Dutchess County

Posted 4/22/2019

Job Type: Full-time


Dutchess County (Poughkeepsie), New York offers an outstanding opportunity to make a difference in a progressive county and to enjoy a superior quality of life. The Deputy Commissioner of Behavioral and Community Health will report to the Commissioner of DBCH and serves as the Director of Community Services for the local government unit (LGU) as specified in Mental Hygiene Law Article 41. The position is also charged with the formulation and administration of policies, programs, and procedures for the division of Mental Hygiene. The incumbent assumes full managerial duties and/or oversight in areas such as strategic planning, departmental organization, budgeting and financial management, civil service administration, and personnel development with supervision exercised over professional and support personnel. In the absence of the Commissioner, the Deputy Commissioner will act for and on behalf of the Commissioner for non-medical related matters. Travel in the course of a workday may be required and assignments outside of normal working hours may be given. Direct and general supervision is exercised over subordinate department employees.

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Minimum Qualification

The Deputy Commissioner of Behavioral and Community Health must meet the minimum qualifications set forth in New York State regulation 14 NYCRR 102.6:

1. Each director of community services appointed on or after the effective date of this Part shall meet the following requirements:
A). shall be a physician licensed to practice medicine in New York State (NYS) who shall be deemed board certified or board eligible in psychiatry, neurology, pediatrics or
B). shall be a psychologist who is currently licensed as a psychologist by the NYS Education Department, or
C). shall have obtained a master’s degree in social work and is currently a licensed master social worker or as a licensed clinical social worker by the NYS Education Department; or
D). shall have obtained a master’s degree in psychiatric mental health nursing and shall be licensed by the NYS Education Department as a registered nurse; or E). the individual shall have obtained a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, psychology, social work, public health administration, public administration, hospital administration, human services administration, business administration or other equivalent degrees as determined by a curriculum reviewed and approved by the NYS Education Department; and F). the individual must have obtained a degree or degrees from a college or university recognized by the NYS Education Department; and G). the individual with a doctoral degree or medical degree, or an individual with a master’s degree shall have had at least five years of progressively responsible clinical and/or administrative experience in a governmental, private, not-for-profit or proprietary program providing services for people who have a diagnosis of mental illness, mental retardation, developmental disability, alcoholism or substance abuse. At least two of the five years shall include functioning in an administrative capacity for the management of a program in which the candidate was responsible for the overall direction and control of an identifiable organizational unit or program. Such experience shall be specifically related to the powers and duties of the director of community services in accordance with section 102.7 of this Part.

2. When a local governmental unit appoints a director of community services with an administrative degree as defined in paragraph (1) (5) of this section, the local governmental unit shall also designate a senior level clinician with responsibilities for supervision of clinical services. Such designee shall have a clinical degree and licensure or certification in addition to demonstrable clinical work experience. 14 CRR-NY 102.6

Special Requirement

RESIDENCY – The Deputy Commissioner of Behavioral and Community Health will be required to live within Dutchess County, at time of appointment.

Salary: While the starting salary range is $104,480 to $128,025 annually, it may be adjusted to accommodate for additional experience and qualifications above what is minimally required. In addition, the County expects to provide an excellent fringe benefit package to the successful candidate.

To Apply

For additional information on this outstanding opportunity, please contact Karl Menuau, Senior Human Resources Associate at Dutchess County Department of Human Resources at 845-486-2185.
A letter of interest and resume should be sent
electronically by the close of business, May 8, 2019 to:

Department of Human Resources
22 Market Street
Poughkeepsie NY 12601
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Resumes are subject to the provisions of New York Public Records Statute.

Dutchess County, New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, political ideas, or disability in employment or in the provision of services.