Job: Supervising Adult Psychiatrist (Department Promotional Only)

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Job Title:Supervising Adult Psychiatrist (Department Promotional Only)
Closing Date/Time:Thu. 06/29/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$108.03 - $135.02 Hourly
$8,642.40 - $10,801.60 Biweekly
$18,725.20 - $23,403.47 Monthly
$224,702.40 - $280,841.60 Annually
Job Type:Full-Time
Location:San Mateo County, California
San Mateo Medical Center's Department of Psychiatry is looking for a full-time Supervising Adult Psychiatrist to join our core medical staff.
The Supervising Adult Psychiatrist will be responsible for direct clinical care 50% of the time, and serve in a supervisory/administrative role the rest of the time. The Supervising Adult Psychiatrist will assist in planning, organizing, directing and administering multiple components of the Acute Inpatient Psychiatric and Psychiatric Emergency Room services. This individual is expected to recommend, develop, implement and evaluate goals, objectives, policies, and procedures related to acute inpatient and emergency room psychiatry with a special focus on clinical care quality assurance. The Supervising Adult Psychiatrist will receive general direction from the Medical Director of Acute Psychiatry and will exercise direct and indirect supervision over all levels of medical/professional, technical, and support staff.
San Mateo Medical Center is San Mateo County's public hospital and clinics health care system. The main hospital campus is a full-service acute hospital with 30 inpatient psych beds and a separate, 24-hour psychiatric emergency unit, along with a medical emergency department, 70 med-surg and ICU beds, and 30 rehab beds.
San Mateo County is a national leader in community mental health services with a commitment to excellence in outpatient care.

San Mateo County's award-winning Psychiatric Residency Training Program is based at the Medical Center, and staff psychiatrists are invited to join the faculty and participate in training residents as well as psychology interns. 

San Mateo Medical Center has engaged for several years in a Lean transformation journey, branded internally as LEAP - Learn, Engage, Aspire, Perfect.  It is preferred that the ideal candidate have experience in and value for a continuous improvement philosophy within themselves, their departments and work process.

Salary: Physicians working as inpatient psychiatrists covering inpatient units receive a 10% premium pay over the base pay listed above.  Psychiatrists also receive an additional 5% increase in salary for each qualifying board certification, up to two (2) Boards.

Night-shift differential: All psychiatrists receive $175/hour, regardless of their base wage, for any work between the hours of 6pm and 6am.

Other benefits (partial list): Other annual benefits include 234 hours of vacation/compensatory time, increasing every 5 years of full-time employment; 12 paid holidays; 96 hours of paid sick leave; subsidized health insurance and retirement plans; and $2500 of reimbursed educational and other professional expenses.
 Examples Of Duties:
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Direct and administer an adult psychiatric program.
  • Provide clinical supervision and direction to all levels of medical/professional staff including assigning, directing, and monitoring work.
  • Develop and monitor adherence to policies, procedures and protocols.
  • Monitor, evaluate, and report on the quality and appropriateness of care.
  • Review and evaluate incident reports pertaining to 3AB and PES, identify hazards and make recommendations to Medical Director.
  • Take charge of daily patient flow.
  • Assist in selecting, reviewing the performance of, and initiating corrective actions when needed of professional staff.
  • Monitor the daily smooth running of the Acute Inpatient Unit as well as PES service lines.
  • Coordinate and manage provider scheduling.
  • Train and supervise interns and residents.
  • Conduct comprehensive medical histories and psychiatric examinations.
  • Prescribe and administer treatment and medication or therapy as necessary.
  • Develop standards of medical care for specialty area.
  • Participate in in-service training programs.
  • In the absence of the Medical Director, act as formal liaison between administration and other physicians.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is:

Completion of a residency program and three years of experience in Adult Psychiatry.

Knowledge of:
  • Health care management practices and principles including revenue retrieval.
  • Current developments, trends and research in a medical specialty.
  • Principles and practices of supervision.
  • Development of medical policies, procedures and protocols.
  • Preparation of comprehensive reports and other correspondence.
  • Pharmacology and psychopharmacology including laws regarding informed consent, dosage ranges, drug incompatibilities, and side effects.
  • Laws, statues, codes, and regulations related to the specialty area which govern health service providers, and JCAHO and other regulatory requirements.
  • General Medicine and its relationship to psychiatry.
  • Current techniques and dynamics of individual, couple, family, adult and group psychotherapy.
  • Chemical dependency and abuse and its relationship to psychiatry.
  • Advanced knowledge of psychiatric principles and practices.
  • Current developments in the field of psychiatry.
  • Community mental health practice and program options.
  • Treatment approaches and differential diagnosis of the mentally ill.
  • County-wide mental health services.
Skill/Ability to:
  • Direct psychiatric programs.
  • Clinically supervise and provide lead direction to medical/professional staff, including physicians.
  • Fully supervise staff, including selection, performance evaluation, and corrective action.
  • Prepare comprehensive reports and correspondence.
  • Apply principles of effective management techniques.
  • Diagnose patients and prescribe treatment or therapy in the designated specialty area.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients, their families, hospital staff, community organizations and others.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing with individuals within the County or at any level within the Health Services Department.
  • License to practice medicine or osteopathy in the State of California.


Department Promotional Only. Only current San Mateo County employees in the Health System with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help, or temporary position prior to the final filing date may apply.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight: pass/fail) based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%).

Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations, or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply Online" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date. 

Tentative Recruitment Schedule:
Final Submission Date:
June 29, 2017
Application Screening: Week of July 3, 2017
Panel Interviews: Week of July 10, 2017

The County of San Mateo does not require job applicants to disclose conviction history information until after the applicant successfully completes all examination phases for the recruitment. All passing applicants will receive instructions by email only from Human Resources staff to complete and submit a conviction history questionnaire online within a specified deadline of two business days. Failure to do so within the time frame will disqualify you from the rest of the process. Please visit to find out more information about the conviction history questionnaire so that you can prepare accordingly.

Note: Positions in criminal justice agencies currently required by law to pass background checks are exempted from this bill, and applicants may be required to submit conviction information at the time of application.

San Mateo County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

HR Contact: Kristin Herman (061517) (Supervising Adult Psychiatrist - F142) 

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