Staff Psychiatrist - Full-Time/Part-Time

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Dec 21, 2020
Full Time Public Health
  • Salary: $191,180.19 - $232,379.94 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

The County of Sonoma Department of Health Services is hiring
full- and part-time Staff Psychiatrists in the Behavioral Health Division

Starting salary up to $111.34/Hour plusa cash allowance of $3.45/Hour,
and a competitive total compensation package!*

What Sonoma County Employment Offers

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 $850 for full-time and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • County paid premium contribution to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every 2,080 hours thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
When you join the County of Sonoma, you'll also have the freedom to explore the beauty of our county; with its picturesque coastline, majestic redwoods, historic towns, fine dining, award winning wineries, and a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities. Please visit and for additional information about the community.

*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 Engineers and Scientists of California Union Local 20 Memorandum of Understanding (ESC MOU).

About the Position

Working with a collegial team of Psychiatrists under the medical direction of the Behavioral Health Medical Director, and the administrative direction of a Program Manager or Section Manager,Staff Psychiatrists provide psychiatric diagnostic and therapeutic services to patients, as well as consultation and education services to community agencies. They plan, direct, coordinate, and provide psychiatric diagnosis and treatment of individuals and groups, including clients of the criminal justice system.Staff Psychiatrists also provideconsultation to other staff in Health Services, Human Services, contract agencies,corrections, County courts, and other public and private agencies.

The ideal candidates will possess:
  • Public Health experience diagnosing, treating, and medically managing clients with mental illness, as well as coordinatingwith primary healthcare practitioners
  • The ability to work collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team to provide clients comprehensive treatment
  • Expertise in current psychiatric best practices in a community mental health setting
  • Experience diagnosing and treating children and adolescents with psychiatric illness
  • Board certification, or eligibility for board certification,in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
The employment list established from this recruitment may be used to fill future full-time, part-time and extra-help positionsas they occur during the active status of the list. County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.


Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a valid license to practice medicine in the State of California, a current Drug Enforcement Association (DEA) license, and certification of completion of a residency training program in psychiatry which is approved by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and which resulted in board eligibility. Experience in community mental health services systems, forensic psychiatry, and child psychiatry is highly desirable.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including necessary special endorsements, as required by the State of California may be required, depending on assignment, to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: the principles and methods of psychiatry and general medicine; individual and group psychotherapy and the use of medications in psychiatric and related conditions.

Knowledge of: current developments in the field of psychiatry especially as it relates to the practice in a public mental health model with a team approach and an emphasis on the philosophy of recovery, child psychiatry and forensic psychiatry; criminal justice organizations, clinic organizations, management, and procedures including legal testimony involving care, clinical record keeping, consultation, liaison with hospitals and private practitioners; the principles and applications of psychiatric social work, clinical psychology, and various rehabilitation therapies; psychiatric research methods and techniques.

Ability to: perform psychiatric diagnosis, treatment interpretations and recommendations; analyze clinical problems and take effective course of action; direct and coordinate the work of subordinate personnel; establish and maintain effective working relationships with administrative, medical and non-medical staff, Correctional and Court staff, patients and the general public; speak and write effectively; prepare records and reports, and reports especially related to evaluation for the Court.

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. Continuous recruitments may 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.

HR Analyst: DP
HR Technician: AC

Job Address

Santa Rosa, California United States View Map