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Recruitment #12-PR7-01



Santa Cruz Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is seeking a Chief of Psychiatry for an innovative, multidisciplinary system of behavioral health care with strong inter-divisional and departmental collaborations with Health, Public Health, Department of Social Services, Probation Department and other community partners. The Division is committed to integrated care that addresses mental health, substance abuse and complex co-occurring conditions within a wellness and recovery framework and sensitive to the varied socioeconomic issues confronting the individuals we serve. The Chief position reports to the Director of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (Behavioral Health Division) and is part of the executive team responsible for the appropriate and effective delivery of care to MediCal, Medi-Medi, and Low Income Health Plan beneficiaries as well as low income, uninsured residents of the county. The Chief provides direct oversight and direction to members of the Medical Staff, which is comprised of psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, nursing staff and medical assistants. Duties include supervision of medical staff, participation in program planning and evaluation, liaison with other health professionals in both the public and private sector, and education of community members on issues related to Behavioral Health. The Chief provides up to 10 hours per week of direct clinical care.


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 unique 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 County one of California’s most desirable living areas.

Employment Standards

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; and five (5) years of experience in the field of public mental health or mental health administration.

Special Requirements:

Possess and maintain a valid California Class C Driver License, or the ability to provide suitable transportation which is approved by the appointing authority.

Possession of a valid Physician and Surgeon's certification 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’s and Surgeon’s Certificate issued by the State of California is required at the time of appointment.

Possession of a State and/or Federal narcotic license for administration of narcotics.


Medical, Dental, and Vision
Medical coverage is available through CalPERS with the County paying a majority portion of the cost for the employee and dependents. The cost of the dental plan is entirely County-paid for employees and dependents. The County pays for the cost of an employee vision plan and the employee may purchase dependent coverage.

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 and Long-Term Disability Plan
County paid $50,000 term life insurance policy. Employees may purchase additional life insurance. The County pays for a long term disability plan that pays 66⅔ % of the first $13,500, up to $9,000 per month maximum benefits.

Selection Plan


Candidates must submit a County application, answers to the supplemental application questions and a resume. The completed application packet must be received by the Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 310, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 or online at www.santacruzcountyjobs.com by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2013. For more information please call Nisha Patel, Employment Services Manager or Salina Flores, Personnel Analyst at (831) 454-2600. Hearing Impaired TDD# (831) 454-2123

If you have a disability that would require test accommodation, call (831) 454-2600.


 Application Deadline:                                  Friday, February 8, 2013

Review of qualifications and
competitive screening based on
experience, education and response to
supplemental questions:                              Week of February 11, 2013

Examination:*                                             February 2013

 *You may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral, performance examination or a competitive evaluation of training and experience as described on your application and supplemental application. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list. The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants. If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months, and your overall score will be based upon an evaluation of your application and supplemental application.

Note: Provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.

The County of Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce.