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Date:  May 22, 2023
Req ID:  29659

Little Rock, AR, US, 72201

Anticipated Starting Salary:  $99,990.80

Position Number: 22102196 
County: Pulaski 
Posting End Date: 07/03/2023 

Anticipated Starting Salary: $99,990.80 


The Department of Human Services is a place for people passionate about serving others and changing lives for the better. We care for Arkansans of all ages and ensure places like child care centers and nursing homes are safe. We are the safety net for the most vulnerable Arkansans. Whether you answer the phones, take applications, protect children, or help care for residents or patients at one of our facilities, you make a difference by working at DHS. Plus, working for the State has great perks, including a pension, maternity leave, paid state holidays, and much more. At DHS, we take care of our employees so you can help care for others.


Hiring Manager:  Paula Stone


This position will serve as the director of the program for children and youth behavioral health services.


Special skills or Preferences:

Occasional in and out of state travel. 




  • Experience in the area of child/youth mental health
  • Knowledge of the AR Medicaid behavioral health system
  • Experience with working with children/families involved in the child welfare system
  • Ability to develop service delivery programs and policies
  • Experience making public presentations



Position Information

Class Code: L017N

Grade: MP05


Salary Range: $99,991.00 - $145,987.00


The Department of Human Services (DHS) Alexander Chief Psychologist is responsible for directing the operation and administration of the psychology department and treatment of clients in the juvenile incarceration system of Arkansas Youth Services. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.


Direct the activities of a professional, technical, and administrative support staff through subordinate supervisors including interviewing, hiring, terminating, reviewing performance evaluations conducted by subordinates, evaluating the performance of subordinates, and reviewing and approving/disapproving a variety of actions, policies, and procedures recommended by subordinates, preparing short and long range plans, preparing, implementing, and monitoring operational and biennial budgets. Review, monitor, and evaluate program goal and objectives to ensure agency compliance with state and federal regulations. Conduct psychological program assessments and revises as necessary. Coordinate treatment planning of clients by interviewing clients individually or with other team members, evaluating interview data, and consulting with team members to assess problems and recommend treatment. Maintains and prepares departmental evaluation reports on each client and overall program effectiveness. May submit evaluation or test reports to court or testify if requested. Conducts peer reviews of selected clinical cases. Plans and conducts seminars for psychology interns, social work students, nursing, and medical students. Attends legislative committee meetings to respond to questions and coordinates with legislative staff on the drafting and reviewing of legislation affecting statewide administrative processes. Performs other duties as assigned.



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of state budgetary, human resources, and purchasing procedures. Knowledge of psychological theories and the principles of human behavior. Knowledge of psychological testing procedures and evaluation methods. Knowledge of developmental theories in psychology. Ability to plan, organize, and oversee the work of subordinates. Ability to administer and evaluate psychological tests. Ability to conduct individual/group counseling sessions and develop individualized treatment plans. Ability to compile data, prepare reports, and maintain files. Ability to monitor and document behavior patterns and modify programs. Ability to instruct others in the implementation of psychological procedures.

Minimum Qualifications

Must be licensed as a Psychologist by the Arkansas State Board of Examiners in Psychology in accordance with ACA 17-97-302; plus four years of work experience in the psychological field; plus two years in a supervisory or leadership capacity. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.



The State of Arkansas is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Little Rock