Follow the money.
Money matters. Pay your staff the going rate and you’re more likely to retain staff.
And if you want to encourage turnover? Then pay your staff less than the going rate.
Both regional centers (Golden Gate and San Andreas) pay $126 K for their Human Resource Directors. The Human Resource top job requires a Master’s degree. The job does not require a license.
The San Andreas Human Resource Director has had the job for five years. That HR Director is well paid.
In contrast, it looks like San Andreas Regional Center does not want to retain Psychologists. And — Golden Gate wants to retain their Psychologists.
Top pay for a Psychologist is only $72 K at San Andreas Regional Center. In contrast, top pay at Golden Gate is $93K – a difference of $21 K. That’s nothing to sneeze at.
What is the going pay rate for Psychologists? It varies. The County of Santa Cruz pays $93 K for their Psychologists. Kaiser Permanente in San Jose pays $133 K.
Currently, San Andreas Regional Center has 2 jobs available for Psychologists. One Psychologist position for San Andreas Regional Center has been advertised more than a year. Perhaps there are no takers because San Andreas pays low and does not want to retain Psychologists?
At San Andreas Regional Center, where can a Psychologist go up from Psychologist? San Andreas Regional Center hires an Autistic Spectrum Disorder Clinical Coordinator for $110 K. That position is filled and the person filling the job has been around many years. $110K for the highest paid Psychologist at San Andreas is within the range between $93 K for a County government job and $133 K paid by the private sector (Kaiser).
Recently in 2015 the overall chain of command structure at San Andreas Regional Center structure changed substantially. The #3 top management job went to someone closely associated with the current top executive Javier Zaldivar. This person used to be a district manager for a branch office. This person may a Master’s degree. After the top executive and the second in command (both men), currently two women hold top management positions #3 and #4. All those top management positions (#1, #2, #3 and #4) are highly paid positions which do not require a license or a Ph.D.
San Andreas Regional Center describes itself as a community oriented, private non-profit corporation. NOTE: Non-profit does not mean that management is paid lowly wages. Far from it. San Andreas Regional Center top management are quite well paid. And it looks like $126 K for a Human Resource Director is the going rate.
Why does San Andreas Regional Center choose to pay so low for Psychologists? Does the agency deliberately encourage turn over? Comparing the numbers of Golden Gate Regional Center with those for San Andreas Regional Center — the answer is YES.
The current head of the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is Santi Rodgers. For more than 15 years Santi Rodgers was the top executive for San Andreas Regional Center. Mr. Rodgers moved to Sacramento and was replaced by Mr. Javier Zaldivar.
Mr. Javier Zaldivar continues the policy of very low pay for licensed Ph.D. Psychologists. The very low pay policy was the policy of predecessor Santi Rodgers, now the top executive for California Department of Developmental Services (DDS).
Follow the money. There are reasons for very low pay for Psychologists hired by San Andreas Regional Center. YES — always follow the money. written by Cameron Jackson firstname.lastname@example.org