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 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