IM-CANS Project Lead - School of Social Work (A1800161)

Champaign, IL
Mar 13, 2018
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

IM-CANS Project Lead

School of Social Work

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is seeking dynamic professionals to join a partnership between public university social work programs and the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (IHFS).

Functions as the primary liaison between the UIUC School of Work and the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) in the implementation of the entities' new partnership. This position is responsible for overseeing the statewide implementation of the Illinois Medicaid Comprehensive Assessment of Needs and Strengths (IM-CANS) in collaboration with HFS. The IM-CANS represents a modular framework for assessing the needs and strengths of individuals with behavioral health needs, and developing treatment approaches in line with the values and principles of person-centered care and Systems of Care. At the core of the IM-CANS is standardized integrated assessment and treatment planning instrument, designed for utilization across the lifespan for individuals served by the public behavioral health system in Illinois.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:
  1. Oversee the implementation of the IM-CANS within a variety of provider agencies, Medicaid Managed Care Plans, and other identified stakeholders across the State of Illinois.
  2. Establish project goals, objectives, and timelines in collaboration with HFS and any other identified stakeholders.
  3. Conduct research, develop documents and reports, and conduct data analysis in support of the IM-CANS implementation.
  4. Oversee the development and delivery of IM-CANS training and technical assistance activities.
  5. Collaborate with the Praed Foundation in the establishment of a process for ensuring the certification and annual re-certification of all IM-CANS users.
  6. Maintain close communication with the University of Chicago's Chapin Hall, The Praed Foundation, and HFS.
  7. Establish and maintain professional relationships with staff from Illinois State Departments and other identified stakeholders.
  8. Manage project communications, providing formal and informal status updates both internally and externally.
  9. Provide supervision and ongoing training, support and feedback to the team of IM-CANS trainers.
  10. Provide direct support to HFS its development of a statewide IM-CANS data collection system, including providing input on the development of standardized reports to use in monitoring implementation and to drive program and system improvements.
  11. Provide technical assistance and training to HFS and other stakeholders, as requested, in support of furthering the integration of the IM-CANS and its corresponding values and principles across the public behavioral health system.
  12. Maintain annual trainer-level certification in the IM-CANS, as required by the Praed Foundation.
  13. Other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Master's degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in social services, business, policy, or administration. A minimum of three (3) years of combined project management, teaching, and/or training experience. Experience working in the public mental health, behavioral health, child welfare, or Medicaid Managed Care systems. Experience in conducting presentations in person and through various forms of electronic media, including an ability to present in front of large audiences.

A valid driver's license in the state of residence and a willingness to travel through Illinois, with occasional out-of-state travel. Qualified applicants must be self-motivated, able to operate independently with minimal direction, possess strong written and oral communication skills, able to manage multiple priorities simultaneously, and able to work effectively with internal and external individuals, including governmental and community partners. Qualified applications must possess excellent content knowledge in behavioral health, the Systems of Care values and principles, and the Medicaid or Child Welfare systems, as well as a working knowledge of personal computers and Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, Outlook, and Explorer). Qualified applicants will ideally possess an understanding of the Illinois Medicaid Managed Care system.

Experience with the CSPI, CANS, ANSA, FAST, or TCOM strongly preferred. Experience in policy development and implementation preferred.

This is a full-time (100%), twelve month non-tenure track academic professional position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. The proposed start date is April 1, 2018.

To ensure full consideration complete applications must be submitted by March 23, 2018. Please create your candidate profile at and upload a cover letter, resume, and the name, address, and phone numbers of three references.

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact You may also visit for additional information.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: School of Social Work
Category: Academic Professional
Title: IM-CANS Project Lead - School of Social Work (A1800161)
Open Date: 03/12/2018
Close Date: 03/23/2018
Organization Name: School of Social Work


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