Job Description

Overall Job Objective

$214,614.41 - $268,278.41 Annually
San Mateo County, CA
Job Type
Behavioral Health and Recovery Services
Job Number
12/17/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

NOTE: This recruitment schedule was amended on December 11, 2018 from a continuous recruitment to closing. The Final Closing Date will be December 17, 2018

**Please note: The positions have been filled.

The County of San Mateo Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) seeks Board eligible or Board certified psychiatrists to serve as a staff Adult Psychiatrist in one of the following locations: the Coastside Behavioral Health Center in Half Moon Bay, California and the East Palo Alto Community Counseling Behavioral Health Center in East Palo Alto, California.
The Coastside position, providing professional adult psychiatric diagnostic and therapeutic services to clients of BHRS, is currently part time, 0.65 FTE (26 hours per week), and currently open for hire. The position serves two separate locations: 20 hours per week in the Coastside Clinic in Half Moon Bay, as well as 6 hours per week providing services to a post-discharge program, known as Service Connect, for released jail inmates and prisoners with behavioral health issues. The program is in Redwood City, California.

The East Palo Alto position provides professional adult psychiatric diagnostic and therapeutic services to clients of BHRS, and is currently part time, 0.8 FTE (35 hours per week), including 11 hours/week for consultation to the Conservator Office of San Mateo County, Behavioral Health, and is currently open for hire.

The positions offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package which includes County funded malpractice insurance, retirement plans and health benefits for retirees, reimbursement of professional dues and expenses (up to $2,500/year), an additional 5% increase in salary for each qualifying Board certification up to two (2) Boards, administrative leave time at 5 hours per pay period up to 260 hours (this is prorated for part time employees) that can be cashed out up to 50% each Spring, and a wellness program, including exercise classes, worksite massage, and an onsite gym.
As a national leader in community mental health services, BHRS offers the opportunity to practice state-of-the-art psychiatry without third party intrusions, the ability to work with a diverse client group with a wide range of diagnoses, the chance to participate in a team model, and the opportunity to supervise psychiatric residents in our award winning Psychiatric Residency Program. BHRS uses evidence-based treatment approaches in our system of care services, while seeking continuing improvement and development in the areas of cultural competence, integrated services for individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use problems, and supportive housing. Our achievements reflect the work of dedicated staff as well as the valuable input of mental health system partners--criminal justice and human services agencies, private providers and contract agencies, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Commission members, families, and consumers.
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Conduct psychiatric assessments and make diagnoses.
  • Prescribe appropriate treatment plans and prescribe therapy, psychotherapy, rehabilitation programs, and medications as needed.
  • Medication management, including Medication Assisted Treatment for Substance Use Disorders as needed.
  • Coordinate the work of consulting medical specialists.
  • Act as physician member of a multi-disciplinary team for clinical work or program development.
  • Train and supervise interns and residents.
  • Provide clinical supervision to licensed and professional staff.
  • Prepare reports and maintain records of activities.
  • Conduct and direct individual and group psychotherapy.
  • Consult and work with other medical and/or mental health professionals in the community when necessary.
  • Confer with clients' relatives or loved ones regarding illness and treatment.
  • Maintain electronic records of diagnosis, treatment and prognosis according to BHRS standards and other regulatory agencies.
  • Develop comprehensive case histories.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

  • Current developments, trends and research in the field of medicine and psychiatry.
  • Basic understanding of clinical supervisory principles and practices.
  • Pharmacology and psychopharmacology including laws regarding informed consent, dosage ranges, drug incompatibilities, and side effects.
  • Proper documentation of clinical services.
  • General Medicine and its relationship to psychiatry.
  • Current techniques and dynamics of individual, couple, family and group psychotherapy.
  • Chemical dependency and abuse and its relationship to psychiatry.
  • Psychiatric principles and practices.
  • Community mental health practice and program options.
  • Treatment approaches and differential diagnosis of the mentally ill.
  • HIPPA regulations.
  • Medical ethics as they relate to patient care.

Skill/Ability to:
  • Diagnose and treat patients.
  • Develop and monitor appropriate treatment plans.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients, their families, staff and others.
  • Learn and apply laws, statutes, codes and regulations governing California health service providers, HIPAA, JCAHO and other regulatory requirements.
  • Maintain medical records and prepare reports.
  • Serve on interdisciplinary teams.
  • Clinically supervise licensed and professional staff.

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:

Board Certification or completion of an accredited psychiatric residency program.

License to practice medicine or osteopathy in the State of California.


Anyone may apply. A supplemental application form must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. Resume or CV will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (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.

 At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community's needs. The County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

HR Contact: Kristin Herman (062018) (Adult Psychiatrist - F140) 

Application Instructions

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