County of Alameda

Juvenile Justice Health Services Director (#5075)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - HCSA Tech/Para Mgmt (U45)
$63.77-$77.59 Hourly / $5,101.60-$6,207.20 BiWeekly /
$11,053.47-$13,448.93 Monthly / $132,641.60-$161,387.20 Yearly

Under general direction, plans, organizes, directs, and evaluates the operations of all health services programs for minors in the Alameda County juvenile justice system including the Guidance Clinic, Children’s Hospital (CHRCO) contract, HCSA contracted services for youth in Juvenile Hall and Camp Sweeney, cross over youth involved with Child and Family Services and BHCS contracted services for youth in the community including those for youth involved with Child Welfare; serves as the primary liaison to the Juvenile Court and Probation Department for juvenile health services operations, collaborations and re-entry planning; coordinates service systems to ensure compliance with legislative mandates, minimum standards as well as State and Federal rules and regulations; and performs other related duties as required.


This position is located in the Health Care Services Agency, Behavioral Health Care Services Department and reports to the Children’s System of Care Director, BHCS. This class is distinguished from the Children’s System of Care Director in that the latter has overall leadership, planning, administrative and policy development responsibilities for system-wide initiatives, programs, strategies for delivery of services to seriously emotionally disturbed children, youth and families which involves the development of specialized clinical standards to assure quality of care, and program integration of county and contracted children and youth services.

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 the Guidance Clinic, and other contracted programs serving youth in the Alameda County juvenile justice system.

2. Recruits, supervises, trains, and evaluates the work of subordinate administrative 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- Minimum Standards for Juvenile facilities.

4. Develops, maintains and reviews operational policies, procedures, guidelines, goals and objectives for all health services programs within the Alameda County juvenile justice system.

5. Works with the Transition Center to ensure connection to community-based youth and family organizations upon clients’ release from Juvenile Justice Center (JJC), juvenile camp or probation through established formal discharge and transition protocols and care coordination case planning meetings.

6. Directs the development and ongoing maintenance of Memoranda of Understanding between Health Care Services Agency and contractors, Juvenile Court and the Probation Department.

7. Leads Agency program planning and systems building efforts to support juvenile re-entry services and strategy alignment.

8. Collaborates with Health Care Services Agency and other County departments on issues related to juvenile justice health services delivery; participates in juvenile-justice related meetings and convenes regular health services team meetings to improve coordination across the various health disciplines.

9. In collaboration with the Agency’s Finance department, develops and manages annual budgets for juvenile justice health services programs provided in Juvenile Hall or Camp Sweeney.

10. In collaboration with the Agency Fund Development Director, pursues grant opportunities in support of program development for Court-involved youth.

11. Evaluates juvenile justice health services programs for alternative funding allocations and sources, service delivery and other areas for program inclusion.

12. Prepares a variety of correspondence, narrative and statistical reports, information for the Board of Supervisors, program documentation, policies, procedures and other written materials.

13. Operates a variety of modern office equipment including a computer, makes site visits and conducts presentations as required.

14. In collaboration with the BHCS Network Office provides oversight, monitoring and technical assistance for all BHCS contracted programs serving youth in the Juvenile Justice and Dependency court system.



Possession of a Master’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university in psychology, social work, nursing, behavioral science, public administration, health care administration or a closely related field.


The equivalent of five years of full-time progressively responsible, post-graduate professional experience, including some combination of clinical experience, community advocacy or organization, juvenile justice training, and administrative functions such as planning, evaluation, and/or program or policy development. Two years of the above experience must include working with youth in a Juvenile Justice System, Juvenile Probation or Social Services setting.

Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the 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 Juvenile Justice, Juvenile Court Child Welfare and Juvenile Probation Systems.
• Program planning and evaluation techniques, including research methodologies, forecasting and statistical analysis.
• Federal, State and local regulations as they relate to metal health services and treatment.
• Current trends in the juvenile justice health services administration and service delivery.
• Functions and operations of related agencies and community organizations related to juvenile justice health services.
• Clinical standards of practice and licensure requirements.
• Principles and practices of governmental budgets, financial management, quality improvement, auditing and contract administration.
• Public sector rules, regulations, policies, economic and social trends that may affect juvenile justice health service delivery.
• Principles and practices of employee supervision.
• Computer applications and equipment related to the work.

Ability to:

• Establish, strengthen and maintain relationships with multiple agencies, departments, stakeholders and community organizations.
• Collaborate with other agencies, departments, government entities and local communities to achieve organizational goals while leveraging financial and other resources.
• Set and achieve measurable goals through subordinate staff and the use of analytical methodology, strategic planning and technology.
• Inspire confidence and support to Administrative Leadership to ensure effective management.
• Manage groups by advising subordinates, facilitating goal accomplishment and tracking and evaluating performance to ensure success.
• Foster diversity and develop high quality, culturally competent work teams and service delivery strategies in alignment with organizational goals.
• Navigate complex organizational environments with political savvy, sensitivity and tact.
• Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.

Newspecs: 5075
RY:cs 12/3/12
CSC Date: 12/12/12
NLB:cs Revised 9/26/14
CSC Date: 10/15/14
SP:cs Revised 10/20/15
CSC Date: 11/10/15


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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