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Colorado State Director, Wheat Ridge Regional Center in Denver Metro, Colorado

Director, Wheat Ridge Regional Center



Director, Wheat Ridge Regional Center


$7,560.00 - $12,253.00 Monthly


Denver Metro, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Colorado Department of Human Services

Job Number

IJC 04070 08/18/2020 Repost


12/3/2020 11:59 PM Mountain

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This position is open to out of state candidates

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About Us

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). Our professionals strive to design and deliver high quality human and health services that improve the safety, independence, and well-being of the people of Colorado. In addition to a great location and rewarding and meaningful work, we offer:

  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including a PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401(k) and 457 plans

  • Medical and dental health plans

  • Employer supplemented Health Savings Account

  • Paid life insurance

  • Short- and long-term disability coverage

  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave

  • Discounted RTD EcoPass (Denver Metro locations)

  • BenefitHub state employee discount program

  • Employee Wellness program MotivateMe

  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training and more

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Our Culture & Environment

We believe in a people-first approach: To serve the people of Colorado, we develop a culture and work environment that creates an energized, inspired, and healthy team capable of giving their best to Coloradans.

Balance creates quality of life: We want our team to be resilient through a supportive workplace that values flexibility, health and wellness, and employee engagement.

We hold ourselves accountable: We take responsibility through our actions, programs, and results for the state of health and human services in Colorado.

Transparency matters: We are open and honest with employees, our partners, the Coloradans we serve, and the public.

We are ethical: We abide by what is best for those we serve by doing what is right, not what is easy.

Collaboration helps us rise together: We work together with all partners, employees, and clients to achieve the best outcomes for Coloradans.

The CDHS Division for Regional Center Operations (DRCO) oversees the three Regional Centers in Grand Junction, Pueblo and Wheat Ridge. The Regional Centers serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including behavioral health comorbidities, who have intensive needs. The Regional Centers currently operate 44 group homes across the state. The Regional Centers serve individuals within three treatment models:

  • Short-term treatment and stabilization - Individuals are admitted for short-term services and have acute needs that cannot be met in the community. Individuals in this program are stabilized and transitioned to a less restrictive environment, within the community, once they have met transition criteria.

  • Intensive treatment program - This program provides treatment for individuals who demonstrate problematic sexual behavior who have not responded to supervision and treatment in the community. Individuals in this program receive treatment and transition back to the community once they meet transition criteria.

  • Long-term habilitation - Individuals are no longer admitted into this program. The Regional Centers have residents in the long-term habilitation model. As individuals are stabilized, they are transitioned to a less restrictive environment in the community.

The Regional Centers offer a variety of services to residents including:

  • Residential care

  • Health services

  • Psychology services

  • Therapeutic recreation and community therapy

  • Speech/language therapy

  • Audiology

  • Physical therapy

  • Occupational therapy and adaptive equipment services

  • Case management and social work services

  • Day program

Wheat Ridge Regional Center (WRRC) exists to provide quality health care, personal hygiene maintenance and an active learning atmosphere in a safe and healthy environment for developmentally disabled and mentally ill individuals. This work unit provides 24-hour treatment services that are in compliance with State and Federal regulations.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Description of Job

The Colorado Department of Human Services welcomes your interest in the Wheat Ridge Regional Center (WRRC) Director position. This position exists to provide direction, leadership and management of approximately 375 staff at WRRC and to manage and direct the overall operations of comprehensive services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), behavioral health comorbidities, residing in 19 group homes and 15 licenses. The Director is responsible for ensuring all supervised departments provide services based on established rules, regulations and policies. The Director supervises professional staff as a first, second, third and fourth level supervisor. This position monitors activity through record review, observation and communication networking, coordinates all services with regards to client health care, treatment and habilitation planning and implementation.

Responsibilities of this position include:

  • Direct the overall operation of WRRC and ensure compliance with all State and Federal licensure and regulatory requirements

  • Collaborate with Division leadership to develop, implement and monitor compliance with Division policies and procedures

  • Manage the WRRC budget and allocate multi-million dollar funding by managing reports and approving spending

  • Act as the director of the WRRC management team and directly supervises each primary member of management

  • Work with the Division leadership to develop and implement the strategic vision, mission and objectives of the Division and WRRC

  • Ensure a system of person-centered services are provided and adhere to the federal Final Settings Rule

  • Ensure effective systems are in place to assess, implement and modify program plans along with supports and services to meet the needs of the persons served

  • Coordinate and collaborate with a variety of internal and external stakeholders to ensure WRRC is responsive to the needs of individuals in the context of the entire service system. Stakeholders include: Department and Division Director and leadership team; staff at the Colorado Department of Healthcare Policy and Financing, Community Centered Boards, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and Disability Law Colorado; individuals served, disability advocates, parents, guardians, and family members.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Six years of progressively responsible professional experience in a leadership role of a complex health or human services organization which must include the following:

  • Experience supervising unit managers of a multi-unit organization who have direct reports themselves,

  • Working knowledge of and experience with organizations that provide services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) including knowledge of Medicare and Medicaid regulations, and

  • Professional public or business administration experience establishing goals and objectives and implementing strategies to achieve them, developing and managing a complex budget, and overseeing adherence to State and Federal regulations.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in social or behavioral science, public or healthcare administration, business management, applied sociology, psychology, human services or closely related field


  • A combination of work experience in occupational field or specialized subject area of the work assigned to the job, which provided the same kind, amount and level of knowledge acquired in the required education, may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the bachelor's degree.

  • A master's or doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in a field of study related to the work assignment may be substituted for the bachelor's degree on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience managing a large, complex residential and day program for individuals with IDD

  • Knowledge and application of person-centered planning principles as it relates to service provision for individuals with IDD

  • Experience overseeing the performance management of an organization with hundreds of employees

  • Experience establishing and maintaining an annual budget of greater than $10 million

  • Master's Degree in Human Services

  • Experience managing organizational change

  • Experience ensuring adherence to equity, diversity and inclusion principles for staff and persons served

    Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.

  • A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted as part of the selection process as this position is deemed to have direct contact with vulnerable persons. Felony convictions, conviction of crimes of moral turpitude, or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from being considered for this position. Should your background check reveal any charges or convictions, it is your responsibility to provide the CDHS Background Unit with an official disposition of any charges. Additionally, you will be required to take and pass a drug screen.

  • Must be available for on call status

  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license

  • Position will travel to remote work sites and attend trainings/seminars

  • Must demonstrate the ability to lift 50 lbs, bend, squat, etc. and perform Safety Care interventions proficiently (pre-employment and continuously throughout employment).

  • Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify the applicant from the current position. Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with CDHS.

Appeal Rights:

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Supplemental Information


Applicants are required to attach a cover letter and resume to their application.

Please note that ONLY your State of Colorado job application will be reviewed during the initial screening; if you submit a resume and cover letter, they will be reviewed in later stages of the selection process. Therefore, it is paramount that you clearly describe all of your relevant experience on the application itself. Applications left blank or marked "SEE RESUME" will not be considered.

Your application will be reviewed against the minimum qualifications for the position. If your application demonstrates that you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be invited to the comparative analysis process, which is described below.

Note: Current and former employees (transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements) are required to apply and participate in the comparative analysis process.

Comparative Analysis Process

The comparative analysis process for this position may consist of a structured application review, and a structured interview depending on the number of qualified applicants.

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

ADAAA Accommodations:

CDHS is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Nancy Schmelzer, at or call 1-800-929-0791.

Toll Free Applicant Technical Support: If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV technical support at 855-524-5627 Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time). Helpful hints: if you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application first, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files, and second, close the document before you attempt upload (attach) it.

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