Program Administrator II (Hospital Operations) provides continuous administrative and program liaison with State hospitals for the mentally or developmentally disabled and serve as a major department authority to Headquarters staff in assigned areas. Program Administrator II (Hospital Operations) provides leadership, direction, and consultative services in assigned areas to hospitals, Headquarters, other departments, and other professional governmental and private organizations. They conduct surveys, formulate policy recommendations, and provide consultation and direction in the planning, implementation, and monitoring of hospital programs. They analyze and make recommendations regarding legislation affecting hospital programs, and they anticipate, initiate, analyze, and make recommendations regarding fiscal and other administrative actions required to meet Federal, licensing, and other pertinent requirements. The duties and responsibilities require both administrative and clinical expertise, and they represent a variety of treatment specialties, such as social services, rehabilitation, education, psychology, and nursing services.
Provides direction and leadership to hospital and Headquarters staff in a broad range of clinical areas such as licensure of State hospitals, and client admission and release; directs task forces to review the impact of court decisions and outside agency directives on State hospital programs; initiates policy development affecting significant hospital practices and treatment plans; directs review of the more complex program areas to ensure compliance with overall departmental policy; represents the Department in sensitive negotiations with outside agencies and groups; and may supervise subordinate staff.
Equivalent to graduation from college. and Either I Three years of experience in the California state service in a mental health or developmental services program service such as psychology, psychiatric social work, nursing, education, or rehabilitation. [Experience in the California state service applied toward this requirement must include at least one year performing the duties at a level of responsibility not less than that of a Program Assistant (Various Specialties).]
Four years of experience at the level of chief of a mental health or developmental services program service such as psychology, psychiatric social work, nursing, education, or rehabilitation in a large multidisciplinary treatment program in a community or other public setting.
Knowledge of: Current trends in Federal and State programs of mental health, developmental disabilities, public health, and public welfare; practices and principles and trends of public administration including management and supportive staff services, budgets, personnel management, and program planning and related areas; formal and informal aspects of the legislative process, administrative, judicial, and departmental operations and governmental, and functional organization at the State and local level; characteristics and social aspects of mental and developmental disabilities; problems of developing, setting standards for, and administering a statewide program of mental health or developmental disabilities; laws and regulations relating to care of the mentally and developmentally disabled in hospitals and the community; organization and administration of hospitals for the mentally and developmentally disabled; principles and techniques used in developing and conducting effective training; research methods and techniques; and a manager's/supervisor's responsibility for promoting equal opportunity in hiring and employee development and promotion, and for maintaining a work environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.
Ability to: Establish and maintain effective working relationships with persons contacted in the work, including those of professional, governmental, and private organizations; utilize and apply effectively the required technical knowledge; communicate effectively; analyze problems and take or recommend appropriate action; apply creativity in the formulation and administration of the State's program and evaluate the effectiveness of the program; interpret mental health programs to individuals and groups; work independently in identifying the need for and developing proposed changes in program practices and policies; and effectively promote equal opportunity in employment and maintain a work environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.
Demonstrated administrative and training ability; sympathetic and objective understanding of the mentally and developmentally disabled; willingness to learn and adapt to new procedures; willingness to travel; patience and alertness; tact; and emotional stability.