio Director leads strategy, business development, team development and partnerships to achieve LPHI’s goals pertaining to addressing the mental health and substance use/misuse needs of Louisianans. This position will create systems of health, promote and facilitate cross-organizational collaboration and build capacity among LPHI program staff, external partners and clients.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in social work, psychology, public health, health systems, or closely related field required
  • Seven years of management and leadership experience in behavioral health, public health or closely related content area
  • Demonstrated experience cultivating systems change and sustaining cross-sector partnerships to improve health outcomes
  • Accomplished fund developer (e.g., grants, contracts, investments) for behavioral health initiatives

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Thought Partnership

  • Serve as a trusted and informed resource in mental health and substance use/misuse and its interconnection with public health and healthcare
  • Conduct analysis of emerging trends in mental health and substance use/misuse, providing presentations and/or official papers to special groups regarding assigned projects or programs
  • Write and contribute to briefing documents and publications
  • Facilitate trainings that translate evidence and emerging practice into skilled capacity
  • Deliver presentations at conferences and public events


  • Develop a cohesive strategy that leverages LPHI’s assets to improve health and well-being using holistic and trauma-informed approaches, including aligning with portfolios and shared services to deliver comprehensive programming
  • Aligns current resources to implement strategy and business case to bring in additional resources.

Systems Leadership

  • Understand and practice effective collaboration with organization and community partners to promote interprofessional teams that promote health and wellness grounded in trauma-informed approaches
  • Provide assistance to multi-sector partners and community leaders in understanding applicable financing mechanisms, healthcare benefits and wellness practices
  • Advocate for and facilitate the organization and integration of public health, social, and health care services with an understanding of the impact of team-based care on billing, reimbursement and health coverage
  • Consider trauma-informed clinical and social approaches alongside the cost-effectiveness in decision-making about the organization and delivery of services
  • Anticipate and adjust the delivery of care to emerging health reforms and structures (e.g., accountable care organizations, transformation of public health entities, health homes and value-based healthcare)
  • Plan and deliver systems enhancements with an understanding of the health needs of populations within Louisiana and the Southern coast

Business Development

  • Develop national, regional and community partnerships between public health entities and community interest groups to further LPHI’s behavioral health strategy
  • Identify, assess and win funding opportunities. Inspire successful proposal teams
  • Meet or exceed growth targets for Behavioral Health portfolio goals
  • Design innovative ways to sustain and grow behavioral health initiatives through new programs, revenue streams, partnerships and collaboration

Team Development and Collaboration

  • Articulate vision and coach staff and partners to realize short, medium- and long-term outcomes
  • Mentor staff and interns
  • Engage with portfolio and shared services leaders and staff throughout LPHI
  • Recognize areas for improvement and celebrate success

Perform other duties as assigned

Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Collaborate with colleagues and partners
  • Demonstrated emotional intelligence skills, including interpersonal skills and experience working with individuals and groups of diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrated learning orientation
  • Ability to champion and manage change
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver with quality and impact
  • Demonstrated ability to apply systems thinking and act strategically
  • Model and inspire authentic and collaborative leadership
  • Ability to manage and develop other individuals
  • Ability to think proactively, function both independently and collaboratively, and lead teams
  • Strong project management and organizational skills
  • Ability to maintain a highly detail-oriented approach while maintaining an appreciation of the long-term goals and objectives of the project
  • Proven written and oral communication skills
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite


Salary is dependent on education and experience.
A competitive benefits package is offered to all LPHI full-time staff.


Equal Opportunity Employer