North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness

Senior Advisor on ADA

Job Information


This position is designated Exempt Policymaking and serves at the pleasure of the NC DHHS Secretary. 

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit:
This unit is housed within the Office of the Secretary, NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS).  It is charged with leading the Department's efforts in complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the US Supreme Court Olmstead decision, specifically as it relates to supported housing, community treatment and other medical/social service needs for individuals under ADA.

Primary Purpose of the Position:
The primary purpose of the position is to lead the Department's efforts in facilitating, planning, organizing, and directing our compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the US Supreme Court Olmstead decision.  As a senior leader, the position will answer to the Secretary or her designee, represent the Department and interface regularly with members of the public, stakeholders, private industry, and state government.  This position is responsible for ensuring that DHHS state and community programs and services comply with the legal/court precedents and other requirements of ADA.
Description of Work: 
This position is a member of the NC DHHS Leadership Team and works in partnership and collaboration with the Secretary, the Deputy Secretary for Health Services, other members of the senior staff, and division leadership.  They will also work with stakeholders of NC DHHS services to develop and implement the Department's strategies and plans for compliance with ADA and Olmstead.  The incumbent must assess the Department's current standing with regards to ADA and Olmstead compliance and develop a vision and plan to ensure HHS obtains compliance with applicable laws, settlements, or court orders.
Other key responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for the development and implementation of HHS strategic and tactical plans for accomplishing compliance with ADA and Olmstead.
  • Coordinate with all DHHS divisions responsible for providing services, supported housing, etc. for individuals with disabilities to ensure compliance with ADA and Olmstead requirements.
  • Engage community leaders, citizens, organizations, advocates, local programs, and other stakeholders in the community in the planning and communication of supported housing and service needs for individuals with disabilities to ensure formulated strategies are sound. Responsible for establishing and maintaining communications with all constituencies, internal and external to DHHS.  Serve as principal DHHS contact assigned to work on federal compliance standards and interpretations related to ADA and Olmstead.  Develop reports, policy, rules and other information as needed and, should be collaborative with divisions, commissions, the public, General Assembly, and Executive Branch on program outcomes, milestones, and accomplishments related to compliance.
  • Evaluate and monitor DHHS operations and services to ensure alignment and compliance with the ADA and Olmstead.
  • Advise and offer recommendations to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary for Health Services on ways to address or improve compliance with the ADA and Olmstead.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies


  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills with the ability to manage, direct, lead and coordinate the work of others.
  • Solid organizational and analytical abilities that allow for project leadership and decision-making.
  • Thorough knowledge of ADA and Olmstead law, particularly as it applies to supported housing and services for individuals with disabilities.
  • Excellent communication skills to establish direction so to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Ability to effectively interact, build and maintain relations with external and internal stakeholders and constituents and DHHHS executives/management.
  • Analytical skills to synthesize and comprehend complex information related to mental health service and programs to facilitate and delegate problem solving to policy/program administrators and specialists.

Management prefers candidates with the following:

  • Master's degree in human services, business administration, public administration or related field
  • 10+ years of progressive experience in planning or directing programs related to supported housing and/or community support services for individuals with disabilities


Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Graduation from a four year college or university with a degree in business or public administration or in a field related to DHHS programs, and five years of managerial and/or administrative experience in the public or private sectors involving significant decision-making authority in the planning, organizing, and directing in an area related to the above-mentioned programs; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Supplemental and Contact Information

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) selects applicants for employment based on job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, political affiliation or political influence. 
Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.  Transcripts, degree evaluations and cover letters may be uploaded with your application.  Applicants who obtained their education outside of the United States and its territories are expected to assume responsibility for having their academic degrees validated as equivalent to a degree conferred by a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.
For technical issues with your applications, please call the NeoGov Help Line at 855-524-5627. Applicants will be communicated with via email only for updates on the status of their application. If there are any questions about this posting other than your application status, please contact HR at 919-855-3481.

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