40 hours per week, Full-Time

1 Position Available

About the Position

Under the director of the Chief of Clinical Programs, the Lead Mental Health Clinician will coordinate, implement, monitor, and assist in planning and developing program activities in a single program area. The Lead Mental Health Counselor will also provide some direct services to children and/or families in a designated Counseling Program.


About the Agency

Pajaro Valley Prevention & Student Assistance, Inc (PVPSA) has been the leader of youth prevention and intervention services in the Pajaro Valley for the last 31 years. We believe that every young person in our community should have the opportunity to thrive. Our mission is to improve the quality of life of students and families in the Pajaro Valley by providing health education, prevention services, mental health services, and by advocating for public policies that protect the health of our community. The agency is committed to helping employees fulfill a balanced approach in managing their careers and personal life.


Duties and Responsibilities

50% of this position’s time will conduct program coordination duties. Duties include but are not limited to:

Identify areas of strength and skill deficits to be communicated back to the LPHA for further treatment planning.

  • Monitor program activities

  • Work in partnership with leadership to develop plans, activities and procedures that can contribute to the success of the program and the staff

  • Prepare documents and correspondence related to program activities

  • Makes public presentations to groups

  • Identifies and offers training opportunities for assigned staff/volunteers

  • Access and analyzes data

  • Represent the agency and engages community agencies and partnerships that can help enhance services for the population of focus

  • Participate in staff meetings, in-service trainings, conferences, and workshops

  • Supervise staff/volunteers


50% of this positions time will provide direct service delivery to children eligible children and their families. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Provide client-centered counseling services focusing on the present. Listen, respond empathically, and engage in problem solving. Identify symptoms and assist in self-management skills for mental illness.

  • Maintain Medi-Cal (EPSDT) documentation inclusive of Assessments, Treatment Plans and Progress Notes in an electronic health record system in a timely manner as required by program standards

  • Facilitate group meetings, family meetings and individual counseling session that enhance behavioral stability for clients.

  • Participate as a team member in case management conferences

  • Adhere to all confidentiality requirements.


Employment Standards

Knowledge of:

  • Methods and technics of coordination and monitoring

  • Training methods and techniques

  • Communication skills and techniques

  • Understanding of community resources and organizations

  • Program planning

  • Principles and practices of staff/volunteer supervision

  • Symptoms and behaviors of mental illnesses

  • Principles and methods of interviewing, counseling, crisis intervention and assessing psychosocial behaviors

  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) Criteria

  • Medi-Cal/EPSDT service delivery and productivity standards

  • Strength based and cultural appropriate services

Ability to:

  • Work with children, adolescents, families, and peers

  • Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with a wide variety of people, including community, media, schools

  • Speak efficiently to diverse audiences

  • Identify, develop, prepare, and evaluate training and educational materials

  • Assess students behavioral and emotional strengths and challenges to make knowledgeable recommendations and/or design appropriate service plans

  • Bilingual/Bicultural skills a plus and eligible for additional compensation as noted

Training and Experience  

Requires a master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Social Work, Psychology, Marriage, Family and Child Counseling, or closely related behavioral science field and be registered with CA BBS or eligible to provide mental health counseling as permissible by county mental health plan; must have at least one year experience working in clinical setting.  Bilingual, English and Spanish, desirable.


This position is eligible to receive clinical supervision.


Salary Schedule: $54,995-$64,199, commensurate with experience. PVPSA offers competitive benefits including Paid Time Off, Medical, Dental, Vision, Life for employee and family coverage is also available. Employer also contributes to the employee’s retirement plan.

How to Apply:

Please submit a letter of interest, resume and at least three references to::

PVPSA Human Resources

Email: adminhr@pvpsa.org

Mail: 335 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville, CA 95076

PVPSA is an equal opportunity employer. For Questions please contact HR at 831-728-6476.