Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Medical Director (Open)

  • County of San Mateo, CA
  • Redwood City, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Administration and Management Public Health
  • Salary: See Position Description USD

Job Description

San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) is seeking an experienced individual to participate in all aspects of the leadership of the system of care for people with mental illness, alcohol and drug problems and co-occurring conditions. BHRS of San Mateo County, located next to San Francisco, operates or regulates all public sector mental health, substance abuse, and behavioral health services in the County. In addition, BHRS operates one of the only community-based psychiatric residency programs in California through an affiliation with San Mateo Medical Center and the Medical Director will oversee this program including 1 supervising psychiatrist and 16 residents.

The Medical Director is responsible for the supervision of all County employed and contracted psychiatric personnel and the development, implementation and direction of psychiatric medical care policies, procedures, systems and standards for all county-operated and contracted BHRS programs. In addition, the Medical Director supervises BHRS pharmacy personnel and services, several collaborative programs, primary care/behavioral health services, a specialty program focused on people with co-occurring mental illness and developmental disabilities, and psychiatric services targeting participants of drug and alcohol treatment programs.

The Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Division uses evidence-based treatment approaches in our system of care services, while seeking continuing improvement and development in the areas of cultural competence, integrated services for individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use problems, and supportive housing. Our achievements reflect the work of dedicated staff as well as the valuable input of behavioral health system partners--criminal justice and human services agencies, private providers and contract agencies, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Commission members, families, and consumers.

The ideal candidate will be a Board Certified Psychiatrist with at least 5 years of postgraduate experience and a supervisory background. Experience with and/or Board Certification in Addition Medicine is preferred. Must have a dedication to providing excellent services in the public sector, knowledge of medical/clinical best practices as they apply to complex/co-occurring clients, a commitment to continuous learning and an interest in teaching, the ability to provide clinical leadership for the division and represent division needs and priorities, and willingness to tackle complex issues in an environment where resources are often limited. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, negotiation and leadership skills are essential.

The position offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package which includes County funded malpractice insurance, retirement plans and health benefits for retirees, reimbursement of professional dues and expenses (up to $3,000/year), an additional 5% increase in salary for each qualifying Board certification up to two (2) Boards, administrative leave time at 5 hours per pay period up to 260 hours (this is prorated for part time employees) that can be cashed out up to 50% each Spring, and a wellness program, including exercise classes, worksite massage, and an onsite gym.

Salary : The salary will be up to $379,059/annually. As mentioned above, there is also an additional 5% increase in salary for each qualifying Board certification up to two (2) Boards.
Examples Of Duties
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Serve as psychiatric reviewer and interviewer for workplace violence situations county-wide.
  • Act as consultant on specific, complex human resources personnel situations.
  • Participate in the overall management of division and inter-division issues.
  • Develop standards of care.
  • Recommend, develop, implement and evaluate goals, objectives, policies, and procedures related to assigned program.
  • Ensure program meets its overall goals in the areas of quality and safety, patient experience, staff experience and financial stewardship.
  • Provide surveillance and planning for improvement of medical care.
  • Act as formal liaison between administration and other physicians.
  • Consult with Nursing Administration regarding patient care.
  • Arrange emergency coverage, procedures for emergency treatment, and transfer procedures.
  • Monitor, evaluate, and report on the quality and appropriateness of the Medical Services Quality Assurance Program.
  • Supervise all levels of medical, professional, technical and support staff; full supervision includes responsibility for selection, performance evaluation, and corrective action.
  • Review and evaluate administrative and patient care policies and procedures.
  • Review employees' pre-employment and annual health reports.
  • Participate in in-service training programs.
  • Provide expert consultation and information to administration regarding assigned program's ability to meet the psychosocial, medical and physical needs of patients and their families.
  • Review and evaluate incident reports, identify hazards and make recommendations to administration.
  • Train, mentor, and supervise interns and residents.
  • Orient consulting physicians in protocols and procedures.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

License to practice medical or osteopathy in the State of California.

Education and Experience:
Completion of a residency program and Board Certification or eligibility for certification is required. One year administrative or supervisory experience is preferred.

Knowledge of:
  • Laws, statues and regulations governing California Health Services providers and JCAHO and other regulatory requirements.
  • Principle and practices of modern medicine.
  • Advanced management practices and organizational dynamic principles.
  • Quality assurance as it applies to medical services.
  • Program management and health care administration.
  • Sound budget principles and governmental appropriation budget.
  • Principles of supervision.
  • Lean process improvement and quality improvement.
  • Clinical advances and evidence-based practices for delivery of psychiatric and addiction medicine services.

Skill/Ability to:
  • Organize, direct and administer complex medical component of assigned program.
  • Communicate with others at all levels of the organization.
  • Interface with other administrators throughout the Health, San Mateo County government and outside community agencies.
  • Evaluate, monitor, and advise physicians in job performance standards.
  • Provide written and oral communication in various forms such as reports, and recommendations, memos.
  • Develop policies, procedures, and protocols for assigned medical program.
  • Evaluate and make recommendations in the improvement of medical/clinical programs in San Mateo County Health.
  • Participate as a member of a management team.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate staff; coordinate the activities of clinical, professional, technical, and clerical staff.
  • Manage a multi-cultural labor force with diverse backgrounds and needs.

Anyone may apply. A supplemental application form must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. Resume or CV will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

This is a continuous recruitment which may close at any time. The final filing date will be posted five days in advance on this job announcement.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (pass/fail) based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%). Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification . All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in County of San Mateo, California and applicants must participate at their own expense.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply" button. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply.

Apply immediately. This is a continuous recruitment and is open until filled. Selections may be made at any time within the process.

At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community's needs. The County of San Mateo is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

HR Contact: Kristin Herman (05052021) (Medical Director of Psychiatry - D155)

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

Redwood City, California United States View Map