Job Description

Overall Job Objective


The Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) Division of the County of San Mateo Health System is seeking an experienced individual for the position of Mental Health Program Specialist - Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT).  

This is a new position which will work directly with the NMT Site Coordinator (currently Deputy Director of Youth Services), to support the ongoing training and implementation requirements of the program throughout the Youth and Adult system in BHRS.

The current vacancy is in the BHRS Youth Team Unit, located in San Mateo.  This position may travel throughout the county to attend meetings or perform other duties of the position.
This Program Specialist will be responsible for the oversight of all training requirements for the NMT program, support other NMT related trainings as needed, track and oversee staff certification requirements, support the outcome data collection, help to develop service provider services and contracts as needed, and meet with the NMT Site Coordinator for regular consultation and program development.

This position is also responsible for carrying a small (25% of FTE), clinical caseload within the team of origin. 
The ideal candidate will have experience with specialty mental health services for children and youth, be an active Phase II Certified NMT Trainer, be comfortable and experienced in developing and providing a variety of trainings, and have experience in overseeing and monitoring clinical programs.

NOTE:  The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.

Examples Of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Coordinate assigned program activities with services provided by and responsibilities of the Division's Regional clinics, private service providers, schools, state institutions and other public or community agencies.
  • Establish and maintain program procedures which are consistent with Federal, State and local laws governing mental health services.
  • Monitor and consult with contract providers to ensure compliance with services requested by the County and help determine jointly beneficial solutions to problem areas.
  • Research and prepare grant proposals for specific mental health projects.
  • Consult with schools and other public agencies regarding the assigned program and provide the proper program supervision and liaison to the contractees.
  • Evaluate and integrate changes in legislation into the program procedures.
  • Provide clinical consultation to various agencies.
  • Evaluate employee performance of subordinates assigned to program.
  • Compile data and prepare program evaluations and other reports.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Current license issued by the State of California Board of Behavioral Sciences or Board of Psychology as one of the following: 1) Clinical Social Worker; 2) Marriage and Family Therapist; or 3) Clinical Psychologist. 

Education and ExperienceAny combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is three years of experience as a Mental Health professional.

Knowledge of:

  • Basic program management techniques and practices.
  • Individual, group and family psychodynamics.
  • Psychological diagnostic methods and terminology.
  • Current principles and practices of psychiatric casework.
  • Human and health services systems in the County including private agencies and other community resources.
  • Various methods used in individual and group therapies such as role playing, play, art and milieu.
  • Methods and techniques used in mental health education.

Skill/Ability to:
  • Prepare grant proposals and written reports.
  • Set realistic treatment goals and facilitate their attainment.
  • Evaluate patients/clients degree of mental disability or emotional distress.
  • Supervise and train interdisciplinary subordinates.


Departmental 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/term position prior to the final filing date may apply. 

The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight: pass/fail) that involves the evaluation of relevant training and experience as demonstrated in candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions.  Candidates who pass the application screening are 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. All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. Only those applicants whose education and experience most closely match the needs of the department will be invited to the oral interview. 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.

Final Filing Date:  August 24, 2018
Application Screening:  August 29, 2018
Department Interviews:  September 5, 2018

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 Employment Opportunity Employer.
HR Contact: Carolyn Burns (081018) (Mental Health Program Specialist - G081)
Keywords:  Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics, NMT, adult, youth, clinician, training

Application Instructions

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