County of Alameda

Housing Services Administrator (#5030)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - HCSA Tech/Para Mgmt (U45)
$53.52-$64.96 Hourly / $4,281.60-$5,196.80 BiWeekly /
$9,276.80-$11,259.73 Monthly / $111,321.60-$135,116.80 Yearly

Under general direction, provides leadership in developing, planning, organizing and directing the activities associated with the identification, development and operation of housing and housing support services for clients with serious mental illness; establishes and integrates housing related plans and policies for the use of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) and other similar funding; administers and oversees the Behavioral Health Care Services Housing Information and Assistance Programs; and performs other duties as assigned.


This single class position is located at Behavioral Health Care Services and reports to the Deputy Director of Behavioral Health Care Services. The Housing Services Administrator serves in a leadership role to Behavioral Health Care Services (BHCS), collaborating with Housing and Community Development (HCD) Department, other County agencies/departments, and community organizations in policy development, formulation of goals, strategic planning, and management of capital funding related to housing. This position oversees and directs, through subordinate supervisory and/or professional staff, the activities associated with identification, development and operation of housing and related supportive services for clients with serious mental illness. The Housing Services Administrator provides administrative direction, operational and policy analysis, and planning for the development of housing and housing resources for low-income clients with serious mental illness in Alameda County. The Housing Services Administrator is distinguished from the Deputy Director of Behavioral Health Care Services in that the latter serves as the chief operation officer to the Director of BHCS in the formulation and evaluation of BHCS programs, policies and procedures.

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

1. Oversees and administers the activities associated with the identification, development and operation of housing for clients with serious mental illness.
2. Administers the implementation and integration of MHSA policies, and is responsible for project identification and commitments of MHSA funds in the development of affordable housing projects.
3. Establishes methods and structure for managing funds consistent with State Department of Mental Health guidelines related to housing development.
4. Oversees the coordination with other organizations, including County departments, development organizations, cities and affordable housing organizations to identify housing projects as sites for services funded by the Mental Health Services Act and other BHCS related funding sources.
5. Recommends, modifies and implements BHCS policies related to the development and operation of its housing support programs.
6. Provides for the development and delivery of appropriate training for clients, family members, care providers and others in how to find, access, and retain appropriate housing.
7. Oversees the collection and dissemination of information related to housing needs and availability.
8. Oversees the collection and annual publication of financial, services and outcome data regarding the performance of BHCS housing related investments, services and functions.
9. Represents BHCS at national, state, county and community meetings related to housing and homelessness; serves in leadership roles such as in the implementation of the County’s Homeless and Special Needs Housing Plan and other interagency initiatives as may arise from time to time.
10. Administers fund development and grant writing activities to financially support expanded availability of affordable housing for clients with serious mental illness.
11. Develops and manages housing related contracts, grant applications, MOU’s, financial applications and RFI/RFP processes associated with expenditure of MHSA housing funding and other housing and housing services funding opportunities.
12. Ensures compliance with the MHSA Housing requirements, audits by the State of Department of Mental Health and other related regulatory requirements.
13. Supervises and coordinates regular meetings of the Housing Resource Specialists assigned to BHCS programs and community service teams. Manages performance outcomes and facilitates information sharing and best practices.
14. Responsible for public presentations including briefings related to the MHSA Housing to the Director of Health Care Services Agency, Director of BHCS, the Board of Supervisors and other local, state and federal agencies.
15. Maintains knowledge of current trends in mental health and housing development and operation; participates in variety of professional committees and meetings.


Possession of a Master's degree from an accredited university in Public Health Administration, Business Administration, Public Administration, City and Regional Planning or Public Policy or related field.


The equivalent of three years’ full-time administrative/management experience including planning and evaluation, budget oversight and personnel management experience in housing or supported housing in an urban community and an at-risk population.


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

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:

• State, Federal and local regulations, including associated procedures and guidelines related to housing and community development programs.
• Public and private funding sources.
• Fund development and grant management.
• Current principles, practices and trends in the behavioral health care field and housing services.
• Current mental health and housing development trends.
• Community/organizational and pubic/private partnership dynamics and development.
• Strategic planning and implementation.
• Principles and practices of financial management.
• Basic principles and practices of real estate transactions.
• Practices and techniques of administrative analysis, evaluation, and report preparation.
• Management principles and practices, including work planning, employee supervision and resource allocation.
• Computer applications related to the work.
• Office administrative practices and procedures, including records management and the operation of standard office equipment.
• Planning, implementation and evaluation of system-wide expansions.

Ability to:

• Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
• Make sound decisions, use good judgment.
• Perform analytical problem solving.
• Provide effective leadership in a variety of settings with diverse parties.
• Plan, organize and prioritize work.
• Provide budget development and other data analysis.
• Demonstrate interpersonal sensitivity.
• Work independently, collaboratively with multidisciplinary team, community resources and organizations.

BG:po 7/17/06
Newspec: 5030.doc
CSC Date: 8/16/2006


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

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • 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.