County of Alameda

Child/Young Adult System of Care Director, BHCS (#5069)

Bargaining Unit: ACMEA - HCSA Tech/Para Mgmt (R45)
$69.85-$84.93 Hourly / $5,588.00-$6,794.40 BiWeekly /
$12,107.33-$14,721.20 Monthly / $145,288.00-$176,654.40 Yearly

Under administrative direction, plans, organizes and directs culturally responsive mental health services for children, youth, young adults and family members; develops, coordinates, and evaluates program integration; provides a full array of out-patient and acute care children, youth, and young adult service delivery for both county and contracted child, youth, and young adult services, including but not limited to: services to children, youth, and young adults involved with Child Welfare and Probation,  school-based services (including special education), underserved ethnic language populations, and early childhood services; provides supervision and direction to managers, supervisors and subordinate personnel in the Child/Young Adult System of Care; and performs related duties as required.


This is a one-position class located in the Behavioral Health Care Services.  The incumbent reports to the Deputy Director of Behavioral Health Care Services and has overall organizational, policy development and administrative responsibility for the full spectrum of service delivery relative to the Child/Young Adult System of Care, public information/relations activities and resolution of policy and operations problems.


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, program and policy direction and oversight for the Child/Young Adult System of Care through subordinate professional, managerial and trainee staff.

2.  Plans, develops, directs and evaluates system-wide initiatives, programs, strategies and policies for delivery of services to seriously emotionally disturbed children, youth, young adults (Transition Age Youth) and families; develops specialized clinical standards to assure quality of care and adherence to general clinical standards; responsible for program integration of county and contracted child/young adult services.

3.  Provides linkage, coordination and ongoing communication to Behavioral Health Care Services Child/Young Adult System of Care, and to cross-Agency and cross-County children and youth services.

4.  Collaborates with BHCS Administration, Human Resources and other BHCS operational units; county partners; contracted community-based organizations; academic institutions; organizations and programs providing family supports and other relevant parties to ensure the inclusion of wellness and resiliency, cultural responsiveness and best practices in service delivery.

5.  Develops and administers program budget; prepares grant applications; monitors expenditures; coordinates fiscal, personnel and contract activities for the Child/Young Adult System of Care.

6.  Ensures compliance with program policies and standards for services provided by the Child/Young Adult System of Care to assure continuity and quality of services and to meet administrative and programmatic requirements relative to Federal/State funding.

7.  Directs compliance activities related to State and Federal mandates, regulations, and grants, serving as department liaison between Alameda County and the State Department of Health Care Services. 

8.  Negotiates and manages contracts and program services agreements.

9.  Assists in departmental policy, procedure and system development and implementation for BHCS.

10.  Represents the department 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 and finance issues.

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

12.  Provides technical assistance on child and young adult mental health practice; assesses training needs of the different components of the system and assures that these needs are met; maintains consistent practice and procedures, and compliance with mandated guidelines.

13.  Monitors and analyzes legislation related to the Child/Young Adult System of Care services; advises Director of Behavioral Health Care Services and key management staff of implications for service delivery.

14.  Keeps abreast of current trends in child, youth, young adult, and 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 or Doctorate degree from an accredited university in Public Health Administration, Business Administration, Organizational Development, Counseling/Clinical Psychology, Social Work, Nursing or a closely related field.


The equivalent of seven years’ full-time, administrative/management post-graduate experience in community organization, planning and evaluation, budget, fiscal and personnel management in a community mental health, medical, juvenile justice, social services, education, or public health setting serving emotionally disturbed children and adolescents and their families.

Possession of a valid clinical license from the applicable licensing authority in the State of California may be substituted for 2 years of the above stated experience. 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, State and Federal behavioral health and integrated systems and their regulations. 
  • Principles and practices of governmental budgeting, funding and grant/contract management, community needs, resources and organizations related to behavioral health care. 
  • Behavioral health and integrated health care services, including delivery models between behavioral health and primary care. 
  • Methods of effective community organization and its role in Behavioral Health treatment and prevention programs related to children, youth and family services.  
  • Performance management, program evaluation methodologies and management, and data analysis. 
  • Organizational dynamics and development. 
  • Clinical standards of practice and licensure requirements.
  • 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.    
Ability to:
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing. 
  • 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 budget. 
  • Analyze and interpret data and utilize data in decision making.  
  • Analytically problem solve. 
  • Demonstrate interpersonal sensitivity. 
  • Demonstrate flexibility. 
  • Manage multiple and changing priorities.  
  • Establish and maintain cooperative work and contractual relationships with county departments, and other agencies, community-based organizations, private providers and organizations, and the community. 
  • Work independently, collaboratively with multidisciplinary team, community resources and organizations.

Revised: 5/81 
Revised: 1/23/89
Revised/Retitled: 3/19/90 
Old document:  0419h\changed to 5069hB.doc
AM:jc 5069hB.doc Rev/Ret. 6/9/99
New document:  Jobspecs/5069 ys/6/01
CSC Date:  6/23/99
HMC:cs Revised/Retitled  4/8/14
Old Title:  Director, Children and Youth Services, Behavioral Health Care Services
CSC Date:  4/30/14
NLB:jf Revised/Retitled 11/15/17
Old Title: Children System of Care Director Behavioral Health Care Services
CSC Date: 12/20/17
NLB:ah Revised 8/15/18
CSC Date: 10/10/18


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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