Human Resource Development and Management

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Human Resources works to align development and management programs and services with DBHDS' strategic direction.

This department provides leadership that facilitates high organizational and individual performance through performance measurement and management, workforce development, training, recognition, equal employment opportunity, cultural and linguistic competence, compensation, recruitment, employment, employment law/employee relations, dispute resolution, benefits administration, wellness, safety/workers compensation, and background investigation programs and services.

Stacy Pendleton, 804.786.6326

Sue Ridout, 804.786.4089

SystemLEAD Leadership Development Program

SystemLEAD is a leadership development program designed to give participants broad exposure to the competencies necessary to be a successful leader in our system. Over a nine month program, key competencies for leadership will be used to increase the knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors for participants aspiring to a leadership role. Read more and learn how to apply by clicking on the link above.

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Career Opportunities

Visit the State Recruit System Website for information on career opportunities at DBHDS. Apply online for positions listed with the Recruitment Management System at We only accept online applications.

DBHDS is a tobacco-free, smoke-free work environment.

An Equal Opportunity Employer Committed to Workforce Diversity.

Our benefits package includes:

  • Group life and optional life insurance
  • Retirement benefits
  • Health care coverage
  • Annual, Sick and Personal leave
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Short and long term disability
  • 457A
  • Flexible reimbursement accounts
  • Twelve paid holidays
  • and much much more.

Internships at DBHDS Central Office

The Central Office of DBHDS is always looking for qualified interns who want to learn about the administration, policy making, and program development and implementation aspect of behavioral health and developmental services. There are many disciplines that are associated with the kind of work done at Central Office. However, we do not offer clinical internships. There is no guarantee that there is a current internship opening, but we will do our best to identify a mutually beneficial experience for you and our team. If you are interested in being considered for an internship position at Central Office, please take the following steps:

  • Review the various divisions, areas of operations, and offices at the DBHDS website to get a better understanding of what areas might be of interest to you.
  • Complete the inquiry form to provide more information about your needs and interests. Be as detailed as possible.
  • Email your resume for further review.

Helpful Links

Background Investigations Unit

Workforce Diversity and Inclusion