Deputy Director of Behavioral Health

  • Contra Costa County, CA
  • Martinez, California
  • Dec 17, 2023
Full Time Administration and Management Other Public Health
  • Salary: $162,443.28 - $197,450.88 Annually USD

Job Description

The Position

Bargaining Unit: Local 21 - Supervisory Management
CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled

The Board of Supervisors has authorized the following future salary increases:

5% on July 1, 2024

5% on July 1, 2025

Why Join Contra Costa Health?

Contra Costa Health is recruiting for one (1) qualified candidate interested in the Deputy Director of Behavioral Health position assigned to the Behavioral Health Division. This position is located in Martinez, CA.

The Contra Costa Health Behavioral Health Division, in partnership with consumers, families, staff, and community-based agencies, provides welcoming and integrated services for mental health, substance use, and other needs that promote wellness, recovery, and resiliency while respecting the complexity and diversity of the people we serve.

This position will plan, organize, and evaluate operations, supervise the Behavioral Health Services Enhanced Care Management program, provide direction to Deputy Conservators, and perform other related duties as required.

Contra Costa County was incorporated in 1850 as one of the original 27 counties of the State of California. It is one of nine counties in the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area and covers approximately 733 square miles extending from the northeastern shore of San Francisco Bay easterly about 50 miles to San Joaquin County. Recreation within the county varies from fishing, boating, and water skiing in the Sacramento-San Joaquin rivers to hiking, horseback riding, and camping in Mt. Diablo State Park. Recreational areas, including the wine country of Napa and Sonoma counties, the picturesque seaside communities of Carmel and Monterey, and the Sierra-Lake Tahoe mountain region are also within driving distance of the county.

Contra Costa Health (CCH) includes a Health Plan, Public Health, Hazardous Materials, Environmental Health, Housing Homeless and Health, Regional Medical Center, Behavioral Health, Emergency Management Services, and full ambulatory care sites including school-based services.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Is a leader who demonstrates a commitment to achieving the mission and goals of the County, while being ethical and fair within a political environment.
  • Is a visionary who sets strategy in collaboration with others and seeks innovative ways to get things done.
  • Is a strategic partner who actively engages with other agencies and departments to meet overall county-wide needs.
  • Is an effective communicator with excellent interpersonal skills focused on building an environment where diverse, multidisciplinary service delivery teams can work together to enhance the delivery of services.

What you will typically be responsible for:

  • You will assist the Director in planning, organizing, directing, and coordinating the activities and programs of the Division.
  • You will assist in establishing Division goals, policies and procedures in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
  • You will analyze behavioral health legislation to determine its impact on the County's services.
  • You will interview, select, promote, supervise, and perform corrective action of subordinate staff.
A few reasons why you might love this job:

  • You will work with a diverse team and your leadership will be used to improve the lives of the diverse community that we serve.
  • You will participate in the re-design of the Medi-Cal Behavioral Health delivery system.
  • Your daily responsibilities will stimulate and enrich you.
  • We offer fantastic and competitive health benefits, paid vacation/sick/personal/admin time, and a great retirement plan!

A few challenges you might face in this job:

  • You will encounter unpredictable daily workflows and assignments.
  • You must learn and implement new regulations.
  • You may have to respond quickly to data and procedural questions.
  • You must be able to learn and assist in the implementation of new laws which pertains to the Specialty Mental Health Services and Substance Use Disorder treatment services.

Competencies Required:

  • Action & Results Focused (Taking Initiative) : Initiating tasks and focusing on accomplishment
  • Analyzing & Interpreting Data : Drawing meaning and conclusions from quantitative or qualitative data
  • Attention to Detail : Focusing on the details of work content, work steps, and final work products
  • Decision Making : Choosing optimal courses of action in a timely manner
  • Informing : Proactively obtaining and sharing information
  • Involving Others (Engaging Teams) : Engaging others for input, contribution, and shared responsibility for outcomes
  • Legal & Regulatory Navigation : Understanding, interpreting, and ensuring compliance with laws and regulations
  • Oral Communication : Engaging effectively in dialogue
  • Political & Organizational Savvy : Working skillfully with politics, procedures, and protocols across organizational levels and boundaries
  • Presentation Skill : Formally delivering information to groups
  • Using Technology : Working with electronic hardware and software applications
  • Writing : Communicating effectively in writing

To read the complete job description, please click here .

The eligible list established from this recruitment may remain in effect for six (6) months.

Minimum Qualifications

License: Possession of a valid California class C driver license, or the ability to provide suitable transportation which is approved by the appointing authority.


Education: Graduation from an accredited medical school and completion of an approved three (3) year Psychiatric Residency with a degree in Medicine.

License: Possession or eligibility for possession, of a valid license to practice medicine in the State of California.

Experience: Six (6) years of full-time, or its equivalent, experience in the practice of psychiatry, three (3) years of which must have included the responsibility for administrative and supervisory duties in a multiple service mental health organization.


Education: Possession of a Doctorate degree in Clinical or Counseling Psychology from an accredited college or university with a one year Clinical Internship.

Experience: Six (6) years of full-time, or its equivalent, experience in the practice of Clinical or Counseling Psychology, three (3) years of which must have included responsibility for both administrative and supervisory duties in a multiple service mental health organization.


Education: Possession of a Master's degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or closely related field from an accredited college or university and licensure as a Clinical Social Worker or Marriage and Family Therapist

Experience: Six (6) years of full-time or its equivalent, experience performing Clinical Social Work, or providing Mental Health treatment services, three (3) years of which must have included responsibility for both administrative and supervisory duties.


Education: Possession of a Master's degree in Hospital Administration, Public Health Administration, Business Administration or Public Administration from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Six (6) years of full-time, or its equivalent, experience in Health or Hospital Administration, three (3) years of which must have been in the mental health field and three (3) years of which must have included supervisory responsibilities. Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis with approval of the California State Department of Mental Health/Health Care Services.

Desirable Qualifications:
  • Experience with the Public Behavioral Health delivery system.
  • Experience with waivers, state plan amendments, contract requirements for Specialty Mental Health Services and Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System.
  • Possession of a clinical license (PhD, LCSW, LMFT) is highly desired.


Selection Process

1. Application Filing and Evaluation : Applicants will be required to complete a supplemental questionnaire at the time of application. Applications will be evaluated to determine which candidates will move forward in the next phase of the recruitment process.

2. Online Interview Assessment : Candidates that meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in an online, on-demand interview. The interview will measure candidates' competencies as they relate to the job and will be rated by subject matter experts. In the interview, candidates must achieve an average passing score of 70% or higher on each of the competencies, as well as an overall passing score of 70% or higher. These may include but are not limited to: Action & Results Focused (Taking Initiative), Decision Making, Involving Others (Engaging Teams), Legal & Regulatory Navigation, and Oral Communication. (Weighted 100%).

The online interview assessment will be administered remotely using a computer or mobile device such as a tablet or smartphone. You will need access to a reliable internet connection to take the assessment, as well as a computer or mobile device with a camera.

The online interview assessment is tentatively scheduled to take place via computer (remotely) periodically until the position has been filled.

The Human Resources Department may change the examination steps noted above in accordance with the Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.

For recruitment questions, please contact Contra Costa Health Personnel, Recruitment Team at . For any technical issues, please contact the Government Jobs’ applicant support team for assistance at +1 855-524-5627.


After you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.


All Contra Costa County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

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Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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