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Senior Behavioral Health Clinician - Citywide CCT 2932

Recruitment: REF7172E

Published: September 19, 2023


Eliot Watt -

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Department: Public Health
Job class: 2932-Senior Behavioral Health Clinician
Salary range: $108,264.00 - $131,508.00
Role type: Permanent Civil Service What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time
Exam type: Continuous
Rule: Rule of the List What does this mean?
List type: Combined Promotive and Entrance


The City and County of San Francisco continuously accepts applications for all permanent Senior Behavioral Health Clinician 2932 positions. Rather than publishing separate job ads for every current and future position, this job ad collects applications for all of them. The Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing and the Department of Public Health can then review your application and contact you directly with details about their positions.

  • Start with this Required Exam
  • Annual Compensation
  • 🏁Once and for All
    • You only need to apply once for all permanent 2932 positions
    • All City departments with open permanent positions can review your application
    • Position-specific details will follow from them 

Role description

Under direction, the 2932 Senior Behavioral Health Clinician performs essential duties that include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Supervises one or more Class 2930 Behavioral Health Clinician/2931 Marriage, Family and Child Counselor and/or unlicensed support personnel by preparing and maintaining work schedules, performance appraisals; coordinating activities of a multidisciplinary team; and monitor productivity of staff;
  • Supervises the psychosocial assessment of client/patients for behavioral health services in behavioral health and/or primary care settings; monitors process to ensure clients/patients are referred to appropriate care provider; reviews forms and procedures related to the intake process; and prepares written care summaries for the purpose of coordinating care;
  • Performs clinical evaluations in the more difficult individual cases by participating in the interviewing, diagnosing and disposition of these cases, including referring to other staff members or disciplines for further treatment;
  • Performs regular and effective treatment in the more difficult and complex cases by applying intensive casework and psychotherapy techniques for the benefit of
    client/patient; observes client/patient’s condition and reactions; determines degree of danger presented to patient and others;
  • May conduct group psychotherapy and case management on a scheduled basis in connection with administering direct treatment to patients; observes evaluates and analyzes changes; determines treatment goals at successive intervals during treatment process;
  • Charts and assures staff’s charting of medical records according to departmental and regulatory standards, both written and electronic;
  • Organizes community health education outreach and consultation involving the development of workshops and seminars, training and coordination of programs and services; acts as consultant to other agencies and participates in negotiation and development of outreach services; and
  • May perform Quality Improvement activities such as chart audit and compliance review.
  • The 2932 Senior Behavioral Health Clinician performs related duties as required.

Nature of work requires carrying out, interpreting and enforcing existing legal provisions, policies, methods and procedures in connection with psychiatric welfare work; achieving considerable economies and/or preventing considerable losses through enforcing careful and judicious interpretations of various legal provisions, methods and procedures in approving and recommending assistance; making regular contacts with employees, supervisors, applicants, recipients, their families, other departments, community organizations and others concerned; gathering and checking detailed psychiatric, financial, personal and confidential information.

Nature of duties involves normal physical effort and manual dexterity with occasional accident and injury hazards and exposure to disagreeable element when dealing with mentally ill or emotionally disturbed persons.

How to qualify

⚠️Both Ⓐ & Ⓑ Required Before Applying⚠️

Minimum Qualifications

  •  Possession of a valid license issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for 
    • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
    • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
    • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)


  • Two (2) years of verifiable experience as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).

One (1) year of full-time employment is equivalent to 2,000 hours (2,000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a forty (40) hour work week). Any overtime hours that you work above forty (40) hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time employment. Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Verification: Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

What else should I know?


Training and Experience Examination: (Weight 100%)
The Training and Experience Examination that is linked in this job ad is a required part of the application. It measures knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in job-related areas which may include, but are not limited to:

  • Knowledge of federal, state, local, and other existing legal provisions/policies governing client eligibility, health facilities, confidentiality, conditions reportable to authorities, care and safety of the client and others, and the applicable provisions of the Welfare and Institutions Code and the Mental Health Act.
  • Decision-making ability refers to the interpretation of rules, policies, and operational procedures; planning and direction of appropriate courses of action as a result of analyses and evaluation of data and other critical factors.
  • Knowledge of principles of psychiatric case management refers to the understanding and the application of the theories and techniques of the licensed mental health clinician used in hospitals, clinics, and forensic or medical service facilities to provide psychiatric assistance to clients with mental health needs and their families/significant others. This includes knowledge of the trends and ethical standards of the profession, familiarity with psychopharmacology, principles of clinical case management, effective assessment, advocacy, community organization, and interviewing techniques.
  • Knowledge of clinical methods refers to the utilization of the history, culture, socioeconomic background, and environment of the individual client or family to aid in diagnosis and treatment in psychiatric settings; the systematic use of psychiatric principles and techniques to help clients and their families/significant others respond constructively to treatment; the application of appropriate clinical interventions. Areas of treatment include, but may not be limited to mental illness, wellness recovery, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, harm reduction, post-traumatic stress syndrome, and multiple diagnosis.
  • Knowledge of appropriate resources refers to the knowledge of community agencies, organizations, and groups which provide appropriate services to clients and their families/significant others; the knowledge of the roles of behavioral health consumers in self-help programs/traditional behavioral health programs; an awareness of consumer-guided services.
  • Knowledge of interviewing techniques refers to the ability to identify and assess the needs of patients through skillful interviews to elicit meaningful information.
  • Self-protection/assessment skills include the ability to recognize unsafe situations and protect oneself, one’s colleagues and one’s clients by understanding the precursors of dangerous circumstances, when to seek assistance, and knowledge of physical methods of safety such as running and restraint.
  • Written communication skills refer to the ability to compose and organize information such as reports, chart notes, case documentation, and correspondence and agency forms, both manually and electronically.
  • Oral communication skills refer to the ability to interpret medical/social situations concisely and sensitively to diverse ethnic cultural and socio-economic backgrounds of individuals/groups and program/management staff; the ability to follow complicated oral instructions; promote good public and professional relations and to establish collaborative interpersonal relationships
  • Ability to supervise refers to the ability to apply sound principles of supervision in a psychiatric social work setting with clear direction of goal-oriented activities, making equitable duty assignments, monitoring staff performance and to counsel, discipline and orient individual staff members.

Eligible List/Score Report
A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created, and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores, and the number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission. After passing the exam, Candidates will be on the eligible list for 12 months and can reapply afterward.

The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be the Rule of the List. Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.

Terms of Announcement
Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website. The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1 and Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.

DPH Health Critical Requirements and Information: Please review the following policies regarding DPH employment requirements that safeguard yourself and others. 

Additional information regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco: 

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, 628-271-6704.

We may use text messaging to communicate with you if you include a mobile number in your application. The first message will ask you to opt in to text messaging.


The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.