County of Alameda

Early Connections System of Care Coordinator (#5066)

Bargaining Unit: ACMEA - HCSA Tech/Para Mgmt (R45)
$45.87-$55.76 Hourly / $3,669.60-$4,460.80 BiWeekly /
$7,950.80-$9,665.07 Monthly / $95,409.60-$115,980.80 Yearly

Under general direction, to plan, organize and coordinate a variety of services and programs for, children aged 0-5 with serious mental health needs, to coordinate and provide program planning, technical assistance, review and evaluation functions to ensure the development of a coherent, integrated, accessible and culturally competent system of care for early childhood mental health; to act as departmental liaison for children with private and public agencies serving Alameda County's children, their families and parent advocates; and to do related work as required.


This one-position class located in the Behavioral Health Care Services has overall coordination and oversight responsibility for the implementation of the Early Connections System of Care Grant. The incumbent reports to the Director of Child and Youth Services. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring that all requirements of the grant are implemented in an appropriate and timely manner.

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. Provides leadership, direction and oversight in the implementation of the Early Connections System of Care Grant.

2. Participates in planning, development and implementation of system-wide goals, strategies and policies for delivery of services children aged 0-5 and their families.

3. Provides linkage and ongoing communication to Behavioral Health Care, Child and Youth Services, and members of the Early Connections Oversight Committee. .

4. Represents the department at meetings with administrative officials, Board of Supervisors, legislative bodies, boards, commissions, community groups and other organizations; explains and interprets policies and procedures and regulations relative to complex program issues.

5. Develops and administers program budget; prepares or assists in the preparation of grant applications; implements fundraising programs; monitors expenditures; coordinates fiscal, personnel and contract activities for the Early Connections System of Care Grant.

6. Ensures compliance with program policies and standards for services provided under the Early Connections System of Care Grant to assure continuity and quality of services and to meet administrative requirements relative to Federal/State funding; evaluates progress toward mandated goals and objectives; prepares a variety of narrative reports and recommendations.

7. Serves as department and project liaison between Alameda County and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on grant matters related to the Early Connections System of Care Grant.

8. Maintains effective working relationships with federal, state and local agencies, represents the department through contacts with representatives of governmental and county agencies.

9. Attends administrative staff meetings and participates in the overall development of the Children and Youth service delivery.

10. Provides technical assistance on early childhood mental health practice; assesses training needs of the different components of the system and assures that these needs are met based on program changes and organizational needs. Determines most effective training methodologies.

11. Keeps abreast of current trends in child and youth and the managed care health services environment; attends meetings of professional associations and assists in the evaluation of new techniques and procedures.


Possession of a master's degree from an accredited university in Public Health, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Work, or related field.


The equivalent of four years of full-time progressively responsible experience in a public, private, or community-based organization which included responsibility for program management, planning and/or evaluation in a comprehensive service program addressing the needs of children, youth and families.


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.
• Community needs, resources and organizations related to Child and Youth Services.
• Methods of effective community organization and its role in Mental Health treatment and prevention programs.
• Principles, practices and current trends in the delivery of child, youth and family services.
• Program evaluation methodologies and management analysis.
• Clinical standards of practice and licensure requirements.

Ability to:

• Analyze and problem solve.
• Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
• Make independent decisions and take initiative.
• Exercise sound independent judgment within established policies and guidelines
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work
• Organize and prioritize work and meet critical deadlines

Old document: 5066h.doc
New document: Jobspecs/5066
CSC Date: 6/10/98
SG:cs Revised/Retitled 12/09
Old Title: Children's System of Care Coordinator
CSC Date: 1/27/10


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.