County of Alameda

Assistant Director, Health Care Services Agency (#5056)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - Executive Mgmt (051)
$64.00-$89.56 Hourly / $5,120.00-$7,164.80 BiWeekly /
$11,093.33-$15,523.73 Monthly / $133,120.00-$186,284.80 Yearly

Under general direction, to assist in the planning, organizing, coordinating of programs, and administrative and financial operations of the Health Care Services Agency, including strategic planning and organizational development; to supervise, coordinate and participate in the formulation and implementation of complex professional administrative and analytical activities within the Agency; to participate in and develop short and long-range plans, policies and priorities for the Agency; to provide highly responsible administrative support to the Director of the Health Services Agency; and to perform other duties as required.


This is a single position classification located in the Department of Agency Administration, Health Care Services Agency. The incumbent reports to the Director of Health Care Services Agency and assists in planning, organizing, directing and coordinating programs and service delivery Agency-wide. This position is responsible for providing direct administrative support in the areas of organizational policy and program development, determining and interpreting departmental policies; providing leadership and direction to departmental managers and staff; ensuring management responsibility and public accountability for the Health Care Services Agency.

The incumbent also acts in the absence of the Director of Health Care Services Agency. This position is distinguished from the higher level class of Director of Health Services Agency in that the latter class has overall operational, programmatic and policy development responsibilities for the Health Care Services Agency.

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. Assists the Director in the development and implementation of mission statements and goals, policies and procedures, and program formulation for the Health Care Services Agency.

2. Acts as liaison between the Health Care Services Agency Director, executive and senior level management staff, other department staff and outside agencies on administrative, organizational, legislative and policy issues.

3. Acts on behalf of the Agency Director on matters related to service delivery programs; represents him/her at meetings with administrative officials, Board of Supervisors, legislative bodies, boards, commissions, and various community groups and other organizations; explains and interprets policies, procedures and regulations for complex program issues.

4. Coordinates Agency-wide administrative activities with and provides assistance to other County staff and outside contractors, as required.

5. Monitors legislative and regulatory changes that may affect Agency operations; develops, disseminates and implements policies and procedures to support programs and activities.

6. Directs and participates in the preparation of comparative analysis, financial projections, programmatic and operational reports.

7. Plans, facilitates and coordinates the implementation of special projects, including studies of new programs, capital improvement projects, strategic planning, grant applications, inter-agency activities, program evaluation and related projects.

8. Monitors, analyzes and advises senior management staff on the impact of state and federal legislation; makes recommendations to state agency staff on desired alternatives.

9. Assists in establishing Agency-wide budget and program priorities; assists in the coordination of division budgets.

10. Directs and participates in the preparation of reports mandated by federal, state and local agencies.

11. Participates as a member of the Agency Executive Team, which reviews and establishes general Agency policy.

12. Acts on behalf of the Director, in his/her absence.

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


Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Health Care Administration, Public Health Administration, Social Welfare, Psychology, or a closely related behavioral science field,


The equivalent of four years of full-time experience in the direction and administration of health care services to the public. Such experience must have included responsibility for the direction and oversight of supervisory subordinate staff in a health care setting.

License: Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.

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:

• Principles and practices of health care policy and administration, including current trends in health care planning, policy, management, program evaluation, and related issues.
• County, state and federal legislative processes and legislative developments applicable to contemporary health issues.
• Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies and operational needs.
• Pertinent local, State and Federal laws, rules and regulations.
• Principles of financial administration, including public budgeting, alternative financing methods and funding sources.
• Principles of personnel supervision and training.

Ability to:

• Plan, organize, direct and coordinate the activities of a complex and diverse health services department.
• Properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with appropriate laws, regulations, and policies.
• Successfully develop, control and administer the department budget and expenditures.
• Work cooperatively and effectively with Board of Supervisors, County Manager, other departments and officials and employees of other agencies.
• Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
• Maintain liaison with various private and public agencies, and deal successfully with the public and other interested groups.
• Select, supervise, train and evaluate staff.

CNL:rr 9/30/85
SA:sw Revise/Retitle 8/28/06
{Old title: Asst. to the Director, HCSA}
Newspec: 5056.doc
CSC Date: 9/13/2006


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.