Director, Behavioral Health Services

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Classification Title:

Director, Behavioral Health Services

Job Title:

Director, Behavioral Health Services

Position Number:



Fullerton College


FC Behavioral Health Services

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Months of Employment :

12 Months Per Year

Work Schedule:

Depending on start date, position may require that you work remotely Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (However, some flexibility such as evenings and weekends will be required to meet the needs of the department.)

About Us::

Do you strive to make a difference in higher education? Are you looking for a rewarding career opportunity to be a part of our students’ educational success and lifelong learning? If so, we invite you to join North Orange County Community College District. We are proud to enroll over 80,000 students and serve a population of over one million people, annually! Home to more than 2,600 employees, our highly skilled, professional, and diverse faculty and staff are leading two of California’s premier colleges, Cypress Community College and Fullerton Community College, as well as one of the largest continuing education programs, North Orange Continuing Education.

We invite you to join the Fullerton College campus community. Ideal candidates will share Fullerton College’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Fullerton College offers a radically student-centered culture that is inclusive and welcoming to all who learn and work here. The student body is incredibly diverse, with more than 55.5% Latinx, 19.3% Caucasian, 14.8% Asian/Pacific Islander, 3.2% African American, and 0.24% American Indian/Alaskan Native. Additionally, students from more than 40 countries enroll in our International Student Program each year. The College believes in a multicultural learning experience where faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds can contribute to the development of our students.

Fullerton College is the oldest community college in continuous operation in California. Since our first class in 1913, we have grown to become one of the most successful community colleges in the nation. Our high transfer and graduation rates, rich academic programs and radically student-centered approach equip students with the skills and resources they need to succeed. Each year, thousands of students transfer to the CSU and UC systems as well as to private colleges and universities throughout the nation. Notably, during 2017, Fullerton College was ranked as the number one community college in California in transfers to the California State University (CSU) system.

Fullerton College is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is eligible for designation as an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving-Institution (AANAPISI). Fullerton College proudly offers many programs to serve and support our diverse student body, including Puente, Umoja, Student Diversity Success Initiative, INCITE, Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) Foster Youth Success Initiative, Disability Services, and a Veterans Resource Center. The College also provides many avenues of support for our faculty and staff through networks that include the Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, Black, and LGBTQ Faculty Staff Associations.

Fullerton College offers a comprehensive array of student services programs and academic and career pathways designed to achieve our campus strategic goals related to access, retention, persistence, and student success initiatives on campus. The College is developing an implementation plan for Guided Pathways and has robust partnerships with our local high school districts.

The Fullerton College campus community is dedicated to our core values of Community, Diversity, Equity, Excellence, Growth, Inclusivity, Innovation, Integrity, Partnership, Respect and Responsibility. For more information, please visit our website at .

What We Offer::

•100% employee medical premium coverage
•Fringe allowance to be used at employee’s discretion
•Voluntary (Medical/Dependent Day Care) Flexible Spending Account
•$50,000 life insurance benefit
•Deferred Compensation Program (403(b)/457 plans)
•Retirement Pension Plan (CalSTRS/CalPERS)
•Abundant Professional Development opportunities
•18 paid holidays + Paid vacation
•Cumulative sick leave
•Summer schedule (exceptions apply)
•Employee Assistance Program
•Environment that fosters diversity and inclusion
•Progressive and innovative culture

Primary Purpose:

Under the direction of a college Vice President or designee, the Director of Behavioral Health Services is responsible for the oversight and provision of behavioral health counseling and assigned associated services. The Director of Behavioral Health Services performs and oversees individual and group acute therapy, crisis intervention, assessment, supervision of interns, program budget management, staff supervision, conducts consultation, and behavioral health awareness and promotion services.

Essential Functions:

Examples of essential functions are interpreted as being descriptive and not restrictive in nature.

Job Description:

Provide oversight of student behavioral health services, including serving as a primary resource to the District on student behavioral health concerns and strategies.

Direct a post graduate internship program in mental health counseling and serve as the primary site supervisor for post graduate interns in compliance with the Board of Behavioral Sciences and/or American Psychological Association.

Follow standard protocols for psychological counseling and adhere to ethical principles as stipulated by the Board of Behavioral Sciences and/or American Psychological Association and in accordance with laws and regulations pertaining to behavioral health care in the State of California.

