County of Alameda

Older Adult System of Care Director, Behavioral Health Care Services (#5092)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - HCSA Tech/Para Mgmt (U45)
$64.07-$77.87 Hourly / $5,125.60-$6,229.60 BiWeekly /
$11,105.47-$13,497.47 Monthly / $133,265.60-$161,969.60 Yearly

Under administrative direction, oversees the operation of the Older Adult System of Care, including alcohol and other drugs, mental health services, community based organizations and private providers in system of care; provides leadership in organizational policy, system design, integration and planning and program development for older adult services; and performs related duties as required.


This single position class is located in Behavioral Health Care Services which provides alcohol and other drugs and mental health services through county staff, private providers and community based organizations. This position reports to the Deputy Director, Behavioral Health Care Services (BHCS). The Older Adult System of Care Director administers and oversees older adult mental health and substance abuse services. This position differs from the next higher class of Deputy Director BHCS in that the latter has overall planning, administrative and policy development responsibilities for BHCS.

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 and evaluates the Older Adults System of Care in the Behavioral Health Care Services through subordinate professional-level and/or managerial staff; provides leadership in the development and administration of organizational policy, system design, integration and planning and program development of older adult services.

2. Develops and implements older adult services policies, procedures, and best practices to meet regulatory requirements, county policies, goals and the delivery of mandated service levels.

3. Develops and implements programs and strategies in effective outreach, engagement, and wellness & recovery in older adult behavioral health care services.

4. Assures inter-agency and intra-agency collaboration and integration of older adult services, including the development of agency policies and procedures.

5. Coordinates planning and service delivery with Adult Systems of Care Director.

6. Collaborates efforts with BHCS administration and executive team, BHCS Human Resources, BHCS Wellness Recovery Resource Hub, BHCS Family Education Center, Community-Based Organizations, providers and other relevant parties to ensure the inclusion of wellness and recovery, cultural competence and best practices.

7. Negotiates and manages contracts, program services agreements and interagency agreements to meet the needs of older adult services in Alameda County.

8. Participates in the formation of recommendations for allocation of available funds for both county-operated and contracted services as it relates to older adult services.

9. Develops and administers adult services program budget; monitors expenditures; and coordinates fiscal, personnel and contract activities.

10. Represents Alameda County BHCS at State, local and national events/conferences to ensure that the Older Adult System of Care is in compliance with best practices in the care of and services to older adults.

11. Represents and provides liaison services for Alameda County Behavioral Health Care at State Departments of Mental Health and Alcohol and Drugs, Federal SAMHSA, etc.

12. Represents departmental positions, strategies, and needs to the Board of Supervisors and other County departments, (e.g. Office on Aging, Primary Care).

13. Coordinates service program activities with the services of other public and private agencies as it relates to older adult services.

14. Reviews, monitors and interprets proposed legislation and changes in laws and regulations relative to older adult services; assures administrative compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulation.

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

16. Serves on a variety of committees and task forces; attends meetings and makes presentations as required.

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


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


The equivalent of five 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.

(One year of full-time administrative /management experience in a geriatric setting may substitute for two years of the above experience.


An equivalent to an AA degree or higher in Gerontology from a recognized college/university may substitute for one year of the above experience.)


Valid clinical licensure from the applicable licensing authority in the State of California.

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 mental health systems relative to providing services to older adults.
• Principles and practices of governmental budgeting, funding and grant/contract management.
• Community needs, resources and organizations related to mental health care of older adults.
• 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 services to the older adult.
• Program evaluation methodologies and management analysis.
• Organizational dynamics and development.
• Clinical standards of practice and licensure requirements relative to providing mental health services to older adults.
• Management principles and practices, including strategic work planning, employee supervision and resource allocation.
• Computer applications related to the work.
• 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.
• Develop, analyze and monitor budget.
• Analyze and problem solve.
• Demonstrate interpersonal sensitivity.
• Demonstrate flexibility.
• Manage multiple and changing priorities.
• Establish and maintain cooperative work relationships with county departments, other agencies and the community.
• Work independently, collaboratively with multidisciplinary team, community resources and organizations.

BG:po 10/6/06
Newspecs: 5092
CSC Date: 12/6/2006


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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