County of Alameda

Transitional Age Youth System of Care Director, Behavioral Health Care Services (#5093)

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 general direction, oversees the operations of the Transitional Age Youth System of Care program, including Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, community based organizations and private providers; provides leadership in organizational policy, system design, integration and planning and program development of Transitional Age Youth 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 Transitional Age Youth System of Care Director oversees the operation of all substance abuse and mental health services of the Transitional Age Youth System of Care Program. The Transitional Age Youth Program provides services to individuals 16-24 years of age to facilitate and enhance their ability to function independently as an adult. This position differs from the next higher class of Children and Youth Services Director in that the latter has overall organizational, policy development and administrative responsibility for the full spectrum of service delivery relative to 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 and directs mental health and substance abuse services addressing the needs of persons age 16 through 24 (transition age youth) in Alameda County.

2. Provides leadership in the development and administration of organizational policy, system design, and program development of a systematic continuum of care for transition age youth.

3. Develops and implements ‘best practices’ in the provision and delivery of mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment services for transition age youth.

4. Develops and implements programs and strategies in prevention, effective outreach, engagement, and wellness & recovery-resiliency in behavioral health care services for transition age youth.

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

6. Coordinates planning and service delivery with Children & Youth Services and Adult Systems of Care Directors.

7. 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.

8. Negotiates and manages contracts, program services agreements and interagency agreements to meet the needs of transition age youth in Alameda County.

9. Participates in the formation of recommendations for allocation of available funds for both county-operated and contracted services relative to transitional age youth services.

10. Represents Alameda County BHCS at local, State, and National events/conferences.

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, including: Education, Primary Care, Social Services, Probation, Courts, etc.

13. Coordinates service program activities with the services of other public and private agencies as it relates to transitional age youth services.

14. Reviews, monitors and interprets proposed legislation and changes in laws and regulations relative to transitional age youth 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.


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


The equivalent of five years of 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 youths (16-24 years of age) and their families.


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 and State Mental Health systems.
• Principles and practices of governmental budgeting, funding and grant/contract management.
• Principles and practices of County government process.
• Community needs, resources and organizations related to children and youth services.
• Methods of effective community organization and its role in Mental Health treatment and prevention programs related to children and youth and family services.
• Principles, practices and current trends in the delivery of children and youth and family services.
• Program evaluation methodologies and management analysis.
• Clinical standards of practice and licensure requirements.

Ability to:

• 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
• Communicate in writing and orally.
• Make decisions.
• Provide leadership.
• Plan and organize.
• Exercise management control.
• Budget development, analysis and monitoring.
• Analytical problem solve.
• Demonstrate interpersonal sensitivity.
• Be flexible.
• Manage multiple and changing priorities.

BG:po 10/9/06
Newspecs: 5093.doc
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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