County of Alameda

Holistic Defense Mitigation Supervisor (#3109)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - General Mgmt (U15)
$56.57-$68.76 Hourly / $4,525.60-$5,500.80 BiWeekly /
$9,805.47-$11,918.40 Monthly / $117,665.60-$143,020.80 Yearly

Under direction of an Assistant Public Defender, the Chief Assistant, or the Public Defender, to supervise, review, and evaluate the work of a group of Holistic Defense Mitigation Specialists assisting in the defense of Public Defender clients; to train staff and maintain work standards; to maintain acceptable standards of casework practices; and to perform related work as required.


The Holistic Defense Mitigation Supervisor is a single-position classification located in the Public Defender’s Office and reports directly to an Assistant Public Defender or an executive-level manager. This position is the first-line supervisor classification within the Holistic Defense Mitigation career ladder. The incumbent will be responsible for supervising the day-to-day work of the Holistic Defense Mitigation work within the Office of the Public Defender. This position will be responsible for ensuring that Holistic Defense Mitigation Specialists will provide the necessary social work support to staff.

The Holistic Defense Mitigation Supervisor classification is distinguished from the lower-level classification of Holistic Defense Mitigation Specialist III in that the supervisor is responsible for the day-to-day supervision of holistic defense mitigation work, while the specialists are considered the advanced journey-level classification in the class series.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

  1. Plans, assigns, and reviews the work of a group of Holistic Defense Mitigation Specialists engaged in providing social services and related holistic defense functions. Instructs new holistic defense mitigation specialists (hereafter referred to as specialists) in the procedures and techniques of interviewing, report writing, and record keeping.
  2. Oversees and directs the development of training for attorneys, holistic defense mitigation specialists, and other staff. Develops and facilitates ongoing training opportunities for staff.
  3. Oversees and directs the coordination of the Public Defender and the holistic defense mitigation team with strategic program planning, implementation, evaluation activities and developing methods for program evaluation. Work includes determining the scope and nature of services, creating data tracking methodology for the program, supporting the creation of new relevant programs, and representing the unit at meetings, conferences, and public hearings.
  4. Oversees and directs the development of operational and clinical policies, procedures, guidelines, goals, and objectives.
  5. Oversees and directs the evaluation of program service delivery, efficacy, and other elements for possible program inclusion.
  6. Reviews cases to ascertain conformity with State and County public service regulations and acceptable casework practices.
  7. Oversees, directs, and participates in the development of strategic partnerships and alliances with other county departments, community organizations, and providers.
  8. Oversees and directs the representation of the Holistic Defense Mitigation Specialist unit of the Public Defender’s office to external governmental and non-governmental bodies, including the Board of Supervisors. Directs the preparation of a variety of correspondence, narrative and statistical reports, program documentation, policies, procedures, and other written materials in order to evaluate program efficacy and provide a programmatic review for the Board of Supervisors.
  9. Interprets the scope and limitations of departmental programs to recipients, agency representatives, interested individuals, and community groups.
  10. Holds regularly scheduled conferences with specialists, individually and as a group, to review reports, discuss casework problems, assist in professional development, and to interpret departmental policies and practices. Provides supervision for staff to obtain clinical licensure. Works to support team cohesion.
  11. Develops and oversees any expansion of holistic defense mitigation or holistic defense mitigation related services within the Public Defender’s Office.
  12.  Consults with supervisor concerning personnel and policy matters and unusual case problems. Submits periodic evaluations of subordinates' performance.
  13. Builds and maintains relationships with community-based organizations, community leaders, and community activists who are involved in work related to the criminal or juvenile legal systems.
  14. May maintain a caseload of cases, including but not limited to serious felonies, homicides, special circumstance homicides, and post-conviction cases.




The equivalent of two (2) years of full-time experience as a Holistic Defense Mitigation III in the Alameda County classified service. 


Possession of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university in social work, social welfare, social/human services, sociology, psychology, clinical psychology, counseling, marriage and family therapy, or other behavioral science or related field.


The equivalent of four (4) years of full-time experience supervising and overseeing mitigation defense work, court advocacy, case management, and/or other social work support services for people impacted by the criminal or juvenile legal systems.


Possession of a valid Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist license from the California Board of Behavioral Sciences or California Board of Psychology. Must possess a valid California Driver’s License. 

Special Requirement:

Must be able to obtain security clearance for entry into jails/prisons. Travel may be required on an as-needed basis. 

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

  • Holistic defense mitigation principles and casework techniques.
  • Management and supervisory practice.
  • Public Defender policies and procedures.
  • County and State regulations.
  • Principles, practices, and techniques of advanced-level social work and holistic defense mitigation.
  • Psychosocial theory and practices related to human behavior, the impact of trauma.
  • Illness and diseases and how they impact functioning levels.
  • Modern research methods used in sociologic, demographic, and criminalistic studies.
  • Community resources and the needs and services available to multi-ethnic groups and disadvantaged youth and adults.
  • Principles, techniques, and trends in alternative sentencing programs.
  • Community based organizations and the range of services provided. 
Ability to:

  • Supervise and oversee the work of subordinate employees performing mitigation specialist work.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with community-based organizations, public and private agencies.
  • Exhibit interpersonal sensitivity; communicate in court, at public hearings, and with individuals of diverse ethnic, social, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Analyze data and prepare reports, memoranda, and spreadsheets.
  • Analyze and evaluate individual situations to reach sound conclusions and make appropriate recommendations.
  • Interpret complex federal and state laws, rules, regulations, and procedures.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Provide leadership, planning and organization.

New Spec: 3109
SK:saa 08/11/2023
CSC Date: 09/06/2023


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.

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