Associate Director of Community Mental Health Programs

Oakland, California, United States | Administration | Full-time


Associate Director for Community Mental Health Programs 

Are you an advocate for social service, like solving programs, and removing barriers? The Associate Director of Programs is responsible for leading the administrative, clinical, fiscal, and quality improvement functions that promote the highest element of mental health service provision. Along with completing regulatory and funding applications, this position is responsible for successfully implementing new programs and services within our strategy and growth plan. BACS’ staff prides itself on doing whatever it takes to find permanent housing for homeless people, and provide stability and services for mental health.  We work both in the office and out in the community. This role requires someone who values leadership, accountability, trust, and innovation. BACS is innovating in social services and looking for leaders who empower case management and clinical teams in a non-hierarchical agency with all hands on deck.

This role oversees 6 community-based programs, providing mental health and housing services for 1200+  homeless adults in Re-Entry, SSI Advocacy, Mental Health Wellness Centers and Supportive Housing Programs.  


  • Independently directs programs and ensures all contracts, laws, and regulations are met and works as part of the Operations Team to collectively run BACS programs.
  • Provide empowering, supportive, and motivational supervision to managers and/or supervisors including hiring, training, and performance management.
  • Implement consumer-centered services that are needs-driven and strength-based, and culturally relevant.
  • Manage the flow of referrals, intakes, and discharges of participants and ensures accessibility and welcoming of all people.
  • Maintain records and other administrative requirements of all programs; ensure compliance with documentation and charting requirements for all funding streams.
  • Never settle for the status quo, implement continuous quality improvement standards, and works with staff to implement systems for CQI.
  • Establish a harmonious and collaborative working relationship with the community and coordinate services as needed to highlight the value and the purpose of programming.
  • Participate in the development of new programs and services including grant writing, speeches, presentations, and more; put on agency, professional, and personal development training.
  • Assure that BACS services are provided in collaboration with all applicable funding streams and regulations; ensure contract compliance with all funders to include grant management, presentations, and reports.


  • LCSW/LMFT/LPCC or PsyD with current BBS registration required. LPHA preferred.
  • Two years’ experience post-licensure in a behavioral science field.
  • Three years of progressive administrative, direct service, and leadership skills and experience in the social service field.
  • Demonstrated capacity to lead diverse and multi-disciplinary teams toward a common goal required.
  • Valid California driver’s license, personal vehicle, and proof of personal vehicle insurance coverage and the ability to drive for work.  DMV printout required.   
  • Healthcare/vulnerable client employer verified COVID vaccination required. 

Compensation & Benefits

  • Highly competitive compensation, starting salary $130k+
  • Fully paid medical, dental, vision, and life insurance coverage for employees and children.
  • 32 days off (PTO/Holiday), increasing with tenure, includes your birthday off. 
  • 403b with BACS matching contribution.
  • $3,000 per year student loan, tuition or CEUs. Up to $15,000 over 5 years.
  • Clinical supervision hours towards licensure*
  • One month PAID sabbatical after 8 Years – not charging PTO.
  • Free iPhone with unlimited data for personal/professional use + laptop for easy mobility*.
  • Significant internal growth opportunities.

    * Most direct service positions


Bay Area Community Services is a CARF accredited non-profit, community-based agency celebrating 65 years of serving Alameda and Solano Counties by providing mental health and social services. BACS’ mission is to uplift under-served individuals and their families by doing whatever it takes. We are proud to be one of the leading agencies producing real outcomes to tough social problems. BACS owes its reputation as an innovator to our innovative and entrepreneurial staff.  We are seeking individuals who want to transform clinical practice to be client-centered and effective in the field and who want to lead empowered teams to meet goals.