Director of Behavioral Health

  • 481 4th St., Hollister, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Administration and Management Public Health
  • Salary: $141,731.20 - $178,984.00 Annually USD

Job Description


Under administrative direction, to plan, organize and administer the Mental Health Department, including alcohol and substance abuse programs; and to do related work as required.


Education/Experience: Any combination of education and experience sufficient to directly demonstrate possession and application of the following:

Knowledge of: Principles of public agency administration; principles of personnel and business management including organization, budgeting/ training and administrative analysis; general provisions of federal and state rules and regulations relating to the administration of mental health care services; basic principles of accounting and auditing, including cost accounting; principles of supervision and training; data processing techniques related to business applications.

Ability to: Plan, organize, direct and coordinate administrative activities; assemble and analyze data and prepare accurate reports; analyze situations, draw sound conclusions and take or recommend appropriate actions; supervise, train and evaluate performance and cost effectiveness of assigned staff; effectively represent mental health services as assigned; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with community groups and others contacted in the course of work.

Special Requirements
Possession of an appropriate California operator's license issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles; meet the requirements of California Administrative Code Title 9, Section 620.

Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills
Plans and administers mental health programs keeping with federal, state and local laws; directs, coordinates, integrates and evaluates work of professional, technical and clerical staff engaged in various mental health program activities; selects, supervises, trains, assigns evaluates and terminates subordinate staff; consults on problems relating to mental health and discusses with public and private groups and individuals the program and the objectives of the department; promotes improved mental health practices and techniques and effective public and cooperative community relations; maintains close working relationship with the appropriate state agencies; speaks before interested groups; attends professional meetings and conferences; prepares the annual department budget and personally supervises the business functions of the Mental Health Department; formulates general policies for operational procedures; meets with school, probation, welfare and community groups to coordinate the work of the Mental Health Department; reviews and recommends on service contracts; provides consultative services to a variety of organizations and agencies including state-wide policy-making groups; serves as alcohol and substance abuse program administrator
Supplemental information
In accordance with California Government Code section 3100, et., seq., all County of San Benito employees are considered disaster service workers who may be required to report for duty, or remain on duty to address disaster service activities in the event of an emergency or disaster and are required to undertake an applicable loyalty oath.


Employees in regular, full-time positions will be eligible to participate in the following employee benefits:

Pay Day: Employees are bi-weekly. The insurance and benefits deductions will take place bi-monthly - normally the first two pay periods of the month. Bank/Credit union and 457 Retirement Deferrals deductions will take place bi-weekly.

Vacation: Based on continued years of service. Maximum accruals may apply depending on the bargaining unit.

< 4 years of service = 10 days per year

5 to 9 years of service = 15 days per year

10 to 14 years of service = 18 days per year

15 + years of service = 20 days per year

Administrative Leave: Management employees receive 80 hours of administrative leave per calendar year. Forty (40) unused hours can be paid out at the end of the calendar year. Administrative leave is pro-rated.

Holidays: 13.5 holidays (including 3 floating) for most employees. Safety officers and dispatchers receive approximately 5% holiday pay in addition to their base pay in lieu of paid holidays off.

Sick Leave: 15 days per year. Maximum accruals apply.

Health Plan: Comprehensive medical and dental plans available for full-time employees. Employees appointed to a regular position at a time base of 50% or higher are also eligible to participate.

Vision Plan: MES Vision Plan offered which offers exams, frames and lenses on a 12-24-24 basis. The County pays for employee coverage and the employee can pay for dependent coverage. This benefit is available to FULL-TIME employees only.

Employee Assistance Program: The County provides confidential short-term counseling services to employees and dependents.. Any regular employee is eligible for up to a total of three (3) hours of counseling sessions within any six (6) month period per County employee. Up to a maximum of six (6) sessions per calendar year are allowed per family

Life Insurance/AD&D: County pays for a $20,000 BASIC life insurance policy for each employee. Two other VOLUNTARY life insurance plans available, including AD&D.

Disability Insurance: General, Confidential and Management groups participate in the State Disability Insurance.

Credit Union: Membership available to San Benito County employees at the Santa Clara County Federal Credit Union.

Deferred Compensation: Employees may participate in tax-deferred retirement savings. Two 457 plans available. Employees may rollover funds from prior 401k or 457 accounts. IRS limits apply.

Retirement: PLEASE NOTE THAT CHANGES ARE CURRENTLY PENDING FOR JANUARY 1, 2013 DUE TO PENSION REFORM LAW AND OTHER DATES DUE TO CONTRACT MODIFICATIONS. Regular employees will be enrolled into the CalPERS retirement system in accordance with the Public Employees' Retirement Law. Employee contributions vary according to bargaining unit.

? All New Miscellaneous (non-Safety) employees enrolled into the CalPERS retirement system participate in the full formula of 2% at 62. Miscellaneous employees participate in Social Security in addition to CalPERS.

? New Safety employees are covered by the safety full formula 2.7% at 57. Safety employees contribute 9% of the employee contribution. Safety employees do not participate in Social Security.

Extra Insurance: Employees may participate in various AFLAC plans such as accident, disability, and cancer insurances. AFLAC can enroll employees into a pre-tax cafeteria plan and flexible spending accounts including Unreimbursed Medical ($2500) and Dependent Care ($5000).

Administrative Leave

Health Insurance

Dental Insurance

Vision Insurance

Retirement Formula Local MISC 2% @62 for New PERS Members

Social Security

Vacation Based on Continued Years of Service

Sick Leave 15 Days Annually

Floating Holiday

457 Deferred Compensation

Credit Union

Unreimbursed Medical

Flexible Spending Account

Employee Assistance Program

Group Life Insurance

Additional Optional Life Insurances & AD&D

Automatic Deposit

Bi-Weekly Pay Periods

Tuition Reimbursement


Per the State Public Health Officer Order of January 14, 2022 from the California Department of Public Health, all employees in the Behavioral Health Department must be fully-vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 or submit a medical or religious exemption form. Any job offer made to candidates for the Behavioral Health Department are contingent upon showing proof of being fully-vaccinated on their first day of work or submitting an exemption form for medical or religious reasons. For more information and to view the complete San Benito County COVID-19 Policy, you may visit our COVID-19 Employee Information page at: I acknowledge that I have read and understand the above statement.
  • Yes


I understand all County employees will be required to take an Oath of Office and will be called upon to act as Disaster Service Workers, when needed.
  • Yes


Do you possess a valid State driver's license?
  • Yes
  • No


Describe your experience planning, organizing, and directing Behavioral Health Programs. Please give examples of specific career achievements.


Briefly state what you believe to be the three most critical issues facing behavioral health and substance abuse services in the next three years.


Highlight your experience working with State and Federal government agencies, elected bodies such as Boards of Supervisors, and community health partners.


Describe your management style and your experience with promoting staff morale, employee engagement, change management, and team building.


Describe your experience in the management and direction of staffing resources in a Behavioral Health organization. Describe the specific activities you performed such as hiring decisions, disciplinary actions, work performance evaluations, and determining work assignments.


Please describe an experience developing and implementing community-based treatment programs and practices in your workplace. What were the challenges? What were the outcomes? What lessons did you learn?

Required Question

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

481 4th St., Hollister, California 95023 United States View Map