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Program Director of the Mental Health Rehabilitation Center (MHRC) - Dept. of Public Health (0922)

Recruitment: REF1366A

Published: May 13, 2022


Emma Perez -

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Department: Public Health
Job Class: 0922-Manager I
Role Type: Temporary Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


**Amended on 1/18/22 to reflect changes to the Conditions of Employment (see bottom of job ad).  Previous applicants need not reapply.**

Schedule: Full-time
Fill Type: Temporary Exempt (Category 18) In accordance with San Francisco Charter Section 10.104, exempt employees serve at the discretion of the appointing authority.
Job Code and Title: 0922 Manager I

The San Francisco Department of Public Health is filling a full-time Program Director of the Rehabilitation Center position (0922 Manager I).  The San Francisco Mental Health Rehabilitation Center (MHRC) is an inpatient locked program designed for the treatment and rehabilitation of clients with severe mental illness. The MHRC is licensed by the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and is governed by the California Code of Regulations, Title IX. 

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Role Description

Under supervision of the Mental Health Rehabilitation Center (MHRC) Director, the Program Director directs and coordinates all aspects of the MHRC programming and client rehabilitation process. The MHRC Program Director ensures compliance with Title IX, established policies and procedures of the overall program and timely completion of respective reporting requirements. The Program Director collaborates with the MHRC Medical Director, Director of Nursing and Interdisciplinary Team. 

Essential Duties: The Mental Health Rehabilitation Center Program Director performs the following essential functions:

  1. Ensures all clients receive the full spectrum of behavioral health services during their entire length of stay and treatment based on objectives identified in their treatment plan.
  2. Supervises the activities of employees who report to the Program Director which includes Social Workers, Activity Leaders and Activity Director (Occupational Therapist); provides clinical supervision to Behavioral Health Clinicians; provides supervision to MHRC programs staff, including coaching and counseling; initiates progressive discipline in coordination with HR staff.
  3. Ensures Individual Service Plan (ISP) quarterly, monthly, and weekly progress notes and other documentation in the medical record is completed in a timely manner and written to MHRC and DHCS standards.
  4. Coordinates and oversees the development of new programming and services for MHRC client.
  5. Functions as liaison to referral sources and the community as indicated to facilitate communication regarding client care and programs, which may be utilized by these sources.
  6. Implements performance improvements including but not limited to ongoing program review; development of program key performance improvements; adapting and changing program needs and services based on the population served.
  7. Ensures that in-service education program is provided and that all Rehabilitation staff subject to the 52-hour rule meets the requirement annually.
  8. Maintains a working knowledge of existing and new standards and regulations governing mental health services, including but not limited to Title IX; maintains awareness of new trends in the field of mental health rehabilitation and psychiatric nursing.
  9. Provides administrative coverage in the absence of the Director of the MHRC.

The Mental Health Rehabilitation Center Program Director (0922 Manager I) performs other related duties as assigned/required.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: The normal annual salary range is $115,544 to $147,524. Appointment above the maximum of the normal range may be considered based on documented and substantiated recruitment and retention issues or exceptional skills. A special approval process is necessary for appointment above the normal salary range. For additional information about the City's benefits package, please visit: Municipal Executives' Association Benefit Summary.  For more information, visit our Classification and Compensation page.

Other outstanding benefits offered with this position include:

  • Medical, Dental, and Life Insurance; Long-term Disability Plan; Flexible Spending Accounts.
  • Municipal Executives Flexible Credits Defined Retirement Plan.
  • Deferred Compensation; and Social Security.
  • Paid Management Training Program; Wellness Program.
  • Vacation/Holiday/Sick Time; and Administrative Leave.

How to Qualify

  1. EDUCATION: Master’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited school of social work; AND 
  2. EXPERIENCE: Three (3) year’s experience in a mental health treatment setting, one year of which shall include experience or training in program development for persons with severe and persistent mental disabilities; AND
  3. LICENSE: Possession of a valid Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) license issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences

NOTE: One year of full-time employment is equivalent to 2,000 hours (2,000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40-hour work week).  Any overtime hours that you work above 40 hours per week are not included in the calculation of full-time employment.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Desirable Qualifications: The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selectin process when candidates are referred for hiring.

  • A minimum of one year of supervisory experience supervising mental health clinicians 
  • Meets the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences minimum requirements to provide supervision to Associate Social Workers, Associate Marriage and Family Therapists and Associate Professional Clinical Counselors preparing for licensure
  • Experience working with and sensitivity to ethnically, culturally and sexually diverse individuals, community agencies and organizations.
  • Bilingual proficiency in English and target language: Spanish, Cantonese or Mandarin

Verification of Experience:  Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process.

Verification of Education: If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

What else should I know?

Close Date:  Applicants are encouraged to file immediately as this recruitment may close at any time.

Selection Procedures: Applications will be reviewed for relevant qualifying education and experience. Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the department will be invited to participate in the interview process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the selection process. Qualified applicants who are selected for an interview will be notified of the exact date, time, and place of the interview.

Conviction History: As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

  • Commitment to providing first-class care and service to all members of the DPH service population, with heightened sensitivity and awareness to racial, ethnic, and culturally diverse members of the DPH’s workforce and patient populations.
  • Desire and commitment to lead and participate in antiracism, racial justice, and equity work that impacts quality of patient care, and improvements in employee experiences; along with the commitment and fortitude to push and drive change in these areas.
  • Desire to work with, relate to, serve, and support a diverse workforce and patient population.
  • Commitment to health equity with a specific lens and focus on race, ethnicity, gender, sex, and sexuality.

Licensure/Certification/Registration: Valid licensure/certification/registration as a requirement to perform the job must be kept current throughout length of employment. Failure to demonstrate/show proof of possession of required valid 
licensure/certification/registration may result in dismissal and/or termination of employment.

Note on Electronic Health Record (EHR): The Department of Public Health (DPH) is implementing a unified Electronic Health Record (EHR) system and DPH employees must demonstrate competency in the use of the system that is appropriate for their classification as a condition of employment.

Note on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Some positions in the Department of Public Health will require the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), including but not limited to gloves, gowns, eye and face protection, and face-fitting respirators. The requirement for the use of PPE may come on short or no notice. Facial hair or any condition that interferes with a face-fitting respirator’s seal (i.e. comes between the sealing surfaces of the respirator and the wearer’s bare skin) is not permitted when face-fitting respirators are worn, including during initial or periodic respirator fit-testing.
Employees who choose not to shave and do not have either American Disabilities Act (ADA) or Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Accommodations do not have the right to alternate work assignments or the option of using a loose-fitting Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) in place of a Face Fitting Respirator.

Medical Examination/Drug Testing: Prior to appointment, at the Department's expense, applicants may be required to take a tuberculosis (TB) screening test, a medical examination and/or drug test.

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures: Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4ᵗʰ Floor.

Copies of Application Documents: Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work: All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation: Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at:

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.


Announcement Open: 10/8/21, Amended 1/18/22

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible.

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.