Saturday, September 26, 2020

Behavioral Health Clinical Manager

Recruitment #20-6527-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.


Applications must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.  Applications will only be accepted on-line.


Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application.  Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.  Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.


Qualified bilingual persons who speak English and are also fluent in: Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian, Korean, Mien, Tagalog, Amharic, Farsi, Dari, Tigrigna, Russian, Romanian or Sign Languages are especially encouraged to apply. There is an additional bi weekly compensation for persons in positions designated bilingual. Qualified candidates may be tested to demonstrate language proficiency.



Alameda County, located on the east side of San Francisco Bay, is California's seventh-largest county.  The County employs 9,700 full-time employees and operates on an annual budget of $3.4 billion.  Oakland, the County seat, is California's eighth largest city.  One and a half million people call Alameda County home and live in a variety of incorporated cities, unincorporated communities and rural areas.  As a major urban county, Alameda provides a full range of services to its citizens.  The County is a blend of culturally and ethnically diverse communities, and its mixture of cosmopolitan and suburban areas provides the perfect environment for families and their active lifestyles.  The County offers extensive cultural resources, countless recreational opportunities and an array of fine public and private colleges and universities.  



Alameda County's Health Services Program is administered by the Health Care Services Agency and includes the following program areas: Behavioral Health Care, Public Health, Environmental Health, and Agency Administration/Indigent Health. The ultimate mission of the Health Care Services Agency is to provide fully integrated health care services through a comprehensive network of public and private partnerships that ensure optimal health and well-being and respect the diversity of all residents. Health Care Services Agency currently has multiple career opportunities for experienced professionals to become part of a service delivery team dedicated to the optimal health and well-being of Alameda County residents.  For more information about the Health Care Services Agency, please visit



It is the mission of Behavioral Health Care Services to maximize the recovery, resilience and wellness of all eligible Alameda County residents who are developing or experiencing serious mental health, alcohol, or drug concerns. We envision communities where people realize their potential, and where stigma and discrimination against those with mental health, alcohol and/or drug issues are a thing of the past.


Only through exemplifying the following Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services values will we be successful:



Access - where every door is the right door for welcoming people with complex needs;

Consumer and Family Empowerment - through shared decisionmaking best practices, that clinically produce effective outcomes;

Best Practices - business excellence that uses public resources costeffectively;

Health and Wellness - by integrating emotional, spiritual and physical health care;

Culturally Responsive - appropriate services built on the strengths and life experiences of culturally diverse consumers and their families;

Social Inclusion - utilizing advocacy and education to eliminate stigma, discrimination, isolation, and misunderstanding of persons with mental illness and substance abuse.

For more information about the department of Behavioral Health Care Services, please visit



Under general direction, plans, develops, manages and oversees the administration of behavioral health care clinic/program operations and services; develops operational and administrative policies, procedures, standards and objectives; and performs related duties as assigned.


This class is located in Alameda County Behavioral Health which provides alcohol and other drugs and mental health services through county staff, private providers and community-based organizations. Behavioral Health Clinical Managers direct and manage behavioral health care clinics/programs through subordinate professional-level and/or supervisory staff; serve in a consultative role to management, community-based organizations and providers; participate in strategic planning and task force activities; and develop and monitor clinic/program budgets and work plans. The Behavioral Health Clinical Manager is distinguished from the lower level class of Behavioral Health Clinical Supervisor in that the latter does not have overall responsibility for program planning, development and evaluation, program reporting and statistics, and program outcome monitoring. The Behavioral Health Clinical Manager manages and oversees clinics/programs which include 8 or more paraprofessional and professional level staff. It is further distinguished from the higher-level class of the Community Support Center Director in that the latter oversees all outpatient community supports centers/clinics.



The immediate vacancies for this position are described in more detail below; however, please note that the eligible list resulting from this recruitment and selection process may be utilized for other future vacancies (including specialty designated vacancies) which may arise within the next year for the Health Care Services Agency.


