County of Alameda

Assistant Director, Forensic, Diversion, & Re-Entry System of Care (#5065)

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Bargaining Unit: Unrep - HCSA Tech/Para Mgmt (U45)
$69.85-$89.16 Hourly / $5,588.00-$7,132.80 BiWeekly /
$12,107.33-$15,454.40 Monthly / $145,288.00-$185,452.80 Yearly


Under general direction, assists in the planning, organization, and coordination of diversion, re-entry, and forensic mental health services across systems of care in Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH); provides highly responsible direct programmatic and administrative support to the Forensic, Diversion, & Re-Entry System of Care Director; coordinates, monitors, and evaluates forensic mental health services to ensure compliance with standards of care, ACBH goals, legislative mandates, and State and Federal rules and regulations; and performs other related duties as required.


This classification is located in Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) and reports to the Forensic, Diversion, & Re-Entry System of Care Director. Incumbents in this class manage In-Custody Services, which include the County Jail and Juvenile Justice Center, or Forensic Outpatient Services, which include the Behavioral Health Courts and Conditional Release Program (CONREP), and other forensic outpatient services. This class is distinguished from the next higher class of Forensic, Diversion, & Re-Entry System of Care Director in that the latter has organizational, policy development, and administrative responsibilities for all forensic and diversion services across the department.


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 in planning, monitoring, evaluating, and providing general oversight of forensic, diversion, and re-entry mental health services for all age groups across ACBH and with contracted providers serving justice involved individuals in Alameda County.
  2. Plans, organizes, and directs forensic mental health services in the County Jail and Juvenile Justice Center or diversion and re-entry mental health services for justice involved individuals in the community.
  3. Coordinates and evaluates forensic mental health services to ensure compliance with standards of care, ACBH goals, legislative mandates, and State and Federal rules and regulations.
  4. Coordinates and collaborates with other Health Care Services Agency and County departments on issues related to forensic mental health service delivery.
  5. Develops and implements policies and procedures to ensure compliance with any accrediting bodies as well as county, state, and federal regulations related to mental health services in correctional/detention facilities.
  6. Plans, develops, and monitors program budget, grants, and funding proposals; monitors expenditures; and coordinates fiscal, personnel, and contract activities for forensic services.
  7. Assists with the establishment and monitoring of goals, objectives, and clinical and quality of care standards for forensic mental health services; and develops policies and procedures to ensure the delivery of appropriate mental health treatment.
  8. Recruits, trains, supervises, and evaluates the work of subordinate professional and managerial staff who are responsible for supervising multi-disciplinary teams of professional, paraprofessional, technical, and support staff.
  9. Represents the department at meetings with other County departments, Board of Supervisors, administrative officials, legislative bodies, boards, commissions, community groups, and other organizations; explains and interprets policies, procedures, and regulations relative to complex program issues.
  10. Acts as Community Program Director for the Conditional Release Program; ensures conformity of the program's state mandates and community safety standards; and coordinates operation of the program with other County and affiliated departments (e.g., Courts, Sheriff’s Department, District Attorney, and Public Defender Offices).
  11. Monitors and analyzes legislation related to forensic, diversion, and re-entry mental health services, the Conditional Release Program, and other criminal justice services; advises the Forensic, Diversion, & Re-entry System of Care Director and key management staff of implications for service delivery.
  12. Keeps abreast of current trends in forensic mental health/criminal justice services; attends meetings of professional associations and assists in the evaluation of new models, programs, and services.
  13. Prepares a variety of correspondence, narrative and statistical reports, information for the Board of Supervisors, program documentation, policies, procedures, and other written materials.



Possession of a master’s degree from an accredited university in Clinical Psychology, Social Work, Nursing, or related behavioral science.


The equivalent of four (4) years of full-time progressively responsible post-graduate management and administrative experience in community organization, program planning and evaluation, budget, fiscal, or personnel management. At least two (2) years of this experience must have been in a forensic setting or with an agency serving at-risk justice involved individuals.


Possession of a State license in Clinical Psychology, Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, Nursing, or related behavioral science.

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:

  • Administrative principles, practices, and techniques of County and State Mental Health Systems.
  • Principles and practices of governmental budgeting, funding, and grant/contract management.
  • Title 15 and U.S. Constitutional Law related to inmate rights.
  • Mental Health and Criminal Justice law as it applies to mental health treatment.
  • Community needs, resources, and organizations related to CONREP/Criminal Justice Services.
  • Methods of effective community organization and its role in mental health treatment and prevention programs related to criminal justice services.
  • Principles, practices, and current trends in the delivery of criminal justice services.
  • Program evaluation methodologies and management analysis.
  • Clinical standards of practice and licensure requirements in a forensic setting.
  • Management principles and practices, including strategic work planning, employee supervision, and resource allocation.
  • Computer applications related to the work, including electronic health record systems.
  • Office administrative practices and procedures, including records management and the operation of standard office equipment.
  • Cultural values and practices of the diverse communities served by the department.
Ability to:

  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Effectively analyze and evaluate complex financial, budgeting, contracting, and administrative problems and implement effective solutions.
  • Demonstrate quality leadership and sound decision-making.
  • Plan, prioritize and organize.
  • Manage a complex service system with multiple programs, providers, and partners.
  • Provide effective leadership in a variety of settings with diverse parties.
  • Develop, analyze, and monitor budgets.
  • Analytically problem-solve.
  • Interpret and apply provisions of Federal, State, and local legislation, rules, and regulations pertinent to the administration of forensic services.
  • Analyze and interpret data and utilize data in decision-making.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal sensitivity and flexibility.
  • Demonstrate the principles of wellness and recovery and cultural responsiveness.
  • Demonstrate flexibility.
  • Manage multiple and changing priorities.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative work and contractual relationships with county departments, agencies, community-based organizations, private providers and organizations, and the community.
  • Work independently and collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams, community resources, and organizations.


TE:pf   1/4/02

Newspecs:  5065.doc

CSC Date:    2/27/02

RY:cs  Revised   02/05/13

CSC Date:  2/20/13

NLB:sa Revised/Retitled 07/21/2021

Old Title: Conditional Release & Criminal Justice Services Director

CSC Date: 09/08/2021

IL: saa Revised 08/31/2023



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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