Director of Behavioral Health Services

San Joaquin County


The Director of Behavioral Health (Chief Deputy Director-Behavioral Health Services) provides administrative oversight and strategic direction for Behavioral Health Services (BHS).  The Director is responsible for leading, managing, directing and administering BHS programs, functions, budgets and activities and ensuring their compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, as well as the policies established by the Director of Health Care Services, the County Administrator, and the Board of Supervisors.  The County is seeking candidates who are visionary, collaborative, and results-oriented with senior-level management experience in the area of behavioral health services, preferably in the public sector.  This position serves as the Mental Health Director and Alcohol and Drug Program Administrator for the County, is an at-will position, and is exempt from the San Joaquin County Civil Service System.  The Director of Behavioral Health reports to the Director of Health Care Services.


Behavioral Health Services provides an array of mental health and substance use disorder treatment services, primarily for Medi-Cal beneficiaries in the County.  The department consists of 798 employees and has an operational budget of $151 million.  The operational divisions of the department include:  Administration, Mental Health Services, Mental Health Forensic Services, Adult/Older Adult Services, Inpatient and Crisis Services, Children’s Services, Substance Abuse Services, and Mental Health Pharmacy.  The department operates on the following primary core values:  Service, Recovery, Respect, and Integrity.


The ideal candidate will possess:

  • The ability to leverage the technical expertise of internal and external resources while managing competing demands;
  • A passion for public service, with the desire to effectively serve vulnerable populations with respect and dignity;
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to establish relationships, build networks, and generate resources to meet the needs of Behavioral Health Services and the community
  • Superior analytical skills, integrity, and an ethical and fair philosophy
  • The ability to inspire, motivate and empower staff in their professional development and to achieve established goals


LicenseValid California licensure as one of the following:

  • A Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), or a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
  • A Psychologist issued by the California Board of Psychology.
  • A Physician, issued by the Medical Board of California (including certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology)

Education:  Graduation from an accredited university with a master’s or doctorate degree required by the State of California to become licensed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW),Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Psychologist, or Physician.


License:  Valid licensure as a Registered Nurse issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), and current listing with the BRN as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse.

Education:  Graduation from an accredited university with a master’s degree in psychiatric or mental health nursing


License:  Possession of a valid California driver’s license.


Experience:  Seven years of senior-level management experience in a federal, state, or local behavioral health agency, including two years in a diverse community-based behavioral health program.


$135,990 to $165,298* annually - *Competitive benefits for total potential compensation package of $181,678 to $214,141 annually


Completed application package including supplemental questions must be submitted to the Human Resources Division by the final filing date:  June 16, 2017

Apply online: or submit your completed application package to:

San Joaquin County Human Resources
Attn: Jennifer Goodman
44 N. San Joaquin Street, Suite 330
Stockton, CA 95202
Phone: (209) 953-7325

A screening panel may be used to interview the most qualified candidates.  A background investigation will be required for all finalists.  Final appointment will be conditional upon passing a drug screening test and State Department of Justice Live Scan fingerprinting.  This position is appointed by the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors.

This position is exempt from the San Joaquin County Civil Service system.  Appointments to exempt positions are at-will and are not governed by the Civil Service Rules.


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