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Recruitment #22-NL8-01




THE JOB: Under general direction to plan, organize, direct, coordinate and evaluate major components of service delivery program Behavioral Health Division; and other work as required. The current position is a member of the senior leadership team for Behavioral Health and reports directly to the Director of Behavioral Health Services for the County of Santa Cruz. This position has a focus on providing oversight to the County Crisis Continuum of Care, including mobile crisis services, the mental health liaison program with law enforcement, the development of a community-based Access program to ensure easy and timely access to services in multiple locations in the community, and oversight staff responsible for implementation of the County Suicide Prevention Plan. In addition, this position will provide administrative supervision to staff managing Mental Health Service Act (Proposition 63) funding, and the County clinical outcomes management system through the use of the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessment (CANS) and the companion tool for adults, the Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment (ANSA). The eligible list established from this recruitment will be used to fill current and future vacancies during the life of the eligible list.

Employment Standards

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of training and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying. A typical way to obtain these knowledge and abilities would be:

Five years of experience in hospital or health care administration, three of which shall have been in the mental health or alcohol and drug field plus a master's degree in hospital administration, public health administration, public administration, psychology, social work, nursing or counseling from an accredited college or university. Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education. A clinical license or certification as an alcohol and drug counselor is strongly desired but not required as this position supervises large, complex service delivery systems and clinical staff.

Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of methods to assess and respond to community needs for mental health and/or substance abuse services; program planning, administration, coordination, management and evaluation; the principles of mental health and/or substance abuse disciplines and legal requirements; interrelationships of service provided by governmental, community and private mental health/substance abuse organizations; the principles and practices of supervision, training and personnel management. Working knowledge of grant proposal writing and legislative processes related to developing funding resources; budgeting, fiscal control and contract administration; and county requirements for approval and management of new complex programs of significant scope and size.

Ability to: Evaluate mental health and/or substance abuse programs and develop new or revised programs as necessary to meet the needs of the community; develop and coordinate services and maintain effective relationships with other departments, agencies and organizations; work with State Department of Mental Health and/or State Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs to ensure program performance, appropriate funding and problem solving; plan, organize and direct through subordinate managers and supervisors the activities of staff working in mental health and/or substance abuse programs; prepare and monitor budgets and contracts; express aims, concepts and principles of mental health and/or substance abuse programs in oral and written form; speak effectively before groups; develop, negotiate and monitor funding sources; exercise initiative, ingenuity and sound judgment to solve difficult administrative and personnel problems; and work effectively to partner with many constituent groups and political entities on critical mental health and substance abuse services.



VACATION - 16 days 1st year, increasing to 31 days per year after 15 years of service. Available after 1 year of service.

ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE – One week advanced upon appointment; two weeks accrued each year; can be taken in cash or time off.

HOLIDAYS - 13 paid holidays per year.

SICK LEAVE - Six days per year.

BEREAVEMENT LEAVE - 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.

MEDICAL PLAN - The County contracts with CalPERS for a variety of medical plans.  For most plans, County contributions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and eligible dependents.

DENTAL PLAN - County pays for employee and eligible dependent coverage.

VISION PLAN - The County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible dependent coverage.

RETIREMENT AND SOCIAL SECURITY - Pension formula 2% at age 60 or 2% at age 62 as determined based on provisions of the CA Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013(PEPRA). Pension benefit determined by final average compensation of three years.  County participates in Social Security. 

LIFE INSURANCE - County paid $50,000 term policy.  Employee may purchase additional life insurance.

LONG TERM DISABILITY PLAN - Plan pays 66 2/3% of the first $13,500, up to $9,000 per month maximum.

DEPENDENT-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay for qualifying child or dependent care expenses may elect this pre-tax program.

H-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay a County medical premium may elect this pre-tax program.

HEALTH CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ALLOWANCE (HCFSA) – Employees may elect this pre-tax program to cover qualifying health care expenses.

DEFERRED COMPENSATION - A deferred compensation plan is available to employees.




Selection Plan

THE EXAMINATION: Your application and supplemental questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training, and/or licensing requirements as stated on the job announcement. If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral and/or performance examinations or a competitive evaluation of training and experience as described on your application and supplemental questionnaire. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list. The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants. If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months, and your overall score will be based upon an evaluation of your application and supplemental questionnaire. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another examination for this job class, you will be invited to take the examination to remain on the eligible list.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply Online Now!  Click on the link below; or print out an application and supplemental questionnaire and mail/bring them to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060.  For information, call (831) 454-2600.  Hearing Impaired TDD/TTY: 711.  Applications will meet the final filing date if received in one of the following ways:  1) in the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) submitted online before midnight of the final filing date. 

Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  If you have a disability that requires test accommodation, please call (831) 454-2600.   

To comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, Santa Cruz County verifies that all new employees are either U.S. citizens or persons authorized to work in the U.S.  

Some positions may require fingerprinting and/or background investigation.

NOTE: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.

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