County of Alameda

Alcohol and Drug Program Administrator (#5072)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - HCSA Tech/Para Mgmt (U45)
$70.52-$85.72 Hourly / $5,641.60-$6,857.60 BiWeekly /
$12,223.47-$14,858.13 Monthly / $146,681.60-$178,297.60 Yearly

Under administrative direction, directs, plans, organizes and oversees the implementation of the County’s alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment system of care; provides direction to the County operations and services that monitor and support the system; and performs other related duties as required.


This is a single position class that reports to the Deputy Director, Behavioral Health Care Services. The incumbent is responsible for coordinating the administrative, fiscal, and programmatic operations of all services and activities as it relates to AOD.

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, coordinates, directs, and implements intervention, treatment, and recovery programs for a comprehensive County-wide alcohol and drug program delivery system; recommends the provision of services and activities, resource development and funding priorities, establish facilities and contracting, in accomplishing objectives of the County Alcohol and Drug treatment programs through subordinate staff, supervisory and administrative staff.

2. Implements multiple federal, state, and local public and private program funds and funding sources, and grants; determines financial implications of legislative/regulatory changes and provides analysis.

3. Monitors and interprets changes in laws and regulations related to the Department of Health Care Services as it relates to AOD.

4. Negotiates, administers, evaluates, and monitors contracts with community-based provider organizations.

5. Makes presentations to community groups and responds to requests from the media on alcohol and drug treatment program matters; participates in and represents the County in related meetings.

6. Recruits, supervises, trains, directs, and evaluates staff; may recommend discipline if necessary.

7. Participates as an active member of the Behavioral Health Department’s Operational Leadership Team.

8. Collaborates with County agencies/departments to develop and implement integrated administrative services where appropriate.

9. Directs development of reports and studies including responses to inquiries from funding/regulatory agencies, internal performance audits, Board of Supervisors, County Administrator, and/or Director of Health Care Services.


Possession of master's degree from an accredited university in Public Administration, Clinical Psychology, Social Work, Psychiatric Nursing, or related behavioral science.



The equivalent of four years of management experience in the delivery of alcohol, drug and mental health program services, which included program planning, grant and contact administration, budgeting and supervision.


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 of administrative laws, regulations, and policies governing alcohol and drug programs.
• Grant writing procedures and contract negotiation, administration and monitoring.
• Principles and practices of supervision, organization, and personnel administration.
• General managed care principles.
• Social and economic determinants of substance use.
• Current developments in the fields of alcohol and drug treatment programs and related mental health and physical health problems.
• Principles and practices of governmental budgeting, funding and grant/contract management.
• Community needs, resources and organizations related to mental health care.
• Effective management practices in mental health systems.
• Methods of effective community organizations and their role in mental health and alcohol and drug treatment and prevention programs.
• Principles, practices and current trends in the delivery of mental health services.
• Program and management analysis.
• Clinical standards of practice and licensure requirements.

Ability to:

• Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
• Demonstrate quality leadership.
• Plan and organize.
• Establish and maintain management control.
• Develop, analyze and monitor budget.
• Effectively make decisions.
• Analytically problem solve.
• Demonstrate interpersonal sensitivity.
• Demonstrate flexibility.
• Manage multiple and changing priorities.
• Adapt to stress.

Revised: 10/87
Formerly: 1074h
Retitle/Revised: 10/97
Old document: 5072h.doc
New document: Jobspecs/5072
CSC Date: 10/15/97
NLB:jf Revised/Retitled 11/27/17
Old Title: Director, Adult Community Support Centers
CSC Date: 1/17/18


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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