Behavioral Clinician I

  • Alameda County
  • Dublin, California
  • Mar 28, 2024
Full Time Public Health
  • Salary: $45.66 - $52.41/hour; $89,037.00 - $102,199.50/year USD

Job Description


THIS IS A CONTINUOUS EXAMINATION : The examination consists of an on-going review of candidates’ applications and supplemental questionnaires to verify possession of minimum qualifications. Those candidates who possess the minimum qualifications for the class will be placed on the eligible list based on an evaluation of education, training, and experience. The eligible list resulting from this recruitment and selection process may be used to fill future vacancies which may arise within the next year.

This examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended. This examination may be reopened as necessary, and the names of additional candidates merged onto the existing list according to examination score. 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 biweekly 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, 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 currentlyhasmultiple career opportunities for experiencedprofessionals 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 Alameda County Behavioral Health 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 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 decision - making best practices, that clinically produce effective outcomes;

Best Practices - business excellence that uses public resources cost - effectively;

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 Alameda County Behavioral Health, please visit


Under close supervision, provide psychiatric clinical and case management services; conduct evaluations and assessments; provide ongoing counseling, treatment and intervention; conduct individual, group and family psychotherapy; provide consultation to other programs and agencies on treatment needs and behavioral plans; and perform other duties as assigned.

Behavioral Health Clinician I/II is a flexibly staffed class series located in Behavioral Health Care Services (BHCS). Incumbents in this series report to a Behavioral Health Clinical Supervisor or Behavioral Health Clinical Manager.

Behavioral Health Clinician I is the trainee-level class in this flexibly staffed series. Under close supervision, incumbents are expected to gain experience and demonstrate proficiency, which qualifies them to promote to the higher-level class after six months of full-time experience and possession of the required State licensure from the applicable licensing authority.


In addition to the minimum qualifications and knowledge and skills listed below, ideal candidates for these positions will be prepared to provide psychiatric clinical and case management services, preferably with knowledge and expertise in the area where the vacancy exists; will be able to effectively treat a high volume of cases while also meeting the clinical needs of individual patients; and will interact well with others to earn their trust within an environment that embraces diverse cultures, interpersonal styles, abilities, motivations, and backgrounds.

Ideal candidates will also:

  • Be registered by an applicable licensing authority and possess a sufficient level of professional knowledge, skill and experience providing psychiatric clinical and case management services; and strive to keep up with developments and trends in the field of social sciences.
  • Have the ability to be attentive to the diverse clinical care needs of each client, while simultaneously managing the treatment of a high volume of client cases.
  • Be trusted with confidential records and private information, and interact with others in a way that gives them confidence in one’s intentions and those of the organization.
  • Be an effective communicator who clearly conveys information and ideas verbally and in writing to individuals or groups in a manner that meets audience needs and helps them understand and retain the message; and relate well to people with diverse cultures, interpersonal styles, abilities, motivations, or backgrounds.
  • Be an effective problem solver who uses sound judgment and quickly identifies and understands issues, problems and opportunities; uses data, logic, and sound judgment to evaluate alternatives and recommends viable solutions; and solves problems consistent with available resources, facts, constraints, and probable consequences to achieve desired organizational or service care goals.
  • Have a collaborative spirit, effectively work on a multidisciplinary team, and believe in and inspire teamwork by being accessible, supportive, open-minded, empathetic and able to effectively manage conflict by building and maintaining constructive relationships that result in diverse work teams that better serve our diverse communities.

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


The minimum professional requirements for admission to the competitive assessment process include :

Education :

Possession of a Master’s degree from a recognized college or university in social work, marriage and family therapy, clinical or educational psychology or in a closely related field.


License/Registration :

Possession of a valid registration as an Associate Social Worker, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, Psychological Assistant/Associate, or Associate Professional Clinical Counselor from the applicable licensing authority: California Board of Behavioral Sciences or California Board of Psychology.

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 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.

Some positions require a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license. Applicants must possess such license prior to appointment to such positions.

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, practices, and principles and practices for services to clients with serious behavioral health care symptoms and diagnoses.
  • 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 .
  • Work with a diverse population

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Base Pay


Job Address

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