The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in
North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States, with a total
population of more than 872,498 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte
hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies. Also
known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the
Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the
community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to
live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving,
ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.
Police Department is a highly respected law enforcement agency, both in our
community and nationally. Our progressive department provides exciting
opportunities for law enforcement professionals to develop partnerships with
our citizens in order to prevent the next crime, and to enhance the quality of
life within our community always treating people with fairness and respect. The
department employs nearly 2,000 sworn officers and over 500 civilians serving a
jurisdiction with nearly 1 million people. Our employees are men and women from
diverse backgrounds interested in meeting the needs of and serving an equally
Serves as a full-time Senior Behavioral Health Specialist to
the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) by providing a variety of
professional counseling or psychological services. The Senior Behavioral Health Specialist will
provide therapy to traumatized/distressed employees of CMPD; training incident
debriefing counselors; coordinating critical incident stress debriefings; group
counseling sessions; teaching police academy courses; and maintaining confidential
records. This position will report to the Deputy Chief of Police of the Administrative Services Group.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
- Participates or
assist with the wellness program for employees considered high risk for
secondary trauma due to the nature of
their assignment in the department.
psychological care and treatment for academy recruits, sworn staff, and
civilian employees; provides therapy to traumatized or distressed officers;
performs diagnostic assessments and applies appropriate therapeutic techniques
and intervention; continuously monitors therapy progress; provides referrals to
other health care facilities/professionals, as needed.
security and confidentiality of information created or encountered in the
performance of assigned duties in strict adherence with all applicable laws and
crisis counseling in the field, and the office for individuals experiencing
acute episodes; evaluates patients and arranges for voluntary or involuntary
admission to facilities for observation and treatment.
- Aids in critical
incident group debriefings with all involved personnel (sworn and civilian), as
- Coordinate and
serves as clinical advisor to, the Department Peer Support Program including
participation in the selection and training of new members.
training and instruction to police employees; develops and presents Police
Psychology curriculum providing training related to resilience and positive
research and maintains knowledge on applicable therapy techniques and relevant
reference materials related to police psychology.
- Provides supervision to counselors and employees.
other duties of a similar nature and level as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Principles and practices of clinical and police
- Methods of diagnostic assessment of psychological
- Psychological treatment methods of acute stress
disorders, trauma and related illnesses.
- Principles and practices of program administration and
- Best practices, trends and emerging technologies.
- Principles and methods of qualitative and quantitative
- Principles and applications of critical thinking and
- Principles and practices of group facilitation and
- Applicable federal, state and local laws, codes,
regulations (based on assignment).
- Customer service principles.
- Specialized equipment relevant to area of assignment.
- Modern office technology.
- Performing clinical psychological assessments.
- Providing psychological care and treatment related to
traumatic stress and incidents.
- Providing appropriate therapeutic techniques and
intervention or making resource referrals as required.
- Providing consultation and serving as a department
liaison and subject matter expert.
- Preparing and delivering training curriculum and
- Researching industry trends, solutions and best
- Reading, analyzing, evaluating, interpreting and
summarizing written materials and statistical data.
- Exercising political acumen, tact and diplomacy.
- Maintaining confidential assessment and treatment
files and records.
- Interpreting and applying applicable laws, codes,
regulations and standards (based on assignment).
- Providing customer service.
- Utilizing a computer and relevant software
- Utilizing communication and interpersonal skills as
applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisors, the general public and
others to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work
ADA and Other Requirements
Positions in this class typically require grasping, talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motions. Must be able to perform the essential job functions with or without accommodation. This position may be required to work evening shifts, weekends and/or response to critical incidents, crime scenes and or incidents involving violence and/or death.
- Remaining in a stationary position, often sitting or
standing for prolonged periods.
- Occasional movement throughout the workday daily to
interact with staff and accomplish task.
- Communicating both verbally and written in order to
- Repeating motions of holding, grasping, turning, that
may include the wrist, hands, and/or fingers.
- Light work that may include moving objects up to 10
- Work primarily in office environment.
- Ability to operate office equipment, such as computer,
copier, fax machine, and phone.
- Concentrated and attentive use of one or more senses
(visual, audio, and other sensory modalities) for proof reading, data entry,
- Ability to operate in an environment with frequent
interruptions from people and or noises, which in return could result in some
level of stress, fatigue, or strain.
- Comprehensive of written information in work related
- Ability to hear, understand, and distinguish speech.
- Working Conditions:
- Work is routinely performed in an indoor, office
environment. Maybe required to be on call and/or work outside of normal
- Master’s degree in psychology or related human service field with
coursework in behavior analysis
- Licensed Professional Counselor
- Three (3) year experience
one of the following licensures with the ability to practice in North Carolina:
Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Clinical Mental Health
Licensed Clinical Mental Health
Counselor Supervisor (LCMHCS)
or similar certifications and/or licensed issued by the State of North Carolina.
How To Apply
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accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if
you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job.
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- 10 days annual paid vacation (full-time employee)
- 12 days annual paid sick leave (full-time employee)
- 11 holidays (special rules may apply to some jobs) and
one floating personal day
- Military, jury duty, funeral & school support paid
- Health, dental, vision & life insurance coverages
- Employer paid short-term disability program
- Coverage under the NC Retirement System or the
Charlotte Firefighters' Retirement System (if a firefighter) pension plans
- Employer contribution to the City's 401(k) plan
- 401(k) & 457 voluntary deferred compensation
- Flexible spending account and health savings account
- Free and confidential Employee Assistance Program
- Educational reimbursement for approved college
The City of Charlotte is an at-will employer. The city
reserves the right to modify policies, programs and practices including the
right to change employee contributions to health and benefit programs.
This information is a summary of benefits.
Participation in any of the city’s benefits plans should not be viewed as a
contract of employment. While the city of Charlotte intends to provide these
benefits for an indefinite period of time, it reserves the right to terminate,
suspend, withdraw, amend or modify the plan at any time. Any such change or
termination of benefits will be based solely on the decision of the city and
may apply to active employees, future retirees and current retirees as either
separate groups or as one group.
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