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City of Chicago DIR OF MENTAL HEALTH CENTER in Chicago, Illinois




Department of PublicHealth

Number ofVacancies: 1

Mission : The mission of the Chicago Department of Public Health is to promote and improve health by engaging residents, communities, and partners in establishing and implementing policies and services that prioritize residents and communities

Essential Duties:

  • Develops, implements and evaluates mental healthprograms and services aimed at meeting specialized needs in the community.

  • Evaluates and develops metrics to measure andimprove quality.

  • Establishes goals and objectives for programs andservices provided to clients.

  • Assigns cases to professional andparaprofessional staff engaged in providing psychotherapeutic treatment andcounseling to clients; reviews case assignments, clinical records and clientdiagnoses with staff, ensuring the completeness and appropriateness ofassessments and treatment plans.

  • Monitors the delivery of services by staff toensure compliance with departmental policies, procedures and quality standards.

  • Develops and implements staff in-service trainingprograms.

  • Develops and administers the center's budget

  • Oversees the maintenance of clinic facilities andequipment

  • Prepares comprehensive reports on the center'sprogram activities and clients served.

  • Acts as a liaison with community organizations,schools and government agencies to coordinate services for clinic clients;attends meetings with local and city wide advisory boards regarding mentalhealth issues.

NOTE: The list of essential duties is not intended to be inclusive; there may be other duties that are essential to particular positions within the class.

Location: 333 S State St. Chicago, IL 60604

Schedule: Monday through Friday

Hours: 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

*Some additional hours may be required in case of a public health emergency



Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s degree in Psychology, Social Work or a directly related field, supplemented by four years of progressively responsible mental health experience, including two years of supervisory experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Licensure, Certification, or Other Qualifications


Disclaimer - "Accredited" means any nationally or regionally accredited college, university, or law school where the applicant is enrolled in or has completed Associates, Bachelors, Masters, or Juris Doctor Degree program.

NOTE : To be considered for this position you must provide information about your educational background and your work experience. You must include job titles, dates of employment, and specific job duties. (If you are a current City employee, Acting Up cannot be considered.) If you fail to provide this information at the time you submit your application, it will be incomplete and you will not be considered for this position. There are three ways to provide the information: 1) you may attach a resume; 2) you may paste a resume; or 3) you can complete the online resume fields.

NOTE : You must provide your transcripts or diploma, professional license, or training certificates at time of processing, if applicable.

Education & Employment Verification - Please be advised that if you are selected to be hired you must provide, upon request, adequate information regarding your educational and employment history as it relates to the qualifications of the position for which you are applying. If you received your degree internationally, all international transcripts/diploma must be accompanied by a Foreign Credential Evaluation. If the City of Chicago cannot verify this information, any offer extended to you will be withdrawn and you will not be hired.

VETERANS PREFERENCE NOTE : The City of Chicago offers Veterans Preference to both current, active military personnel AND military personnel who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States and have received an honorable or general discharge. Eligible candidates must have at least six months of active duty documented. In order to receive the veterans preference, candidates need to indicate whether or not they are a veteran by answering "yes" or "no" to the question on the online application that asks, "Are you currently serving on active duty for at least six months in the Armed Forces of the United States OR have you served in the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty for at least six months and received an honorable or general discharge?" In addition, you must attach documentation to verify your military service. For veterans, you must attach a copy of your DD214 (Member Copy-4) to your online application which includes character of service status OR a letter from the United States Veterans Administration on official stationary stating dates of service and character of service. For active military personnel, you must attach a letter from your Commanding Officer on official stationary verifying your active duty, length of service, and character of service in the Armed Forces of the United States AND a copy of your military ID to your online application. Failure to answer the question and attach the required documentation will result in you not being considered for the Veterans Preference.


This position requires applicants to complete an interview which will include a written exercise and/or a skills assessment test as part of the interview. The interviewed candidate(s) possessing the qualifications best suited to fulfill the responsibilities of the position, based on the oral and written parts of the interview will be selected.

Preference will be given to candidates possessing the following:

  • Previous supervisory experience

  • Previous experience in a mental health environment

  • Previous experience managing a mental health program

  • Previous quality assurance and improvement experience

  • Previous experience partnering with community organizations

Evaluation: Your initial evaluation will be based on information provided on the application form and documents submitted with the application. Applications must be submitted by the individual applicant. No second party applications will be accepted.

Residency Requirement: All employees of the City of Chicago must be actual residents of the City of Chicago as outlined in 2-152-050 of the City of Chicago Municipal Code. Proof of residency will be required.

If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation due to disability or pregnancy in order to participate in the application process , please contact the City of Chicago, Department of Human Resources, at 312-744-4976 (voice) or 312-744-5035 (TTY). Please be prepared to provide information in support of your reasonable accommodation request.


City of Chicago is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Military Friendly Employer.

Please note, all positions with the City of Chicago close promptly at 11:59pm C.S.T. Applications

for this position will be accepted until 11:59p.m. CST on 06/8/20 . No exceptions will be made.

City of Chicago Department of Human Resources

Lori E. Lightfoot, Mayor Soo Choi, Commissioner