County of Alameda

Forensic, Diversion, & Re-Entry System of Care Director (#5074)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - HCSA Tech/Para Mgmt (U45)
$67.49-$82.06 Hourly / $5,399.20-$6,564.80 BiWeekly /
$11,698.27-$14,223.73 Monthly / $140,379.20-$170,684.80 Yearly


Under general direction, plans, organizes and directs diversion and forensic mental health services across systems of care in Alameda County Behavioral Health; coordinates and evaluates mental health service systems to ensure compliance with legislative mandates and minimum standards, as well as State and Federal rules and regulations regarding clients in custodial care; serves as the department leader for diversion and forensic behavioral health services; and performs other related duties as required.    


This single position class is in Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) and reports to the Deputy Director, Behavioral Health, Clinical Operations.  This class is distinguished from the next lower class of Assistant Director, Forensic, Diversion, & Re-Entry System of Care by the exercise of organizational, policy development and administrative responsibilities for all forensic and diversion services across the department.  This class is further distinguished from the next higher class of Deputy Director, Behavioral Health, in that the latter class administratively directs a range of County-operated and community-based organization services across the entire department.


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, directs, evaluates, and provides general oversight of diversion and forensic services (including re-entry services) for all age groups, and other contracted programs serving justice involved individuals in Alameda County.
  2. Recruits, trains, supervises, and evaluates the work of subordinate professional and managerial staff who are responsible for supervising multi-disciplinary teams of professional, paraprofessional, technical and support staff.
  3. Directs and coordinates administrative functions and enforces adherence to Federal, State and County correctional health care standards and institutional regulations and guidelines in the provision of primary care and behavioral health services, including Title 15 and other correctional accreditation requiring behavioral health compliance.  
  4. Develops, maintains, and reviews operational policies, procedures, guidelines, goals, and objectives for all health services programs within Alameda County Behavioral Health Diversion and Forensic Services.
  5. Leads Departmental program planning and systems building efforts to support re-entry services and strategy alignment; and may represent the department on matters related to behavioral health diversion, re-entry, or other forensic coordination at a statewide level.
  6. Collaborates with Health Care Services Agency and other County departments on issues related to justice health services delivery; participates in justice related meetings and convenes regular health services team meetings to improve coordination across the various health disciplines.  
  7. In collaboration with the Department’s Finance department, develops and manages annual budgets for justice health services programs provided in Juvenile Hall or Camp Sweeney, Santa Rita jail, Conditional Release Program and Behavioral Health Court.  
  8. In collaboration with the Departmental/Agency Fund Development leaders, pursues grant opportunities in support of program development for justice involved individuals.
  9. Evaluates justice health services programs for alternative funding allocations and sources, service delivery and other areas for program inclusion.
  10. Prepares a variety of correspondence, narrative and statistical reports, information for the Board of Supervisors, program documentation, policies, procedures, and other written materials.  
  11. Conducts check-in visits to the Juvenile Justice Center and Santa Rita Jail and other county operated and CBO operated service locations where forensic and diversion clients are seen as required.
  12. In collaboration with the ACBH Contract Office, provides oversight, monitoring and technical assistance for all ACBH contracted programs serving individuals in the Justice court system.  
  13. Assures that forensic patient care delivery system appropriately includes policies and procedures designed to improve the quality of client services; as well as ensuring that county or provider operated services meet qualitative performance outcomes as required.



Possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited university in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Social Work, Nursing, Public Administration, Business Administration, or a closely related behavioral health field.  



The equivalent of seven (7) years full-time administrative/management post-graduate experience in community organization, planning and evaluation, budget, fiscal and personnel management in a community mental health or medical setting providing services to emotionally disturbed adults and their families. At least two (2) years of this experience must be in a forensic setting.  


Possession of a valid clinical license from the applicable licensing authority in the State of California may be substituted for two (2) years of the above stated experience.    

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 “Example of Duties” section of this specification.  

Knowledge of:  

  • Administrative principles, practices and techniques of county, state and federal forensic behavioral health and integrated systems and their regulations. 
  • Title 15 and U.S. Constitutional law related to inmate rights.
  • Principles and practices of governmental budgeting, funding, and grant/contract management.       
  • Demographic and client service and utilization data for decision-making, program design and the development and evaluation of program and system metrics.
  • Community needs, resources and organizations related to forensic 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.
  • Program evaluation methodologies and management and data analysis.
  • Organizational dynamics and development.
  • Clinical standards of practice and licensure requirements in a forensic setting.
  • 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. 
  • Cultural values and practices of the diverse communities served by the department.  

Ability to:

  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Effectively analyze and evaluate complex financial, budgeting, contracting and administrative problems and implement effective solutions.
  • 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.
  • Interpret and apply provisions of Federal, State and local legislation, rules and regulations pertinent to the administration of forensic services.
  • Analyze and interpret data and utilize data in decision-making.
  • Analytically problem-solve.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal sensitivity.
  • Demonstrate the principles of wellness and recovery and cultural responsiveness.
  • 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. 


NewSpec 5074

NLB:sa 12/04/2020

CSC Date: 12/16/2020

NLB:sa Revised/Retitled 08/05/2021

Old Title: Forensic, Diversion, & Re-Entry Services Director

CSC Date: 09/08/2021


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.