Job Opportunity

Director, Behavioral Health Services
Santa Clara County

Date Posted:

June 10, 2014


$163,020.00 – 209,187.68  Annually


This position reports to the Deputy County Executive and is responsible for the administrative and programmatic operations of the County’s behavioral health department.  The director will plan, direct, coordinate, and evaluate through subordinate administrative and professional staff comprehensive programs for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illness and substance abuse. In addition, the director will administer the County’s Behavioral health programs, developing goals and objectives and implementing policies and procedures to meet the needs of the community and develop, implement and manage behavioral health initiatives. The director will review, monitor, and interpret current and proposed legislation and changes in laws and regulations to assure administrative and professional compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations and will represent the County and develop partnerships with outside groups and organizations to coordinate behavioral health activities for the community, including public and private agencies.        


The required knowledge and ability would typically be acquired through the attainment of a  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in public administration, business administration, behavioral health sciences, clinical psychology, social services or a closely related field and a minimum of (5) years recent progressive management level experience providing mental health, alcohol, drug and or behavioral health services; and (2) years involving administration of budget and fiscal activities, clinical services, contract support and other administrative/line functions within a large public or private health agency. The candidate should have knowledge of principals of organization, administration, management of a behavioral health system necessary to plan, organize, direct, manage and evaluate financial programs, administrative policies and staff; and be familiar with current trends in research, effective practices and prevention, early intervention and treatment, community outreach, program planning and evaluation techniques, including methodologies, and statistical analysis; clinical standards of practice and licensure requirements.

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