US Government, Health & Human Serv Agcy

The County of San Diego is currently accepting applications
from qualified candidates for:
Interested candidates are encouraged to immediately apply.  Interviews will take place weekly.  Qualifying applicants will be invited via email to schedule an interview.
$284,772.80 annual base salary
Future Salary Increases

** July 2024 – 10.25% increase to base pay (2.75% Across-the-Board + 7.50% Market Increase)

Psychiatrist-Specialists perform professional psychiatric work involving the examination, diagnosis, and treatment of specialty forensics, children/adolescents and or geriatric patients. This is the specialty journey level class in the series that requires a fellowship or experience in child and adolescent psychiatry or forensic psychiatry. Under general direction, incumbents exercise independent medical judgment in the diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents, geriatric patients, or provide forensic services to the courts.  Incumbents exercise independent medical judgment in the diagnosis and treatment of patients in the Juvenile Detention facilities, skilled nursing facility, forensic evaluation clinic or in a psychiatric  emergency room; act as a lead worker providing technical guidance and leadership to staff; and act in the absence of the Supervising Psychiatrist.
The County of San Diego provides a rich array of services delivered through an integrated community based system of care.  Services include prevention, treatment, and interventions that promote resiliency/recovery and social well-being.
Why choose the County?
  • Fully-paid malpractice insurance
  • 13 paid holidays
  • 13 sick days per year
  • Vacation: 10 days (1-4 years of service); 15 days (5-14 years of service; 20 days (15+ years)
  • Defined benefit retirement program
  • Cafeteria-style health plan with flexible spending
  • Wellness incentives

Click here to review the complete job description including benefits, minimum qualifications, examples of duties, essential functions, etc.

Click here to learn more about the Health and Human Services Agency.

***Effective September 9, 2022, this hard to recruit position qualifies for the Employee Referral Reward Program. If a current County of San Diego employee referred you to apply for this position, please indicate the employee’s name on your job application in the space provided. ***


The timeline for this recruitment is outlined below.

  • Job Offer and Background Process begins: Shortly after the interviews
  • Pre-employment Medical Screening: Approximately 3 days following successful background investigation results. 
  • Anticipated Start Date: Start date will be based upon successful completion of medical screening or other mutually agreed upon date. 

If you are not selected for this interview process, you may have the opportunity to compete for future vacancies.

Required at time of application:
1.  Valid license to practice medicine in the State of California;


2.  Graduation from a U.S. accredited medical or osteopathic school or certified foreign studies equivalency equivalent to a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
Possession of an ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Graduates) certificate may substitute for the certified foreign studies equivalency.
3.  Completion of a General Psychiatric residency in an ACGME approved residency program;
Required at time of appointment:
1.  Valid license to practice medicine in the State of California (if not submitted at time of application); AND,
2.  Valid Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) certificate; AND,
3.  Completion of fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, or Geriatric Psychiatry, OR four (4) years of full time experience working in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, or Geriatric Psychiatry*
*Applicants may apply within six (6) months of anticipated graduation from an approved fellowship.  An official letter of anticipated graduation from the Residency Director is required at time of application.  Completion of fellowship is required at time of appointment.
Some positions in this class may require a valid National Provider Identification Number (NPI) at time of appointment.

The Department of Human Resources removes personally identifiable information from all recruitments.  This practice, called Blind Applicant Screening, hides a candidate’s personal information that could influence or bias a hiring decision. Personal information includes name, phone number, address, gender, age and race. This process helps contribute to a fair and equitable selection process leading to a more diverse and inclusive workforce.
The most highly qualified candidates, based on the evaluation results, will be referred for an interview.  Be sure to include your experience in meeting the minimum requirements in both the Work Experience section and the Supplemental Questionnaire section of the Application.
Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the application Work History and/or supplemental questionnaire.

As part of the County of San Diego’s pre-employment process, prospective candidates will undergo a background check (including fingerprinting) and a pre-employment medical screening prior to beginning County employment. Additional types of background investigations may be conducted based on the job-related activities of the position. Current County employees may be excluded from this process.
The names of qualified applicants will be placed on a six (6) month employment list based on scores received during the evaluation of information contained in their employment and supplemental application. Please ensure all information is complete and accurate as the responses you provide on the supplemental application form will be reviewed using an automated evaluation system. If you are successful in the initial screening process, your application will be reviewed individually to confirm that the information you provided is accurate and qualifying.

Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable a qualified individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis.

As an employer of over 19,000 employees, the County of San Diego is an organization committed to veteran hiring, retention, and professional development. We recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by our veterans and value the unique expertise and leadership qualities they bring to our workforce. We strive to provide veterans with the resources and tools necessary to maximize their employment opportunities, and to assist veterans with their transition into civilian life by applying the valuable skills, knowledge and training acquired in service to positions and career paths at all levels within our large organization. Click on the resource links below to learn more about how the County of San Diego supports its veterans.
Veteran’s Preference Policy The County of San Diego offers preferential credits for military service to assist qualified applicants in transitioning from military to civilian careers with the County of San Diego.
 Military Skills Translator Do you need assistance translating your military experience into civilian experience? This tool can help!

The County of San Diego and its employees embrace the vision of: a just, sustainable, and resilient future for all. Our values include: integrity, equity, access, belonging, excellence, and sustainability. Each of which are infused throughout our operations. While also embracing a mission of strengthening our communities with innovative, inclusive, and data driven services through a skilled and supported workforce. Click here for more information on our Strategic Plan ( as well as our commitment to serve everyone, to build a Framework for the Future that will create a County that works for all. 

Under California Government Code Sections 3100 – 3109, public employees are designated as disaster service workers.  The term “public employees” includes all persons employed by the state or any county, city, state agency, or public district.  Disaster service workers are required to participate in such disaster service activities as may be assigned to them by their employer or by law.

The County of San Diego is committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion because our diverse workforce is our greatest asset and our customers are our number one priority.

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