What is BHARP?

The Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural Pennsylvania (BHARP) is a nonprofit, organized to support the implementation of the HealthChoices, Pennsylvania’s managed care program for Medical Assistance recipients, in 24 rural Pennsylvania counties. The 24 counties include: Bradford, Sullivan, Cameron, Elk, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Jefferson, Columbia, Montour, Snyder, Union, Forest, Warren, Greene, Huntingdon, Mifflin, Juniata, McKean, Northumberland, Potter, Schuylkill, Tioga, and Wayne County. The organization is comprised of mental health and substance use disorder administrators from the member counties and is staffed by experienced, dedicated, and talented individuals. BHARP’s vision is to ensure that all individuals receiving behavioral health services in the BHARP region have access to a comprehensive array of high quality, cost effective, community based, and recovery-oriented services that maximize their potential for recovery.

A map of all BHARP serviced counties

What are we looking for?

Chief Operating Officer (COO)



The Chief Operating Officer (COO) collaborates with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in setting and driving organizational vision, operations strategy, and manages infrastructure that promotes the advancement of the BHARP Board of Director’s goals. The ideal candidate MUST have a comprehensive understanding of the behavioral health system to include understanding the Mental Health (MH)/Intellectual Disability (ID) and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) services across the continuum of care and prior experience working in a managed care system or environment. The COO, in collaboration with the CEO, will plan, direct, coordinate, and oversee operations activities in the organization, ensuring development and implementation of efficient operations and cost-effective systems to meet current and future needs of the organization. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in healthcare management, strategic planning, and operational leadership.

Type: Full Time
Location: State College, Pennsylvania
Pay: Based on relevant experience
FLSA: Exempt
Position reports to: CEO

Essential Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in human services or a business-related field. A combination of related education and experience can be substituted for a master’s degree.
  • Four years of progressive management experience in behavioral health, including budget, contracting and service system oversight responsibilities.
  • Advanced knowledge of software applications including Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Satisfactory child abuse and FBI fingerprinting clearances.
  • Advanced knowledge of the public mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and drug and alcohol systems in PA.
  • Experience and knowledge of state regulations that govern the HealthChoices Managed Medicaid Program.

Essential Behavioral Competencies:

  • Teamwork & collaboration.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Approach to thinking.
  • Drive for results.
  • Business perspective.
  • Conceptual thinking.
  • People Development.

Essential Functions:

  1. Ensure the proper, effective, and efficient operations of the company.
  2. Partner with the Operations team to evaluate business policies and practice
  3. Support and advise the CEO in financial decision-making to include directing the budget process with the CEO.
  4. Organize and follow through with pertinent meetings and reports as determined by the CEO and the Board of Directors.
  5. Collaborate with the CEO to formulate and advance new and existing projects and programs.
  6. Develops action steps to achieve the strategic objectives established by leadership and the Board of Directors.
  7. Responsible for ensuring that the assigned BHARP Committees operate in an efficient and effective manner.
  8. Ensure staff are adequately trained and supervised in conducting the HealthChoices monitoring function
  9. Interact with staff, BH-MCO, state and county officials, and other stakeholders as necessary to ensure a collaborative working relationship. This includes email correspondence and New Member Orientation, Etc.
  10. Set goals for each department and ensure follow through in a timely manner.
  11. Direct and oversee implementation of policy and procedure for BHARP to ensure the directives from the Board of Directors are followed.
  12. Fulfill all responsibilities of the CEO in their absence.
  13. Other duties as assigned by the CEO.

What Makes BHARP so great?

BHARP is more than just a job, we are a mission. When you join BHARP you are part of something bigger which drives real healthcare improvements across Pennsylvania. Along with caring for Pennsylvania, we care for our employees. We offer a variety of bene its including:

  • Generous Starting Benefit Time including:
    • 4 Floating Holidays
    • 11 paid holidays
    • 5 Personal Days
    • 12 Sick Days
    • 15 Vacation Days (with the opportunity for more as you stay with us)
  • Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, and Short-Term Disability – Fully Employer Paid
  • Opportunity to buy up on employee life insurance and short-term disability.
  • Excellent Health Insurance
  • 401K Plan with a match up to 5%
  • So much more!

If you are interested in applying for this position, please email your resume and cover letter to theruraldifference@bharp.org.