Provide brief mental health counseling to students with emotional and social problems, conduct therapy sessions as per scope of practice; provide crisis intervention to students as needed.

Review, research, and modify behavioral health protocols on an annual basis to assure compliance with laws, regulations, and generally accepted professional standards of practice.

Monitor and analyze data to determine campus behavioral health trends and needs; recommend program/service modification in response to identified needs.

Maintain confidential student information in accordance with FERPA and HIPAA; maintain complete, official, confidential behavioral health records as required by administrative procedures.

Serve as the Chair and participate in the work of the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) or equivalent, including regular meetings, case reviews, and related duties.

Participate in federal, state, and local billing/reimbursement programs as appropriate.

Serve as a resource and liaison for the college community on issues of mental health promotion, which may include classroom presentations, resource material development, committee membership, and staff/faculty professional development activities.

Direct and participate in the recruitment, selection, and training of assigned staff.

Organizes, attends, or chairs a variety of meetings and Advisory Boards as required; serves on committees and special projects as assigned; coordinates program operations and activities with other campus programs and services, as appropriate.

Direct, supervise, train, manage, and participate in the evaluation of the performance of the assigned behavioral health professionals and support staff. Plan and implement relevant and required training programs for District personnel.

Represent the College and/or department at designated campus, community, and related activities and events.

Sensitivity to and understanding of the disabilities and diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of students.

Maintain current knowledge related to behavioral health services, and the role of Student Health & Wellness Services staff in the California Community College system.

Provide leadership in District/College efforts to increase the diversity of faculty and staff, to address student achievement gaps, and in the creation of a welcoming and inclusive work and educational environment.

Assist and promote the growth and success of a diverse population of students and employees through the development of interculturally competent and equity minded management and leadership abilities. The ideal candidate should have experience in this area with African Americans, Latinx, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders and other disproportionately impacted students and employees.

Performs related duties as assigned.

In addition to the essential functions, the Director, Behavioral Health Services may participate in the development and administration of supplemental grants related to assigned programs.

Working Relationships:

The Director, Behavioral Health Services maintains frequent contact with students, with various college and District personnel, and with representatives and service providers from the community and governmental agencies.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of crisis intervention and demonstrated crisis intervention skills and techniques

Knowledge of guiding principles in psychological services in community college settings

Knowledge of legal and ethical standards of licensed mental/behavioral health professionals

Knowledge of clinical therapy methods with individuals, couples, and groups, preferably in a community college setting

Knowledge of District organization, operations, policies and objectives

Knowledge of state education code and Title 5 requirements and Title IX

Knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations related to students with disabilities

Knowledge of principles and practices of administration, supervision and training

Knowledge of a shared governance model in an educational setting

Knowledge of research project policies, procedures and practices, including data collection and analysis

Knowledge of correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary

Knowledge of record keeping procedures

Knowledge of budget preparation and maintenance

Knowledge of appropriate software and databases

Knowledge of county and community resources

Ability to interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures

Ability to assess, analyze, implement and evaluate research project activities

Ability to analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action

Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work

Ability to meet schedules and time lines

Ability to work independently with little direction

Ability to understand and follow oral and written directions

Ability to communicate efficiently both orally and in writing

Ability to supervise, train and provide work direction to others

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others

Special Requirements:

Possession of a current and valid license as a Psychologist in the State of California issued by the California State Board of Psychology, or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. If selected as a finalist and/or given an offer of employment for this position, you will be required to provide your valid and current license(s). Human Resources will contact the finalist to obtain this required documentation at that phase of the recruitment.

This position requires a valid driver’s license. Incumbent may be required to travel off site for business reasons. All employees driving personal, leased, or district-owned vehicles for District related activities must certify possession of a valid Driver’s License. Employees must certify that personal vehicles are covered by automobile insurance as required by California law. (Administrative Procedure 7400, Section 4.0). If selected as a finalist and/or given an offer of employment for this position, you will be required to provide your valid Driver’s License information. Human Resources will contact the finalist to obtain this required documentation at that phase of the recruitment.

