Dignity Health Nurse Director of Behavioral Health in SAN FRANCISCO, California


St. Mary’s Medical Center has been caring for the health of San Franciscans since 1857 when it was founded by eight Sisters of Mercy from Ireland. It is an accredited, not-for-profit hospital, located across the street from Golden Gate Park. It is a full-service acute care facility with more than 575 physicians and 1,100 employees who provide high-quality and affordable health care services to the Bay Area community.

Home to advanced medical practices, such as the nation’s first digital cardiac catheterization laboratory, innovating orthopedic and spine surgery and comprehensive rehabilitation, and a state-of-the-art cancer center. St. Mary’s Medical Center is one of San Francisco’s leading hospitals, offering patients a full range of outpatient and inpatient services delivered with the human touch. Strategies and business development are centered on Oncology Services, Cardiac Services, and Orthopedics.


Position Title: Director of Behavioral Health Services

Position Summary: Directs thedaily operation, supervision and quality control in the Mental Health CareServices function. Works with administration to develop the budget and makenecessary adjustments to meet quality standards and budgetary parameters. Responsible for daily staffingof the functional areas. Works with staff to insure thatsupplies and services are utilized in a cost-effective manner and that the supplies andsupport necessary to meet operating objectives are available.

  • Insures efficiency of care by effectively integrating Mental Health Care services with ancillary and other services. As census requires and patient care allows, combines units and implements other procedures which enhance unit efficiency

  • Consistently and pro-actively involves department in measurably improving performance. Sets appropriate priorities for self and staff, establishes and revises action plans with measurable, realistic targets and timetables, and meets deadlines. Consistently communicates objectives and progress to department members to improve quality and achieve goals.

  • Accurately projects expenses, revenues, and labor needs. Operates within budget while meeting program objectives. Monitors and justifies variances, adjusting program objectives as circumstances change. Achieves targeted productivity gains and efficiencies. Identifies and implements measures which improve cost-effectiveness of department operations.



  • Knowledge of organization's budget process and ability to apply policies and practices for planning and administering a budget.

  • Knowledge of healthcare industry's trends, directions, major issues, regulatory considerations and trendsetters; ability to apply this knowledge appropriately to diverse situations.

  • Knowledge of applicable laws, rules and regulations governing proper medical conduct; ability to apply these theories to identify, report, deal with and prevent ethical conflicts, ensuring a harmonious and efficient healthcare environment.

  • Knowledge of principles and practices associated with the rights and responsibilities of patients and caregivers; ability to apply these theories to identify, report, deal with and prevent patient rights violations.

  • Knowledge of and ability to manage behavioral health departmental operations, including monitoring the development, interpretation and application of behavioral health services and programs as well as operational policies and procedures.

  • Knowledge of behavioral treatment techniques and procedures; ability to assess, manage and ensure high quality behavioral therapy for diverse mental disorders.

  • Knowledge of theories and methodologies for psychological counseling; ability to conduct a planned counseling interaction and design a counseling process to facilitate clients' progress toward meeting counseling goals and objectives.

  • Knowledge of psychotherapeutic models, theories and methodologies; ability to implement psychotherapeutic programs based on the principles and procedures of mental health and related disciplines to increase an individual's sense of well-being Education and Experience:

  • Minimum of five (5) years of clinical experience. Minimum of three (3) years of management experience.

  • Bachelor's degree or a combination of education and/or additional job related experience in lieu of the degree

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Job ID 2017-39250

Employment Type Full Time

Department Psych Acute-Adoles And Child

Hours / Pay Period 80

Facility Saint Marys Medical Center

Shift Day


State/Province CA

Standard Hours Mon-Fri (8AM - 5PM)