Under the direction of the Deputy Director of Forensic Services Division, the Chief Psychologist provides program direction in planning, policy development, supervision and implementation of sexually violent predator (SVP) and mentally disordered offender (MDO) clinical processes within an assigned branch or unit. The incumbent is responsible for program performance of SVP clinical screenings and evaluations and MDO evaluations, supervising state clinical staff, testifying in court, ensuring quality reviews of clinical reports, overseeing and developing training and representing the program at interagency meetings, stakeholder meetings, boards and committees. Provides leadership and direction to state hospital staff and contract evaluators in all matters of clinical screenings and evaluations. Serves as the program’s forensics clinical expert and consultant with liaison responsibilities with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Board of Parole Hearings, the judicial system and relevant external entities. Responds to questions from clinical and non-clinical staff on program issues including, but not limited to, sex offender assessment research, sex offender assessment instruments, program evaluator contracts and contract authorizations, case laws, federal laws and California statutes. Provides final review of evaluations completed by state and contract evaluators. Regular and consistent attendance is critical to the successful performance of this position due to the high-paced environment and time-sensitive nature of the work. The incumbent is routinely exposed to sensitive and confidential information and/or materials and is expected to maintain confidentiality at all times. Incumbent may perform SVP and/or MDO evaluations at any at any of the CDCR or jail locations throughout the state. Develops and maintains educational/informational materials or policies so as to facilitate system-wide evaluator understanding and performance consistent with statutes, regulations and program policies and guidelines. Oversees and develops training for the Forensic Services Programs’ staff and evaluators for the purpose of succinct and effective evaluation reports that address all inherent and relevant legal and clinical issues. Promotes positive working relationships with multi-disciplinary staff for successful performance in the workplace. Responds to the general public on program matters.
The duties may require travel to various locations throughout the state as needed, often with little notice. The incumbent must be able to work long and irregular hours. The position is located in Sacramento at the Department headquarters. The incumbent must possess a current license to practice psychology in California. The incumbent must pass a background check (Live Scan) with the California Department of Justice. The incumbent may be required to testify at SVP and MDO trials.
This position not covered by Safety Retirement.
Candidates should have at least three years of experience in forensic mental health, including interviews and risk assessment of sex offenders; at least five years of progressively responsible managerial or supervisory experience in the practice of psychology at a community or government forensics program with emphasis on clinical and administrative operations; ability to perform high-level administrative, management and policy development duties as well as implementation; ability to review legislation and complex, interrelated policies, procedures and practices; personnel management techniques; the program’s or Department’s equal employment opportunity objectives; and a supervisor’s role in the equal employment program.
WHO MAY APPLY
All interested candidates must submit a complete Examination and/or Employment Application form (STD. 678), with original signature, and must clearly indicate the basis of their eligibility in item number 12 (Explanation) on the application. A Curriculum Vitae is also required with the STD 678 form. Applications without eligibility information will not be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Resumes are optional, but do not replace the Curriculum Vitae. Appointment is subject to SROA and State surplus policies. Surplus candidates must submit a copy of their surplus status letter. Only the most qualified candidates will be interviewed.
If you are not a current or former State employee, you must first take an examination to obtain list eligibility. This does not apply to Student Assistant vacancies.
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