Program Director, Wellness


Location: 7200 Bancroft Ave. Suite 267 Oakland, CA


Bonita House, Inc. is a well-respected nonprofit mental health agency with multiple sites in Alameda County and an operating budget of $7.5 million. Founded in 1971, Bonita House is also a social rehabilitation agency providing a full range of Medi-Cal services to adults with co-occurring serious mental health and substance use disorders.


Wellness Centers at Bonita House are designed to actively outreach, engage, and provide a full range of services to adults who have mental health and substance abuse challenges. Services are predominately office-based and provide integrated substance abuse, mental health, and physical health treatment.  Key features are the partnership with clients and families, service intensity, 24/7 coverage, the foundation of wellness and recovery principles and practices, utilizing the creativity of a multi-disciplinary, full team approach.


Agency Values:

Compassion: Committed to caring, dignity and kindness

Respect: Honor each individual and provide highly ethical services

Progress: Leading the way in creating opportunities to change for the better

Resilience: Channeling hope, building strengths to successfully recover, adapt and grow

Embracing Differences: Honor and celebrate our diverse communities and individual uniqueness                                        


Bonita House fully supports the Board of Behavioral Sciences' commitment to protect the consumers of California through effective enforcement, ensure credibility and high professional standards through examinations and licensing requirements, and provide excellent customer service to all its constituents.


Position Summary:

The Wellness Program Director is responsible for the clinical, fiscal and operational management  of multiple wellness centers that provide mental health and case management services. Maintains fidelity to Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment and other culturally relevant evidence-based practices. Must understand and adhere to the principles of recovery, culturally responsive strength-based practices, client empowerment, and ensure that all services provided are trauma-informed.  Leads Center staff to ensure the program operates according to licensing standards. Provides training and supervision to a multidisciplinary team of professional and paraprofessional staff, maintains occupancy standards and compliance with various contracts, manages the program’s budget, oversees the maintenance of the site, and participates as a member of the agency’s Management Team.




·        Master’s degree and two years post-licensure in Psychology, Social Work, Education or Counseling and or related field. Studies in organizational psychology, a plus.

·        10+ years experiences in behavioral health or public health systems (non-profit or county), mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment or related social services experience.

·        Minimum of five years experience managing in a mental health, substance abuse, or dual diagnosis program.

·        Minimum two years experience managing a peer based service delivery model.

·        Demonstrated skill in creating, implementing and maintaining sustainable programs that meet contractual obligations.

·        Demonstrated understanding of recovery services models for mental health and harm reduction models for substance abuse.

·        Knowledge of evidence and culturally relevant based practices.

·        Strong administrative skills, with experience directing a program from start-up thru maturation.

·        Proficient in establishing a successful wellness community experience.

·        Adept at maintaining requirements of multiple contracts and meeting utilization requirements.


·       Excellent communication skills - interpersonal, verbal, presentation and written (also with ability to meet required standards of documentation).

·       Proficiency with Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and Powerpoint (Microsoft Information Protection a plus).

·       Strong attention to detail and good organizational skills.

·        Ability to effectively participate on the agency’s management team.

·        The use of a personal automobile to transport clients is required.



Required Licenses and Certifications

·        Valid California Driver’s License and a driving record acceptable by the Agency’s insurance company.

·        Must be able to meet Community Care Licensing requirements and DOJ criminal record clearance.


Essential Functions/Skills:

·        Responsible for multiple wellness centers where individuals receive education, group support and training, to address emotional, physical and mental health.

·        Establishes funding strategies, including government and private partnerships.

·        Works with the Chief Clinical Administrative Officer to participate in budget development and management of county contracts, private sector contracts and private pay sources.

·        Responsible for the program’s fiscal performance, including managing bottom-line results, budget modifications, and expense/revenue management.     

·        Develops a peer based delivery model, and builds capability to infuse the peer philosophy into the spectrum of wellness work.

·        Understands Bonita House’s strategic vision and finds ways to implement and execute the vision at the treatment services level.

·        Builds, maintains and  complies with Bonita House’s policies and procedures as it relates to day to day program operations in collaboration with Quality Assurance and human resource management and records maintenance(recruitment, interviews, hiring, termination recommendations, performance evaluations, professional development strategies, training recommendations etc.) in collaboration with the Human Resources Dept.

·        Performs duties of mental health and substance abuse counseling as well as other specialized functions of the position in an integrated dual-diagnosis treatment program.

·        Responsible for MAA Billing and monitoring of MAA billing tasks and productivity of staff.

·        Supervision, consultation, and guidance of the clinical team treating adults within a milieu setting providing ongoing assessment and intervention as needed.

·        Provides effective leadership to staff members, with particular attention to recruitment, interviewing, selection, performance management, retention and professional development.

·        Direct crisis intervention and crisis management services including sharing on-call responsibility.

·        Supervise, plan, and facilitate a wide range of treatment groups integrated within a psycho-social rehabilitation model.

·        Monitors intake interviews that include: community liaison functions; clinical assessments; and written documentation.

·        Additional clinical responsibilities include: monitoring and ensuring the maintenance of quality clinical records is consistently delivered to clients; approving all treatment goals; ongoing progress note review; conducting clinical staff meetings and training; acting as liaison with other mental health agencies, and participating in the Management Team meetings.

·        Administrative responsibilities include certification site visit preparation, preparing program reports on a regular basis, and meeting contracted units of service.

·        Responsible for monitoring compliance with state licensing requirements, HIPAA Regulations, and specific on-site program operations as assigned.

·        Assists with program development as well as ensures compliance with policies and procedures directly related to risk and funding mandates.

·        Attends coordination planning and development meetings to assure organization-wide policies and procedures, reviews and updates as needed.

·        Liaison with appropriate mental health departments, community agencies, and private practitioners.

·        Other duties as assigned.





Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Physical demands. Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.

EOE AA M/F/V/Disability:

BHI 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 or expression, genetic information, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law (“Protected Status”).   

How to Apply:

Mail/Email resume and cover letter detailing related experience to: 

Bonita House Inc. 
Attention: HR Department 
6333 Telegraph Avenue, #102 
Oakland, CA 94609 

Email: resumes@ (please include the resume in the body of your email, in addition to attaching). Please type job title in subject line.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Appropriate candidates will be contacted. 

 Bonita House is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diminishing the influence of privilege and discrimination in our field and our workplace, whether due to differences concerning age, citizenship, color, disability, marital or parental status, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.