Chief Deputy Director - Behavioral Health Services (#HS2000)
$104.00-$126.41 Hourly / $18,026.09-$21,910.82 Monthly / $216,313.11-$262,929.93 Yearly


Under general administrative direction from the Director of Health Care Services, directs and administers Behavioral Health Services programs and operations within the San Joaquin County Health Care Services Agency; and does related work as required.


The Chief Deputy Director – Behavioral Health Services is an at-will, single-position class that is exempt from the San Joaquin County Civil Service system. The incumbent serves as the County’s appointed Director of Behavioral Health. In consultation with the Behavioral Health Officer, the incumbent is responsible for leading, managing, directing and administering Behavioral Health Services programs, functions, budgets and activities and ensuring their compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, as well as the policies established by the Director of Health Care Services, the County Administrator, and the Board of Supervisors. The incumbent interfaces extensively with external agencies and is expected to model a strong work ethic and leadership skills, including accountability for oneself and others.


This specification is a general guideline for the class. The statements below are not restrictive, and the responsibilities and duties assigned to a position in this class may expand beyond those identified in the specification.

  • Plans, organizes, and directs Behavioral Health Services programs, functions, budgets and activities; directs operations to maximize efficiency, improve service levels, reduce administrative and service provision costs, and ensure effective utilization of available resources; exercises good judgment and makes sound business decisions in managing activities; provides strategic leadership through communication, demonstration, and accomplishment of the organizational mission, vision, and values. 
  • Prepares and reviews reports and other materials to ensure development and maintenance of programs and standards to maintain behavioral health accreditation and licensing certification, and in a fashion consistent with the principles of the Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63).
  • Through subordinate managers and supervisors, manages the work activities and responsibilities assigned to Behavioral Health Services staff; directs and administers personnel matters including employee selection, assignment, and evaluation; directs employee discipline as required; directs and oversees staff development and training. 
  • In conjunction with the Director of Health Care Services, directs the development and implementation of Behavioral Health Services operational policies and procedures; administers programs in compliance with legal regulations and requirements; analyzes and interprets existing and proposed legislation as well as various regulations, policies, procedures, and other directives to determine impact on operations; directs the establishment of clinical treatment programs in conjunction with medical and nursing staff. 
  • Works in conjunction with the Behavioral Health Officer (medical director) on matters related to behavioral health medical operations, including patient care and training programs; confers with the Director of Health Care Services in developing recommendations to advisory boards, County Administrator, and the Board of Supervisors.
  • Attends meetings of the Board of Supervisors and provides recommendations on matters germane to areas of assignment; confers with management staff on policies, procedures, and workload standards, and directs changes as needed; participates on task forces and committees; represents Behavioral Health Services to outside agencies and the general public. 
  • Directs the development and administration of Behavioral Health Services budgets and operating objectives; determines levels of service; analyzes services to ensure cost effectiveness and superior customer service. 
  • Prepares, or directs the preparation of, complex narrative, statistical, and other management reports; designs grant projects, writes grant proposals, and implements and monitors grant projects. 
  • Directs and manages the effective development and utilization of technology to improve systems and processes; coordinates facility services including building and property maintenance, procurement and distribution of supplies, automotive fleet management, and insurance and liability programs. 
  • Develops and maintains cooperative and collaborative working relationships with federal, state and county officials, outside agencies, community groups, and the public; communicates and cooperates with other Health Care Services departments, fostering cooperation and avoiding duplication.



Experience: Seven years of senior-level management experience in a federal, state, or local behavioral health agency, including two years in a diverse community-based behavioral health program.


Either Pattern I

License:  Valid California licensure as one of the following:

1) Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), or a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

2) A Psychologist issued by the California Board of Psychology.

3) A Physician, issued by the Medical Board of California (including certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology).

Education: Graduation from an accredited university with a master’s or doctorate degree required by the State of California to become licensed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Psychologist, or Physician.

Or Pattern II

License: Valid licensure as a Registered Nurse issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), and current listing with the BRN as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse.

Education: Graduation from an accredited university with a master’s degree in psychiatric or mental health nursing.

And For Both Patterns

License:  Possession of a valid California driver’s license.


The principles and practices of behavioral health care administration; principles and practices of public administration, including effective organization, administration, fiscal management, rules and regulations common to community health programs; procurement, facilities management, and supervision; trends of the field of behavioral health, as well as social, political, and economic issues influencing program administration; methods of conducting research, performing statistical analyses, and gathering data; principles and practices of public relations; program and grant development; modern office automation technology and computer software programs relevant to assigned operations.


Plan, organize, direct and administer the operations, programs and services of a comprehensive behavioral health care delivery system in a cost-effective manner while also ensuring excellent customer service; efficiently and effectively apply the principles, practices, and techniques of public administration to understand, interpret, and manage fiscal, budgetary, record keeping, general services, and related administrative activities; provide appropriate and effective leadership and management over diverse staff teams, including subordinate managers and supervisors; exercise good judgment and make sound managerial decisions; exercise analytical and critical thinking to analyze complex problems and recommend appropriate solutions; understand, interpret, and apply legal codes, regulations, and rules pertaining to program operations; prepare and administer budgets, as well as fiscal and financial records; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; prepare and deliver thorough and comprehensive written reports and give oral presentations to small and large groups; direct the utilization of complex automated systems and manage automation efforts, including the direction of systems development, maintenance, and operation; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted during the course of work, including other County departments, external agencies, employees, community groups, and the general public.


Mobility - frequent sitting for long periods; frequent operation of a data entry device; occasional walking, standing, pushing, pulling, bending, squatting, climbing; Lifting - frequent lifting of 5 pounds or less; occasional lifting of 5-30 pounds; Visual - constant use of good, overall vision and reading/close-up work; frequent use of color perception and hand/eye coordination; occasional use of depth perception and peripheral vision; Hearing/Talking - frequent hearing of normal speech, talking/hearing on the telephone and in person; Emotional/Psychological - frequent decision making, concentration, and public contact; occasional public speaking; occasional dealing with emergency situations; occasional exposure to trauma, grief, or death; Special Requirements - may require working weekends/nights, working alone, driving; Environmental – frequent work in a standard office environment; occasional exposure to varied weather conditions.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: HS2000; REV: 7/7/2015;