Chief Mental Health Clinician (#RS2014)
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$59.26-$72.03 Hourly / $10,271.20-$12,484.71 Monthly / $123,254.49-$149,816.60 Yearly


Under general direction, plans, implements and evaluates a social service program in a mental health or related setting; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


An employee in this class is responsible for management of a specific comprehensive program in the Mental Health Department. Supervision is exercised over a staff of professional, para-professional and other personnel.


  • Plans and develops a mental health program for mentally ill, disabled or emotionally handicapped clients.
  • Conducts and participates in staff meetings to insure effective coordination or work; hires, trains and evaluates staff.
  • Selects, assigns, supervises and evaluates subordinate professional and para-professional personnel in the performance of social casework, and in recording case histories and related matters; assigns cases and assists subordinates with difficult cases.
  • Prepares program budget; prepares and maintains records, reports and correspondence; may requisition supplies.
  • Consults with and informs medical personnel and other staff members of matters relating to social and environmental problems of clients and their families.
  • Participates in the planning and conducting of training programs teaching diagnosis and treatment methods; coordinates the social work program with related community social services and treatment facilities.
  • Supervises and participates in interdisciplinary diagnostic and dispositional conferences to determine the nature of illness and recommend treatment plans; performs clinical assessments; makes pre-release studies of cases and makes recommendations accordingly.
  • Determines, interprets and implements policies and procedures; monitors program effectiveness.
  • Represents Mental Health Services at conferences and addresses groups; may represent the department on matters relating to the service aspects of mental health programs
  • Serves as an advocate for the civil and service rights of clients and family members.



Special Requirement: Must possess and maintain a valid license as a 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.


Special Requirement: Must possess and maintain a valid license as a Psychologist issued by the California Board of Psychology.



Education: Graduation from an accredited university with a master’s or doctorate degree in social work, counseling, psychology or other course of study acceptable to the State of California Board of Behavioral Sciences towards licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), or Psychologist.


Experience: Two years of progressively responsible licensed casework experience as an LCSW, MFT, LPCC or Psychologist, which included counseling or therapy in a clinical or treatment setting and also included one year of supervisory experience.


License: Must possess a valid California driver’s license.


Principles, practices, and techniques of psychiatric social casework; principles of employee supervision and training; accepted social work placement methods and practices; social aspects of disability and mental illness and of modern methods of treatment.


Plan, assign, and direct the work of subordinate social workers and related personnel; prepare program budgets; prepare reports, records and correspondence; develop and maintain cooperative relationships with clients and their families; analyze information and reach sound decisions on the basis of such information; interpret the casework program to other personnel, other social service agencies, and the community; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.


Mobility – frequent operation of a keyboard, sitting for long periods of time, walking; occasional standing for long periods of time, pushing/pulling, bending/squatting and stair climbing;  Lifting – frequent lifting of 5 lbs. or less;  Visual – constant use of overall vision, hand/eye coordination, depth perception and reading/close-up work; frequent need for color perception and field of vision/peripheral;  Dexterity – frequent holding, reaching, grasping, repetitive motion and writing;  Hearing/Talking – constant hearing of normal speech, talking in person and talking on the telephone; frequent hearing on a telephone/radio; occasional hearing of faint sounds and talking over a public address system;  Emotional/Psychological Factors – constant public contact, decision-making and concentration; frequent exposure to emergency situations; occasional exposure to trauma, grief or death; Environmental and Other Conditions – frequent work in an indoor office environment; occasional exposure to noise, varied outdoor weather conditions; occasional working alone, working weekends/nights, and/or work-related travel.

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.

Equal Opportunity Employer

San Joaquin County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer and is committed to providing equal employment to all without regard to age, ancestry, color, creed, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation or belief, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.  For more information go to www.sjgov.org/department/hr/eeo.

Accomodations for those covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):

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

CLASS: RS2014; EST: 6/1/1990; REV: 1/14/2015;