Psychiatrist/Associate Medical Director of Behavioral Health

    • Job Tracking ID: 512365-650918
    • Job Location: San Francisco, Bay Area, CA
    • Job Level: Management
    • Level of Education: Doctoral Degree
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: March 22, 2019
    • Years of Experience: 5 - 7 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

The Petaluma Health Center’s mission is to provide high quality health care, with access for all, in Southern Sonoma County. The Center accomplishes this mission through collaborative, innovative programs, services and referral resources that meet the economic needs of the entire community.

You will get the chance to mentor/teach medical students who rotate through the clinic and participate in The Center for Education in Community Medicine and our NP/PA Residency Program.

Petaluma Health Center has two large clinics - one located in Petaluma and another located in Rohnert Park. Our scope of services include: Family Medicine, Maternity, Behavioral & Mental Health, Wellness, Optometry, Dental and Specialty Services.

We are a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides primary medical care and mental health services to residents of Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Cotati, Penngrove and surrounding areas. We are organized as a private, non-profit corporation and governed by a consumer and community led Board of Directors.

For more information about us, please visit us at

Petaluma Health Center is located in Petaluma, CA, about one hour north of San Francisco. We have two clinics, one located in Petaluma and another in the city of Rohnert Park. We offer flexible schedules, loan repayment, a full suite of benefits and competitive salaries.

Position Title: Psychiatrist, Associate Medical Director, Behavioral Health

Summary: The goal of the Associate Medical Director, Behavioral Health is to lead a team of providers in offering high quality mental and behavioral health care within a primary care setting. The Director (Psychiatrist) assists the Senior Management Team in strategic planning for the department; upholds quality and Joint Commission standards; holds accountability for budget planning and attainment of budget goals; oversees recruitment and retention of providers; ensures clinical competency of behavioral health providers; and implements improvement initiatives and innovations including integration with primary care.

Areas of Responsibility:

Clinical Duties: (28-32 hours per week)

  • Provides for the diagnosis and treatment of health center patients within the scope of his/her license and per PHC clinical job description.

Management Responsibilities (8-12 hours per week)

  • Strategic Planning: Assists the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Management Team in strategic planning of Mental and Behavioral Health services for both growth and sustainability. Provides yearly needs assessment for behavioral health services and provide feasibility of clinical treatment programs to meet those needs.
  • Budget and Financial Health: Collaborates with CFO and Finance team to plan budgetary goals for department that includes staffing and productivity expectations. Monitors monthly productivity and financial reports; creates actions plans for necessary improvements, and reports progress to senior management team quarterly.
  • Operations: Strategizes methods to offer patient centered access to health services. Works with Operational Directors and COO to set standards, define metrics, and ensure metrics are met. Operational metrics include mental health scheduling, flow of appointments, triage process, referral and consultation practice, and implementation of new services.
  • Quality Improvement: Collaborates with Quality Improvement Director to obtain operational and clinical data and utilizes data to lead mental health team in initiatives of clinical systems improvements, health information technology innovations, and new methods of care delivery. Supervises the team leaders in standards of care and documentation with metrics. Reports results of improvement initiatives to the Internal Quality Improvement Committee.
  • Recruitment and Retention: Work with CMO and Human Resources to create a yearly recruitment plan. With assistance of team leaders, interview applicants and work with HR on other aspects of recruitment process. Defines onboarding process for new providers. Collaborates with HR to analyze retention strategies for providers of department and implement processes for provider wellbeing and career growth. Trains new Team Leaders in the organization’s delivery of patient care, leadership and supervision of providers.
  • Provider Competency and Supervision: defines competency standards and evaluative techniques for behavioral health providers. Collaborates with HR to create and update behavioral health provider job descriptions. Conducts Team Leader performance and competency evaluations via chart audit, direct observation, and analysis of patient and staff satisfaction surveys for purpose of quarterly incentive bonus and yearly review. Supervises Team Leaders via goal setting, coaching, and mentoring to achieve organization goals. Conducts privileging and credentialing reviews for all new and existing behavioral health providers. Maintains departmental peer review process and reports results to Quality Improvement, Risk Management, and credentialing committees. Utilizes peer review and chart audit processes in the initial and re-appointment of providers.
  • Meetings and Collaboration: Collaborates with clinical and operational staff to conduct regular mental health provider meetings for purposes of quality improvement in patient care, provider and staff education, and establishment of policies and procedures.Participates as requested other administrative and quality meetings as assigned by the Chief Medical Officer.

Experience and Skills:

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.


  • Psychiatrist with at least five years of experience in a community health center or county mental health setting preferred
  • At least three years of a leadership role in a clinical setting preferred
  • Principles, procedures, methods and techniques of providers in mental health (Psychiatrist, psychologist, LCSW, case manager, RN, LVN, MA)
  • Experience with Joint Commission or other accreditation body preferred
  • Utilization of data driven decision making in a community health center setting
  • Experience with the principles of the patient centered medical home (Evidence based medicine, outcomes oriented quality care, patient safety, customer service, health information technology, and relational care) preferred

Required Skills:

  • Ability to function effectively as a member of an interprofessional team that includes behavioral health and primary care providers, consumers, and family members
  • Ability to use data and information technology to support and improve integrated healthcare
  • Ability to manage exempt and non-exempt staff
  • Ability to assess and improve clinical productivity
  • Ability to assess and improve the clinical competencies of behavioral health professionals
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Exceptional organizational, time, and project management skills
  • Culturally competent and sensitive to the needs of multi-cultural populations from a variety of income levels

Required Licenses and Certifications:

  • State of California Physician and Surgeons license
  • Board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry
  • Must maintain CME as required for certification renewals
  • Must be CPR Certified
  • Candidate must be able to successfully meet PHC’s credentialing and privileging requirements

Language Skills: Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions and requests from patients, co-workers, and others as necessary. Bilingual in English and Spanish, both written and verbal preferred.

Petaluma Health Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Please apply directly through our career page at