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5257 - Sheriff's Psychologist

at Pima County

Posted: 8/28/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2723977

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Position Description


This position is in the Pima County Sheriff's Department. 

Salary Grade: S3
Salary Range: $105,081 DOQ

Serves as advisor and clinical psychological specialist to the Pima County Sheriff's Department staff at all levels by providing a variety of professional psychological services.


(Work assignments may vary depending on the department's needs and will be communicated to the applicant or incumbent by the supervisor.)

Provides routine and emergency clinical psychological services to Sheriff's Department employees and their immediate families by providing counseling, consultation and referral services;
Utilizes a variety of treatment modalities such as psychotherapy, behavior modification, and various evidence-based or promising practices such as cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Intervenes with clients to enhance their ability to fully participate in treatment, including defining treatment goals and designing intervention strategies that support recovery and resiliency.
Evaluates client response to treatment, modifies treatment strategies and includes the client as part of the decision-making process
Provides Departmental command and management staff with psychological consultative services relative to personnel and performance issues;
Organizes, develops, and serves as clinical advisor to, the Department Peer Support Program including participation in the selection and training of new members;
Develops, presents and evaluates departmental training;
Selects, administers and interprets a wide variety of psychological testing instruments for the diagnosis of clients with psychiatric and co-occurring disorders;
Maintains liaison with other agencies, institutions, providers, and organizations involved in the delivery of psychological services for first responders;
Designs, conducts and documents behavioral and academic research;
Maintains liaison with other agencies, institutions and organizations involved in the delivery of psychological services;
Maintains security and confidentiality of information created or encountered in the performance of assigned duties in strict adherence with all applicable laws and regulations;
Coordinates and facilitates fitness for duty evaluations with contracted providers.
Knowledge of:
  • employment selection, fitness for duty,direct operational support and intervention as it relates to public safety personnel
  • principles, practices, methods and trends of clinical psychology concerning normal and abnormal behaviors, motivation, personality and individual differences, adaptation and social interactions;
  • methods for assessment and modification of human behavior;
  • research methodology, to include design, conduct, analysis and reporting of results;
  • principles and practices of law enforcement;
  • principles, practices and trends in mental health first aid, psychological first aid andcritical incident stress management;
  • consultation practices in an organizational setting;
  • principles and practices of corrections/detention;
  • community resources for the delivery of psychological services;
  • departmental regulations and operating instructions.
Skill in:
  • maintaining security and confidentiality of all communications and information encountered in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations;
  • providing professional psychological consultation and communicating professional knowledge to lay personnel;
  • assessing need for, and providing, professional psychological counseling, psychotherapy and crisis intervention;
  • developing and administering departmental programs which employ psychological principles;
  • developing, conducting, analyzing and reporting research;
  • communicating effectively, orally and in writing;
  • establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with others.

Minimum Qualifications

An earned Ph.D. degree in psychology from an accredited college or university and one year of post-doctoral experience as a consultant to a law enforcement or governmental agency or as a police psychologist.

Qualifying education and experience must be clearly documented in the "Education" and "Work Experience" sections of the application.  Do not substitute a resume for your application or write "see resume" on your application.

Preferred Qualifications:

(Be specific in describing your experience in your application. Ensure the descriptions provided illustrate your competencies, specifically addressing the required and preferred qualifications.):
  1. A minimum of three (3) years of post-doctoral experience as a consultant to a law enforcement or governmental agency or as a police psychologist.

Selection Procedure:
Pima County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates that meet the minimum/desired qualifications. All applications will be assessed based on an evaluation of the listed education and experience.  Candidates meeting the minimum/desired qualifications may be further evaluated/scored against any advertised Preferred Qualifications.  The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a referral list provided by Human Resources. Additional assessments/testing may be required as part of the selection process.

Supplemental Information

Licenses and Certificates: All positions require possession of a current, valid Arizona license granted by the Board of Psychological Examiners to practice Psychology in the State of Arizona at the time of appointment. [ARS 32-2061 et seq] Maintenance of a current Arizona license to practice psychology is a condition of employment. Per ARS 32-2074D, employee must satisfy the continuing education requirements established by the Board of Psychological Examiners. All positions require a valid Arizona Class D driver license at the time of application. Failure to obtain/maintain the required certification/licensures shall be grounds for termination.
Special Notice Items: All positions require satisfactory completion of a background investigation due to the need for access to law enforcement, corrections and courts facilities, property, communications and associated confidential information and documents, databases and evidentiary materials.  Pre-/post-appointment drug screening and polygraph examinations are required of all positions due to the need for access as described above. Department of Labor Regulation CFR Part 1910.1030 requires notification that this classification may have a moderate risk of exposure to blood borne pathogens.  Employee medical screening prior to, and during, employment may be required to assure employee safety. To explore pathways to Arizona licensure please visit psychboard.az.gov. and https://psychboard.az.gov/forms/psy-applications  to view details.

Physical/Sensory Requirements:  Physical and sensory abilities will be determined by position.

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