DSHS Assistant Secretary of Developmental Disabilities Administration

  • WA State Department of Social and Health Services
  • WA DSHS/Human Resources Division, Olympia, Washington
  • Sep 18, 2023
Full Time Administration and Management Human and Social Services Planning and Development Political or Public Affairs Executive
  • Salary: $135,107 USD Annually
  • Salary Top: $180,143 USD Annually
  • Phone: 360-791-4168
  • Apply By: Oct 08, 2023


The Opportunity
To join a future-focused agency comprised of people-serving people. We are caring, anti-racist, person-centered, and innovative, dedicated to creating positive change and fostering inclusivity in every aspect of our work.

The recruiting e-brochure can be found here: www.dshs.wa.gov/ddaAssistantSecretaryJob

Job Description

The Assistant Secretary of the Developmental Disabilities Administration is a valued member of the Secretary's executive cabinet, responsible for leading an administration that serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In this role, you will report directly to the Department of Social and Health Services Secretary, and your primary responsibilities will include leading innovative initiatives, ensuring effective communication, and promoting teamwork within and outside the organization. Your strategic vision and forward-thinking approach will be crucial in enhancing the delivery of social services for the residents of Washington. You will work under the direct supervision of the DSHS Secretary to achieve these objectives.
About Us:
DSHS’ Developmental Disabilities Administration provides case management, residential, employment, day services, and other support to clients with developmental and intellectual disabilities. DDA employs over 4,000 people, has a biennial budget of $5.3 billion, and provides critical services to approximately 50,000 clients in Washington state.

Primary priorities:

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive long-term strategy that aligns with DDA's vision to provide personalized services and support for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities and their families.
  • Cultivate a deep commitment to fundamental strategic and cultural change within DDA in harmony with DSHS's vision of promoting healthy, safe, and supported communities while safeguarding clients’ rights. 
  • Ensure the highest quality of services for Washingtonians with intellectual and developmental disabilities, continually advancing best practices in the administration.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant laws, regulations, and guidelines while responsibly operating within the administration's legislatively authorized budget. 
  • Create an inclusive environment that places client and stakeholder needs and satisfaction at the heart of all business activities, considering diverse perspectives, including facility and community-based structures.
  • Drive the formulation and implementation of public policies that foster self-worth, respect, and dignity for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, ensuring they are recognized as valuable members of their communities.
  • Lead and nurture a diverse, well-trained, and qualified workforce, fostering engagement and cohesion within the team.
  • Participate as a subject matter expert regarding DDA and the broader DSHS enterprise in the Secretary's Executive Cabinet.

Job Requirements

Our Future Leader
The successful candidate will be a passionate, collaborative leader who values transparency and drives business innovation and change while addressing social inequities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including those from historically marginalized and underrepresented communities.  The expectation is to reimagine the programs and services offered to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as to their families and the employees and contractors who serve them.

Education and Experience:

  • A bachelor's degree in social work, business administration, public administration, health care administration, finance, clinical psychology, or a related field.
  • Master's degree or terminal degree preferred 
  • Executive-level experience working in support of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a local, state, or federal government capacity.
  • Executive-level experience with policy development, strategic planning, labor relations, legislative engagement, and social justice initiatives.
  • Policy development, strategic planning, labor relations, legislative engagement and social justice initiatives. 
  • Knowledge of and experience in authorizing government and legislative processes, and navigating this environment to achieve agency goals and objectives. 
  • Effective team management, results-driven leadership, quality assurance, bargaining, excellent communication, and problem-solving ability.
  • Public policy issues that impact social services for people with disabilities.
  • Demonstrated success in collaborative work with labor union partners and with individuals and groups who advocate for people with disabilities.

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Job Address

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