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Clinical Director (Licensed Psychologist), Bismarck, ND

Organization: North Dakota DOCR
Category: Director
Location: Bismarck, ND
Date Job Posted: July 12, 2021
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This is an exciting opportunity to join the ND Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCR) team and make a difference in our communities! We are looking for an innovative Clinical Director (Licensed Psychologist) to oversee delivery of ethical and effective behavioral health care at our adult correctional facilities in ND; ND State Penitentiary and Missouri River Correctional Center in Bismarck, James River Correctional Center in Jamestown, and the Heart River Correctional Center in Mandan, and adult individuals serving terms of community supervision. This position is critical to ensuring access to appropriate behavioral health care for all those DOCR serves. If you truly want to make a difference, are excited by challenges and providing the best possible care to people involved with the criminal justice system, and love working in a high-performing and constantly evolving agency, then this is the opportunity for you!

This position has a competitive starting salary and benefits package to include, state paid family health insurance (no monthly premium!), retirement, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave that begins to accrue on day one, and more. For more information on the state employee benefits package, go to and click on Active Members.

Join our team of correctional professionals where we share a collective vision for healthy and productive neighbors, a safe North Dakota, and our mission is transforming lives, influencing change, strengthening community.

Summary of Work

The DOCR Clinical Director's main responsibilities include overseeing the behavioral healthcare provided in DOCR prison facilities (including serving as the Mental Health Authority for DOCR and the Director of Research); providing consultation to other departments within DOCR, transitional facilities, the contract women's prison and other stakeholders as needed; overseeing community-based sexual offender treatment provided by a contracting agency; and oversight of Free Through Recovery.

  • Oversee the behavioral health services provided within DOCR facilities.
  • Provide clinical supervision to each facility's Treatment Coordinator and clinical and administrative supervision to Psychologist I and Psychologist II staff, as well as to other behavioral health staff as needed.
  • Design and implement behavioral health programs, including assessment protocols, behavioral intervention strategies, and group interventions.
  • Maintain a caseload of individual therapy clients and provide group services on a limited basis.
  • Determine continuous quality improvement protocols, including documentation audits and evaluations of clinical service delivery, and oversee their implementation.
  • Complete psychological evaluations.
  • Ensure that relevant data is used to evaluate program success and implement data-driven changes.
  • Attend various stakeholder meetings and provide information regarding DOCR initiatives, as well as share information from the meetings with DOCR staff.
  • Deliver testimony to legislative and interim committees.
  • Serve as a member of the ND Behavioral Health Planning Council and participate in identifying, recommending, and implementing changes to the statewide behavioral healthcare system.
  • Oversee community-based sexual offender treatment provided by a contracting agency.
  • Oversee the DOCR's implementation of Free Through Recovery by providing clinical and administrative supervision to the Free Through Recovery Clinical Administrator.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a Doctorate in Psychology and licensure or eligibility for licensure as a Psychologist by the ND Board of Psychologist Examiners, according to North Dakota Century Code Chapter 43-32, and three years’ experience as a Licensed Psychologist.

If unable to find qualified candidates, we will consider underfilling this position with a Licensed Psychologist I, which requires a doctorate in psychology and licensure or eligibility for licensure as a Licensed Psychologist by the ND Board of Psychologist Examiners, according to North Dakota Century Code Chapter 43-32.

If unable to find fully-licensed candidates, we will consider underfilling this position with a qualified Psychology Resident, which requires a doctorate degree in psychology and eligibility for a supervised psychological residency as determined by the ND Board of Psychologist Examiners.

Application Procedures

All applications for open DOCR positions must be made via the Careers site. Paper submissions will not be accepted. Application materials must be received by 11:59 PM on the closing date listed above. All potential applicants must attach and/or upload the following documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Psychologist License

Application materials must clearly explain how experience and education are related to the minimum qualifications and job duties.

Contact Travis Engelhardt at, 701-328-6102, or TTY 800-366-6888 for more information or assistance in the application or interview process.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of North Dakota and this hiring agency do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), genetics, religion, age or disability in employment or the provisions of services and complies with the provisions of the North Dakota Human Rights Act.

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

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