Human Resource Development and Management

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

Workforce Development

Workforce Development

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

Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services strives to employ a diverse and engaged team that transforms lives through meaningful connections, serving individuals by promoting recovery, self-determination, and wellness in all aspects of life. Working for DBHDS means making a difference in our communities across the Commonwealth in many fulfilling roles to accomplish our mission of allowing a life of possibilities for all Virginians!

Apply today to be a part of a community that serves Virginians!

DBHDS offers:

  • Competitive Pay
  • Internships, Career Ladders and Continuing Education Opportunities
  • Sign-on Bonuses/Retention Bonuses*
  • Referral Bonuses*
  • Potential for Student Loan Repayments*
  • Virginia 529 College Savings Plan*
  • Potential for Relocation Reimbursement*
  • Excellent Employee Benefits
    • State Retirement Benefits AND 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
    • 13 paid Holidays,
    • 12+ paid Vacation Days,
    • 9 paid Sick Days, AND 4+ paid Family/Personal Days per year
    • Family Medical Leave,
    • Short- and Long-Term Disability Coverage
    • Low-cost, comprehensive Anthem or AETNA health insurance
    • Group life and optional life insurance
    • Flexible Reimbursement accounts
    • Educational Assistance
  •   State Employee Discounts and more!   


Internships at DBHDS Central Office

The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services is seeking students who are interested in having a work-based learning experience through a paid summer internship. If you are a student, or know a student, who is currently majoring in healthcare policy and administration, public policy and administration, psychology, social work or human resources who would like community planning, program development, public policy, or workforce development experience in behavioral health or developmental services, please complete the steps below and we will do our absolute best to match you with a meaningful opportunity. You may wish to review the various divisions, areas of operations, and offices here on the main menu of our website under offices to get a better understanding of what opportunities might be of interest to you.

Please complete this inquiry form. Be as detailed as possible. This will help us match you to a beneficial placement.

Please email a one-page resume to Dr. Gwaltney at

Please note, DBHDS Central Office internships are an in-person experience located in the Richmond, Virginia.

Helpful Links

Background Investigations Unit