Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Deputy Division Director, Public Health

Recruitment #17-5083-01


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 Application or Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.


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.

Alameda County Public Health Department has worked for over 80 years to improve the health and safety of its residents and the neighborhoods they live in. Traditional public health concerns such as disease outbreaks, environmental hazards and access to health care have been joined by contemporary concerns: bioterrorism, crime, violence, and substance abuse. Each of these poses a threat to public health and wellness and calls for short and long-term solutions that lie well outside traditional public health boundaries.  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 www.acgov.org

The Deputy Division Director, Public Health assists a Division Director in the Public Health Department in the administration and direction of the division; coordinates financial and accounting operations, provides supervision and oversight to division staff regarding program operations, assists with organizational planning and development of divisional work units, facilities maintenance, personnel management, training and development, and performs related work as required.

There is currently one vacancy in the Community Health Services Division of the Public Health Department. However, the eligible list resulting from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies in other program areas.

The mission of Community Health Services (CHS) is to encourage, support and empower residents to be healthy, build capacity for self-sufficiency, and improve the health and well-being of the community. The Division focuses on neighborhood-based community strategies that address root causes of health and social inequity in public education and income and economic development.

The ideal candidate for this position will be an innovative, strategic, forward-thinking leader, able to guide the department in a resource-constrained environment; will be strategic in positioning the department for the future; capable of managing change; creative in solving problems; and flexible in approach. Additionally, the ideal candidate will be:

  • An outstanding, committed, visionary leader who possesses the ability to inspire quality work, accountability and change within the public health department, as well as the ability to lead the organization from vision to action.
  • An exceptional manager with the highest ethical and professional standards.
  • Approachable and collaborative with the ability to instill trust, and develop and maintain relationships.
  • An effective communicator with excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills, focused on developing an environment where diverse multidisciplinary teams can work together and offer maximum services to the community residents.
  • Flexible, adaptive, and responsive to feedback; able to take a stand and function effectively in a transparent public sector environment.
  • Skilled in aligning performance for success.
  • A champion of diversity - advocating the value of diversity and using diversity as an advantage.
  • Politically savvy - exhibiting confidence and professional diplomacy while effectively relating to people at all levels internally and externally.
  • A strong administrator and supervisor who possesses the ability to develop cost effective systems, manage overall program budget, plan program sustainability and adhere to principles of effective personnel management.
  • A trainer and mentor who creates staff development opportunities for staff at all levels to further their skills and aid in their professional growth.


Either I


Possession of a Bachelor’s degree in public health, health care, social work, public administration or related field.



The equivalent of three years of full-time experience as a Health Care Program Administrator II with at least two years of full-time experience in the management and oversight of a health program(s) involving the delivery of direct services.



Possession of a Bachelor’s degree in public health, health care, social work, public administration or related field.

(Additional experience as outlined below may be substituted for the education on a year for year basis.)



The equivalent of four years of full-time supervisory experience in the management and direction of a multi-program health, social or community services organization and supervision of professional, multi-disciplinary staff, with overall program(s) responsibility in the following areas: program and budget development, organizational/operational planning, development and evaluation, and coordination of community resources.


Possession of a Master’s degree in public health, health care, social work or public administration may be substituted for one year of the required experience, in either pattern above.

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 and practices of public health and health care administration.
• Principles and practices of program development and management of a comprehensive, multi-program division.
• Current principles, best practices and trends in a service delivery system and Quality Assurance (QA)/Quality Improvement (QI).
• County, state, and federal policies and regulations applicable to the delivery of health services.
• Ten Essential Public Health Services.
• Budgetary and financial record-keeping techniques, and financial analysis.
• Principles and processes of personnel management, including leadership, coaching, evaluation, development, and counseling.
• Disparities in health outcomes for vulnerable populations including the socio-economic and environmental factors that affect health outcomes and cause disparities.
• Principles and practices of procurement and contracts; contract compliance, negotiation and administration.
• Strategic planning.
• Evaluation methodologies, management and data analysis,


Ability to:

• Demonstrate vision, leadership and strong managerial skills. Identify operational problems, investigate and evaluate alternatives and implement effective solutions.
• Ensure the establishment of organizational infrastructure to address the social determinants of health in programs and services.
• Plan, organize, direct and coordinate program services.
• Integrate a variety of activities and services to achieve program goals, objectives, and priorities.
• Analyze the effectiveness of policies, procedures, operations and interventions; modify as needed to meet/improve programmatic objectives.
• Prepare, analyze and monitor budgets.
• Interpret and apply complex state and federal rules and regulations.
• Exercise interpersonal sensitivity, political astuteness and group interaction skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
• Facilitate and ensure effective communication orally and in writing with attention to linguistic preferences and cultural proficiency.
• Strategically use one’s own influence and demonstrate political astuteness in moving forward the mission of the organization.
• Collaborate with other agencies, departments, government entities and local communities to achieve division and organizational goals while leveraging financial and other resources.
• Exhibit flexibility and adapt to frequent changes in standards, regulations and requirements.
• Prepare clear, accurate, and effective reports, correspondence, policies, informational brochures and other written materials.
• Incorporate departmental core values and ethical standards of practice into all interactions with individuals, organizations, and communities.


The examination will consist of the following steps: 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 which is a review of candidates' Supplemental Questionnaires to select the best qualified applicants to continue in the process. Those candidates selected as best qualified will move on to the next step in the examination process, an oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises. CANDIDATES MUST ATTAIN A QUALIFYING RATING ON EACH PORTION OF THIS EXAMINATION. 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, www.acgov.org/hrs.  

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, Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Review of Minimum Qualifications:                                         Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Review of SQ for Best Qualified:                                           Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Panel Interviews:                                                                        Tuesday, March 13, 2018

*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 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, www.acgov.org/hrs   


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
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • 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 ensure 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 alamedacountyHR@acgov.org 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 www.acgov.org/hrs. You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.

Lindsay Christopher, Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
510-272-6393 | Lindsay.christopher@acgov.org

Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer