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Position Title: Psychiatrist
Program/Dept: Psychiatric Services
Reports to: Medical Director

Classification: Regular, Full Time (30-40hr), Exempt
Compensation: $160/Hr + Full Benefits Package


Agency Description: 
Founded in San Mateo, California, in 1964, Caminar’s thriving programs and services serve more than 14,000 individuals annually across San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Francisco, Solano, and Butte Counties. Our nonprofit organization’s portfolio of behavioral health and supportive services empowers and supports individuals and families to move toward resilience, wellness, and independence. And, we are expanding our capacity to address the increasingly complex needs of individuals and families.


Position Description: 
Reporting to the Medical Director, the Psychiatrist will provide direct psychiatric services to Caminar clients. They are responsible to assess/diagnose clients’ mental health issues and work with a multi-disciplinary team and the client to develop an appropriate treatment plan. The Psychiatrist will prescribe psychiatric medications as needed, monitor medication side effects, and document progress.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provide direct psychiatric services. Work with the Clinic team to ensure that clients receive appropriate evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, medical screening and medical/psychiatric evaluation whenever indicated, and that all medical/psychiatric care is appropriately documented in the medical record in a timely manner. Provide care in the clinic(s), residential programs, in community settings or by telehealth.
  • Conduct psychiatric assessments and make diagnoses. Prescribe medications and monitor medication efficacy. Update medication orders at every visit. Explain medication effects and side-effects to clients and/or guardian.
  • See clients during drop-in and emergency appointments.
  • Supervise nurse practitioners and work collaboratively with nursing staff.
  • Provide cross-coverage for psychiatrists and nurse practitioners when colleagues are away or unavailable. Collaboratively plan vacations to ensure cross-coverage.
  • Work in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team to perform clinical assessments and develop treatment plans. Participate in the Individual Plan of Service for each client, with emphasis on all medical aspects of the plan; Review, approve and sign all Individual Plans of Service.
  • Review and follow up on treatment(s) ordered by other physicians.
  • Document client’s progress and provision of service in compliance with HIPAA and all other federal and California laws, statutes, codes, and regulations governing the provision and billing of mental health services. Maintain up to date knowledge of required documentation standards. All notes will be in agency-approved format. Ensure accurate coding of billing documentation.
  • Obtain and/or review client’s and/or guardian’s signature on the “Consent To Treatment With Psychotropic Medication” form upon admission and annually thereafter.
  • Review non-psychiatric medical orders and prescriptions.
  • Order non-prescription, first aid, drugs (i.e. analgesics, antipyretics) as needed.
  • Perform individual and group psychotherapy/counseling when indicated.
  • Perform crisis interventions.
  • Participate in daily clinical “huddle” meetings.
  • Participate in complex case conference discussion and on quality management projects and programs.
  • Occasionally, accept phone calls from other supervisors after-hours for urgent questions related to client care.
  • Participate in the Agency staff development and in-service education programs for both professional staff and (company) staff.
  • Perform all job functions in cooperation with the supervisor, other staff on the team, and other service providers involved in the treatment effort, including sharing information regarding all important interventions.
  • Participate in promoting a safe, healthy and clean working environment at all times consistent with applicable laws, industry standards and the agency’s own Health & Safety Program.
  • Complete and submit accurate time sheets and absence reports to Program Director in a timely manner.
  • Promote within the agency and with the general public the philosophy and practice of social rehabilitation.
  • Drive own or agency vehicle to treatment destinations, as required; documenting and reporting mileage according to agency procedures, so that services can be provided in a timely manner; comply with agency vehicle policy at all times.
  • Actively nurture and advance the cooperative, harmonious and teamwork oriented environment Caminar strives to promote within the workplace; Through daily efforts and presentation promote an atmosphere of dignity and respect in line with the organization’s mission, philosophy, policies and procedures.
  • Perform other related duties, responsibilities and special projects as assigned.


Experience, Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  • Must be passionate about Caminar’s mission.
  • Physician licensed by the State of California, with an unrestricted medical license and be either Board eligible or Board Certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
  • Current unrestricted DEA and current CPR certification.
  • Able to work independently as a psychiatrist.
  • Able to learn new electronic health record, lab, and pharmacy systems and use these on a daily basis.
  • Able to type his/her own clinical documentation and enter required electronic health record/scheduling data in a timely manner.
  • Prior experience with serious mental illness strongly preferred. Experience in psychiatric rehabilitation, preferably in a social rehabilitation environment. Experience in community field work desirable.
  • Knowledge of the following evidence-based models: Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Assertive Community Treatment Model, Full Service Partnership, Harm Reduction, Housing First, and Motivational Interviewing is preferred.
  • Current on developments, trends and research in the field of medicine and psychiatry.
  • Basic understanding of:
    • Clinical supervisory principles and practices.
    • Pharmacology and psychopharmacology including laws regarding informed consent, dosage ranges, drug incompatibilities, and side effects.
    • Proper documentation of clinical services.
    • General Medicine and its relationship to psychiatry.
    • Current techniques and dynamics of individual, couple, family and group psychotherapy.
    • Chemical dependency and abuse and its relationship to psychiatry.
    • Psychiatric principles and practices.
    • Community mental health practice and program options.
    • Treatment approaches and differential diagnosis of the mentally ill.
    • HIPPA regulations.
    • Medical ethics as they relate to patient care.
  • Excellent computer skills in a Microsoft Windows environment including email and Internet navigation required. Experience with Human Service Information Systems strongly preferred. Experience managing web based time and attendance and staff training and development system strongly preferred.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality, a professional demeanor and to represent the organization in a positive manner at all times.
  • Must demonstrate acceptable level of maturity, good judgment, and emotional stability.
  • Problem solving—identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner and gathers and analyzes information skillfully.
  • Customer Service—manages difficult customer situations, responds promptly to customer needs and solicits customer feedback to improve service.
  • Oral and written communication—speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations, demonstrates group presentation skills and conducts meetings. Completes written progress notes and other formal communications skillfully and professionally.
  • Quality management—looks for ways to improve and promote quality and demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Planning/organizing—prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently and develops realistic action plans.
  • Adaptability—adapts to changes in the work environment, manages competing demands and is able to deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected events.
  • Dependability—is consistently at work and on time, follows instructions, responds to management direction and solicits feedback to improve performance.
  • Safety and security—actively promotes and personally observes safety and security procedures, and uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Must be a dynamic self-starter with demonstrated ability to work independently on special projects.


Physical, Environmental and Mental Requirements:

  • Physical: Occasionally required to push/pull objects up to 50 lbs, and to lift/carry objects up to 25 lbs. Frequently required to perform moderately difficult manipulative tasks such as typing, writing, etc. Must be able to walk, stand, sit for extended periods.
  • Sensory: Frequently required to read documents, written reports, and plans. Must be able to distinguish normal sounds with some background noise, as in answering the phone, interacting with residents and staff, etc. Must be able to speak clearly and understand/be understood using the English language.
  • Cognitive: Frequently required to concentrate on moderate detail with constant interruption. Must be able to attend to a task/function for 20-45 minutes at a time. Frequently required to understand and relate to specific ideas, several at a time. Must be able to remember multiple tasks/assignments given to self and others over a period of several days.
  • Environmental Conditions: Frequent exposure to varied office and mixed (residential/office) environments. Occasional exposure to toxins and poisonous substances, dust, and loud noises.
  • Equipment: Frequently required to use a computer, phone, and fax machine.


Special Requirements:

  • Must be able to meet and receive a criminal records clearance, as required by Title XXII, other licensing regulations, and Caminar practices.
  • This position requires frequent driving. A valid California driver license, reliable personal vehicle, current personal auto insurance as required by law, and an MVR sufficient to obtain and reasonably maintain insurability under agency auto liability policies are all essential job requirements.
  • Must be able to pass post offer, pre-employment medical and drug tests as required under State Community Care Licensing regulations and/or agency policies.
  • A personal cell phone with reliable service and, if applicable, a data plan to use for business purposes.
  • May be required to obtain and maintain First Aid and CPR certification.


Caminar is a leader in providing innovative client-oriented mental health services. We are an equal opportunity employer. Please visit our web site at


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