County of Alameda

Youth and Family Services Supervisor (#6500)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - General Mgmt (U15)
$57.69-$69.28 Hourly / $4,615.20-$5,542.40 BiWeekly /
$9,999.60-$12,008.53 Monthly / $119,995.20-$144,102.40 Yearly


Under direction, incumbents in this class are responsible for planning, organizing and directing the clinical functions of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Youth and Family Services Bureau (YFSB); supervising staff assigned thereto; and serving as program representative to law enforcement staff in the absence of the Youth and Family Services Bureau Manager.    




Positions in this class are located in the Youth and Family Services Bureau (YFSB) of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and report to the Youth and Family Services Manager.  


The Youth and Family Services Supervisor is the first-line supervisory level of the Youth and Family Services Therapist series. Incumbents provide day-to-day supervision including the delegation of work/assignments, staff coverage and performance evaluations. Incumbents in this class supervise a team of clinicians and may perform direct case management and counseling, as well as work direction and clinical development of staff at lower levels.  Incumbents in this position may also assist the Youth and Family Services Manager in administrative functions.  


The Youth and Family Services Supervisor is distinguished from the next lower class of Youth and Family Services Lead Therapist in that the latter does not have supervisory responsibility of staff. It is further distinguished from the next higher class of Youth and Family Services Manager in that the latter has primary responsibility for the planning and direction of all clinical aspects of the Youth and Family Services Bureau.


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.  Plan, organize, and supervise the clinical activities of the Youth and Family Services Bureau.  Work with the Youth and Family Services Manager to identify program goals and develop methods of achieving them.        

2.  Confer with Youth and Family Services Manager to ensure that Bureau goals and procedures are consistent with overall Sheriff’s Office policies and objectives.  If necessary, modify Bureau goals and procedures or participate with law enforcement staff in modifying Office policies, procedures or practices to allow for the simultaneous achievement of Bureau and Office objectives.  

3.  Work with law enforcement staff responsible for non-clinical administration of the Bureau to ensure that the general administrative, business and fiscal aspects of the Bureau’s operations function effectively.  

4.  Implement clinical procedures directly and through subordinate staff.  Oversee and directs the conduct of clinical activity. Provide individual and group clinical supervision of Associate Youth and Family Services Therapist seeking clinical licensure.  

5.  Evaluate clinical activity and the underlying policy, procedures and practices in terms of their effectiveness in meeting Bureau objectives.  Confer with the Youth and Family Services Manager and reach agreement concerning possible changes in policy, procedure and practice.  Revise policy and procedure to maximize the achievement of Bureau objectives.  

6.  Select subordinate clinical staff members and assign staff roles within the context of clinical operations.  Evaluate the general work performance of clinical staff; provide guidance and counseling to staff members concerning the same.  Implement or recommend discipline where necessary.  Maintain and oversee the overall Bureau staffing schedule.  

7.  Collect and record departmental statistics for internal use and grant related purposes.  Prepare and submit grant progress reports and grant applications.  Participate in grant audits and monitoring visits.  

8.  Represent the Bureau and the Sheriff’s Office at community meetings, meetings of municipal, county, state, federal and community based entities involved in projects and programs related to mental health, social services, families and youth.  

9.  Conduct community outreach, engage in inter-agency collaboration, and disseminate information to the public to expand awareness of the Bureau.  

10.  Provide consultation and training to clinical staff, law enforcement professionals, school district personnel and other community members regarding the problems of at-risk youth and the services provided by the Bureau.  

11.  Provide direct mental health services including crisis intervention, psychotherapy, case management, information and referral to youth, families and individuals requiring the same.  

12.  Supervise the work of Youth and Family Services Lead Therapist in the direction and monitoring of unit work distribution and clinical caseloads.  In the absence of lead staff, or supplementary to activities performed by them, directly assign, direct, coordinate, monitor and evaluate the work of subordinate clinical journey and intern staff.  

