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Program Director - Mental Health (4663)  (Full-time, Salaried)
Program/Location: Del Sur (South Bay)

Program Director – Mental Health Services for Short Term Acute Residential Treatment Program (START)

Hours: This is a salaried position. This position will require 24 hour availability for consultation purposes or to assist with coverage at the program.

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!  Our accredited programs reach various demographics, so you can gain experience with almost any sector of mental health services.

At CRF, 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.  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. Come join us!


Program Overview:

Located in south San Diego, CA, Del Sur Crisis Center is a Short Term Acute Residential Treatment (START) program that provides intensive, community-based crisis residential services for adults throughout south 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 Director

Responsible for 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.

  • Provides overall management and coordination of all program operations and services
  • Management and supervision of: service delivery and client care; contract compliance according to County, State, and CARF regulations; budget monitoring; employees and consultants; staff training and development; and quality control and safety procedures
  • Oversees all admissions to the program and coordinates care with other mental health providers and community resources
  • Available on a 24 hour basis for program consultation and crisis intervention if needed
  • Serves as a representative and liaison within the community providing outreach and education regarding program services
  • Ensures program is operational and responsive to meet the strategic and budgetary imperatives of the organization; establishes and executes plans within the scope and resources authorized
  • Provides supervision to direct staff, including team leads and other team members as directed. Ensures staffing levels are managed to meet contractual requirements
  • Leads all staff to include full personnel management functions, including interview/hiring, training, payroll/timesheet processing, development, evaluations, and performance counseling
  • Ensures that program meets or exceeds quality assurance, productivity requirements in meeting the needs of our clients, and service delivery in accordance with our contracts
  • Creates and maintains a collaborative and consultative culture within the program to optimize service delivery
  • Acts as a role model for client care as well as provides hands-on assistance for program staff as appropriate
  • Serves as a liaison to community and government mental health organizations, as well as other agencies connected to contract compliance and client tracking

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or Doctoral degree in a mental health-related field
  • CA license or license eligibility as Psychologist, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist, or Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Experience working with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders
  • A minimum of 2 years of management/supervisory experience required
  • Strong clinical skills and an ability to handle high stress and fast-paced environments
  • Experience providing MediCal/Medicaid services
  • Ability to lead and coordinate multi-disciplinary teams
  • 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


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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.