County of Alameda

Senior Clinical Psychologist (#6320)

Bargaining Unit: ACMEA - HCSA Tech/Para Mgmt (R45)
$53.43-$65.01 Hourly / $4,274.40-$5,200.80 BiWeekly /
$9,261.20-$11,268.40 Monthly / $111,134.40-$135,220.80 Yearly


Under general direction, to supervise multidisciplinary staff providing services to Mental Health clients; to personally perform therapeutic and related services; and to do related work as required.


This is a first line supervisory level in the Clinical Psychologist series. Incumbents provide the full range of supervisory duties including: delegating work, scheduling staff, evaluating performance and performing limited administrative duties. Senior Clinical Psychologists are responsible for the daily operation of a mental health program or a mental health team of clinicians. This class is distinguished from the related class of Chief Clinical Psychologist in the types of mental health services for which they are responsible. Senior Clinical Psychologists provide direction and planning for a service at a mental health center or law enforcement agency. In addition, Senior Clinical Psychologists typically have responsibility for one program, and generally have a more limited scope of program and administrative responsibilities. Chief Clinical Psychologists commonly have responsibility for multiple programs and a broader scope of program and administrative responsibilities.

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. Supervises a multidisciplinary staff of three or more clinicians; confers with staff regularly regarding techniques used, case progress, and related matters for the purpose of promoting and evaluating professional development and assuring quality of care/service, as well as reviewing work in progress.

2. Holds regular case conferences and team meetings with clinicians for supervision and consultation; reviews psychiatric case records and selects cases for discussion; supervises staff in assessing social, emotional and economic causes of problem behavior and mental or emotional disorders; assists staff in developing and modifying treatment and approving alternative treatment plans; manages the termination or transfer of cases; assigns, reviews, and approves court-ordered evaluations.

3. Oversees the clinics intern program. Supervises consultation activities of supervisees (staff who supervise); is responsible for assignment and reassignment of supervisees’ caseload.

4. Coordinates the assignment of cases, conducts staff meetings and provides training; schedules staff to provide for clinic coverage; evaluates work performance; assists in disciplinary proceedings.

5. Personally maintains a small caseload or handles some of the more complex cases; performs a variety of direct clinical, diagnostic, treatment, outreach and counseling services.

6. Performs special projects related to program planning, design, and development, community outreach and public information duties, interagency liaison activities; and research projects.

7. Assists the Behavioral Health Clinical Manager with program planning, implementation and evaluation activities.

8. Performs limited administrative duties such as providing input into the budget process and coordinating office management functions. May monitor community contracts. May act on behalf of the Behavioral Health Clinical Manager for limited periods such as during vacations and illnesses.



Possession of a Ph.D. or PsyD degree from an American Psychological Association (APA) approved school or university training program or regionally accredited school or university following APA guidelines for clinical psychology.



The equivalent of two years of full-time experience in the class of Clinical Psychologist in Alameda County Health Care Service.


The equivalent of three years of full-time, paid, post-doctoral experience, as a Clinical Psychologist in an organized institutional or clinical setting. (Note: previous experience involving lead or supervisory responsibility is desirable).


Incumbents of this class must comply with State licensure requirements for Clinical Psychologists.

Some positions in this class require a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license. Applicants must possess such license prior to appointment to such positions.

Special Requirements:

In compliance with the Administrative Simplification provision of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), employees in this classification are required to possess a National Provider Identifier (NPI) number prior to their first day on the job.

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:

• Principles and practices of modern clinical psychology, including abnormal psychology, diagnostic testing, personality theory, organic defects, psychological therapeutic counseling, statistics and casework.
• Principles, methods procedures and facilities used in a modern progressive psychiatric program.
• Dynamics of personal and social adjustment, normal and abnormal behavior and current psychiatric diagnostic techniques appropriate to rehabilitative work.
• Principles of effective supervision, training, program planning and community mental health consultation.
• Specific content of mental health laws and procedures governing confidentiality, involuntary treatment, conservatorship and patient rights.
• Modern hospital and community mental health system organization and functions.
• Statistical research and evaluative methods pertinent to mental health programs.

Ability to:

• Supervise and train others to establish and maintain a therapeutic relationship with clients, determine the needs of individual situations in terms of diagnostic and other techniques required and take an effective course of action.
• Communicate effectively both orally and in writing, interpreting highly technical professional material to lay individuals.
• Supervise up to nine clinical staff which may include Physicians, Behavioral Health Clinicians, and other professional and paraprofessional staff members.
• Motivate others and help people work together effectively.
• Maintain sensitivity to personal/professional needs.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other professional persons and the general public.
• Utilize community resources in a rehabilitation process.
• Write and speak effectively in professional communications.

Revised: 5/8l TT:lfm
Revised: 3/84 DW:Lm h
Revised: 3/90 AM:pb
Old doc #: 0627h
Newspec #: 6320.doc
RE:pf Revised: 6/8/01
Csc date: 7/18/01
SG:po Revised 7/30/09
CSC Date: 8/26/2009
NLB:jf Revision 4/20/2017
CSC Date: 5/24/2017


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.