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Deputy Director of Behavioral Health, Salinas, CA

Organization: Monterey County Health Department
Category: Deputy Director
Location: Salinas, CA
Date Job Posted: December 17, 2021
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Monterey County Health Department
Salinas, CA 93906

Deputy Director of Behavioral Health
Salary: $10,369 - $14,154 per month
Final Filing Date: Friday, January 14, 2022
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Monterey County Health Department seeks an experienced behavioral health professional for the position of Deputy Director of Behavioral Health.

The Deputy Director reports directly to the Behavioral Health Bureau Chief and provides oversight and management for various services focused on all systems of care. Utilizing the current Behavioral Health Strategic Plan as a roadmap, the Deputy Director will be engaged with a wide range of priorities and initiatives. The Deputy Director is responsible for planning, organizing, directing and coordinating, evaluation and monitoring countywide Behavioral Health Services and contracts in accordance with all laws governing the delivery of Behavioral Health Services in the State of California. The Deputy Director position will oversee Access to Treatment Services, Substance Use Disorders, CalWORKs Services, and all South County Behavioral Health Services in the Health Department. Access to Treatment/Substance Use Disorders is a critical area of clinical programs providing services to all Monterey County residents with one centralized/standardized access to services regardless of where they live, what benefits they have, or whether they are experiencing emotional distress or substance use issues. CalWORKs Services provides treatment to individuals receiving public assistant to remove barriers in order to increase self-sufficiency.

Collectively, these efforts are reflective of the progressive vision and practices within the Behavioral Health unit and throughout the entire Health Department. The new Deputy Director must embody the values of a mission driven leader that understands the County’s role in the delivery of services to the residents in most need. A sense of ethics and organizational loyalty are additional values expected in this role. The position will require exceptional management and administration skills in emphasizing the importance of productivity in generating revenue and in expanding the ability to provide additional essential services.

The ideal candidate will have a commitment to the mission of community wellness and health protection that integrates an emphasis on enhanced service delivery, strategic thinking, productivity and efficiency, and an operational style inclusive of effective communication, collaboration and respect.

The Eligible List established by this recruitment may be used to fill current and future vacancies in this classification on a regular full-time, part-time, or temporary basis.

Examples of Duties


Will have a proven track record demonstrating the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Thorough Knowledge of:

  • Principles and methods of planning, developing, implementing, evaluating and coordinating large, complex Community-based behavioral health treatment programs.
  • Laws and regulations governing public behavioral health programs.
  • Interrelationship of services provided by governmental, community and private behavioral health organizations.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training, and personnel management.
  • Principles and methods of management, organization, budgeting and staffing applicable to behavioral health programs.
  • Requirements, methods and techniques used in the execution of comprehensive special projects and program planning development and administration.
  • Program evaluation techniques, procedures, and methods.

Working Knowledge of:

  • Grant writing and development of funding sources for public behavioral health programs
  • Budget development and oversight, fiscal and contract administration

Skill and ability to:

  • Evaluate behavioral health programs and develop or revise policies and procedures
  • Work with the Department of Health Care Services to ensure program performance and funding.
  • Plan, organize, direct and evaluate the work of assigned divisions through subordinate managers and supervisors.
  • Develop and maintain an operations budget, including recommending staffing levels.
  • Develop strategic plans and long-range forecasting; establish goals and performance standards.
  • Effectively represent the Health Department in contacts with the public, community organizations, and other government agencies.
  • Manage the development, maintenance, and implementation of a variety of statistics, records, and reports.
  • Analyze a variety of complex problems and recommend sound courses of action.
  • Exercise initiative, sound judgment and problem-solving abilities in order to solve difficult challenges regarding programs and staff
  • Coordinate activities with a diverse group of individuals
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted during the course of work

Examples of Experience/Education/Training

Any combination of training, education and/or experience which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities and required conditions of employment listed above is qualifying. An example of a way these requirements might be acquired is:

Education: Equivalent to a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in program administration, clinical psychology, social work, nursing or related discipline.


Experience: Five (5) years of progressively responsible professional administrative experience that has included analyzing and recommending solutions for the development of behavioral health program policy and administration of behavioral health services which includes at least three (3) years’ experience in the public sector at the supervisory and/or management level.

Conditions of Employment:

As a condition of employment, the incumbent will be required to:

  • Possess and maintain a valid California Class C driver’s license or the ability to provide suitable transportation which is approved by the appointing authority.
  • Complete the Health Department background investigation process including fingerprinting.
  • Be available to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends, holidays, and during times of disaster and/or emergency; travel out of County to attend meetings.
  • Provide proof of eligibility related to licensure and/or education, pursuant to Title 9 of the California Administrative Code.

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Additional Information


Apply On-Line at

by January 14, 2022 at 11:59 PM(PST)


Hard copy applications
may be obtained from and submitted during normal business hours, Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM by contacting:

Health Department
Attn: Human Resources
1270 Natividad Road
Salinas, CA 93906
Phone: (831) 755-4946

The selection process is tentative, and applicants will be notified if changes are made. To assess applicants' possession of required qualifications, the examination process may include an oral examination, pre-examination exercises, performance examination, and/or written examination. The competitive examination process includes submittal of required application materials. A complete application package will include:

  • Monterey County Employment Application form
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

Applicants who fail to provide all required materials by the final filing deadline will not be considered. Resumes, cover letters, letters of interest, and other correspondence will not be accepted as a substitute for required application materials. All required application materials will be competitively evaluated. Those applicants that are determined to be the most appropriately qualified will be invited to participate further in the selection process.


COVID-19: On July 30, 2021 the County of Monterey Board of Supervisors took action to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for all employees to include new hires. The vaccination requirement is in accordance with Section 25 of the County of Monterey Emergency Response Manual and COVID-19 Prevention Program Link. Applicants who accept employment with the County of Monterey, will be required to be fully vaccinated. However, individuals may request medical or religious exemptions and will be required to complete the appropriate request and certification forms for review and approval no later than their start date. Medical /Religion.


The County offers an excellent benefits package (X Unit)

The County of Monterey offers a premium benefit package. A summary of benefits for this position can be viewed on the County website. This information is intended to provide you with a general summary of benefits available and is not legally binding. The benefits listed in the Monterey County Personnel Policies & Practices Resolution or "X" MOU prevails over this listing.

See for more information (X Unit Benefit Summary Sheet.)


Monterey County is a drug-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer. The County seeks candidates who can make contributions in an environment of cultural and ethnic diversity. Monterey County is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, please call Kelly Roberts, Personnel Analyst at 831-755-4565 or

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