While this description is not exhaustive, this position assists with planning, organizing, managing, and providing direction related to delivery of services within the Behavioral Health Division of the County’s Health & Human Services Agency, including mental health services, day rehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation, managed care, substance abuse, and the Psychiatric Health Facility; provides expert, professional assistance and direction to department staff; and performs related duties as required. To view the full class specification, visit our website here.
The new Director of Mental Health will:
Be confident in their abilities to lead with excellence; including leading by example and building their employees.
Cultivate strategic thinking to adjust strategies and overcome challenges, while including their employees in process improvement changes.
Work collaboratively with stakeholders in departments to understand and implement solution-driven outcomes.
Build trust, confidence, and credibility while working with staff, other County departments, local cities, state and federal agencies, as well as the Board and executive leadership on policy and key program initiatives.
Effectively represent the County in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups, and various business, professional, educational, regulatory and legislative organizations.
Establish impactful partnerships with commissions and community members on health and welfare issues.
Possess demonstrated collaboration and communication skills in order to work effectively with a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds.
Be a visionary and strategic leader who understands the effectiveness of being a team player and leading from the front.
Lead organizational and management practices that are applied to the analysis and evaluation of projects, programs, policies, procedures, and operational needs of the department.
Must meet the California Department of Mental Health requirement of education and experience as outlined in the California Code of Regulations, Title 9, Rehabilitative and Development Services, Division 1, Chapter 3, Article 8, by having one of the following:
Three (3) years of supervisory or management experience in public health, mental health, social services, or other social services related program;
(a) A physician and surgeon licensed in the State of California showing evidence of having completed the required course of graduate psychiatric education as defined in Section 623 to be supplemented by an additional period of two (2) years of training or practice limited to the field of psychiatry, one (1) year of which shall have been administrative experience; or
(b) A psychologist who shall be licensed in the State of California and shall possess a doctorate degree in psychology from an institution of higher education. In addition, the psychologist shall have had at least three (3) years of acceptable clinical psychology experience, two (2) years of which shall be administrative experience; or
(c) A clinical social worker who shall possess a master's degree in social work or higher and shall be a licensed clinical social worker under provisions of the California Business and Professions Code, and shall have had at least five (5) years mental health experience, two (2) years of which shall have been administrative experience; or
(d) A marriage, family, and child counselor who shall have a master's degree in an approved behavioral science course of study, and who shall be a licensed marriage, family, and child counselor and have received specific instruction, or its equivalent, as required for licensure on January 1, 1981. In addition, the marriage, family, and child counselor shall have had at least five (5) years of mental health experience, two (2) years of which shall have been administrative experience. The term, specific instruction, contained in Sections 5751 and 5751.3 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, shall not be limited to school, college, or university classroom instruction, but may include equivalent demonstrated experience in assessment, diagnosis, prognosis, and counseling, and psychotherapeutic treatment of premarital, marriage, family, and child relationship dysfunctions; or
(e) A nurse who shall possess a master's degree in psychiatric or public health nursing and shall be licensed as a registered nurse by the Board of Registered Nursing in the State of California, and shall have had a least five (5) years mental health experience, two (2) of which shall have been administrative experience. Additional post-baccalaureate experience in a mental health setting may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the educational requirements; or
(f) An administrator who shall have a master's degree in hospital administration, public health administration, or public administration from an accredited college or university, and who shall have at least three (3) years of experience in hospital or health care administration, two (2) of which shall have been in the mental health field. Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education a year-for-year basis with the approval of the Department of Mental Health.
Internal Number: 1910-1251
About County of El Dorado
El Dorado County encompasses 1,786 square miles that range from the eastern edge of the Sacramento Valley to the peaks of the Sierra Nevadas. Our western border is 30 minutes from the State Capitol and only 20 minutes away from over one million acres of breathtaking national forest. The vast size of our county also means that our offices are spread from El Dorado Hills to South Lake Tahoe. Of course, our services are not just office-based, as the County of El Dorado also maintains the famous Rubicon Trail, manages the whitewater recreation on the South Fork of the American River, educates visitors on our Gold Rush days at the El Dorado County Historical Museum, and provides many other services to our residents and visitors.