Director of Behavioral Health

Come work, live, and play along the beautiful Northern California coast & Highway 101 in the heart of redwood country. This position will be based in Arcata, CA with some travel required to other facilities.

UIHS is a tribal health program proudly serving the native population of Humboldt and Del Norte counties providing primary care and community outreach services. We serve a population of about 12,000 and provide various clinical and community health services at seven locations.

Quality healthcare requires quality relationships. Integrating our services and focusing on the relationship between the client, their family and those who provide them care will serve to create long term relationships. It is in these long-term relationships that trust develops, communication opens, knowledge grows and healing takes place.

Quality healthcare also requires a quality working environment. We commit ourselves to creating healthy working conditions that support a sense of family within the organization and allow our staff to provide quality care. Everyone at UIHS accepts the responsibility for fostering an organizational culture that promotes teamwork and encourages us to care for ourselves and each other.

We are currently seeking a Behavioral Health Director to be responsible for overseeing our Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse programs, including administrative supervision for two dozen staff members. You will work closely with other operational and clinical division leaders to ensure achievement of the organization‚ s mission, philosophy, and guiding principles in response to the identified needs of the community it serves.

The successful candidate will possess and ability to provide the following:

  • Assigning caseloads and other duties, and coordinate activities of staff in providing counseling services to assist clients.
  • Assisting behavioral health staff through individual and group supervision and/or case meetings in analyzing clinical issues and improving treatment skills.
  • Reviewing case records, evaluates performance of staff members, and recommends indicated action.
  • Developing and implementing departmental policy and procedures.
  • Maintaining a caseload to counsel clients individually or in groups; provide crisis counseling as needed.
  • Providing in-service training for staff on pertinent clinical topics including confidentiality, mandated reporting, dual relationship, therapeutic approaches.
  • Representing agency in community activities and at relevant multi-agency meetings.
  • Promoting and support staff development activities.
  • Serving as an active member of the Clinical Executive Committee.

Requirements: must be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist or Clinical Psychologist with five years or more of clinical experience and have a minimum of two years‚ experience in clinical supervision and program management. A valid driver‚ s license and eligible to be added to our vehicle insurance. Must also meet applicable regulatory agency‚ s requirements to provide clinical supervision to Interns, Associates, Trainees and Students.

United Indian Health Services provides excellent working conditions that support a positive work/life balance. We also provide generous personal and holiday leave, employer-paid medical, dental, vision & life insurance coverage, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer matching contribution.

Email cover letter and resume to UIHS-Recruiting@CRIHB.org

In accordance with 42 CFR 136.42 American Indian Preference will be given. See also PL 93-638.

About our area‚ .

Northern California is a densely forested, mountainous, and rural area with about 110 miles of Pacific coastline. Humboldt County offers cultural opportunities equaling what you might find in a more urban environment- music, art, festivals and eclectic cuisine. Outdoor activities on the Redwood Coast include surfing, river rafting, kayaking, hiking, camping, sailing, fishing, cycling and much more. Visit the following website to learn more:


About UIHS‚

Incorporated in 1970, UIHS is a tribal owned and governed Indian Health Care Service with a main facility-Potawot-and five sites in outlying areas. In its 42-year history, it has grown from a staff of less than a dozen people to a comprehensive health care of more than 250 employees. It is governed by a Board of Directors that includes Indian community representatives from five different regions and Tribal Government representatives from each of the primary tribes and rancherias.

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