Project Manager, Behavioral Health

Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States /
Altarum Institute – Population Health/Community Health /
/ Hybrid
Altarum’s Community Health Practice Area is seeking a Project Manager with behavioral health (BH) expertise to support multiple projects focused on combatting the opioid crisis, identifying and managing depression, and on prevention, treatment, and recovery from substance use disorders. Altarum also conducts research and policy analyses on a range of behavioral health topics including access to care, provider sharing of BH information, and BH integration with primary care. Of particular importance for this position is subject matter expertise regarding best practices for screening, treatment, and referral for mental and substance use disorders.

The successful candidate will provide a range of project management, technical assistance, and strategic planning activities. This position requires working effectively with diverse clients, management, contractors and consultants. You will have the opportunity to use your knowledge of behavioral health to generate insights that inform equitable public health and health services solutions. During your career at Altarum you will work on many projects and your specific tasks and responsibilities will vary across projects, with the potential for career advancement.

In addition, we’re looking for a leader who has experience mentoring staff, building team morale, and engagement.

Project and Client Oversight

    • Model the values of the organization
    • Manage a set of federal, state and philanthropic projects focused on behavioral health as part of the Community Health Practice Area
    • Develop and maintain productive relationships with clients including developing appropriate approaches to addressing client concerns and pain points
    • Monitor and track project execution to ensure budgets and timelines are met; Manage processes for budgets, timelines, technical documentation, project briefings and reviews, and take ownership of all contract deliverables and program success
    • Implement quality assurance and control processes for project deliverables and services
    • Review and quality check projects, prepare monthly status reports and financial reports
    • Prepare presentations and conduct in-process reviews with leadership and client staff
    • Identify subcontractor needs and sources, review statements of work, and monitor subcontractor performance
    • Oversee development of project plans and resources estimates, including planning level of effort projections for projects in the behavioral health portfolio; set objectives, develop project work plans, establish milestones, and assign tasks to staff to fulfill scope of work

Staff Development

    • Lead a team of employees, researchers and subcontractors, to efficiently execute the different components of the project(s)
    • Manage, mentor, and develop a diverse group of staff
    • Promote staff achievement by providing the necessary tools and knowledge opportunities for continued success and professional growth

Innovate and Think Strategically

    • Continuously identify lessons learned, evaluate completed tasks and make process improvements based upon successful and unsuccessful project elements
    • Continue to foster and develop relationships with organizations such as: SAMSHA, foundations, universities, community stakeholders
    • Contribute to the development of behavioral health educational resources and training materials, as needed

Business Development

    • Assist the behavioral health program director on planning for strategic growth of the focus area portfolio
    • Work with the behavioral health program director to help assess new opportunities for pursuit through new, extended or expanded growth
    • Develop relationships with external contacts, consultants, and experts in the field to help further organizational goals and fulfill Altarum’s mission
    • Contribute to writing proposals especially with developing creative innovative programs and strategizing ideas for grants


    • Bachelor’s degree and/or Master’s degree in a related field is preferred with 3-5 years of relevant project management experience
    • Demonstrated project management experience within the field, particularly around topics of substance use disorder and prevention, behavioral health, peer support and access to recovery
    • Preferred subject matter expertise in areas related to implementing a combination of evidence-based or evidence-informed programs and practices to address mental health problems, drug use, overdose, behavioral health treatment and peer recovery support
    • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in both project work and team leadership
    • Proven skills at management of a project team(s) and leadership skills to encourage team-oriented collaboration
    • Demonstrated experience networking, creating meaningful partnerships, and facilitating working groups/advisory councils/steering committees
    • Experience managing budgets, plans, teams and complex time-sensitive deliverables and deadlines
    • Track record of leading, thinking strategically, innovating, acting with integrity, and exceeding client expectations
    • Desire to integrate research, technical, analytical, and consulting skills to serve the public good and improve human health
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Proficiency in all basic Microsoft Office software applications (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)

Logistical Requirements

    • At this time we will only accept candidates who are presently eligible to work in the United States and will not require sponsorship.
    • Our organization requires that all work, for the duration of your employment, must be completed in the continental U.S. unless required by contract.
    • Michigan location or within driving distance to Lansing or Ann Arbor, Michigan is strongly preferred. If you are local to our office in Ann Arbor, this role will be hybrid. 
    • Must be able to work during eastern time unless approved by your manager.

Altarum is a nonprofit organization focused on improving the health of individuals with fewer financial resources and populations disenfranchised by the health care system.  We work primarily on behalf of federal and state governments to design and implement solutions that achieve measurable results.  We combine our expertise in public health and health care delivery with technology development and implementation, practice transformation, training and technical assistance, quality improvement, data analytics, and applied research and evaluation. Our innovative solutions and proven processes lead to better value and health for all. 
In addition to the meaningful and challenging work, Altarum offers an outstanding benefits program that includes paid time off, tuition reimbursement, 401k (3% employer contribution plus opportunity for gainsharing), a flexible work environment, and much more. We invite you to explore exciting and rewarding career opportunities with us.  
Altarum provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.