Superintendent, Fircrest RHC

Website Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Transforming Lives

DSHS DDA Fircrest Superintendent 

The Superintendent is a highly valued member of the Developmental Disabilities Administration’s leadership and serves as the chief executive officer (CEO) of Fircrest School.

The ability to lead and influence services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities based on need and choice, for many, is considered one of the greatest privileges you can have in public service. Joining DDA, the Superintendent has an opportunity to leverage authentic leadership, excellent communication, and interpersonal skills to advance the overall strategic and operational direction ensuring services align with our mission, vision, and values.

Leading a 24/7 residential habilitation center, you will have a pulse on strategic planning, performance management, employer relations, quality assurance, internal controls, and emergency risk management, providing direction on the way intermediate and nursing care is administered.

Primary Priorities:

  • Ensuring programs, policies, and procedures comply with appropriate laws, regulations, and guidelines.
  • Ensuring a safe, inclusive, and healthy environment for all clients and staff.
  • Leading and maintaining an engaged workforce that is well trained, diverse, and qualified.
  • Providing direction and oversight of emergency management activities.
  • Balancing the budget, ensuring spending is within the appropriation.
  • Collaborating in strategic planning, performance management, and other cross-divisional efforts that may influence statewide operations, policy, and/or service delivery.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Needed to be Successful:

  • Ability to align communication, people, culture, and process to advance services and supports to our clients.
  • Knowledge of State and Federal laws, regulations, and policies.
  • A thorough understanding of legislative procedures and processes; state personnel rules and labor relations practices.
  • Excellent communication skills including writing, public speaking, listening, and negotiating.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage many competing demands and make and defend difficult decisions.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills and ability to build strategic relationships with stakeholders, partners, teams, and departments to advance shared goals.
  • Skill as a presence and resource to gain commitment from others to comply with laws, regulations, standards, and guidelines.
  • Ability to assess quality assurance, formulate and inform decision making, issue resolution, and policy development.
  • Knowledgeable in facility-based service delivery to include regulatory expertise and survey processes.
  • Expertise in emergency management and incident command protocols.
  • Ability to develop budget proposals and implement appropriations.
  • Ability to use experience, insight, and sound judgment to manage a residential habilitation center effectively

Education and Experience

A Bachelor’s degree in social work, human service, business administration, public administration, health care administration, or related field.

Five years working in support of individual with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Three years senior-level administrative or supervisory experience demonstrating effective team management and results-driven leadership.

Demonstrated experience in quality assurance, bargaining, excellent communication, and ability to solve problems.
An understanding of public policy issues and interests that impact social service.

Application and Process:
For the Superintendent of Fircrest School, we would like to hire no later than August 2022.

Applicant material received by June 27, 2022, will be given guaranteed consideration. Applicants deemed to have the most relevant demonstrated experience will be contacted for further interview and selection.

To be considered, please submit a resume and cover letter addressing your interest and the knowledge, skills, and abilities noted in this profile.

Our Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) mission to Transform Lives requires that we come together with a sense of belonging, common purpose, shared values and meaningful work. It is crucial to our agency’s mission that you bring an equity, anti-racism and social justice commitment to your work with DSHS. We strive to create greater access and affirming representation of the communities we serve, including Black, Indigenous and People of Color, people with physical, behavioral health, and intellectual disabilities, elders, LGBTQIA+ individuals, immigrants and refugees, and families building financial security.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, you are encouraged to contact the Recruiter, Jourdan Kovacs at or 360-995-2275 and reference 08000

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