Oakland Children’s Services – Oakland Children’s Services is a Behavioral Health Care Services Program located in East Oakland in the Eastmont Mall. All clients are Medi-Cal eligible, indigent, undocumented, or referred for mandated school based ERMHS services. Our clinic serves a population of children, families and young adults ages 5-21st birthday through evidence based, culturally competent, trauma informed services. Referrals are primarily from The Alameda County Access program, Inpatient Child Sites (PHF and CSU), Child Welfare, School Districts (ERMHS) and Probation. Services/Interventions offered are Individual, Family, Group, Case Management, Advocacy and Outreach. Appointments in the field, home, and school are arranged as needed. Frequent collaboration with a number of ancillary and community providers is expected.  The team is composed of Clinicians, Psychiatrists and a family partner. The Clinical Manager for Oakland Children’s Services needs to be skilled in running large multi-disciplinary teams, an excellent leader and communicator, clinically strong and administratively proficient. The incumbent will demonstrate experience and knowledge in the use of technology and electronic health records as well as expertise and experience regarding laws, policies and practices for a wide range of child-based services at every level of child development.


Oakland Adult Community Support Center - The Oakland Adult Community Support Center (ACSC) is a behavioral health clinic that serves approximately 450 adults with serious behavioral health issues that interfere with their ability to live successfully in the community without the support of intensive case management and psychiatric care.  The ACSC Clinical Manager oversees three multi-disciplinary teams and a primary care integration clinic which consists of case managers, a psychiatrist and a nurse shared amongst the three teams. This opportunity is ideal for a strong clinical manager who is well versed in psychiatric evaluation, diagnostic and clinical practices; who has experience working with large intensive behavioral health case-loads; and who welcomes the challenge of directing and managing a large, multidisciplinary team of behavioral health providers.


Guidance Clinic - The Guidance Clinic is a forensic behavioral health clinic that provides services to Wards of the Juvenile Court of Alameda County.  The clinic is located in the Juvenile Justice Center in San Leandro and provides the following behavioral health services: crisis intervention, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy (treatment and psycho-educational), Court ordered psycho diagnostic evaluations, adolescent sex offender treatment (STRIVE Program), day treatment services, Collaborative Court and Outreach Program case management services, and psychotropic medication evaluations and monitoring. The clinic’s mission is to provide quality, compassionate, culturally competent behavioral health services using professional and community standards of care to adolescents and their families involved in the Alameda County Juvenile Justice System.  This opportunity is ideal for a collaborative clinical manager with experience providing juvenile behavioral health consultation, diagnosis, and treatment; who is capable of leading a multidisciplinary team of behavioral health providers; and who is able to maintain a calm and controlled demeanor while working in a setting where the outcome of a situation may be determined by the Court.


Criminal Justice Mental Health Program – This program provides a range of services within the county jail and in courtrooms which are targeted to help make a difference in the lives of persons with mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders within the criminal justice system.  Specific “forensic” mental health expertise is a growing field in which mental health services overlap and interact with the legal system.  Through multi-disciplinary staff interaction with law enforcement, court systems, jail health care providers, and the larger mental health system of care, this program relies on a collaborative effort with community service providers to help transition individuals successfully back into the community.  This position is ideal for a well-organized clinician who welcomes the challenge of directing and supervising a multidisciplinary team of mental health providers in a criminal justice setting where the work is often challenging, stimulating, rewarding, and never dull.



In addition to the minimum qualifications and knowledge and skills listed below, ideal candidates for this position will be:


  • A collaborative spirit eager to actively participate effectively as a member of a team with multiple agencies. Identifying opportunities and taking action to build strategic relationships between one’s area and other areas, teams, departments, units, or organizations, contributing successfully to the completion of goals and objectives aligned with the mission, vision and values of the Behavioral Health Care Services system of care. 
  • A competent decision maker capable of solving problems and taking appropriate action which is consistent with all available facts, constraints, and probable consequences in a fast paced, multidisciplinary environment by identifying and understanding issues, problems, and opportunities, and comparing data from different sources to draw conclusions.  
  • An effective communicator who conveys information and in a manner that meets audience needs; someone able to develop and maintain effective relationships with others and who relates well to people from varied backgrounds and in different situations. 
  • One who is capable of organizing and prioritizing work to meet critical conflicting deadlines
  • Someone experienced in the design, implementation and management of large, complex behavioral health care programs and/or clinics, and who is able to oversee and direct resources, personnel and activities including multi-disciplinary teams.
  • A highly knowledgeable behavioral health clinician who applies applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations, and keeps up with terminology and current developments and trends in the behavioral health system of care and who has achieved sufficient clinical knowledge and skill in the operations and services of a behavioral health care clinic/program which provides direct alcohol and other drugs and behavioral health services through county staff, private providers and community-based organizations.
  • Someone who knows current theories, principles, and practices for services to clients with serious behavioral care symptoms and diagnosis; psychological diagnostic methods and terminology; and cultural and social factors affecting behavior patterns. 
  • A supportive supervisor knowledgeable of management principles and practices, including work planning, employee supervision and resource allocation, an is capable of instructing, focusing and guiding others in accomplishing performance and work goals and objectives of behavioral health clinic/program operations and services. 
  • Someone capable of identifying and understanding how external issues (e.g., economic, political, social and health care trends) impact the work of behavioral health care services and who is able to motivate and inspire others by providing leadership and setting a sense of purpose for the Clinic/Program. 

