Job Description

Overall Job Objective

$83,948.80 - $104,915.20 Annually
San Mateo County, CA
Job Type
Behavioral Health and Recovery Services
Job Number
11/16/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

San Mateo County Health is seeking an experienced individual for the position of Mental Health Program Specialist-Youth Services-Spanish Speaking Required in Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS). This position is in the Central County Mental Health Clinic and serves a population of severely emotionally disturbed children and youth. Services include individual, family and group treatment, medication support and case management. The chosen candidate will supervise a small staff of clinicians, family partners, and trainees; partner and build relationships with schools and community groups; promote mental health awareness and assist with program service delivery.

The current vacancy is in the Central County Mental Health Clinic located in San Mateo, CA.  BHRS has a newly implemented Community Service Area (CSA) model.  This position will report directly to the Central County CSA Manager and will be vital in the development of the Central County CSA for Children and Youth Services.  This position will travel throughout the County to attend meetings, training, conduct community outreach, etc.

Other duties include but are not limited to:

  • Supervising staff which may include any of the following:  clinicians, family partners, and trainees.
  • Providing leadership in conducting a peer chart review program.
  • Assisting with outreach to partner and community organizations.
  • Standing in for Clinical Services Manager in department and community meetings.
  • Assisting Clinical Services Manager in devising and implementing clinic procedures.
  • Carrying a partial caseload.
  • Conducting outreach to under-served communities.
  • Networking/collaborating with community-based organizations, schools and other partners.

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and qualifications:
  • Experience working with populations such as Hispanic/Latino, African-American, Asian and Pacific Islander communities.
  • Proficiency in providing both mental health and substance use treatment services in a clinical setting.
  • Knowledge of current best practices in the fields of mental health and co-occurring substance use and mental health conditions.
  • Ability to communicate well in groups or community settings and can successfully build relationships with partners.
  • Flexibility in job assignments and able to work among clinical, administrative staff, consultants and management.
  • Strong organizational skills with an ability to work within multiple systems promoting change, while managing many levels of detail in implementation.
  • Assist in program development and quality improvement of services.
  • Will display ability to oversee an internship program and to provide clinical supervision to interns.
  • Ability to supervise multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural staff.
  • Ability to provide leadership to negotiate and solve complex problems, and resolve conflict.

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


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.

Language Requirement: The ability to speak, read, and write fluently in both English and Spanish.

Licensure/Certification: California license as one of the following: 1) Clinical Social Worker; 2) Marriage and Family Therapist; or 3) Clinical Psychologist.

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 three years of experience as a Mental Health professional.

Knowledge of: Basic program management techniques and practices; principles and practices of supervision and training; human and health services system in the county including community agencies and resources; knowledge of evidence based treatment and trauma informed care of children and youth; individual, group and family psychodynamics; psychological diagnostic methods and terminology; current principles and practices of psychiatric casework.

Skill/Ability to:  Supervise, train and evaluate multi-disciplinary staff; work collaboratively with other BHRS staff as well as staff of other County departments and community partners; outreach to and engage other community members and the underserved populations in Central County; work effectively with School District personnel in Central County; work with management and staff on service delivery changes that will increase responsiveness to youth and families in our community with significant behavioral health needs.


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.  A supplemental application form must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. 

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:  November 16, 2018
Application Screening:  November 28, 2018
Department Interviews:  December 6, 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 (110218) (Mental Health Program Specialist - G081)

Application Instructions

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