County of Alameda

Medical Director, Behavioral Health Care Services (#5160)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - HCSA Tech/Para Mgmt (U45)
$124.82-$124.82 Hourly / $9,985.60-$9,985.60 BiWeekly /
$21,635.47-$21,635.47 Monthly / $259,625.60-$259,625.60 Yearly

Under administrative direction, develops, implements and directs the psychiatric medical care, policies, procedures, systems and standards for county-operated and contracted Behavioral Health Care Services (BHCS) programs; and oversees the development, implementation and direction of a BHCS Pharmacy System to ensure the availability and provision of psychotropic medications to all BHCS patients in a cost efficient and quality manner; and performs related work 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. The Medical Director reports to the Director, Behavioral Health Care Services (BHCS) and provides leadership and oversees the BHCS psychiatric medical services programs and pharmacy system. This class is further distinguished from the next higher class of Director, BHCS in that the latter class has overall planning administrative and policy development responsibilities for Behavioral Health Care 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. Oversees, develops, coordinates and directs physician, nursing and pharmacy services in conjunction with site supervisors.
2. Conducts strategic short and long term planning to identify funding opportunities and cost containment strategies for pharmaceutical and medical services to insured and uninsured adults and children.
3. Participates in planning, development and implementation of system-wide BHCS goals, strategies and policies.
4. Develops and implements methods and procedures for monitoring psychiatric medical service performance.
5. Recommends and implements program design, medical practice guidelines, policies and procedures related to BHCS psychiatric services.
6. Oversees the Alameda County BHCS Pharmacy System.
7. Recruits and participates in the hiring and performance evaluation of BHCS medical staff.
8. Organizes, directs and chairs the activities of the BHCS Psychiatric Practices Committee consisting of Medical Directors and lead psychiatrists of BHCS system of care.
9. Establishes and insures continuation of Continuing Medical Education (CME) accreditation of the California Medical Association.
10. Represents BHCS before regulatory boards, committees and other agencies on medical/psychiatric issues.

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The equivalent of two years of full-time experience as a Physician V or higher level physician class in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)


The equivalent of five years of full-time experience in the direction and administration of a psychiatric clinical/medical system of care.


Possession of a valid license to practice medicine in California, AND

Professional Qualifications:

Possession of Board Certification in Psychiatry issued by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, AND

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:

• Psychiatric specialty.
• Current medical practices and patient services.
• Utilization and Quality Assurance Program review practices.
• Health education with psychiatric perspective.
• Current management principles and practices including supervision and personnel management.
• Financial management.
• Applicable federal, state and local regulatory laws and regulations including established professional standards.

Ability to:

• Provide leadership.
• Communicate orally and in writing.
• Make decisions.
• Plan and organize.
• Analyze and problem-solve.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
• Demonstrate interpersonal sensitivity.

Newspecs: 5160.doc
CSC Date 7/12/95
SA:po Revised 6/7/06
CSC Date: 6/21/2006


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

  • 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.