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Assistant Program Director - Mental Health (4742)  (Full-time, Salaried)
Program/Location: Vista Balboa (Balboa Park)

Assistant Program Director – Mental Health Services for Assertive Community Treatment Programs

Work Hours: This is an exempt position. Schedule is Tuesday - Friday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. Requires ability to assist with on-call coverage 24/7 and consultation as needed. Clinical supervision including post doctoral hours is available for those who qualify; must be license-eligible.

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!

At CRF, our accredited programs reach various demographics, so you can gain experience with almost any sector of mental health services. We are constantly evolving and developing fresh approaches to meet the needs of San Diego County’s residents who are experiencing mental/behavioral health challenges.  For you, that means that you will have opportunities to learn new ways to provide optimal supports to your clients.  You will work within a collaborative, supportive team structure so that you can have fresh perspective and training.

Need clinical supervision?  We can help you get your hours.  Best of all, you will be involved in helping people change their lives for the better! We have strong internal advancement options, so there are opportunities for you to grow within our company.


Program Overview:

Located in San Diego, CA (Balboa Park area), Vista Balboa Crisis Center provides intensive, community-based crisis residential services for adults throughout San Diego County. We deliver a unique alternative to psychiatric hospitalization to clients who are experiencing a psychiatric crisis that is not manageable in an outpatient basis. Our services are provided in a home-like environment that specializes in the psychosocial rehabilitation of each individual.

Built around a bio-psychosocial approach, our multi-disciplinary team addresses each aspect of a client’s unique situation, including mental health, co-occurring substance abuse, housing, medical/medication needs, and establishing connections to social service supports within the community to facilitate successful transition beyond the START program.

Typical Duties of the Assistant Program Director:
Responsible for assisting the Program Director with the day-to-day operations of the assigned program, to include all legal, regulatory, and contractual requirements, staff management, client care, and quality assurance and control.

  • Oversees all admissions to the program and coordinates with other mental health service providers and community resources
  • Provides supervision to direct service team members, as assigned by the Director
  • May participate in staffing management functions, including interview/hiring, training, payroll/timesheet processing, development, evaluations, and performance counseling as needed
  • Ensures that program meets or exceeds productivity requirements in meeting the needs of our clients by monitoring units of service in accordance with our contracts
  • Supports a collaborative and consultative culture within the program to optimize service delivery
  • Monitors treatment programs and individual client care, quality control procedures, daily programming, and insuring the program is in compliance with all regulations
  • May carry an active case load at any time while maintaining administrative duties
  • Monitors client database for quality assurance and client files for accuracy and completeness
  • Ensures budgetary compliance by following all procedures for expense processing, adhering to accounting procedures for accounts payable and receivables
  • Required to be on-call on a 24-hour basis for program consultation and crisis intervention if needed

Qualifications/Skills Requirement

  • Master's or Doctorate degree in Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, or equivalent
  • Licensed, license-eligible, or waivered Psychologist with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences preferred, but not required
  • At least two years’ experience in a mental health environment; previous supervisory experience is helpful
  • CPR/First Aid certification is required and must be kept current during employment
  • Organized, with a strong attention to detail
  • Knowledge of co-occurring disorders is essential
  • Knowledge of County Health and Human Services requirements is essential
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office to include Outlook, Word, Excel required; previous training with Cerner helpful
  • A valid California driver's license in good standing and eligibility to be an approved CRF driver is required to fulfill the essential functions of this position. In addition, proof of insurance is required prior to driving personal vehicles on company business.
  • Must be able to pass criminal/background clearance


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.


Be a part of our vibrant non-profit organization and make a difference in the lives of the people we serve!

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CRF is an equal opportunity employer, and we make employment decisions based on merit. Our policy prohibits unlawful discrimination and/or harassment of any individual because of that individual's sex, race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, age, physical handicap, disability, sexual orientation, protected military status, or medical condition, as well as other categories protected by federal, state and local law. All such discrimination is unlawful and prohibited and will not be tolerated by CRF.

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.