Human Resource Services
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Youth and Family Services Lead Therapist

Recruitment #23-6499-01


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. Failure to submit the Application or Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.

Applications and supplemental questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. by the filing deadline.  Applications and supplemental questionnaires will only be accepted online.


The Youth and Family Services Bureau (YFSB) has a variety of programs, including the YFSB Mental Health Clinic and Reentry Clinical Case Management model, to support community members who are facing serious life challenges or who are in contact with the criminal justice system. Our programs offer low and/or free mental health and case management resources to Alameda County residents of all ages.  Licensed YFSB therapists and interns work with youth, children, adults, couples, and families.


For additional information, visit: Alameda County Sheriff's Office Youth and Family Services Bureau.


Under general direction, in a law enforcement environment, provides professional level clinical, counseling and case management services; plans, organizes, directs and reviews the work of Associate Youth and Family Therapists; provides clinical support to Associate Youth and Family Services Therapists seeking clinical licensure; assists the department with programmatic activities and makes recommendations; provides Quality Assurance oversight and clinical file audits; and, perform related duties as required.


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


For more detailed information about the job classification including a summary of duties, visit:  Youth and Family Services Lead Therapist (#6499).



In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated a successful track record of:

  • Experience providing clinical and administrative supervisory and/or lead responsibilities of subordinate staff activities and experience overseeing daily clinical/programmatic operations.
  • Experience in providing professional oversight of subordinate staff seeking professional licensure.
  • Extensive post master’s experience providing psychotherapy and related services.
  • Experience providing crisis intervention, psychotherapy, case management, and referral services to a diverse population including individuals, couples, families, youth and adults; the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated; victims of crime, violence and trauma; youth and adults exhibiting at-risk behavior.
  • Experience working in a law enforcement or corrections environment; ability to function effectively in a structured work environment and adhere to established policy, procedure, and protocol.
  • Effective interpersonal skills: with the proven ability to establish and maintain effective professional relationships and work well with others.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; organized, detail-oriented, able to prioritize, meet deadlines and multi-task.
  • Proficiency in billing and auditing services of Medi-Cal, private insurance, and Medi-Cal Administrative Activities (MAA).
  • Strong computer skill including proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel (maintenance of clinical files, record-keeping, and statistical reports will be required).


The Alameda County Sheriff's Office is a full-service law enforcement agency accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) for its law enforcement services, its Regional Training Center, and its Dispatch Unit; the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Laboratory Accreditation Board for its Crime Lab; the Bomb Squad Commanders Advisory Board for its Explosive Ordinance Unit.  Additionally, the agency's health care provider, Wellpath, has experience working with the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC). 


The Sheriff's Office has a current budget of approximately $600 million and has over 1700 authorized positions, including in excess of 1000 sworn personnel. The agency's Chief Executive Officer is Sheriff / Coroner Yesenia L. Sanchez, who is assisted in the operation of the agency by Undersheriff April Luckett-Fahimi, Assistant Sheriffs Emmanuel Christy and Daniel McNaughton.  


The Sheriff of Alameda County is responsible for a vast array of tasks and duties, including the following:

  • Providing security to the Consolidated Superior Courts
  • Operating the Coroner’s Bureau
  • Operating a full-service criminalistics laboratory
  • Performing Civil Process
  • Operating the County Jail (Santa Rita)
  • Operating the County Office of Emergency Services
  • Providing patrol and investigative services to the unincorporated areas of Alameda County
  • Pursuant to contractual agreements, providing patrol and investigative services to the City of Dublin, Oakland International Airport, Highland County Hospital, Social Services, and to the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District
  • Conducting a basic academy pursuant to Police Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) requirements. [Sheriff's Academy website]
  • Providing Fish and Game enforcement
  • Project Director of the Narcotics Task Force
  • Serving as the Executive Director of the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Task Force
  • Operating a Marine Patrol Unit in the San Francisco Bay waters.

For more detailed information about the agency, visit:  Alameda County's Sheriff's Office.


Either I

The equivalent of one year of full-time experience in the class of Youth and Family Services Therapist, or Behavioral Health Clinician II in the Alameda County classified service.



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 experience working as a mental health/behavioral health clinician,  providing clinical counseling and/or case management services in a law enforcement, outpatient facility, hospital or other clinical or agency setting. (Note:  previous experience involving lead or supervisory responsibilities is desirable.)



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.


The most suitably qualified candidates should possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:
  • 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. 
  • Perform crisis intervention and crisis intake. 
  • Effectively train counseling interns. 
  • Apply clinical and case management principles and concepts.   
  • Develop effective and productive therapeutic relationships with clients.  
  • Work effectively with law enforcement staff in the handling of dispute and/or crisis calls. 
  • Secure and systematically record accurate social and personal data. 
  • Maintain necessary statistics; and prepare comprehensive statistical reports. 
  • Utilize community resources in case management. 
  • Establish and maintain effective and professional relationships and work effectively with others. 
  • Write and speak effectively.



1) A review of candidates' applications 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 candidates’ supplemental questionnaires to select the best qualified applicants to continue in the process.

3) An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score.  The oral interview may contain situational exercises.


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.

For more information on the Civil Service 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:

Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at 5:00 PM

Review of Applications for Minimum Qualifications:

Friday, March 8, 2024

Supplemental Questionnaire Review for Best Qualified

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Oral Interviews

Week of April 15, 2024




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 statutes. 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 wellbeing.  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) 
  • 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

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • 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.)
  • Childcare 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.



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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. 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.


Elaine Lemi | Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
(510) 272-6434 |


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