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Program Coordinator, Mental Health (5209)  (Full-time, Salaried)
Program/Location: Esperanza (Escondido)

Program Coordinator - Mental Health Services for Short-Term Acute Residential Treatment (START) Program

Work Schedule: This is a salaried position with (4) 10-hour shifts per week. The work schedule may include days (8:00 am to 4:00 pm), evenings (4:00 pm to Midnight) - weekday and weekends.  This position requires availability for program coverage and on call consultation. (updated 1/13/22)

Salary: $74,880 (salary updated 12/28/21)




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

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.   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 Escondido, CA, Esperanza Crisis Center is a Short Term Acute Residential Treatment (START) program 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 suffering a psychiatric crisis of such magnitude so as not to be manageable on 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 Program Coordinator

  • Assist the Program Director with the management of the program operations
  • Conduct individual, group, and milieu therapy sessions with clients
  • May assist with management of program staff, including training, scheduling, and participating in hiring process
  • Assist with program development, discharge planning, quality assurance, chart review, improvement processes, and clinical oversight and implementation

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Master's degree is Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or other related mental health field required
  • Experience working with persistent mental illness and co-occurring disorders required
  • Supervisory experience in a crisis center is strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in a clinical environment
  • Ability to maintain calm demeanor in crisis situations is essential
  • First Aid/CPR certification is required and must be kept current during employment
  • Strong communication skills, ability to multi-task and have keen attention to detail are necessary
  • Proficient computer skills, including MS Office
  • 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.
  • Able to pass criminal/background clearance


Your well-being matters at CRF! Regular full-time eligible employees have access to great benefits:

  • Up to 3 ½ weeks of paid time off per year
  • Exceptional medical, dental, vision, and other health and wellness benefits
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Retirement plan with generous employer contributions
  • Graduates: You may qualify for our student loan/repayment/forgiveness programs!


All new hires are required to show proof of completed COVID vaccination before their first date of work, unless legally exempted


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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.