Diversity in Health Training Institute Mental Health Specialist Oakland, CA · Full time

Diversity in Health Training Institute (DHTI) is looking to hire a Mental Health Specialist to support DHTI’s Sidra Community Wellness program, which is part of Alameda County Behavioral Health Care's Prevention and Early Intervention for Underserved Ethnic and Language Populations (UELP). The program is focused on providing culturally sensitive prevention and early intervention mental health services to Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) communities in Alameda County. The selected candidate will report to the Sidra Program Manager.


As the MHS, you will be responsible for providing clinical guidance to teams, coordinating Sidra program activities, collaborate with staff of different disciplines to ensure program achieve desired deliverables, and overall operational efficiency. You will also deliver mental health consultations when applicable to Sidra Community Wellness project staff, community-based organizations (CBOs), community leaders, healthcare providers, and community groups.  


The Mental Health Specialist will be under the supervision of a Clinical Supervisor with LMFT degree.  


This position is full-time non-exempt and is required to work in-person in our Oakland office a minimum of three days a week, with the flexibility to work from home. 



Responsibilities of the Mental Health Specialist include: 


  • Working with community members and groups to identify wellness priorities and needs, to develop strategies for addressing those needs, and to connect communities to relevant resources and opportunities. 
  • Building support and visibility for MENA, Arabic, and Persian-speaking communities locally in both Oakland and Fremont locations within the Alameda County. 
  • Coordinating with team members to develop outreach materials and resources (e.g., newsletters, brochures, directories, newspapers, websites, etc.), coordinate outreach and engagement activities, and address systems change campaigns with the community. 
  • Formulating, organizing, and monitoring in the strategic planning and development of health and wellness programming, events, and/or campaigns in the community. 
  • Coordinating cross-project activities including planning relevant psycho-education and cultural-based educational workshops for community members, groups, partners, and other stakeholders. 
  • Cultivating relationships with school partners, community-based organizations, Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH), and other external stakeholders.  
  • Acting as liaison to identify MENA communities’ needs, challenges, and recommend solutions; disseminate relevant information to Sidra team and upper management. 
  • Providing linkages to community resources and support services to program participants and serving as a liaison between participants and school/external partners. 
  • Providing individual preventive counseling, mental health consultations, preventive visits, ongoing support group, mental health referrals, and guidance to program participants and serving as a liaison between participants and school/external partners. 
  • Training staff on various educational and mental health workshops and providing daily operational support and guidance to staff, under Clinical Director’s supervision 
  • Developing strategic program planning, program development, and continuous quality improvement of Community Wellness services and activities. 
  • Preparing timely monthly MAA Billing and SmartCare timesheet reports to the County including timely submission on MAA billing and clinical notes in County software (i.e. SmartCare and CG-SmartCare) 
  • Create monthly articles on mental health awareness topics and collaborates with Sidra team to post relevant articles on AllyNetwork site, utilize AllyNetwork site to make mental health referrals, and updates provider contacts on site as needed 
  • Other duties as relevant. 


Required Qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree in Counseling, Social Work, Psychology, or related field. 
  • Ability to work and travel to Oakland and Fremont  
  • Strong problem-solving skills, empathy, positive attitude, ability to work in cross-cultural environments, and commitment to cultural humility and strong interpersonal communication skills. 
  • Knowledge of traditional health and wellness practices, computer literacy, strong attention to detail, time management, and organizational skills 
  • Must be able to obtain a NPI # 


Preferred Qualifications:  

  • 2+ years of relevant post-licensure experience in mental health field, servicing isolated and/or under resourced communities. 
  • Professional proficiency in English, Persian, Dari, Pashto, and/or Arabic. 
  • Broad theoretical knowledge of counseling modalities and factors affecting Middle Eastern and Arabic speaking communities. 
  • Ability to provide clinical consultation to non-clinical staff and experience in program management or other managerial positions. 
  • Strong understanding of project/program management techniques, performance evaluation, and change management principles. 
  • Prior experience working with Middle Eastern and Persian speaking communities, and knowledge of mandated reporting and client safety policies and procedures. 



The predominant work environments for this position include fieldwork (including Oakland and Fremont areas), home visits, and outreach in multiple settings as needed, and weekly in DHTI’s Oakland office. Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed. May work two days a week remotely from home. 


In the course of performing this job, the employee typically spends time sitting, standing, walking, typing, filing, listening and speaking. 


The incumbent in this position must be able to accommodate to any/all of the following: tolerance for distractions and interruptions 

HOURS: 40 hours/week 


BENEFITS: Vacation, Sick, 13 Paid Holidays, and Full Coverage of Health Insurance 


Equal Opportunity Employer:  

DHTI is committed to providing equal opportunity to all qualified persons regardless of race, color, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, political or religious affiliations, or any other characteristic protected by law (“Protected Status”).  


$66,000 - $75,000 per year