Hiring FAQs

Whether you are a new graduate, starting your professional life or already have a substantial career in mental health, you are invited to explore a life-changing career with Alpine Special Treatment Center, Inc. When you become an employee at ASTCI, you put yourself on the path to a rewarding career that can lead in many directions.


At ASTCI you will become a vital member of a dynamic team at one of San Diego County’s exceptional mental health care institutions. You will also discover a culture of teamwork, professionalism and mutual respect, and—most importantly—a life-changing career.


Whether you have an associate, bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree, ASTCI’s multidisciplinary, team- oriented work environment presents opportunities that are rarely experienced elsewhere in the mental health community.


We take pride in assembling our extraordinary teams and place a high emphasis on matching the right talent with the right roles. If you’re ready to apply your skills and passion to our highly collaborative, mission-driven team, you’ve come to the right place.


Our Hiring Process

Step 1: Finding Your Fit

To be sure our team is a match for you, we encourage you to watch our videos and learn more about our culture, mission, and what it’s like to work here. If what you learn about us really speaks to you, it’s time to explore opportunities!



Step 2: Searching Jobs and Submitting Interest


  1. Start by searching for jobs that match your skills, qualifications, and interests. You can search our open positions on the ASTCI website (link to open positions listing), or using the indeed.com search for Alpine Special Treatment Center (Link).

  2. Once you find a position(s) you are interested in, review the qualifications in detail and make sure you meet all required qualifications.

  3. Follow the instructions for submitting your resume and/or application.


Step 3: Pre-Hire Assessment


For some positions, ASTCI may conduct online pre-hire assessments to evaluate a combination of aptitude, behavioral competencies, skills (e.g., typing, data entry), and knowledge of candidates. We will contact you if a pre-hire assessment is required for the job you expressed interest in.


Depending on the position, our assessments may include a combination of aptitude, behavioral competencies, skills (e.g., typing, data entry), and job knowledge. Most of our assessments are unproctored and should be completed at the earliest convenience by our candidates on a desktop or laptop.


Here are some helpful tips to prepare:

  • Set aside adequate time to take the assessment.

  • Read instructions carefully.

  • Do not attempt to complete the assessment if you are not ready — starting the assessment is often counted as an attempt and you will be subjected to a waiting period before you can try again.


If you have a disability and need to request a reasonable accommodation to complete the assessment(s), please contact HR@astci.com. Please note that you will need to request an accommodation before taking the assessment. If you take the assessment without requesting an accommodation up front, it will be counted as a test attempt and you will need to observe the required waiting period.


Step 4: Candidate Review and Interview


If your skills and experience appear to align with those of the position, a Human Resources representative may contact you for additional screening. This may lead to further interview(s) conducted by phone and/or in-person. Due to the number of submissions we receive, we cannot contact each person who submits a resume for consideration.


Identifying the right people for the right roles can take time, so thank you in advance for your patience.


Step 5: Candidate Selection


Once you’ve been selected for a position, a Human Resources representative will call you and make a verbal offer. This conversation will be followed by a written offer letter. Once you’ve accepted the offer letter and passed applicable pre-employment screenings and verifications — including drug and background checks — your start date will be confirmed and you’ll be part of ASTCI.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a position at Alpine?

Please check out the Careers section of our web site, or visit our Job Board.

Will the personal information that I provide on the ASTCI website be shared with any third parties?

Your information will never be shared with a third-party vendor without your authorization.
That said, candidates who receive a conditional offer of employment are required to complete pre-employment contingencies, which include a third-party vendor's analysis. In these instances, your information is shared only for the purpose of completing the contingencies (background check, drug screening, employee health screening, verification of eligibility to work in the U.S. using E-Verify, etc.), and the vendors are required to keep your information secure and confidential.

How long does the hiring process take?

It varies with each job opportunity, but the process can typically take up to two weeks before any interview decisions are made. Human Resources will call you if you are selected for an interview.

Can I submit my resume instead of filling out the job application?

We strongly prefer that you submit your application via the Job Board.

If I submit an application, will I be guaranteed an interview?

No. Due to the volume of applications received, only those candidates who appear to be a close fit with the position requirements will be selected for an interview.

Does ASTCI have a formal Employee Referral Program (ERP)? If so, how do I learn more about it?

Certain positions at ASTCI are designated “employee-referral eligible.” We encourage ASTCI
employees to introduce their talented and passionate friends, family members, or former colleagues to career opportunities at ASTCI.

How do I request reasonable accommodation for the submission process?

If you are interested in submitting your interest for employment with ASTCI, and need special assistance or an accommodation as you navigate the recruitment process, please email HR@astci.com.

I submitted interest to a position. Why haven't I heard back from a recruiter?

If your skills and experience appear to match the requirements of an open position, a recruitment services professional or the hiring manager for the position may contact you. Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we cannot contact each person who submits interest to a position. You are welcome to return to our website to view other opportunities and submit your interest as you like.

Why does ASTCI collect Social Security numbers (SSNs)?

ASTCI uses SSNs to establish a job seeker's identity. The SSN is used to determine whether or not a job seeker has previously worked for ASTCI, to complete the candidate's post-offer background check, and with the E-Verify program to establish a new employee's eligibility to work in the United States.
E-Verify is an Internet-based system that compares information entered by an employer from an employee’s Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to records available to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration to confirm employment eligibility.

Why does ASTCI request job seekers' criminal conviction history information?

At ASTCI, we're committed to providing a safe environment and protecting the confidential information of our clients, members, staff, and job seekers. Criminal conviction information is requested and reviewed, in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

Are benefits available for ASTCI employees?

Yes, a comprehensive benefits package is offered to ASTCI employees. Benefits depend on job position and job status.

Can I still apply as a licensed nurse if I do not have my license in California?

If you are an experienced licensed nurse, you do not need your California license to apply. You will need your license to begin working. If you are a new graduate, you will need your California license to begin work, but not to apply.

Do I need to answer every question on the application?

Yes, you need to answer every question listed on the application. Your application is only
considered complete when all questions have been answered.

What if I have additional questions regarding employment opportunities, employee benefits, as well as an intern or shadowing experience?

To address any additional questions, please contact the ASTCI Human Resources department at 619-659-3123.

When is the Human Resources Department open?

We are open from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

What do I need to bring to my interview?

Any licenses, certifications or other documents required for the position. You may also wish to bring paperwork that will help you complete an application requiring detailed employment history (dates, positions, supervisor names, phone numbers, and addresses) and educational history (dates, schools, addresses).

How will I receive communication about my application?

Human Resources will communicate via telephone or email. You may receive communication about the status of your application, request for an interview, or a request for additional information.