Residential Clinical Manager

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Dec 17, 2023
Full Time Administration and Management Public Health
  • Salary: $116,836.98 - $142,028.52 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

Grow your career with the County of Sonoma Human Services Department and make a difference in the lives of Sonoma County’s youth.

Become a Residential Clinical Manager with the Valley of the Moon Children’s Center!

Starting salary up to $ 68.05 /hour ($ 142,028 /year) plus a competitive total compensation package!*

As a critical member of the Human Services Department (HSD), the Residential Clinical Manager (RCM) is responsible for overseeing administrative and mental health services for the Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP), a program of the Valley of the Moon Children’s Center (VMCC). VMCC is a resource hub for caregivers of foster youth and houses two residential programs; a 24-hour emergency shelter and a STRTP primarily serving Sonoma County foster youth.

The RCM will be responsible for directly supervising eight full-time staff, including six Supervising Children’s Residential Care Counselors and two Behavioral Health Clinicians. They may also carry a small therapy caseload of more complex cases for children and families involved with the STRTP program, which includes conducting group psychotherapy, counseling residents, and determining treatment goals. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Meeting with staff daily to assess client needs
  • Assessing ongoing program and personnel goals and adjusting as needed to improve efficiency
  • Consulting with clinicians on treatment plans and goals
  • Collaborating and communicating with staff in clinical meetings, staff meetings, and broad workgroups
  • Meeting with service providers to ensure goals are aligned and services are delivered on time
  • Observing, coaching, and providing feedback to staff to ensure consistent adherence to program policies and procedures
  • Acting as a point person for Community Care Licensing
  • Assisting in the strategic planning process
  • Acting as a liaison between the program and other community partners and agencies
  • Contributing to broader HSD initiatives as a member of the management team
The ideal candidate will possess:

  • A valid, current State of California license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), or equivalent
  • Knowledge of the child welfare system and programs
  • Experience facilitating meetings with staff, county and community partners, and various stakeholders in order to make high level decisions and grow the program in ways that better meet client needs
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience in program planning and implementation
  • An understanding in Medi-Cal billing and coding requirements
  • Experience monitoring and implementing evidenced-based practices
  • The ability to analyze and interpret data, problem-solve, and identify solutions in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong supervisory, organization, and communication skills
  • Experience planning and managing the operations of a 24-hour residential therapeutic program
  • The ability to interpret and apply related policies, procedures, and regulations
  • Experience managing and implementing budgets
  • Intermediate to advanced Microsoft Office skills
  • Successful completion of training in the following: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and/or Motivational Interviewing is desired but not required
About the Human Services Department (HSD)
HSD fosters a positive work environment, where our commitment to providing opportunities for advancement is strengthened by a robust staff development program. We believe in the merits of work/life balance and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that our work contributes to the betterment of our community.

As the largest agency in Sonoma County government, our mission is to protect vulnerable children and adults, and to promote maximum independence and well-being for individuals and families. HSD is responsible for child and adult protective services, veteran services, and administration of state and federal programs, including CalFRESH, CalWORKs, Medi-Cal, and In-Home Supportive Services. The department is dedicated to providing high-quality, client-focused, cost-effective services and values the diversity, integrity, teamwork, leadership, and accountability of all staff in accomplishing the mission of the department.

The Department works collaboratively at the federal, state, and local levels to find creative solutions to support the well-being of individuals, families, and the community. To meet that goal, the department has fostered strong relationships with other public and private sector partners, including other government agencies, community-based organizations, and business leaders. For more information regarding HSD's services please visit .

What We Offer
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 your contributions work to better our shared community. You can also look forward to flexible work arrangements and excellent benefits* including:
  • Hybrid Telework - A schedule that meets the needs of our staff, department operations, and the communities we serve may be available depending on the assignment
  • Salary Advancement - 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
  • Paid Time Off - Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • County Paid Health Premium Contributions - 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
  • Staff Development/Wellness Pay - Annual benefit allowances of up to $2,000 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Post-Retirement Health Reimbursement Arrangement - County contributions to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement - A pension fully integrated with Social Security
  • Paid Parental Leave - May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) after 12 months of County employment
*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) and our Employee Benefits Directory .

This recruitment is being conducted to fill a Residential Clinical Manager. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.


Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and training which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, this would include possession of a Master's Degree or higher in social work, counseling, psychology, or a related discipline from an accredited college or university, and four years of experience providing counseling as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), including at least two years in a supervisory or administrative management capacity. Experience in a residential setting using relational, experiential, and systematic modalities is desired.

Special Requirement: Possession of either a valid, current State of California license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or the equivalent. A Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program Administrator’s Certificate must be obtained during the probationary period and, once obtained, must be maintained throughout employment in this classification.

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: laws, statutes, ordinances, policies, and regulations governing the operation of a Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program; compliance of Medi-Cal claiming for specialty mental health services; the principles and practices of program planning and evaluation, needs assessment, and research methodology; principles and practices relating to the effective delivery of specialty mental health services for youth; quality assurance practices; effects of trauma on youth development, especially youth involved in foster care; current principles and practices of mental health program administration.

Considerable Knowledge of: behavioral health clinical interviewing, diagnosis, and treatment; current social and economic factors and trends influencing youth mental health and substance abuse care services; differing cultural, religious, and social attitudes about mental health and substance abuse; the principles and practices of business administration, governmental budgeting, and fiscal management; the principles and practices of personnel management, employee supervision, and training; child abuse reporting laws.

Knowledge of: principles of budgeting and grant applications including sourcing, delivery, and monitoring of budget accounts and grant funding; techniques of contract management and monitoring; State of California laws and regulations governing mental health care workers, community resources, and County policies; information applications and systems used in office administration; tracking and reporting of statistical and performance data as required.

Ability to: plan, organize, and manage the operations of a 24-hour short-term residential therapeutic program; develop, monitor, and ensure maintenance of reasonable performance standards; select, train, and supervise staff; develop, analyze, and monitor the planning and contracting process; analyze problems and complaints and identify solutions; prepare, interpret and evaluate a variety of narrative and statistical data and reports; communicate orally and in writing on a variety of issues; understand, interpret and apply related procedures, laws, rules, and regulations; ensure proper compliance with federal, state, and local guidelines, policies, goals, rules, and regulations; develop and maintain harmonious relationships with employees, public officials, outside agencies and the general public effectively manage dynamic situations to ensure the care and safety of youth and staff.

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. 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 application, examination, and department selection processes.


Responses to supplemental questions will be scored using position-specific criteria. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for a thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses that state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient and therefore may not be scored.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & 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 is 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 online 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.

The County of Sonoma values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Benefits described herein do not apply to Extra Help positions.


These are some of the excellent benefits the County offers:

Paid Time Off :Competitive vacation accrual and sick leave accruals; additional management leave annually; 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year; and may be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment.

Health Plan :Choice of five health plans (a PPO, EPO, HMO, and two deductible HMOs) with a County paid premium contribution.

Retirement :Fully integrated with Social Security.For more information regarding eligibility, retirement contributions, and reciprocity with prior public service, please visit .

IRS 457 Plan :Pre-tax employee contribution up to the IRS annual maximum.

Retiree Medical :County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits.

Plus excellent dental, vision, disability, life insurance, professional development, and more.

For answers to specific questions regarding the employment process and more details about benefits or retirement, please contact Human Resources at (707) 565-2331.Additional details about benefit and compensation packages can be found in the MOUs located at . For specific information about health and welfare benefits including plan options, coverage, and premium amounts go to or, contact the Human Resources' Risk Management-Benefits Office at or (707) 565-2900.

*IMPORTANT NOTES: Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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