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Psychiatrist (Child-Adolescent Specialty)

at Santa Barbara County Education Office

Posted: 9/20/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2296897

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


SALARY: $107.93 - $123.33 Hourly   $225,262.86 - $257,412.86; Annually is approximate
Plus bilingual allowance $25.38 biweekly when applicable.
A 5% special duty allowance when assigned to the Psychiatric Health Facility or
North County positions in Lompoc and Santa Maria.

We are accepting applications to fill current and future Full-time and Part-time vacancies in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, and Lompoc.  The current vacancies are in the Behavioral Wellness Department.

The Behavioral Wellness Department: responsible for ensuring the provision of mental health services mandated by the State of California for children with serious emotional disturbance, and all Medi-Cal beneficiaries with specialty mental health needs.  Our Mission is to promote the prevention of and recovery from addiction and mental illness among individuals; families and communities by providing effective leadership and delivering state-of-the-art, culturally-competent services that are guided by measurable client-specific outcomes. Behavioral Wellness annually provides treatment, rehabilitation and support services to approximately 9,800 clients (3,000 children/adolescents) with mental illness and 4,500 clients with substance use disorders. 

To view the Behavioral Wellness web site click this link

For more information, please contact Ole Behrendtsen, Medical Director, Behavioral Wellness at 805 681-5235

Examples of Duties

  • Conducts psychiatric initial and follow-up examinations
  • Makes psychiatric diagnoses and prescribes therapy
  • Treats patients using a measurement-based care approach
  • Assists in developing and organizing a program of clinic treatment
  • Participates in staff conferences recommending appropriate treatment approaches
  • May conduct individual and group psychotherapy
  • Thoroughly documents all patient interactions
  • Keeps medical records and prepares psychiatric reports
  • Administers and interprets projective tests
  • May direct case conferences
  • May serve as a consultant to other clinic staff
  • Confers with patient's relatives regarding illness and treatment
  • Establishes relationships with primary care and substance use disorder providers of clients
  • Cooperates with other public health and hospital personnel
  • Assists through consultation in establishing psychiatric programs and policies
  • May testify to the Superior Court on matters concerning petitions and affidavits

Employment Standards

Possession of a valid license as a physician and surgeon issued by the State of California AND

  • Completion of a residency training program in psychiatry
  • Fellowship in child/adolescent psychiatry (Certification)
    Initial acceptance may be based on licensure as a physician and surgeon in another state; licensure as a physician and surgeon in California is required prior to appointment.  For additional information on obtaining license go to or call toll free 800-633-2322. To obtain license, it may take up to 6 months.
    Additional Qualifications:

  • The on-call rotation for child services is approximately one week per month of telephone availability.You may elect to volunteer for paid duty on weekends at the inpatient "Psychiatric Health Facility".
  • Employees must obtain Board Certification in Psychiatry within five years of employment.
  • Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License may be required at the time of appointment.
  • The ability to speak or speak, read, and write fluently in English and Spanish may be required for some positions. Note
Additional Requirements for the position in the inpatient psychiatric health facility:  Incumbents will be required to acquire training in Management of Assaultive Behavior (MAB) or a related crisis prevention course within the first six months of employment.

Knowledge of: General medicine and psychiatry; current developments in the field of psychiatry; and hospital and clinic organization, management, and procedures.

Ability to: Skillfully diagnose and treat severely and persistently mentally ill patients; analyze situations and adopt an effective course of action; prepare records and reports; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; and maintain objectivity and confidentiality.

Supplemental Information


  1. Review applications and supplemental questionnaire to determine those candidates who meet the employment standards.
  2. Supplemental Questionnaire Ranking. Responses to the required supplemental questionnaire will be evaluated and scored.  Candidates' final score and rank on the eligibility list will be determined by their responses to the supplemental questionnaire.
Applicants must receive a percentage score of at least 70 on the Supplemental Questionnaire Ranking examination to be placed on an employment list. An adjustment may be made to raw scores based on factors listed in Civil Service Rule VI. Those candidates who are successful in the selection process will have their names placed on the employment list for a minimum of three months. At the time the employment list is established, all candidates will receive an email notice of their score on the exam(s), rank on the employment list, and exact duration of the employment list.

Recruiters will correspond with applicants by e-mail during each step in the recruitment process. Applicants are reminded to check spam filters continuously during the Recruitment & Selection Process steps listed above to ensure they do not miss required deadlines.  The County of Santa Barbara will not release any applicant's e-mail address to a third party.
The County of Santa Barbara is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants. Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process should contact the recruiter listed on the job posting. We do require verification of needed accommodation from a professional source, such as a doctor or a learning institution. 
Conditional Job Offer:  Once a conditional offer of employment has been made, candidate will be required to successfully complete a background check, which includes a conviction history check, and satisfactory reference checks.  You must clear a Live Scan to work in a locked facility. Appointee will be subject to a post-offer medical evaluation or examination.  The appointee must satisfactorily complete a probationary period.
Benefits:  For a summary of benefits visit:

The County of Santa Barbara respects and values a diverse workforce and strongly promotes strategies and activities to recruit, develop and retain qualified persons of varied backgrounds, lifestyles, experiences and races.
APPLICATION AND SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE DEADLINE: Open Until Filled.  Applications and job bulletins can be obtained 24 hours a day at In Santa Barbara, applications and job bulletins may be obtained at the Human Resources Department, 1226 Anacapa Street. In Santa Maria, applications and job bulletins can be obtained on-line only at the Workforce Resource Center located at 1410 S. Broadway, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Roderick Wells, Behavioral Wellness Recruiter:   805 681-4712
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