The award of all degrees must be verifiable on a legible transcript. If degree award date is not posted on transcript your application will be deemed incomplete and removed from consideration. All degrees and course work used to satisfy the required minimum qualifications must be from accredited post-secondary institutions. If selected as a finalist and/or given an offer of employment for this position, you will be required to provide a transcript (may be unofficial). Human Resources will contact the finalist to obtain this required documentation at that phase of the recruitment.

Minimum Qualifications:

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), OR Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), OR Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), OR licensed Psychologist with appropriate clinical background.

Minimum of three (3) years of post-licensure experience in an acute mental/behavioral health care setting, facility, or private practice.

Recent clinical experience providing direct mental health services to individuals and/or groups using a brief therapy model.

Minimum three years of experience in a supervisory and managerial role.

Meet all California requirements to provide supervision to qualified individuals seeking licensure with California Board of Behavioral Sciences and/or the American Psychological Association.

Qualified to provide oversight of mental health counseling interns.

Commitment to diversity. All applicants must have demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff. The applicant must be able to demonstrate how their experience with these factors relates to successfully achieving the goals of the position.

Desirable Qualifications:

Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology or Clinical Psychology from an APA and regionally accredited institution (PsyD or PhD).

Prior experience in approaching work and interactions with colleagues and/or students in an equity minded manner. Ability to provide an inclusive and welcoming work/educational environment.

Experience developing annual budgets and securing grant funding.

Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and ability to infuse anti-racism practices into clinical services, programs and recruitment efforts.

Experience in the California community college system.

Experience addressing a variety of student basic needs and building community partnerships to leverage resources.

Experience with campus threat assessment, crisis and behavioral intervention efforts.

Experience supervising and training mental health providers and interns.

Working Conditions:

Office environment; subject to constant interruptions and frequent interaction with others; sitting for long periods at a time (up to 2-3 hours); may require some off-site duties and activities.

Salary Range:

$102,052 - $129,125 Annually

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Special Instructions Summary:

Special COVID 19 Notice: In-person interviews are suspended at this time and will be replaced by interviews in a virtual format. Thank you for your continued interest in working at North Orange County Community College District.

This position requires a valid driver’s license. If selected as a finalist and/or given an offer of employment for this position, you will be required to provide your valid Driver’s License information. Human Resources will contact the finalist to obtain this required documentation at that phase of the recruitment.

Initial salary placement will be determined by the Office of Human Resources in accordance with Board Policy and is not negotiable. The candidate selected for employment will be required to provide the following: official transcripts and verification of experience prior to the first duty day, identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the Immigration Reform and Control Act, fingerprints and required medical certification pursuant to statue. NOCCCD will not sponsor any visa applications.

The District may choose to fill one or more positions from this recruitment within the same fiscal year or 8 months, whichever is longer.

To ensure consistency and fairness to all applicants, please do not submit materials in addition to those requested. Additional materials will not be considered or returned. Be sure to complete all questions and sections of the application. For questions which may not apply, indicate “N/A” (not applicable). Do not use terms such as “see resume” or “see attached”.

The minimum required number of references for this position is three (3) and will be requested at the finalist and/or offer of employment phase of the hiring process.

All applications will be screened under a process of utmost confidentiality by a committee of representatives from the college community. Possession of the minimum qualifications does not ensure an interview. At the time of the interview a written exercise and/or an oral presentation related to the assignment may be required. Subsequent to the interviews, the screening committee will select candidates for final consideration. A second interview will be required of candidates selected as finalists.

Minimum Qualifications – Experience: One year of experience is equivalent to 12 months of experience at a maximum of 40 hours per week (full time). Applicable part-time experience will be converted to the full-time equivalent for the sole purpose of meeting the experience minimum qualification.

Minimum Qualifications – Education: 24 units are equal to one year of education. As applicable, education must be from a regionally accredited institution and verifiable on a legible unofficial transcript.

NOCCCD offers reimbursement for candidate travel expenses. Visit to view the administrative procedures – AP 7120-10.

Evaluations of foreign degrees and/or course work are required. See our website at for information regarding evaluation of foreign degrees.

If you would like to add additional transcripts not required by the position, you may upload them to the “Additional Transcripts” link when completing your application.

Reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities may be requested by calling (714) 808-4810 at least three business days in advance of the scheduled examination/interview date.




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Posted: 2/12/2021
Application Due: 3/25/2021
Work Type: Full Time