Psychologist IV

Bangor, Maine, United States Full-time

Opening Date: Monday, February 4, 2019

Closing Date:   until filled

Job Class Code: 5124
Grade: 33
Salary: $72,363.20 - $93,433.60
Position Number:03200-1771


Agency information: 

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provides supportive, preventive, protective, public health and intervention services that safeguard the public health and assist our customers in meeting their needs.


Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center (DDPC) is a 51-bed psychiatric hospital serving the entire State of Maine that provides services for people with severe mental illness.   As a member of a statewide community of care givers, DDPC collaborates with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, their community and personal supports, to provide recovery-oriented, respectful, compassionate, and effective psychiatric care and treatment in the least restrictive, safest, and most therapeutic environment we can create.

Job duties:

You will be the clinical lead, doing psychological assessment and psychotherapy for the therapeutic services needs of inpatients and outpatients.  Responsibilities include:

  1.    Conducting assessments.
  2.    Delivering psychotherapy and psychoeducation.
  3. Treating patients using a variety of methods, as patient needs demand.
  4. Conferring and participating with other members of the multidisciplinary team about patients’ psychological functions on a consistent basis.
  5. Actively participating in treatment team meetings.
  6. Performing psychological assessments to clarify diagnosis and guide treatment.
  7. Providing input about psychological issues into overall treatment program.
  8. Conducting group and individual therapy according to patient and hospital need.
  9. Maintaining timely, thorough, clearly written, documentation according to hospital and regulatory agency standards.
  10. Performing risk assessments and making recommendations based on those assessments.
  11. Providing training to staff, and clinical supervision to assigned staff and professional students.
  12. Serving as a clinical resource person, using evidence-based practices, for staff, ancillary departments, patients, and families.
  13. Completing evaluations for capacity and 24-hour certifications.
  14. Participating in committees as an essential member of the DDPC medical staff.
  15. Evaluating patients for involuntary hospitalization.
  16.   Maintaining knowledge of JC and CMS regulations that govern the work at DDPC.
  17. Communicating the core values and principles of DDPC to patients and staff.

 Clinical supervision may be exercised over psychologists, clinical social workers, professional counselors, interns and students to ensure treatment is appropriate, timely and based on recognized standards.  Work is performed under limited administrative direction and may be directed by the Superintendent, the Clinical Director, or the Director of Therapeutic Services to ensure that the highest degree of quality care is maintained at all times.  Clinical competency is determined by medical staff feedback and in accordance with medical staff bylaws. 

KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED to successfully perform the work assigned:

  • Knowledge of the principles and methods of clinical psychology including testing, diagnostic evaluation, and psychotherapy.
  • Knowledge of the application of psychology to social/educational deviation, mental illnesses and behavior disorders, and patient rehabilitation.
  • Ability to coordinate and supervise the work of others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally, to people of all education levels.
  • Knowledge of various mental health issues and treatment modalities that meet current standards of care.
  • Knowledge of principles of social and organizational psychology and group processes.
  • Assumes responsibility for own personal continuing education by attending meetings, workshops, and conventions to enrich personal and professional knowledge, growth, and skill.


 Three (3) years’ experience as a clinical psychologist, including one (1) year in an administrative or supervisory capacity.

Licensure as a Psychologist as issued by the Maine State Board of Examiners in Psychology.


For additional information about this position please contact Lisa J. Hall, Director of Therapeutic Services at 207-941-4301. To apply, please upload a resume and cover letter. To request a paper application, please contact Theresa Peppard at

*To apply, please upload a resume and cover letter.

*In your cover letter, you must provide the following information:

1) explain what prior education and/or experience you have had doing each of the examples in the “Job Description” above; and

2) explain what prior education and/or experience you have had that has given you the knowledge, skills, and abilities required  above. 

 Please note: applications sent with cover letters that do not have the information required above may not be considered for this vacancy.


Value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement: MSEA -  14.47% of pay   
Value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.31 biweekly

Value of State-paid Health Insurance*:

Level 1:  100% State Contribution = $461.75 biweekly (employee pays nothing)
Level 2:  95% State Contribution = $438.66 biweekly (Employee pays: 5%)
Level 3:  90% State Contribution = $415.58 biweekly (Employee pays: 10%)
Level 4:  85% State Contribution = $392.49 biweekly (Employee pays: 15%)
*The level of actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program as of July 1, 2019.



The Department of Health and Human Services is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.