County of Alameda

Director, Division of Adult Protection (#8508)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - Social Services Mgmt (U49)
$58.90-$71.74 Hourly / $4,712.00-$5,739.20 BiWeekly /
$10,209.33-$12,434.93 Monthly / $122,512.00-$149,219.20 Yearly


Under general direction of the Assistant Agency Director, Social Services Agency, provides highly responsible and complex administrative and program direction for the Public Administrator/Public Guardian-Conservatorship and Adult Protective Services programs as required by law; performs complex budgetary, fee setting, and financial planning activities; administers substantial trust fund for assets of all conservatees and decedents; provides overall leadership and direction to all subordinate staff; represents the Assistant Agency Director in the service and medical community and with County Counsel, develops and communicates recommendations on a variety of management functions; performs other related duties as required.


This is a single-position class located in Adult and Aging Services in the Social Services Agency. The classification of Director, Division of Adult Protection is distinguished from the classification of Chief Assistant Public Guardian-Conservator in that the former has overall administrative responsibility for all sections of the Public Administrator/Public Guardian-Conservator’s Office and Adult Protective Services while the latter classification is responsible for management of daily operational functions of Adult Protective Services and the Public Guardian-Conservator programs of the Social Services Agency, Department of Adult and Aging 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. Provides overall leadership, direction, and coordination to subordinate managers, supervisors and staff in carrying out all activities and functions of the Public Administrator/Public Guardian-Conservatorship program and the Adult Protective Services program.

2. Recommends and assists in the implementation of goals and objectives; recommends, develops and implements department policies and procedures to meet legal requirements and county policies for the delivery of services for the Public Administrator/Public Guardian-Conservatorship and Adult Protective Services programs.

3. Evaluates and monitors implementation of the Public Administrator/Public Guardian-Conservatorship and Adult Protective Services policies and procedures on an ongoing basis to achieve desired outcomes and assure service excellence.

4. Manages staff of the Public Administrator/Public Guardian-Conservatorship and Adult Protective Services programs to meet the organization's mission and goals.

5. Serves as the Public Administrator/Public Guardian-Conservatorship and Adult Protective Services programs representative and liaison to communicate, advocate, and negotiate with the service and medical community, other departments, County Counsel, and state or federal representatives.

6. Plans and administers financial and material resources for the Public Administrator/Public Guardian-Conservatorship and Adult Protective Services programs to support program and policy objectives and ensure economy and efficiency of operations.

7. Oversees the design and modifications of the administrative, budgetary, financial, and management information systems and software applications for the Public Administrator/Public Guardian-Conservatorship and Adult Protective Services programs.


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The equivalent of two years’ full-time experience as a Chief Assistant Public Guardian-Conservator, or at an equivalent or higher level administrative and/or management classification in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)


The equivalent of graduation from an accredited four-year college or university (180 quarter units or 120 semester units) with major course work (45 quarter units or 30 semester units) in business administration/financial management, public administration, social/behavioral science, human services or a field closely related to the work.


The equivalent of five years’ full-time increasingly responsible managerial or administrative experience in a public or private conservatorship or adult protective services environment or other related field which must have included the equivalent of one-year full-time experience managing a major support function or program. (A master's degree in Social Work or Public Administration may be substituted for three years of full-time professional level work.)

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, practices, and methods of public administration and personnel management.
• Management principles and techniques; organizational theory and behavior; procedures development.
• Administrative, financial management, and budgetary analysis; public finance and governmental accounting; budget preparation, execution and control.
• Electronic data processing applications; research methodology; management information systems.
• Methods of program development and evaluation.
• Functions and procedures of the court system.
• Provisions of the California Welfare and Institutions Code, Lanterman-Petris-Short Act, California Probate Code, Alameda County Local Rules of Court, California Rules of Court, and other legislation and regulations related to probate and mental health conservatorship, decedent estate management, and Adult Protective Services.
• Principles and practices of public assistance; principles of estate management, and procedures for administering trust funds.
• Types and uses of documents representing assets and liabilities.

Ability to:

• Analyze and problem solve complex administrative, management, financial systems and budgetary issues.
• Plan, organize, and conduct complex organizational studies to address policies, procedures, productivity, operations, staffing, quality, and space.
• Develop and deliver oral presentations.
• Manage and resolve conflict.
• Analyze and interpret legislation, regulations, statutes and codes.
• Apply management problem-solving methodologies and achieve positive outcomes.
• Prepare clear, concise, complex or detailed written reports, program policies, procedures and contracts, and correspondence.
• Work effectively and collaboratively with the general public, other departments or county/state agencies, clinicians and attorneys.
• Train and provide leadership and motivate staff to achieve tasks.
• Coordinate and delegate work; handle and prevent personnel problems.
• Interact appropriately with others.
• Use judgment in making decisions.

Old document: 8508h(2/99; 3/25/99)
New document: Jobspecs/8508
CSC Date: 9/1/99
IB:cs Revised 8/16/11
CSC Date: 09/07/11


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.