Friday, January 28, 2022

Assistant Chief Therapist

Recruitment #21-5873-01


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.

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 Application or Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.

Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires will only be accepted online.



Alameda County's Health Services Program is administered by the Health Care Services Agency and includes the following program areas: Behavioral Health Care Services, Public Health, Environmental Health Services, and Office of the Agency Director. 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.



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Healthy People in Healthy Communities
Equity and Social Justice
Accountability and Quality
Leadership and Innovation
Trust and Transparency
Humility and Respect


Traditional public health concerns such as disease outbreaks, environmental hazards and access to health care are compounded by contemporary concerns such as: economic disenfranchisement and homelessness, racism, sexual and reproductive health and rights, crime, violence, and substance abuse. Each of these poses a threat to public health and wellness and calls for innovative solutions, in close partnership with impacted communities.. For more information about our Alameda County Public Health Department, please visit the Alameda County Public Health Department Website and latest Annual Budget document found on



Under direction, provides daily oversight of Medical Therapy Program (MTP) operations; assists in the selection and hiring of personnel; assists Chief in complex case management issues; assumes responsibility for the working relationship between the Local Education Areas/Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPA’s) and California Children’s Services (CCS); develops and implements interagency agreements between the School Districts/SELPA’s and CCS; ensures that the MTP (Medical Therapy Program) is compliant with all guidelines set forth in appropriate legislation; orients and trains school personnel in the CCS referral process, general eligibility criteria, informing them of State or County changes that effect the school district; trains CCS staff and informs therapists about the Interagency Agreements with the SELPA’s, including but not limited to CCS responsibilities, timelines, referrals back to the school, and the role of CCS in the classroom; in the absence of the Chief Therapist, supervises staff, acts as Chief Therapist, and performs other related duties as required.



In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications stated below, the Assistant Chief Therapist will possess the following critical attributes:

  • A collaborator who maintains and cultivates successful working relationships with a multitude of internal and external health care providers.
  • A leader with exceptional interpersonal, verbal, written communication and facilitation skills, with the ability to present information to a variety of groups.
  • A resourceful professional that stays current with information, technology, and trends in his/her field.
  • A demonstrated organizer with the skills and ability to prioritize tasks and work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Effective leadership skills, management principles, and best practices including work planning, employee supervision and resource allocation.
  • The ability to work effectively with individuals of diverse cultures, interpersonal styles, abilities, motivations, and backgrounds.
  • A demonstrated organizer with the skills and ability to prioritize tasks and work on multiple projects simultaneously.




The equivalent of two years’ full-time clinical experience in a pediatric setting and an additional or concurrent one year that includes supervisory experience, and the equivalent of one year of which should have included interfacing with a school district in a programmatic setting.


Special Requirement: 

Licensure as an occupational therapist with the California Board of Occupational Therapy.


Licensure as a physical therapist with the Physical Therapy Board of California.


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


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, methods, equipment, and the basic theory of mental and physical rehabilitation involved in the modern practice of both physical and occupational therapy, especially as applied to children with cerebral palsy.
  • Anatomy and physiology of the skeletal, muscular, neural and other structures.
  • Pathologies and injuries which result in physical or mental disabilities and the equipment and methods used to evaluate and mitigate such disabilities.
  • Principles of psychology and abnormal psychology, especially as they relate to the application of physical and/or occupational therapy in a pediatric rehabilitation program.
  • The functions of other disciplines such as psychology, teaching, public health nursing and especially physical and occupational therapy in the treatment and rehabilitation of children with physical disabilities.
  • Principles of effective management.
  • California Children’s Services Programs.
  • Provisions and requirements of governmental and private programs for the treatment and education of disabled children.
  • Principles of supervision.
  • Staff development.

Ability to:

  • Program plan.
  • Plan, organize, and direct administrative procedures.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective relationships with the community school district, and related health care personnel.
  • Facilitate group meetings within the community, particularly with school and community agencies.
  • Negotiate and strategize with outside agencies and their representatives when there are competing interests.
  • Effectively manage departmental staff to meet program goals and objectives.
  • Effectively communicate orally and in writing.
  • Analyze and problem solve.


The examination will consist of the following steps:

  1. A review of candidates' application to verify possession of minimum requirements.  Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.
  2. A review of the supplemental questionnaire to determine the best qualified
    applicants to continue in the process.
  3. An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidates' final examination score.  The oral interview may contain situational exercises.

Candidates must attain a qualifying rating on each portion of this recruitment. 


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:    

5:00 p.m. Thursday, December 16, 2021

Review of Minimum Qualifications:

by December 22, 2021

Review of Supplemental Questionnaire for Best Qualified    

January 14, 2022

Civil Service Oral Examination:

Week of January 24, 2022




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 statues.

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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NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. 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.


Angelica Cuevas, HR Analyst

Human Resource Services, County of Alameda

(510) 271-5154 or email




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