Assistant Director of Psychology

Posted: September 21, 2022


The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking qualified and enthusiastic Assistant Director of Psychology to join our Forensic Services team within the Direct Care & Treatment (DCT) Division of the agency. Forensic Services is a statewide program that provides evaluation and treatment to individuals committed as Mentally Ill and Dangerous to the public, Mentally Ill, Developmental Disabilities, and/or Chemical Dependency. We also provide innovative and responsive behavioral care to people with complex needs and challenges; some of whom may present substantial safety risks. The Assistant Director of Psychology will develop, plan and implement a system-wide strategic plan enhancing and ensuring quality centralized therapy services and ongoing successful administration of the nationally accredited psychology internship training program. This includes providing direction and oversight to:

Centralized Clinical Program Therapists who provide individual and group therapy across the Forensic Services campus, The Good Lives Day Treatment Team which provides campus-wide sex offender assessment and treatment, Full-time Psychology Interns on issues pertaining to the internship training and provision of supervised centralized therapy services for the entire facility.

This position also:

  • Oversees the referral and caseload assignment process for centralized therapists, including triage of referred patients, assignment of caseloads, and clinical direction of the services provided.
  • Administratively supervises the Good Lives Day Treatment Team and supports implementation of clinical direction offered to that team by the Good Lives Clinical Director
  • Oversees the development, administration and oversight of the nationally accredited psychology internship program. This includes leading the interview and selection process of interns, chairing the Training Committee, clinical and administrative supervision of interns, and, in collaboration with the Psychology Director, identification of Training Committee members and intern clinical rotation supervisors.
  • Evaluates and ensures that adequate human, fiscal and technical resources are efficient and effective for current program needs and long-range projected needs of the program.
  • Is responsible for residential/clinical services at the Forensic Nursing Home and the Forensic Mental Health Program.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 3 years of clinical leadership/management experience in a large, multifaceted organization which includes managing programs, strategic planning and directing the work of staff; AND
  • Ph.D. or Psy. D. in clinical/counseling psychology; AND
  • Licensure as a Psychologist by the Minnesota Board of Psychology;
  • Licensure in another state and license eligible in MN will also qualify on a contingent basis; AND
  • Three years of post-licensure experience
  • As a Clinical and/or Administrative Supervisor; OR
  • As a licensed Psychologist; OR
  • A combination of both

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience as a Clinical Psychologist in a Forensic or Correctional environment, including treatment for populations presenting complex clinical or forensics needs or serious and persistent mental illness in conjunction with a history of violence or aggression, personality disorders, sex offense or sexual deviant behavior, substance use or cognitive impairment.
  • Experience as a Clinical Supervisor
  • Experience with development/leadership of structured training programs and/or coordination and clinical direction of mental health services
  • Our employees are dedicated to ensuring culturally responsive services. Preferred candidates will have a variety of experiences working effectively with others from different backgrounds and cultures.

Persons of Color, Indigenous and other diverse cultural and ethnic candidates, as well as bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. Apply online at, search for Job ID #57801 or click link below Assistant Director of Psychology 57801