Behavioral Health Director

Santa Ynez Tribal Health Clinic | Santa Ynez, California 93460

Salary Range: Call for details
Date Posted: January 26, 2023
Opportunity Code: 32299


Santa Ynez Tribal Health Clinic in Santa Ynez, California is looking for a Behavioral Health Director to join their team and help make a positive impact on the entire community!


The Position

  • The Behavioral Health Director will participate and oversee day-to-day operations of the Behavioral Health department, working to serve patients and their families, through treatment, referrals, and oversight of their cases.
  • Reporting to the Chief Health Officer (CHO), this leader will oversee a team of six direct reports.
  • As the Behavioral Health Director, this leader will provide patient care on a daily basis along with managing the overarching administrative responsibilities.
  • This leader will also be asked to perform an analysis of the department, identify operational shortfalls, and work together with staff and CHO to implement a strategic improvement plan. Other duties include monthly reporting, and oversight of grant programs.
  • The ideal candidate will be a strong, visible leader, and be capable of working with/seeing patients on a regular basis. Must learn and listen to the team needs and be a team player. 
  • This position is a fully, onsite role, no option for hybrid or remote work.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Advance degree, PhD or PhyD in Clinical Psychology, and licensed in the state of CA or LCSW required. 
  • Must possess a minimum of 10 years’ experience working in a Behavioral Healthcare setting. Knowledge of Dual-Diagnosis is a plus.
  • Tribal experience preferred, but not required.

The Organization

  • The Santa Ynez Tribal Health Clinic is located on the reservation of the Santa Ynez Band of Mission Indians, a federally recognized tribe.
  • The Clinic is a stand-alone subsidiary, and their mission is to specialize in the highest standards of quality health care through modern medicine and cultural traditions.
  • The Clinic sees approximately 17,000 patient visits annually by providing medical, dental, and behavioral health services to a local population of about 2,700 patients, mainly Native Americans and low-income people of diverse ethnicity, including many Hispanic/Latino agricultural workers. The clinic offers medical and dental care and community health education activities designed to enhance health awareness and practices in the Native American Community
  • The Santa Ynez Tribal Health Clinic has achieved mature contractor status with the Indian Health Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Clinic is a certified FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) Medi-Cal/Medicare facility.

The Community

  • While traveling along the Highway 101 on the Central Coast of California, when you arrive in Santa Barbara County wine country you will want to visit the Santa Ynez Valley with more than 150 wineries, 250 boutique shops and more than 60 California cuisine restaurants.
  • Santa Ynez Valley is famous for its wineries, and lovers of great wine need look no further for the best wine tasting around.
  • With rolling hills, endless vineyards, plenty of history, and great food and wine to wash it all down, you can't go wrong with a visit to this charming former ranch city.
  • This regions rich heritage is celebrated every day in vibrant museums that celebrate the unique history. Arts are also celebrated among local galleries and artistic communities that aim to capture and preserve the nature and charm of this town and the creative artists that inhabit the area.
  • This hidden city is located within a two-hour driving distance of Los Angeles, and less than an hour from Santa Barbara, California.




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