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Recruitment #13-PR5-01

Date Opened:12/31/2012 11:59:00 PM
Filing Deadline:1/3/2014 11:59:00 PM
Salary:$173,930 - $188,178 / Annually
Job Type: Open

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PSYCHIATRIST POSITION                                                                                                                                           Santa Cruz County is seeking Psychiatrists to join the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (MHSAS) Division to ensure new community resources and opportunities for recovery and resiliency. Positions in this class are responsible for conducting psychiatric examinations and evaluations, making psychiatric diagnosis, applying psychiatric treatment, and providing medical supervision and medication management for a wide variety of mental health clients. Incumbents provide on-call, after hours and weekend consultation for the detention facilities and other programs as needed. MHSAS is part of the County’s Health Services Agency which is known for having many innovative programs and a strong history of effective collaboration.

THE COUNTY OF SANTA CRUZ                                                                                                            Santa Cruz County has approximately 268,000 residents and is situated in the northern area of Monterey Bay, 70 miles south of San Francisco and 35 miles southwest of the Silicon Valley. The County’s natural beauty is apparent in its pristine beaches, lush redwood forests, and rich farmland. It has an ideal Mediterranean climate with low humidity and 300 days of sunshine a year. Its quaint shops and restaurants, coupled with a multitude of cultural and recreational activities, including theatre, music, art, as well as golfing, surfing, hiking, and biking, offer a wealth of leisure activities. Higher education includes Cabrillo College and the University of California, Santa Cruz, with two additional State Universities less than an hour’s drive away. These elements of high quality living make Santa Cruz one of California’s most desirable living areas.



Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain these knowledge and abilities would be:

  • Graduation from an approved medical school and satisfactory completion of a three year psychiatric residency approved by the American Medical Association or the American Osteopathic Association. 


  • Possess and maintain a valid California Class C Driver License or the employee must be able to provide suitable transportation which is approved by the appointing authority.
  • Possession of a valid Physician and Surgeon's License issued by the State of California. If licensed in another state, candidates may participate in the recruitment and examination process, however, possession of a valid Physician and Surgeon’s License issued by the State of California is required at the time of appointment.


ANNUAL LEAVE - 22 days first year, increasing to 37 days after 15 years. Available after six months for vacation and/or sick leave.
HOLIDAYS - 12.5 paid holidays per year.
BEREAVEMENT LEAVE – 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.
MEDICAL PLAN – The County contracts with CalPERS for a variety of health plans.  For most plans, County contributions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and dependents.
DENTAL PLAN - County pays for employee and dependent coverage.
VISION PLAN - County pays for employee coverage. Employee may pay for dependents.
RETIREMENT AND SOCIAL SECURITY - Pension formula 2% at age 60 or 2% at age 62 as determined based on provisions of the CA Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013(PEPRA). Pension benefit determined by final average compensation of three years.  County pays a portion of retirement contribution and participates in Social Security. 
LIFE INSURANCE - County paid $50,000 term policy.  Employee may purchase additional life insurance.
LONG TERM DISABILITY PLAN - County paid plan.  Plan will pay 66 2/3% of the first $13,500 up to $9,000 per month maximum.
DEPENDENT-CARE PLAN – Employees who make contributions for child or dependent care may elect to have their contributions made utilizing “pre-tax dollars.”
H-CARE PLAN – Employees who pay a County medical premium share of cost may elect this pre-tax program.
HEALTH CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ALLOWANCE (HCFSA) – Employees may elect this pre-tax program to cover qualifying health care expenses.
FLEXIBLE HEALTH ALLOWANCE (FHA) – A portion of the County’s contribution to employee health insurance that allows employees to have health plan purchase options. Employees who are enrolled in a County medical plan can participate in this program.
EMPLOYEE CREDIT UNION - Offers systematic savings and low interest loans.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION - A deferred compensation plan is available to employees.
OTHER - Other pay and benefit items apply to certain positions or assignments, such as Bilingual Pay and Night Shift Differential.



Candidates must submit a County application and answers to the supplemental application questions. The completed application packet must be received by the Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Rm. 310, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 or online at

Qualifying physicians may be eligible for the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program (US Dept. of Health & Human Services.)

For more information regarding the position please contact Interim Mental Health Director Rama Khalsa at (831) 454-4519 or the Chief of Adult Outpatient Services, Yana Jacobs at 831-454-4539. For information regarding the recruitment and examination procedure please contact Salina Flores, Personnel Analyst at (831) 454-2261. If you have a disability that would require test accommodation, call (831) 454-2600. Hearing impaired TDD# (831) 454-2123.

NOTE: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.

                                                              An Equal Opportunity Employer

Santa Cruz County Personnel Department

701 Ocean Street, Room 310 Santa Cruz, California 95060

Phone:(831) 454-2600 or TDD (831)454-2123