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Guidehouse Associate Director – Clinical Solutions - Behavioral Health Care Consulting in Des Moines, Iowa


Guidehouse is a leading global provider of consulting services to the public and commercial markets with broad capabilities in management, technology, and risk consulting. We help clients address their toughest challenges and navigate significant regulatory pressures with a focus on transformational change, business resiliency, and technology-driven innovation. Across a range of advisory, consulting, outsourcing, and digital services, we create scalable, innovative solutions that prepare our clients for future growth and success. The company has more than 10,000 professionals in over 50 locations globally. Guidehouse is a Veritas Capital portfolio company, led by seasoned professionals with proven and diverse expertise in traditional and emerging technologies, markets, and agenda-setting issues driving national and global economies. For more information, please visit:


Guidehouse is seeking an experienced healthcare consulting professional with inpatient and outpatient Behavioral Health operations consulting experience. The candidate must have hands-on prior clinical and operations management experience in multiple behavioral health settings Experience with improving operational effectiveness as well as managing behavioral health total cost of care are preferred. Additional experience with care management, care transformation, readmissions, and hospital at home is preferred to address more diverse client engagements.


  • A Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a clinical area such as therapy or nursing

  • Current licensure related to degree obtained.

  • 5+ years of experience in behavioral health clinical operations, transitions of care related work, and/or throughput experience in a provider setting, some of which is at the management level.

  • 3-5 + years of healthcare consulting firm experience and/or a combination of industry and consulting experience.

  • Proficient in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint skills, and ability to independently produce documents or aptitude to develop this level of skill within a defined period of time.

  • Flexible, positive, clear interpersonal and communication skills with ability to facilitate the exchange of information within all levels of Guidehouse as well as a provider-based client organization.

  • Analytical skills related to independently interpreting, preparing, and analyzing budget and workload data, LOS information, comparisons with relevant federal and/or other performance based data.

  • Ability to develop and monitor relevant performance metrics at all levels.

  • Knowledge of, and familiarity with, relevant IT solutions and databases.

  • Knowledge of and ability to ensure and promote consistent, quality oriented, national leading practices in all clinical operations recommendations.

  • Capacity to adapt and lead others to understand and accept values, strategies, goals, and plans in response to changing business conditions.

  • Ability and willingness to travel as much as necessary.

    Preferred Skills:

  • Graduate degree.

  • Additional licensure, such as a Health Facility Administrator’s license.

  • Previous strategy consulting experience.

  • Demonstrates understanding of post-acute care operations; able to perform operational assessments.

  • Demonstrates understanding of strategic positioning of behavioral health programs and services, including implications of healthcare reform initiatives (e.g., payment reform).

  • Understands Behavioral health reimbursement methodology.

  • Ability to articulate an understanding of the continuum of care, including acute, post-acute, and community-based services.

  • Ability to assess and recommend best practices related to post-acute venues of care.

  • Experience in behavioral operations improvement, including areas including but not limited to program redesign, workforce alignment, and care coordination

  • Assessment of provider organizations facing capacity and throughput issues.

  • Involvement in redesign of behavioral health programs and services including organizational structure, job descriptions, development of teams, and policies and processes for performance.

  • Experience in redesigning behavioral health clinical operations, including change management.

  • Experience in managing projects, ideally as a consultant.

  • Experience with and understanding of continuum care management.

Additional Requirements

  • The successful candidate must not be subject to employment restrictions from a former employer (such as a non-compete) that would prevent the candidate from performing the job responsibilities as described.

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.

  • No sponsorship is available for this position.

  • Due to our contractual requirements, to be eligible for this role, you must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated at time of hire.

  • The salary range for this role is $140,000- $210,000, and may vary based on experience and location.


About Guidehouse

Guidehouse is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, military status, protected veteran status, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, age, genetic information, or any other basis protected by law, ordinance, or regulation.

Guidehouse will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable law or ordinance including the Fair Chance Ordinance of Los Angeles and San Francisco.

If you have visited our website for information about employment opportunities, or to apply for a position, and you require an accommodation, please contact Guidehouse Recruiting at 1-571-633-1711 or via email at . All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodation.

Guidehouse does not accept unsolicited resumes through or from search firms or staffing agencies. All unsolicited resumes will be considered the property of Guidehouse and Guidehouse will not be obligated to pay a placement fee.

Rewards and Benefits

Guidehouse offers a comprehensive, total rewards package that includes competitive compensation and a flexible benefits package that reflects our commitment to creating a diverse and supportive workplace.

Benefits include:

  • Medical, Rx, Dental & Vision Insurance

  • Personal and Family Sick Time & Company Paid Holidays

  • Position may be eligible for a discretionary variable incentive bonus

  • Parental Leave and Adoption Assistance

  • 401(k) Retirement Plan

  • Basic Life & Supplemental Life

  • Health Savings Account, Dental/Vision & Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Short-Term & Long-Term Disability

  • Tuition Reimbursement, Personal Development & Learning Opportunities

  • Skills Development & Certifications

  • Employee Referral Program

  • Corporate Sponsored Events & Community Outreach

  • Emergency Back-Up Childcare Program

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