Director of Behavioral Health Services

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Post Date: Oct 26, 2022
Job Type: Full Time
Start Date: November 28th
Salary: $166,005 - $222,394
Location: US - California - Santa Cruz
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Director of Behavioral Health Services
Health Services Agency
County of Santa Cruz, California
Annual Salary: $166,005 - $222,394 - DOE/DOQ

The County of Santa Cruz, Health Services Agency, is recruiting for a Director of Behavioral Health. This Director will oversee the County’s Behavioral Health Division’s operations and mental health and substance use programs. The County seeks a health service professional who is a proven leader and has expertise and knowledge of complex behavioral health services, associated programmatic financing acuity, and ideally, California and public sector knowledge and experience. The Director will oversee a small team of four to eight direct and 300 indirect staff and an approximate budget of $110 million and will build a positive work environment, break down silos, work as a team, encourage collaboration, establish, and lead with diversity, equity, and inclusion in mind, and demonstrate a commitment to trauma-informed decision-making. If you are a seasoned behavioral health professional and want to make a difference in our community, apply today!

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The Director of Behavioral Health Services is responsible for the oversight of the systems of care for both mental health and substance use disorder services, as well as 300 full-time employees and an approximate annual budget of $110 million. The position reports to the Health Services Agency Director and works extensively with key stakeholders in mental health and substance use on community planning and service delivery.

This role will effectively build a purposeful culture and a positive workplace environment, mentor and develop staff with a focus on succession planning, and improve the quality of services and program outcomes. The ideal candidate should be a visionary leader who is committed to supporting their team and reflect the values of the community it serves. The successful candidate is experienced, energetic, passionate, innovative with good communication, diplomatic, has people skills, and understands mental health and substance use disorders services, government administration, finance, and evidence-based and promising practices.

Employment Standards
Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
•        In accordance with California Code of Regulations, Title 9, Division 1, Chapter 3, Article 8, Section 620, the local Director of Behavioral Health Services shall be one of the following seen here:
•        Possession of a valid California class C driver license or the ability to provide suitable transportation which is approved by the appointing authority.

HOW TO APPLY: For first consideration, apply by November 28, 2022, at:

Please contact your recruiter, Teresa Carrillo, with any questions:
•        Phone: (831) 454-3025
•        Email:

Contact Details
Name: Teresa Carrillo
City: Santa Cruz
State/Province: California
Zipcode: 95060
Country: United States
Ph: 831-454-3025