Special Requirements: Must pass extensive background clearance from the Sheriff’s Department to work in the County Jail setting.


For a detailed listing of the essential responsibilities and core competency requirements for this position, please click here for the job description.


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Experience: The equivalent of one year of experience in the class of Behavioral Health Clinical Supervisor in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney's Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)


The equivalent of four years of post license experience as a behavioral health/mental health clinician providing clinical and/or case management services, of which one year must have been in a supervisory capacity equivalent to that of a Behavioral Health Clinical Supervisor in Alameda County.


Possession of a Master's degree from an accredited school in social work, marriage and family therapy, psychology, counseling, nursing or related field.

Possession of valid clinical license from the one of the applicable licensing authority: California Board of Behavioral Sciences, California Board of Psychology, or California Board of Nursing.

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:

Must pass extensive background clearance from the Sheriff’s Department to work in the County Jail setting.

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

In compliance with Medicare regulations, eligible licensed clinicians in this classification are required to complete the "Medicare Enrollment Process for Physicians and Non-Physician Practitioners" through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, prior to their first day of employment. Approval for Medicare processing must be received from the CMS within 180 days of the date of hire. Active enrollment in Medicare is a condition of employment. Failure to attain or maintain active enrollment will result in termination.

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.

 The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:

• Current theories, principles, and practices for services to clients with serious behavioral health care symptoms and diagnosis.
• Management principles and practices, including work planning, employee supervision and resource allocation.
• Principles, practices, funding sources and administrative requirements.
• Principles and practices of program planning and evaluation.
• Practices and techniques of programmatic analysis and report preparation.
• Psychological diagnostic methods and terminology.
• Cultural and social factors affecting behavior patterns.
• Wellness, recovery and resiliency oriented strategies and supports.
• Dual recovery/co-occurring disorder treatment, screening and assessment tools.
• Community needs, resources and organizations related to behavioral health care.
• Clinical standards of practice and licensure requirements.
• Principles and practices of direct client service delivery.
• Principles of social needs, problems, attitudes and behavioral patterns.
• Applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations.
• Office administrative practices and procedures, including records management and the operation of standard office equipment.
• Computer applications related to the work.

Ability to:

• Work collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams, community resources and organizations.
• Organize and prioritize work, and meet critical deadlines.
• Interpret, explain and apply regulations, policies and procedures.
• Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
• Analyze, evaluate and make sound decisions.
• Prepare clear, accurate and effective reports, correspondence and other written materials.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
• Demonstrate interpersonal sensitivity and work with a diverse population.


The examination will consist of the following steps: 1) A review of candidates' applications to verify possession of minimum requirements. 2) Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process which is a review of candidates' Supplemental Questionnaires to select the best qualified applicants to continue in the process. 3) Those candidates selected as best qualified will move on to the next step in the examination process, an oral interview examination which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score. The oral interview examination may contain situational exercises.




We reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination components.


Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position.  Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.


To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance.  The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:  




Deadline for Filing

5:00pm, Friday, March 6, 2020

Review of Minimum Qualification

March 13, 2020

Supplemental Questionnaire Review for Best Qualified

April 10, 2020

Oral Interview Exam**

TBD May 8, 2020



**The combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.




Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statues.  To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.


For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


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.


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Please take the steps recommended above to insure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.


NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. If you have questions please go to our website at You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.


Nicole Lewis-Bolton, Human Resources Analyst II

Human Resource Services, County of Alameda

(510) 272-6468 •


Alameda County has a diverse workforce, that is representative of the communities we serve, and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance and business need. Alameda County does not discriminate in employment on the basis of:  race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors protected under federal, state and local law. Alameda County celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive, and welcoming workplace environment.