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Open Positions:

Chief Executive Officer

Who We Are

LifeWorks of Sonoma County is a non-profit behavioral health private corporation that has been serving Sonoma County since 1996. Our mission is to provide high quality mental health services and education to support healthy, positive outcomes for the members of our community. We specialize in community based, bilingual, trauma-informed treatment models that involve the entire family in healing. We employ a diverse staff that reflects the communities with which we work and value the cultural assets that they bring to the agency. We also work to reduce barriers to treatment for the most vulnerable parts of our community with the hope that, through strengthening families, we can build a safer community for all.

Our core competencies include:

  • Trauma-focused mental health treatment for individuals, couples and families

  • Bilingual clinical services

  • In-home mental health treatment

  • Parent education and behavioral intervention

  • Associate clinician development and supervision

  • MediCal documentation and billing


Our services are free to 97% of our clients, 75% of whom live in low-income households.   We partner with county and city agencies that provide us with referrals and with the bulk of the resources we need. Our approach has been effective – we served 1,200 people last year, and 80% of the families reported improvement in family functioning and communication, while 83% of clients reported reduced problematic behaviors.


Our wonderful Executive Director has moved on after thirteen incredible years with LifeWorks. She leaves behind an enduring legacy of many successes, one of which is a culture that is safe, warm, accepting, collaborative, fun, and inclusive and where everyone feels heard and valued. We want to maintain her legacy and build the organization to meet the growing needs of mental health in our communities. The next CEO does not need to have a background in mental health. A successful candidate, however, must maintain and build on the legacy created and have a deep respect, compassion, and admiration for the mission of LifeWorks and the need for mental health services in our community.


Mental health is everybody’s problem and every one of us can be a part of the solution.


Our Chief Executive Officer


We are seeking a Chief Executive Officer to lead LifeWorks and strengthen our contribution as a provider of best-practice and innovative mental health services in Sonoma County.


Primary responsibilities:

  • Create and implement a strategy to sustain and grow our mental health contributions and influence.

  • Continue to nurture a warm, safe, collaborative, and inclusive culture, and increase the teams’ professional capabilities to provide effective mental health services.

  • Provide fiscal stewardship, strengthen financial resources, and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.


Core Competencies:

  • Leadership – a leader with vision and the ability to make difficult, necessary, and timely decisions and builds momentum and enthusiasm in meeting goals.

  • Fund development – to be the outward facing representative of LifeWorks and to engage financial supporters of our mission.

  • Develop and lead people – to assess, coach, and mentor our talented team to be their best selves.

  • Financial Management – understanding of budgets, contracts, and financial reports.


Desired Attributes

  • Integrity – role models the moral code of honesty and trust in everything they do.

  • Self-Awareness – knows him/herself and has high emotional intelligence.

  • Balance – can balance the current and long-term realities and goals of the organization.



  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s (MA, MS, MBA) preferred.


LifeWorks Contact – send resume to:

Chuck Fernandez, Interim Executive Director

(707) 568-2300, ext. 105

ClinicianCounseling Center

$25 - $30/hr · Full-time

As a Clinician in our Counseling Center, you will work with children, adults and families addressing emotional and mental health needs, providing case management and working within multi-disciplinary teams. Ideal candidates have experience providing therapy to youth and families using trauma informed modalities (or willing to learn). If you have strong documentation and clinical skills, you will be a great candidate.


  • Working collaboratively with the Program Director and clinical team 

  • Participation in team and agency meetings 

  • Assessment and treatment plan development 

  • Timely documentation of services per agency and contract requirements 

  • Provision of individual, couples, group or family therapy 

  • Case management including coordination and referral to services 

  • Crisis management and appropriate consultation when needed 

  • Communication with referring party and service as liaison for agency 

  • Achievement of required productivity and billing requirements  

  • Maintenance of client file per agency and contract standards 

  • Maintenance of associate/license status per BBS guidelines 


Required Skills: 

  • Detail-orientated - the ability to understand written and spoken details and data; to review, audit, and utilize detailed information; ability to communicate clinical and programmatic details clearly. 

  • Communication - strong, assertive communication skills and commitment to proactive conflict resolution. 

  • Clinical practice - training in trauma informed care (or willing to learn); understanding of family system approaches to treatment 

Position Requirements: 

  • At least two years of experience in a mental health setting 

  • Near completion of masters program or registered associate (ASW, AMFT, APCC) 

  • Reliable vehicle with insurance 

  • Ability to pass state and federal background check 

  • Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply 

To apply, send an email with your resume to Henry Olcese, Clinical Director:

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