13.  Supervise and direct the work of Youth and Family Services Therapists, Lead Therapists and Associate Therapists according to the requirements of the Board of Behavioral Sciences, including holding case conferences, case discussion and review, clinical consultation to assist in professional development and in the provision of effective mental health services.  In the absence of, or supplementary to activities performed by lead staff, perform such activities personally.

14.  Oversee the billing of services rendered by the Youth and Family Services Bureau and ensure that the Bureau has efficient policies in place to collect payment for services.


Either I  

The equivalent of one year of full-time experience in the classification of Youth and Family Services Lead Therapist in the Alameda County Classified Service.  


Or II  



Possession of a Master’s or Doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in social work, marriage and family therapy, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, counseling, or a closely related field.    





The equivalent of two years of full-time, post-licensure work experience  performing duties comparable to those performed by incumbents in the class of Youth and Family Services Lead Therapist in a law enforcement setting, outpatient facility, hospital or other clinical or agency setting.




Possession of a valid clinical license in Marriage Family Therapy (LMFT), Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW), Clinical Psychology, or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), issued by the applicable licensing authority: California Board of Behavioral Sciences or California Board of Psychology.   Some positions in this class may require possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.    


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.   Appointees to this class must be eligible under Section 1833.1 of the California Code of Regulations to be certified by the Board of Behavioral Sciences to serve as clinical lead to graduate interns seeking clinical licensure.   Prior to appointment to this class, prospective appointees must pass a comprehensive background investigation conducted by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office  


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 of effective management and personnel supervision.
  • Principles, practices, funding sources and administrative requirements in the program area.
  • Principles and practices of program planning and evaluation.
  • Practices and techniques of programmatic analysis and report preparation.
  • Office administrative practices and procedures.
  • Computer applications related to the work.
  • Basic budgetary and financial record keeping techniques.   
  • Crisis intervention and intake procedures.
  • Theory, principles and techniques of counseling and/or psychotherapy.
  • Social, emotional and behavioral aspects of mental disorders, emotional disturbances and at-risk behavior characteristics exhibited by youth.
  • Principles of maturation, social adjustment, human/child development, normal and abnormal behavior and general psychology.
  • Psychotherapy, case management and other methods of counseling, including but not limited to therapy with children, adolescents, families, couples and groups.
  • Scope, activities and functions of the various mental health facilities including but not limited to public and private community agencies concerned with mental health.  


Ability to:  

  • Function effectively in a highly structured law enforcement environment and adhere to established policy, procedure and protocol.
  • Plan, supervise, review and evaluate the work of others.
  • Plan, monitor and evaluate program and service delivery effectiveness.
  • Organize and prioritize work and meet critical deadlines.
  • Exercise sound independent judgment within established policies and guidelines.
  • Identify programmatic and operational problems, investigate and evaluate alternatives and implement effective solutions.
  • Interpret, explain and apply complex regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Maintain accurate records and files.
  • Prepare clear, accurate and effective reports, correspondence, policies, informational materials and other written materials.
  • Effectively train counseling interns.
  • Perform crisis intervention and crisis intake.
  • Apply clinical and case management principles and concepts.
  • Develop effective and productive therapeutic relationships with clients.
  •  Secure and systematically record accurate social and personal data.
  • Maintain necessary statistics and prepare comprehensive statistical reports.
  • Utilize community resources in case management.
  • Work effectively with law enforcement staff in the handling of dispute and/or crisis calls.
  • Establish and maintain effective and professional relationships and work effectively with others.
  • Represent the Sheriff’s Office and the Youth and Family Services Bureau in meetings with others and make effective presentations to diverse groups.
  • Write and speak effectively.


LN:po  11/30/06

New Specs:  6500.doc

CSC Date:   2/14/2007

CH:cs  Revised  06/05/13

CSC Date:  6/26/13

AM:jf Revised 4/26/18

CSC Date: 06/20/18

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