County of Alameda

Early Childhood Mental Health Coordinator (#5066)

Bargaining Unit: ACMEA - HCSA Tech/Para Mgmt (R45)
$50.37-$61.22 Hourly / $4,029.60-$4,897.60 BiWeekly /
$8,730.80-$10,611.47 Monthly / $104,769.60-$127,337.60 Yearly


This position is located in Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) in the Child and Young Adult System of Care.  Under the general direction of the Child and Young Adult System of Care Director, the Early Childhood Mental Health Coordinator plans, organizes, and coordinates a variety of Specialty Mental Health services and programs for children aged Birth to 8 years old within the Early Childhood Division.  The Early Childhood Mental Health Coordinator provides program planning, technical assistance, contract monitoring, and oversight to the ACBH Early Childhood Provider Network.   


This single class position is located in Alameda County Behavioral Health, Child and Young Adult System of Care (CYASOC), and is responsible for the oversight of programs for children Birth to 8 years of age.  The incumbent may report to other members of the CYASOC Executive Leadership Team including the CYASOC Director, CYASOC Assistant Director, and/or other appropriate members of the CYASOC Executive Leadership Team.  This role helps to ensure that accessible and culturally responsive behavioral health services are delivered to children and their families in Alameda County.  This position is an ACBH departmental liaison for internal and external partners for Early Childhood Services.


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 Early Childhood Programs.
  2. Responsible for managing Early Childhood related behavioral health contracts and programs including program design, implementation, monitoring, and the evaluation of services.
  3. Serves as a liaison and Care Coordinator for internal County operated and external provider-operated programs that serve children Birth to 8 years.
  4. Participates in planning, development and implementation of system-wide goals, strategies and policies for the delivery of services for children aged Birth to 8 years old and their families.
  5. Provides coordination and ongoing communication to Behavioral Health Care, Child and Young Adult System of Care, and other internal and external partners.
  6. May represent the department at meetings with administrative officials, Board of Supervisors, commissions, community groups and other organizations; explains and interprets policies, procedures and regulations relative to early childhood services.
  7. Ensures compliance with program policies and standards for services provided under the Birth to 8 Population as they relate to Specialty Mental Health under the Managed Health Care Plan.
  8. As needed, maintains effective working relationships with federal, state, and local agencies, as they relate to Early Childhood programs and services.
  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 for the Early Childhood provider population and assures that these needs are met based on program changes and organizational needs.  Determines the 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 college or university in Public Health, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Work, Education, Early Childhood Education, or related field.



The equivalent of three (3) 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.  

License:   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.

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:  5966h.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

NLB:sa Revised/Retitled 07/16/2020

Old Title: Early Connections System of Care Coordinator

CSC Date: 07/29/2020


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
  • 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.