County of Alameda

Children and Youth Initiatives Director (#6647)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - HCSA Tech/Para Mgmt (U45)
$58.40-$71.23 Hourly / $4,672.00-$5,698.40 BiWeekly /
$10,122.67-$12,346.53 Monthly / $121,472.00-$148,158.40 Yearly


Under general direction, to plan, develop, organize, and direct the activities and staff of the Children & Youth Services Initiatives of the Health Care Services Agency; and to do related work as required.  


This position serves as the lead for major children and youth initiatives for the Health Care Services Agency (HCSA) and its departments, and serves as primary liaison with other County agencies, cities, Local Education Agencies (LEAs), and community-based children’s service providers and advocacy groups. The position is responsible for engaging stakeholders to: improve cross-system coordination, integration and linkage within and between children and youth initiatives; and strategically redirect existing resources and maximize investments to improve health, wellness, education, community safety, and economic development outcomes. This position will coordinate professional resources to provide stakeholder training, consultation and technical assistance as needed in planning, data analysis and policy development. The incumbent provides staff support to a number of groups.    

This position is distinguished from the School Health Services Administrator in that the latter has oversight of specific programs and system-wide planning, administrative and policy development responsibilities for the children and youth service delivery in Alameda County. This position reports to and serves under the direction of the Agency Director and supervises and trains program staff for major initiatives.


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, through subordinate supervisory and administrative staff, Center for Health Schools and Communities (CHSC) program areas, such as School Health Center, School Health Initiatives, REACH Ashland Youth Center, Youth Uprising Center, and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).  
  2. Directs the budgetary and fiscal control over CHSC program areas including cost center, Measure A allocations, Tobacco Master Settlement Funds, and Medi-Cal Administrative Activities and Trust Accounts.  
  3. Assists agency leadership in steering and implementing initiatives, programs and activities that improve the health of children and youth throughout Alameda County.
  4. Works with committees to assess needs, gaps in services, and problems in access to services. Obtains, compiles, and analyzes data necessary for planning, including data on service utilization, high cost service users, families on caseloads of two or more case management providers, other service overlaps between providers.
  5. Conducts policy analysis and develops policy recommendations.
  6. Works with senior leadership and programs across the agency to increase integration, coordination and alignment among health, social services, probation, schools, and other agencies providing services to children and their families.
  7. Plans, establishes, and maintains programs for ongoing outreach to link students and their families with school-based and school-linked Medi-Cal services.
  8. Provides staff support to various children and youth service planning and policy groups; staff support will include recruiting new participants, arranging and facilitating meetings, developing mailing lists, drafting status/progress reports; producing meeting notes, and overseeing material distributions.
  9. Develops/maintains arrangements for coordination and linkages between medical, dental, mental health, and alcohol and drug services providers to schools and other children’s service providers, and to providers.
  10. Develops, sponsors, and provides training for County, community-based, and school based providers, focusing on planning for accountability and outcomes for families.
  11. Provides policy analysis and planning to help maximize the use of eligible Medi-Cal services and support Social Services efforts to keep Foster Care children at home as an alternative to placement in high cost residential facilities.  
  12. Prepares periodic reports to the Board of Supervisors on activities to expand and integrate Health-related services for the County’s children.




The equivalent of two (2) years full-time experience in the class of School Health Services Administrator or in an equivalent or higher level class in the Alameda County classified Service.  



Possession of a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in business administration, health care administration, public health administration or related field.  



The equivalent of three (3) years full-time progressively responsible experience in a public or private health care or children’s organization, which must have included responsibility for budget, planning, developing, and managing Children and Youth collaborative initiatives.  


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.  

NOTE:    The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of governmental budgeting, funding, and grant/contract management.
  • Principles and processes of personnel management which include supervision, coaching, performance evaluations, and development.
  • Principles and practices of County government process.
  • Community needs, resources and organizations related to Children and Youth Services.
  • Current principles, best practices and trends in the delivery of children, youth and family services, quality assurance and quality improvement.
  • Program evaluation methodologies and management analysis.
  • Disparities in health outcomes for vulnerable populations including socio-economic and environmental factors that affect health equity.
  • Principles and practices of effective organization, management, monitoring, quality assurance and quality improvement indicators.  

Ability to:

  • Plan, supervise, review, and evaluate the work of staff through subordinate supervision.
  • Exercise independent judgment within the scope of authority and practice.
  • Provide effective leadership.
  • Plan, organize and prioritize work.
  • Provide budget development, analysis, and monitoring.
  • Analyze effectiveness of policies, procedures, operations and interventions, and modify as needed to improve programmatic objectives.
  • Facilitate and model effective written and oral communication with attention to linguistic preferences and cultural proficiency.
  • Exercise interpersonal sensitivity, political astuteness, and group interaction skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships with departments/agencies, stakeholders, partnerships and other organizations and communities.
  • Demonstrate flexibility.
  • Manage multiple and changing priorities.


ABS:cs    8/22/08

Newspec:  6647.doc

CSC Date:  9/10/2008

AC:sa Revised 02/02/2022

CSC Date: 02/23/2022


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.