Behavioral Health & Recovery Services Program Manager

Merced County
Full Time $95,555 - $116,188 Per year CA 301 E 13th St, Merced, CA 95341, United States


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

  • Plans, organizes, manages and directs the activities, and services of an assigned program.
  • Responsible for the program budget, justification of changes and expenditure controls.
  • Assist with grant preparation, grant management, and compliance with reporting requirements.
  • Directs the gathering of statistical information and the preparation of a variety of reports.
  • Represents an assigned program with community organizations, government jurisdictions.
  • Deals with the most sensitive public complaints and issues.
  • Provides technical assistance to schools, courts, law enforcement and correctional agencies, social welfare and health agencies and related community groups.
  • Identifies community mental health needs and objectives and provide information on services.
  • Locates appropriate resources and assists with developing or modifying community agencies to meet mental health goals.
  • Writes and edits a variety of informational and educational brochures and other publications.
  • Develops information for the news media to promote understanding of mental health activities.

Minimum Qualifications

Four (4) years of progressively responsible experience in mental health or alcohol/drug program services, including at least one (1) year in a supervisory capacity. Supervisory experience may include: clinical supervision and/or lead direction of unlicensed clinical or case management staff, licensed para-professional staff or student interns.

Equivalent to graduation from an accredited institution with a master's degree in counseling, psychology, social work, or closely related field is desirable.


: Must possess and maintain a license in good standing from the State of California as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Clinical Psychologist, or Registered Nurse (RN).


Essential Functions


  • Operate a personal computer and other office equipment.
  • Communicate effectively with others in person and over the telephone and make presentations.
  • Analyze data, interpret policies, procedures and regulations, develop appropriate conclusions, and prepare reports.
  • Meet deadlines under stressful conditions.
  • Resolve conflicts and respond appropriately to complaints.
  • Complete multiple priority projects with conflicting deadlines.
  • Represent the County with the community and other agencies.
  • Maintain confidential information in accordance with legal standards and/or County regulations.
  • Conduct therapy sessions.
  • Train, evaluate and supervise staff.
  • Frequent use of depth perception, peripheral vision and color perception.
  • Sit, stand, or walk for extended periods.
  • Frequently lift, carry, reach, push, pull, twist and manipulate large and small objects.
  • Kneel, bend, twist, squat, balance and crawl.
  • Frequent use of hand-eye coordination.
  • Frequent use of data entry device including repetitive hand and arm motion.
  • Occasionally lift and carry up to 40 pounds.
  • Normal dexterity, frequent holding and grasping.

  • Regular attendance is an essential function.

Knowledge of: 
  • Mental Health problems and issues and their relationship to the development and operation of mental health programs and services.
  • Federal, State, and County laws and regulations applicable to the providing mental health services.
  • Current practices and techniques in psychotherapeutic treatment.
  • Principles, techniques, and practices of effective business and program administration.
  • Requirements, administrative techniques, and record keeping necessary for securing, maintaining, and effective functioning of grant programs.
  • Operating policies and functions of other government agencies which provide mental health services.
  • Budget development and expenditure control.
  • Public personnel management, including effective employee, supervision, training, and development.

Ability to: 
  • Plan, organize, direct, manage, and coordinate the functions and services of an assigned mental health program.
  • Develop a budget and control expenditures. Also develop, negotiate and monitor contracts.
  • Assist with the development and administration of a variety of grants.

  • Responsible for the development and maintenance of program statistics, records, and reports.
  • Coordinate an assigned mental health program with community organizations and other government agencies.
  • Perform skilled counseling.
  • Develop plans and evaluate alternative solutions to various community organization problems.
  • Effectively represent the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Department and programs in contacts with the public, community organizations, and other government agencies.