County of Alameda

Vocational Services Director (#5067)

Bargaining Unit: ACMEA - HCSA Tech/Para Mgmt (R45)
$53.82-$75.91 Hourly / $4,305.60-$6,072.80 BiWeekly /
$9,328.80-$13,157.73 Monthly / $111,945.60-$157,892.80 Yearly

Under general direction, plans, organizes, and directs the activities of the Vocational Services in the Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services, including program evaluation long-term strategic planning, and the development of resources needed to provide services; and performs related duties as required.


This single position class is located in Behavioral Health Care Services (BHCS) and reports to the Deputy Director of Behavioral Health Care Services. The Vocational Program Service Director has organizational, policy development and administrative responsibilities for the Alameda County Vocational Program Services (ACVP). ACVP provides vocational rehabilitation, employment and educational/training services to individuals with mental illness and/or substance abuse problems. This class is distinguished from the next lower class of Chief Rehabilitation Counselor in that the latter has day-to-day supervisory and operational responsibilities and acts as an assistant to the Vocational Program Services Director.

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. Plans, organizes and directs the activities of the Vocational Services Program in the Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services.
2. Develops and implements policies and procedures to ensure compliance with federal, state and local laws/regulations and standards issued by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities related to services provided by the ACVP.
3. Coordinates and assists other organizations in the community with the consumer delivery system.
4. Coordinates and collaborates with consumers, training and education organizations to maximize training and employment opportunities for individuals with mental illness and/or substance abuse problems.
5. Coordinates and collaborates with BHCS Administration to ensure that the BHCS delivery system for Vocational and Training services is appropriately integrated with other components of the BHCS consumer delivery system.
6. Plans long-range and immediate allocation of treatment resources; coordinates services with public and private resources; defines program alternatives; collaborates with Behavioral Health Care Services Administration in identifying goals and objectives and provides progress summaries.
7. Supervises, through subordinate supervisors, ACVP staff; develops and implements job descriptions and criteria-based performance evaluations; establishes peer review and quality assurance systems.
8. Plans, develops and administers program budget and funding proposals; monitors expenditures; and coordinates fiscal, personnel and contract activities for the Vocational Program services.
9. Plans and develops resources for training and educational programs; functions as the resource consultant for Behavioral Health Care Services in the field of vocational rehabilitation and work force development.
10. Acts as liaison to community group and Advisory Boards.
11. Chairs the ACVP Administrative Committee and other related meetings; participates in community boards, committees and task force groups; attends meetings and makes presentations as required.
12. May be responsible for designing, developing and monitoring of new programs and community contracts.
13. May function as a contract monitor for other programs receiving funding from Behavioral Health Care Services.
14. Prepares a variety of correspondence, reports, program documentation, policies, procedures and other written materials.
15. Operates a variety of modern office equipment including a computer; may be required to drive a County or personal vehicle to make site visits and attend meetings.

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Possession of a Master's degree from an accredited college or university in Clinical Psychology, Social Work, Counseling, Rehabilitation, or an appropriate behavioral science,


The equivalent of four full-time years of progressively responsible post-graduate supervisory and administrative experience in community organization, program planning and evaluation, budget, fiscal and personnel management. This experience must have been while providing vocational rehabilitation, employment and educational/training services to individuals with mental health illness and/or substance abuse issues.


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, practices and current trends in Vocational Services and Workforce Development.
• Public versus private sector service delivery.
• State and County legislation regarding Mental Health service delivery.
• Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities standards related to the rehabilitation and employment of individuals with disabilities.
• Program design, development and implementation.
• Program evaluation methodologies and management analysis.
• Budgetary, billing and financial aspects of Behavioral Health Care Services service delivery.
• Principles and practices of governmental budgeting, funding and grant/contract management.
• Quality assurance policies, procedures and practices.
• Management principles and practices, including work planning, employee supervision and resource allocation.

Ability to:

• Communicate orally and in writing.
• Make decisions.
• Provide leadership.
• Analyze and problem solve.
• Plan and organize.
• Provide management control.
• Develop, analyze and monitor budgets.
• Demonstrate interpersonal sensitivity.
• Be flexible.
• Adapt to stress.

Revised: 12/78 mdc
Revised: 2/83 TT:lm-h
LB:pb Revised: 6/l5/88
Old doc: 0415h
New doc: 5067.doc
CSC Date: 6/29/88
TE:pf Rev./Retitle 2/10/05
Old title: Mental Health Services Center Director
CSC Date: 3/2/2005


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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