Behavioral Health Medical Director

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Sep 08, 2020
Full Time Administration and Management Public Health
  • Salary: 239,309 USD

Job Description

Position Information

The County of Sonoma is seeking an experienced and mission-driven leader to serve as the next Behavioral Health Medical Director.

Starting Salary Up To $276,480/Year,
a cash allowance of approximately $600/Month,
and a comprehensive benefits package

The Benefits of County Employment Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $1,700 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range

The Behavioral Health Medical Director
Reporting to the Behavioral Health Division Director, the Behavioral Health Medical Director plans, organizes, and manages the medical services component of the Division. As a member of the senior management team, the position assists in determining the Division's strategy for the type and quality of clinical services, service philosophy, system design, and financial planning; provides leadership for the Division's primary care and behavioral health integration initiatives; supervises the practice of Division medical staff; and oversees the compliance of behavioral health medical providers and services with applicable community standards of care, state and federal laws, and other regulatory requirements.

The Behavioral Health Medical Director provides clinical consultation and leadership to Division staff, acts as a liaison with community partners, actively participates in the Division's Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement processes, organizes and directs utilization management processes, directs the division's in-service staff training program, conducts performance evaluations, and oversees the recruitment and hiring of medical staff in collaboration with the division's managers.

The Behavioral Health Division

The mission of the Behavioral Health Division is to promote the recovery and wellness of Sonoma County residents by providing high quality, culturally responsive services in all languages. The Division accomplishes this mission by embracing a recovery philosophy focused on building and strengthening the capabilities of people with mental illnesses and/or substance use disorders, in order to achieve their full potential and live meaningful lives in the community of their choosing. The building blocks of this philosophy include an emphasis on: self-direction, individualized and person-centered care, empowerment and shared decision-making techniques, and a holistic approach that encompasses mind, body, spirit, and community.

The Division is responsible for providing mental health and substance use disorder services across the service spectrum: prevention, early intervention, treatment, and aftercare and recovery. Services are provided departmentally and through partnerships with community based agencies. Through partnering with clients, family members, and the community, and focusing on respect, responsibility, and hope, the Behavioral Health Division fosters a collaborative approach to wellness.

The Behavioral Health Division is also responsible for directly administering specialty mental health treatment services to County residents whose mental health needs are determined to be medically necessary, as defined by California Code of Regulations (CCR)Title 9 andWelfare & Institutions (W&I)Code 5600.

For additional information about theBehavioral HealthDivision, please visittheir website .
The Department of Health Services (DHS)

DHS is one of the County's largest and most complex departments, consisting of the Administration, Behavioral Health, and Public Health Divisions.DHSis driven by its mission to promote, protect, and ensure access to services that support the health, recovery, and well-being of all in Sonoma County. These ideas form the basis for how the department operates and delivers services:
  • Excellence -DHS strives to create a culture of learning, innovation, and data-driven practices in order to guide internal operations, improve performance, and build staff expertise
  • Collaboration -DHS engages and works collaboratively with partners, communities, and staff to maximize its impact across the County
  • Equity -DHS works to reduce disparities and ensure fairness, compassion, and social justice
The DHS FY 19-20 budget of approximately $243 million supports over 500 full-time equivalent positions.Revenue sources include State and Federal funds, fees and reimbursements for services, and the County General Fund. For further information regarding the department, its programs, services, and partnerships, please visit the DHS website .

Sonoma County The County of Sonoma offers a rare and compelling array of scenic, recreational, and geographic characteristics that include over 200 award winning wineries, majestic redwoods, inspiring coastline and beaches, and the vibrant Russian River. Encompassing over one million acres of land and water, rich with agriculture, parks, campsites, lakes, and open spaces, the County is home to over 500,000 residents and offers a wide variety of art and music festivals, farmers' markets, and concert venues. Local schools continually rank high on California's Academic Performance Index, and the Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University offer higher education opportunities.

The County of Sonoma is a general law county, governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors. The Board is fully committed to a mission and vision which value high quality services that support and enrich the community, strong leadership, engaged citizen participation, transparency and accuracy in information, and efficient and fiscally sustainable government. The County Administrator leads a team of dedicated department heads who work collaboratively to address and strategically prepare for County initiatives and challenges. The County has 28 departments, agencies, and special districts, and employs over 4,000 regular employees with an annual budget of approximately $1.78 billion for fiscal year 2019-2020.

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better the County's communities.

Please visit for more information about Sonoma County as a place to live, work, and build your career legacy.

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Salary Resolution (SalRes) .


Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.
Education: Graduation from an approved medical school and satisfactory completion of a three year psychiatric residency approved by the American Medical Association or the American Osteopathic Association.
Experience: Five years of experience in clinical psychiatry, or community behavioral health services, of which three years experience is in a highly responsible administrative, teaching, or supervisory capacity. Public sector experience is desired.
Special Requirement: Possession of a valid license as a physician and surgeon issued by the State of California and a valid certificate in psychiatry issued by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology or written evidence of successful completion of a psychiatry residency.
License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Thorough knowledge of: current practices in behavioral health including the Recovery Model, strength-based treatment, consumer/family-oriented services, and integration of primary care and behavioral health systems; principles and practices of general and preventive psychiatry; principles and practices in the diagnosis and treatment of behavioral health and substance use disorders, including evidence-based practices in the behavioral health field; psychiatric medications and their interaction with other prescription drugs; general medicine and its relationship to mental illness and substance use disorders; research methods and practices in the behavioral health field; current practices in the field of quality assurance and quality improvement.
Considerable knowledge of: current laws, standards, and regulations that govern the provision of behavioral health services in the public sector, especially in California; the legal environment affecting psychiatric practice; principles and practices of clinical supervision and training; program planning and development principles; and general budgeting, monitoring, and cost accountability.
Knowledge of: community behavioral health program goals and limitations; community organizations as related to behavioral health and medical services; modern management principles and practices; organizational dynamics, conflict resolution, and behavior and performance management; and public administration practices related to personnel management.

Ability to: plan, direct, coordinate, and evaluate behavioral health services; determine clinical and medical needs of community behavioral health programs; formulate, implement, and evaluate treatment methods and procedures; practice psychiatry in a community behavioral health delivery system; refer to local and regional providers of social, medical, and/or other specialized services; maintain currency in and apply knowledge of treatment modalities, medications, and laws governing psychiatric practice; establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Health Services Division Director, the division's section managers, program managers, and staff, other County managers, community groups, other public agencies, medical professionals, behavioral health consumer and family advocacy groups, and the general public; provide clinical leadership and consultation to division staff and the staff of contracted organizations and partnering agencies; prepare clear and comprehensive reports; determine and evaluate levels of achievement and performance; secure cooperation and teamwork among professional and/or support staff; plan and conduct effective in-service training programs; maintain confidentiality of information; understand program objectives in relation to departmental goals and procedures; collect and analyze data to establish/identify needs and evaluate program effectiveness; develop goals and objectives; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting-a-Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.
Responses to supplemental questions will be used in assessing minimum qualifications. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

AnApplication & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (Weight 100%). Each application and supplemental questionnaire will be thoroughly evaluated for satisfaction of minimum qualifications and relevance of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position. Candidates possessing the most appropriate job-related qualifications will be placed on an employment list and referred to the department for selection interviews.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted on-line at: . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted. Continuousrecruitmentsmay close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people.Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.

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