Senior Behavioral Health Clinician - Dept. of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (2932 TPV)

  • 440 Turk St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
  • Full-time
  • Fill Type: Permanent Civil Service
  • Work Hours: Regular
  • Job Code and Title: 2932-Senior Behavioral Health Clinician

Company Description

Who We Are
Through the provision of coordinated, compassionate, and high‐quality services, the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH) strives to make homelessness in San Francisco rare, brief, and one time. The Department provides assistance and support to homeless and at‐risk youth, adults and families to prevent imminent episodes of homelessness and end homelessness for people in San Francisco. Services including outreach, homelessness prevention, emergency shelter, drop‐in centers, transitional housing, supportive housing, short‐term rental subsidies, and support services to help people exit homelessness. For more information about the department, please visit our website.

What We Do
San Francisco is a pioneer in homeless services and a leader in providing supportive housing as a permanent exit from homelessness. The Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH), founded in 2016, is a national leader in the movement to end homelessness by developing a coordinated, equity-driven, client-focused system of compassionate services while piloting innovative models, and implementing best practice solutions with measurable results. HSH’s Homelessness Response System (HRS) oversees and implements a system of care that serves 14,000 people daily. Major programs include: street outreach and service connection through the Homeless Outreach Team (SFHOT); 3,000-bed shelter system for adults and families including shelters for members of the LGBT community and survivors of domestic violence; Navigation Centers that provide temporary shelter to chronically homeless individuals using a low-barrier entry model; rapid rehousing rental subsidies for families, adults, seniors and transitional aged youth; the Problem Solving/Diversional programs including the Homeward Bound program which has helped 11,000 individuals return to stable housing in their city of origin; and robust supportive housing programs over 8,000 units which provide permanent housing and services to formerly homeless individuals and families.

Job Description

Appointment Type: This recruitment will result in a Temporary Provisional (TPV) appointment.  This is not a permanent appointment. A provisional appointee must participate and be successful in a Civil Service examination for this classification and be selected through an open competitive process in order to be considered for permanent appointment. Provisional appointments may not exceed three (3) years.

Job Description:
Under the supervision of the Permanent Supportive Housing Services Manager (0923 Manager II), the Senior Behavioral Health Clinician provides clinical and support services leadership overseeing a clinical multidisciplinary team in residential settings serving high risk formerly homeless, mentally ill, and/or substance abusing clients.  The incumbent will provide intensive clinical support and consultation on crisis intervention, harm reduction, and 5150 services, referrals to appropriate outpatient services, and perform more difficult clinical case work.
The position includes the following responsibilities:

  • Supervises other licensed and non-licensed clinical staff (e.g., Behavioral Health Clinician, caseworkers).
  • Functions as a team leader and member of a clinical multidisciplinary team.
  • Provides supervision and charting audit for clinical staff; provides consultation and direction on difficult mental health cases and may have to handles the more difficult client assignments.
  • Performs work that requires considerable technical knowledge and independent judgment.
  • Maintains current knowledge of mental health topics and issues and recommends improved practices and procedures.
  • Manages program planning and development and assist in the development of policies and procedures.
  • Acts as liaison to community agencies and interfaces with private and public health programs and services (e.g., DISH, St. Francis, DPH, etc.).
  • Collaborates with Delivering Innovation in Supportive Housing (DISH) on joint projects. 
  • Attends administrative meetings and leads informational case presentations.
  • Attends case conferences to review client cases and resolve difficult therapeutic problems; participates and conducts staff training.
  • Leads quality assurance and peer review functions.
  • Participates in hiring selection process.
  • Organizes and administers specific functions of the program.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


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).

License and Certification:
Possession of a valid license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS); OR
Possession of a valid license as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS); OR
Possession of a valid license as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS).

Please upload a copy of your valid LCSW, LMFT or LPCC license issued by the BBS to your application. 

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Three (3) or more years of verifiable experience working with people with mental illness in a residential setting or inpatient program. 
  •  Experience providing clinical supervision.
  • Three (3) or more years of experience working with chronically homeless people in a community setting.
  • Possession of a valid Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) license issued by the California Board of Behavioral Science (BBS).
  • Working knowledge of SF City and County Departments, agencies, programs, criminal justice system, veteran services, and homeless services.
  • Demonstrated work experience with people with substance abuse problems.
  • Experience working in a harm reduction model.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Experience as a service provider with a multidisciplinary health care team in a health care agency.
  • Analytical ability and skills to handle and solve complex organizational and clinical issues and problems.

Additional Information

Salary Range: $99,840 - $121,316

Please upload a copy of your valid Universal Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) certificate issued by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency and your valid California Driver's License to your application. All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications. Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

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

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.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the recruitment analyst, Jumy Dang, by email at [email protected]

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. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule. Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director. Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.

Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: At the City and County of San Francisco, we share a commitment to a diverse, inclusive and equitable community. Each member of our organization is responsible and accountable for what they say and do to make San Francisco an inclusive and equitable place to live and work by employing fair and just practices to and for all.

Tuberculosis Screening:
Prior to appointment, applicants may be required to take a tuberculosis (TB) screening test.

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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.

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