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Program Director - Mental Health (4530)  (Full-time, Salaried)
Program/Location: Douglas Young Youth & Family Services (Kearny Mesa)

Program Director – Mental Health Services for Children, Youth and Family Program

Hours: This is a salaried position.  Clinic Hours are Monday - Wednesday, 9:30 am to 6:00 pm; Thursday, 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm; and Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

This is an essential service position and you will qualify to receive the COVID vaccine once cleared to start working. CRF places staff and client safety at the forefront and follows all COVID-19 safety protocols and guidelines as outlined by San Diego County, the State of California, and the CDC.



Community Research Foundation (CRF) inspires and mentors the next generation of mental health professionals!

Are you passionate about leading a team of dedicated professionals to help San Diego’s families who are experiencing mental health challenges?  Our Child, Youth, and Family Services division has an exciting opportunity as Program Director for our Central San Diego facility.  Our program is a community-based outpatient mental health program which provides comprehensive services to children, youth, and their families living in the Central and North Central regions of San Diego County.  The team includes mental health clinicians, case managers, substance abuse specialists, and a psychiatrist, all working to help people change their lives for the better. 

Program Overview:

Douglas Young Youth and Family Services provides a range of services including crisis intervention, individual, family, and group therapy, medication support, rehabilitation, case management and drug and alcohol services while incorporating the family systems and wrap-around approach. We provide mental health services to children and youth with Medi-Cal and Healthy Families Funding as well as those who are uninsured and underinsured. 

Services are provided in English and several threshold languages, using medical care, education, and family resources as appropriate.

Typical Duties of the Program Director

Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the program, to include all legal, regulatory, and contractual requirements, staff management, client care, and quality assurance and control.

  • Creates and maintains a collaborative and consultative culture within the program to optimize service delivery and promote staff and client engagement
  • Leads all staff to include full personnel management functions, including interview/hiring, training, payroll/timesheet processing, staff development, evaluations, and performance counseling
  • Ensures that program meets or exceeds service expectations for individuals, families, and contracts
  • Acts as a role model for client care as well as provides hands-on assistance for program staff
  • Serves as a liaison to community and government mental health organizations and agencies
  • Ensures budgetary compliance by establishing procedures for expense processing, accounts payable and receivable, and conducting budget reviews

 Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or higher in a mental health-related field required
  • MUST hold an active license as an LMFT, LPCC, or LCSW with the Board of Behavioral Science or as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with the Board of Psychology
  • Minimum of two years of experience in managing a county-contracted child, youth, and family mental health outpatient clinic is required
  • Must have a minimum of four years of experience working with children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance in a public mental health setting
  • Must have a minimum of two years of experience working with youth who are involved in the juvenile justice and their families
  • Demonstrated knowledge of County Health and Human Services requirements including documentation and writing assessments in an EHR is required
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications, specifically Word and Excel
  • Bilingual English-Spanish is preferred but not required
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment is essential
  • Reliable transportation is required to fulfill the essential functions of this position. A valid California driver’s license in good standing and proof of insurance are required for employees driving personal vehicles on company business
  • Ability to pass criminal/background clearance and credentialing review


Benefits: CRF takes your dedication seriously and provides benefits to help you balance your work life and your personal life.  For full-time staff (30 hours or more), we offer top-of-the-line medical insurance, dental plans, paid life insurance, vision plan, retirement benefits, and generous PTO (Paid Time Off).   We also provide access to student loan repayment/forgiveness programs for graduates.


If you are applying to this position as a Licensed, Registered, Waivered, or Certified professional

and are offered the position, you will be required to pass a credentialing review.

Additional information will be provided at the post-offer stage.


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Diversity at CRF
CRF is committed to cultural competence, and we have established the Cultural Diversity Resource Team (CDRT) whose mission and tasks include ensuring that all our corporate practices are culturally sensitive to both our consumers and employees. The CDRT has developed a company-wide Cultural Diversity Plan and is responsible for creating and offering cultural and ethnic awareness, knowledge, and skills trainings throughout the year.
Cultural Competency training is required of all of our staff, not just those providing clinical services, on an annual basis. It is our pledge to provide behavioral health and psychosocial rehabilitative services that are culturally sensitive to those we serve.