County of Alameda

Assistant Director, Children System of Care, Behavioral Health Care Services (#5068)

Bargaining Unit: ACMEA - HCSA Tech/Para Mgmt (R45)
$51.17-$72.13 Hourly / $4,093.60-$5,770.40 BiWeekly /
$8,869.47-$12,502.53 Monthly / $106,433.60-$150,030.40 Yearly

Under general direction, plans, organizes and directs a variety of outpatient service programs for children, adolescents and families; supervises program components servicing severely disturbed and/or substance abuse clients, including children's services in Behavioral Health Care Services (BHCS) and a network of special day class and school-based services; responsible for coordination and collaboration of children and youth services with community-based outpatient service programs; provides supervision and direction to subordinate personnel; and performs related duties as required.


This is a single-position class located in Behavioral Health Care Services. The incumbent reports to the Children System of Care Director and is responsible for providing direct administrative support to the Director in the areas of organizational policy and program development relative to the children's system of care service delivery, public information/ relations activities and resolution of policy and operations problems. This position is distinguished from the next higher-level class of Director, Adult System of Care in that the latter is fully responsible for the operations of the Division while this position works in assisting the Director with managing the operations of the Division.

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 through subordinate supervisory and administrative staff, County-operated and contracted children and youth outpatient mental health services.

2. Acts on behalf of the Director on matters related to departmental programs; represents the Director at meetings with administrative officials, Board of Supervisors, legislative bodies, boards, commissions, community groups and other organizations; explains and interprets policies, procedures and regulations relative to complex program issues.

3. Develops and administers program budget; prepares or assists in the preparation of grant applications; monitors expenditures; coordinates fiscal, personnel and contract activities for the Children's System of Care.

4. Ensures compliance with program policies and standards for services provided by Behavioral Health Care Services or agencies under contract with BHCS to assure continuity and quality of services and to meet administrative requirements relative to Federal/State funding.

5. Participates in planning, development and implementation of system-wide goals, strategies and policies for delivery of community-based prevention services.

6. Maintains effective working relationships with representatives of federal, state and local agencies, including professional and medical societies; represents the department through contacts with representatives of governmental and county agencies.

7. Participates as a member of the Department's Leadership Team; attends administrative staff meetings and participates in the overall administration of the Children and Youth service delivery.

8. Recruits, selects, evaluates and disciplines staff, either directly or indirectly through subordinate personnel.

9. Prepares and conducts educational programs for trainees and staff assigned to the Children System of Care; conducts staff conferences; performs studies; and represents the service on training committees.

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

11. Acts for the Children System of Care Director, in his/her absence.


Possession of a master's degree from an accredited university in Clinical Psychology, Social Work, Psychiatric Nursing or an appropriate behavioral science,


The equivalent of four years of progressively responsible post-graduate supervisory and administrative experience in community organization, program planning and evaluation, budget, fiscal and personnel management. At least two years of this experience should have been experience with emotionally disturbed children and adolescents and their families in a community mental health or medical setting.


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.
Possession of a State license in either Clinical Psychology, Psychology, Social Work or Nursing.

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 mental health care.
• Methods of effective community organization and its role in mental health treatment and prevention programs.
• Principles, practices and current trends in the delivery of mental health and children’s services.
• Program evaluation methodologies and management analysis.
• Clinical standards of practice and licensure requirements.

Ability to:

• Communicate effectively both, orally and in writing.
• Make decisions and exercise good judgment.
• Demonstrate strong leadership skills.
• Apply planning and organizational skills.
• Gather and use information to evaluate the performance of different organizational resources.
• Develop, maintain, and analyze budgets.
• Perform analytical problem solving.
• Demonstrate interpersonal sensitivity.
• Manage multiple and changing priorities.
• Adapt in stressful situations.

Old document: 5068.doc
New document: Jobspecs/5068
CSC Date: 2/18/98
SP:cs Revised 2/10/16
CSC Date: 3/16/16


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.