Behavioral Health Consulting Leader

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Are you a go-getter? Do you enjoy solving complex problems? Do you want to make an impact on patients, public health, and communities?

Blue Cottage of CannonDesign is looking for Behavioral Health Consulting Leader. Take a look at the description below. If you think your skills and experience make you a good match for this position, we'd love to hear from you. We're looking for creative, curious, empathetic people to join our Living-Centered Design movement.


Blue Cottage of CannonDesign is an industry-leading consulting firm. Our team works with organizational leaders to define their ideal future and plan processes, organizational strategies, equipment and facilities to create an ideal future, and our projects are anchored by any of the following services: strategic transformation, design thinking, space and functional programming, operational planning, change management, and transition and activation planning.


The Behavioral Health Consulting Leader is a client leader, partnering with consulting teams and design teams to pursue and deliver projects that plan for the future of behavioral health services in healthcare and social service organizations, public agencies, private facilities, schools, community colleges, and/or universities. This role reports to the President of Blue Cottage of CannonDesign and will have close and frequent collaboration and coordination with Behavioral Health Market Leaders, Health Practice Leaders, Education Practice Leaders, and others across the firm.


  • Build a robust and successful Behavioral Health Consulting practice, including Identifying & sourcing strategic consulting opportunities that leverage Blue Cottage and CannonDesign services in the health and education markets, to innovate and bring value and benefit our clients, in any industry that is interested in developing or expanding behavioral health services
  • Identify, establish and nurture meaningful, long-term relationships with education clients and internal partners through excellence, integrity, and reliability and in a way that grows the consulting practice and elevates the brand, while making measurable, living-centered impact
  • Develop service capabilities and tools that provide long term recurring value to our practice and our clients, leveraging research and evidence-driven solutions
  • Provide oversight and lead high-performing teams from pre-positioning to pursuit to close, across Blue Cottage pillars including strategy, master planning, operational planning, programming, transition and activation and program management
  • Develop and implement behavioral health market initiatives and client development strategies, in collaboration with Blue Cottage pillar leads and CannonDesign health and education practice leaders
  • Serve as a liaison and represent Blue Cottage in planning meetings, leadership meetings, and collaborative efforts. Work to create new methods for collaboration and integration, project tools and processes (specifically toward improvement of communication and coordination between consulting and design teams)
  • Collaborate with clients to understand their needs, the issues they face, and partner with Blue Cottage and CannonDesign leaders to expand services within the behavioral health market. You will wow our clients through fantastic work and continue to differentiate our service offering in the marketplace
  • Build on our living-centered design mindset and capabilities as a firm, allowing our approach to problem solving to be deeply embedded in human-centered strategies that reflect community impact, social impact, operational needs and financial parameters
  • Manage consulting teams, reviewing project performance, team member utilization, tracking project budget, and coaching team members along the way based on project performance metrics and opportunities identified
  • Create work plans including project staffing (i.e. aligning the right talent with the right task / activities / opportunity), project approach, fee optimization, and resource requests. Lead and engage in the entire pursuit continuum
  • Lead and/or support planning for both small and large-scale projects across various multi-year and multi-phased efforts
  • Capitalize upon your existing network and our client base and experience and expand the business potential and profile (brand) of the firm by pre-positioning Blue Cottage for opportunities
  • Build and share your subject matter expertise through industry networking, thought leadership, and engagement leadership, balanced with leading and delivering project work
  • Provide direction and leadership on pursuits and proposal development, including the scoping of the potential opportunities, team design, approach development, and overarching proposal execution and oversight
  • Significant travel is required, as necessitated by clients and your role


  • 15 years of experience in consulting, operations, or leadership applied in the behavioral health setting, preferably in a mix of academic, public, and private facilities – spanning both healthcare and educational facilities 
  • PhD or advanced degree or relevant license required
  • Experience and demonstrated knowledge of capital planning, project governance structures and funding approaches, and the political nature of high investment projects, understanding of philanthropic impact and financial challenges to behavioral health projects 
  • Executive presence and demonstrated business acumen
  • Acumen and ability to contribute to capital project financial feasibility studies for building or master planning projects and to develop operational planning scenarios including those related to staffing of behavioral health programs
  • Business Development experience and proven ability to leverage wide professional network of individuals that will help communicate our value and grow our brand and revenue.
  • Ability to manage a team and understanding of the business model of consulting including but not limited to consulting workplans, strategic pursuits, management of consulting P/L, understanding of project margin optimization, quality control of deliverables
  • Commitment to exceptional work in every single interaction, every single day


  • We are a start-up culture in an established firm: nimble, energetic, innovative and fun
  • We are relentless in our pursuit of client adoration (not simply satisfaction). Consistent delivery of the best service is what we are about
  • We are committed to ensuring our practice is equitable for all employees, representative of the communities around us – and focused on the future of design. We advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts through the leadership of our DEI Council, Employee Resource Groups and other community advocacy initiatives
  • We’re about communication and transparency here. If you want to talk to someone about an idea you have, or a challenge that needs addressing, we’re ready for you
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As a condition of employment, all employees are expected to complete mandatory training, including compliance training, within required timeframes and adhere to our internal policies and our Code of Conduct.
CannonDesign recognizes the value of diversity in our workforce. We are committed to equal opportunity. We consider all qualified employment applicants without regard to race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, partnership status, protected veteran status, disability, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law. Individuals who hold legal work authorization applicable to employment at CannonDesign in the United States will be considered without regard to citizenship/alienage.