County of Del NorteCrescent City 95531
Full Time

Oversee and coordinate the fiscal management, personnel management, program planning and evaluation functions of the assigned area of responsibility.

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Deputy Director Behavioral Health

County of Del Norte
Full Time 880 Northcrest Dr, Crescent City, CA 95531, United States


This recruitment will establish a list of candidates to be used in filling the vacancy as well as an eligibility list that may be used for future vacancies or temporary help for up to one (1) year.

Job Opportunity:

Only online applications are accepted. It is the responsibility of each applicant to review the full job description and requirements. Resumes are encouraged, but will not be accepted in lieu of required application materials. Applications which are incomplete as of the final date to apply will be eliminated from consideration. Candidates who meet all the minimum qualifications may be invited to an oral interview. 

Bi-weekly Salary:$3,443.98 – $4,846.04
The Del Norte County Department of Health and Human Services is seeking a qualified candidate to fill (1) one vacancy for the position of Deputy Director of Health and Human Services - Behavioral Health. This position is classified as full-time. Employees in this classification receive general to limited supervision within a framework of policies and procedures. Under general direction of the Director of the Health and Human Services Agency, provides administration of a branch or for delegated elements of overall departmental operations, finance or administration. The Behavioral Health Branch plans, implements and oversees programs and services to provide mental health and substance use disorder services to adults and children throughout the County. The Branch includes, but is not limited to, programs and units such as: Crisis Response, Mental Health Services, Client Service Center, Substance Use Disorder Outpatient Services, Drug Court and Behavioral Health Court, Public Conservator/Guardian Program, Public Authority, and Housing and Homeless Programs.    

The responsibilities of this role include oversight of complex programs, meeting benchmarks and mandated performance outcomes. This position is a key advisor to the Director and acts for the Director within delegated authority. Incumbent has considerable latitude for the exercise of independent judgment and decision-making.
Detailed Work Activities

Essential job duties may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics.  The list that follows is not intended as a comprehensive list; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities.   Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed, and may be required to perform additional, position-specific tasks.

  • Oversee and coordinate the fiscal management, personnel management, program planning and evaluation functions of the assigned area of responsibility.
  • Develops and implements goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards for assigned divisional areas. 
  • Assures services are delivered to program participants in a timely, efficient and effective manner and in compliance with federal, state and local laws. 
  • Works cooperatively with other department and branch leaders to effectuate the integrative and interdependent elements of the Agency’s systems of care.
  • Plans, organizes, coordinates and directs assigned areas in establishing performance standards for quality timeliness, communicating goals and performance expectations, and ensuring conformance to established policies and procedures. 
  • Assesses service delivery and communicates these findings to the Agency Director; implements changes to improve efficiency and service quality; maximizes effectiveness of programs operations, and ensures alignment with the Agency’s mission.   
  • Supports the Agency Director in the administration of the Branch’s budget; forecasts the need for additional funds for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; monitors operations in order to ensure the accomplishment of objectives within budget restrictions.
  • Serves as a technical expert by providing consultation regarding programs, legal or policy matters to entities such as County department managers or administrators, Board of Supervisors, advisory boards and advocacy groups. 
  • Ensures that all services are coordinated with programs and services provided by other Agency Branches, and related state and federal programs. 
  • Establishes, facilitates and maintains effective communication between professional, clinical and technical staff, including managers and staff in other local, state and federal agencies. 
  • Responds to and resolves citizen, client or community inquiries, requests for assistance, and complaints or grievances.
  • Reviews compliance of programs and performance reports; and develops methods for improving staff and program performance. 
  • Conducts public speaking events with the goal of outreaching to and engaging community partners and stakeholders. 
  • Selects, supervises, trains and evaluates subordinate supervisory, professional, technical and clerical personnel.  
  • Assists in the development and management of Branch goals, objectives, and policies to meet the Agency’s mission and strategic direction.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education, training and experience which would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Education and Experience:   

  • Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business administration, public administration, public health, health science, sociology, social work, counseling, psychology or a related field and three (3) years of progressively responsible management experience and/or administrative experience in a public or non-profit agency.

Desirable Qualifications:  
  • Experience in a governmental agency is highly preferred.
  • Current license by the Board of Medical Quality Assurance and two years in psychiatry; or Master’s Degree in Social Work with valid Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW) license; or Master’s Degree in Psychiatric Nursing; or a license as a Registered Nurse; or Master’s Degree in Psychology, counseling or related field and possession of Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) license; Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with Clinical Psychologists license or waiver provided by Department of Mental Health is preferred.

Special Requirements:  
  • Requires the ability to meet the requirements of Title 9, Section 620 of the California Code of Regulations within four (4) years of hire.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Driver’s license.
  • All County of Del Norte employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through State law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the County of Del Norte requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect.   Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Work related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Administrative principles and methods, including policy implementation, goal setting, program development and administration, and personnel management.
  • Budget development and administration. 
  • Health and human services programs related to assigned area of service. 
  • Governmental organizational structures.
  • Social, political and economic issues influencing area of responsibility. 
  • Available public and private community resources.
  • Principles and practices of conflict resolution.
Ability to:
  • Monitor the activities in multiple programs or functions to ensure all activities are consistent with established policies and procedures and the mission of the Agency.
  • Delegate work assignments and appropriate level of responsibility to employees in order to ensure the completion of work assignments and projects.
  • Read and understand complex written materials, such as laws, proposed legislation, policies, and reports in order to interpret, explain and apply. 
  • Communicate verbally, in person or by telephone, clearly and concisely with a variety of audience on a variety of matters. 
  • Write to ensure effective and clear communication and proper composition of reports, correspondence, email, and other written communication.