County of Ventura
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The County of Ventura

From rolling hills to sweeping ocean views, Ventura County is located on the “Gold Coast,” approximately 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles and 30 miles south of Santa Barbara. The near perfect Mediterranean climate with an average annual temperature of 74.2 degrees and a wonderful quality of life are two of the many reasons the 850,000 residents choose to call Ventura County “home.” Ventura has a diverse economic base from tourism to high-tech enterprises in beautifully planned communities, making the region one of the safest and fastest growing in Southern California.

The County’s 2,208 square miles include 43 miles of beautiful coastline. The County of Ventura is home to the following cities and points of interest: Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, and Ventura as well as national protected areas such as portions of the Angeles National Forest, the Channel Islands National Park, and the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

The County of Ventura offers numerous year-round activities ranging from walking on the beach to enjoying a concert in a park, sailing to the Channel Islands, or hiking in the Los Padres National Forest. Ventura County is home to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, the San Buenaventura Mission, art galleries, and a state-of-the-art Civic Arts Plaza.

Ventura County has a strong economic base that includes major industries such as biotechnology, agriculture, advanced technologies, oil production, military testing and development, and tourism. Home to two universities (California State University Channel Islands and California Lutheran University), and three community colleges (Moorpark College, Oxnard College, and Ventura College), multiple university extensions, institutes, and adult schools, the County enjoys a strong structure for workforce development.

County Government and the Health Care Agency

The County of Ventura is a general law county, governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors. The Supervisors appoint a County Executive Officer to oversee the day-to-day operations and also advise, assist, and act as an agent for the Board of Supervisors in all matters under the Board’s jurisdiction. It focuses on serving its residents by promoting engagement, strategy, execution and accountability to include diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives to ensure that all employees are treated with respect and without discrimination, and to improve culturally appropriate outcomes for community members. County operations have an operating budget of approximately $2.8 billion with a staffing allocation of over 10,000.

Ventura County Behavioral Health promotes hope, resiliency, and recovery by providing the highest quality prevention, intervention, treatment and support to persons with mental health and substance use issues.

In collaboration with community-based, faith-based, and other public/private partners, the goal is to ensure access to effective treatment and support for all children, adolescents, transitional-aged youth (18-25 years), adults and seniors, and their families, in addition to regional clinics located in Oxnard, Ventura, Santa Paula, Thousand Oaks, Fillmore, and Simi Valley, many programs provide services at other community locations accessible to clients.

About the Position

Reports to the Director of the Health Care Agency and serves as an “at will” employee who is exempt from the Civil Service Ordinance. 

The Director of Behavioral Health is responsible for the administration of the combined development and management of all County Behavioral Health programs and services which include: Adults, Youth and Family, and Substance Use programs. This position is responsible for recognizing and nurturing opportunities for collaboration to address local needs, in particular for vulnerable and underserved populations. The position is dually appointed as the Director of the Behavioral Health Department and as the Mental Health Director by the Board of Supervisors. The incumbent will receive Management benefits at the MB2 level.

The County of Ventura seeks a highly effective and communicative leader focused on creating a culture in which multidisciplinary teams can work together to pursue effective outcomes that are both client-centered and data-driven. 

The ideal candidate will be able to collaboratively develop and employ a department-wide strategic plan that exemplifies a commitment to service excellence, staff development, community support, and continuous quality improvement. 

The selected candidate will join our world class executive talent at the County, coupling their collegial, compassionate and genuine personality with their robust intelligence and political savvy to foster effective relationships throughout the County and with its stakeholders.


Any combination of education, training and experience which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Typical combinations would be: 

  • An administrator with a Master's degree in hospital, public health, or public administration and at least three (3) years of hospital or health care administrative experience which includes two (2) years in behavioral health services. Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis. 
  • A physician and surgeon licensed in the State of California showing evidence of completion of the required course of graduate psychiatric education as defined in Section 623 supplemented by an additional two (2) years of psychiatric training or practice which includes one (1) year of administrative experience. 
  • A psychologist licensed in the State of California with a Doctorate degree in psychology and at least three (3) years of clinical psychology experience which includes two (2) years of administrative experience. 
  • A clinical social worker with at least a Master's degree in social work and a license (LCSW) under the provision of the California Business and Professions Code and at least five (5) years of behavioral health experience which includes two (2) years of administrative experience. 
  • A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT, LPCC) who has received specific instruction in assessment, diagnosis, prognosis and counseling and psychotherapeutic treatment of premarital, marriage, family, and child relationship dysfunctions which is equivalent to the instruction required for licensure on January 1981. At least five (5) years of behavioral health experience which includes two (2) years of administrative experience is also required. 
  • A Registered Nurse with a Master's degree in psychiatric or public health nursing and five (5) years of related experience which includes two (2) years of administrative experience. Additional post-baccalaureate experience in behavioral health setting may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.


