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Executive Director Eugene, OR

The University of Oregon (UO) invites applications and nominations for Executive Director of The Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral Health (Ballmer Institute or Institute). The Ballmer Institute, based in Portland, Oregon, will establish a new national model for behavioral and mental health care by uniting UO’s nationally recognized research programs in education, psychology, and prevention science, Oregon public schools and families, and community groups in the creation and delivery of promotion, prevention, and intervention programs for children and adolescents. This groundbreaking initiative was announced on March 1, 2022 and made possible by the extraordinary gift of more than $425 million from Connie and Steve Ballmer. The Institute will serve youth K-12, while prioritizing the needs of children, adolescents, and families who have been persistently and/or historically underserved.

The Ballmer Institute is being established to address the profound need for, and disparities within, children’s behavioral health. The Ballmer Institute is creating a new profession—a child behavioral health specialist—whose expertise will encompass the mental, emotional, social, and physical well-being of youth. Child behavioral health specialists will expand access to evidence-based behavioral health promotion and prevention programs and services for communities across Oregon and beyond.

The Executive Director must possess comprehensive knowledge of academia, mental health, community health settings, and K-12 schools, and the complex issues that accompany advancing the Institute’s education and research missions. The Executive Director will be an extraordinary communicator and relationship builder with a strong record of leadership, research excellence, and the ability to create and implement academic programs. The Executive Director will bring deep knowledge of issues of inequity and access in behavioral health, and a demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Moreover, the Executive Director must deeply passionate about the Institute’s mission and disseminating its work across the nation and world.

All inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications should be sent in confidence below.


Amy Segal is leading this search with Ivy Couch.

To ensure consideration, apply by September 26, 2022.  Review of applications will be ongoing; position open until filled.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.


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