  • Previous experience as a mental health director in a California County of a size similar to or larger than Ventura; and/or 
  • Previous experience as a substance use program administrator in a California County with additional experience in mental health financing; and/or
  • CEO/CFO or other senior executive level manager of a large non-profit or community based organization that delivers behavioral health services - specifically Medi-Cal and/or drug Medi-Cal services. This should include budgeting, management of diverse funding streams, HR, contracts management, and compliance; and/or 
  • Senior executive level manager of programs that serve people with serious mental illness, SED youth- especially public programs; and/or 
  • Previous experience as a Division Manager in a California County of a size similar or larger to Ventura County. 
  • Five (5) years of professional-level administrative experience, at least two (2) of which must be in Behavioral Health setting. 
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish)

What We Offer

The County of Ventura offers an attractive compensation and benefits package. In addition to the salary of approximately $184,022.75 - $257,657.12 annually, an employee within this position will also be eligible for the following: 

  • A general salary increase of 3.5% effective December 22, 2024. 
  • New Hire Incentive - New hires may be eligible for a one-time New Hire Incentive up to 10% of the current annual base wage. (Subject to the applicable section of the Management Resolution (Secs. 625 – 627)
  • Educational Incentive - An educational incentive as an additional percentage of base salary of 2.5% for completion of an associate's degree, 3.5% for completion of a bachelor's degree, OR 5% for completion of a graduate's degree. 
  • Bilingual Incentive - Incumbents may also be eligible for bilingual incentive depending upon operational needs and certification skills. 
  • Executive Administrative Leave - The candidate selected for this position will earn 248 hours per year, increasing to 288 hours after 5 years of service, to 328 hours after 10 years of service, and to 368 hours after 15 years of service or other public service. *Credit for prior public service may be considered (Management Resolution, § 1202A) 
  • Annual Leave Redemption- The ability to “cash in” or redeem up to 100 hours of Annual Leave per year after using 80 hours of annual leave within the previous 12 months (Management Resolution, § 1205). 
  • Deferred Compensation - Eligible to participate in the County's 401(k) Shared Savings Plan and/or the Section 457 Plan. If you participate in the County sponsored 401(k) plan, the County will match a part of your contribution up to 3% of your salary, on a per pay period basis. Following five (5) years of continuous County service, an additional 2% non-elective contribution will be made to the 401(k) plan. 
  • Health Insurance Plans – Medical, dental, and vision plans for you and your dependents. A flexible credit allowance of up to $23,530 annually. 
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Increase your spending power by reimbursement with pre-taxed dollars for IRS- approved dependent care and health care expenses. 
  • Holidays - 12 paid days per year which includes a scheduled floating holiday. 
  • Pension Plan - Both you and the County contribute to the County’s Retirement Plan. If you are eligible, you may establish reciprocity with other public retirement systems, such as PERS. 
  • Professional Membership - Eligible for County-paid membership in professional organizations related to the position. 
  • Additional Benefits - Disability Plans, Employee Assistance Program, Life Insurance, Tuition Reimbursement, Wellness Program

How To Apply

To apply for this exceptional and unique career opportunity, please do one of the following: 

  • Submit an online application at www.ventura.org/jobs and attach your cover letter, resume and any additional materials for consideration. 


  • Email your cover letter, resume and any additional materials for consideration to Monika.Maine@ventura.org. 

    Questions and inquiries may be directed to: Monika Maine, Manager HR and Business Partner Services Phone: (805) 654-2419 or by Email: Monika.Maine@ventura.org 

    This position will remain open until filled. First application review date: March 4, 2024, then on a weekly basis thereafter