Saturday, July 11, 2020

Director, Public Health

Recruitment #18-5044-01


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. Applications will only be accepted on-line. Failure to submit the Application or Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.


The Alameda County Public Health Department is committed to improving the health and safety of County residents and the neighborhoods in which they live. Traditional public health concerns such as disease outbreaks, environmental hazards and access to health care have been joined by contemporary concerns like 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

The Public Health Department employs approximately 600 employees in a variety of multi-disciplinary roles across nine divisions and supporting units:

  • Administrative Services
  • Community Assessment, Planning, Education & Evaluation (CAPE)
  • Community Health Services (CHS)
  • Communicable Disease Control & Prevention (DCDCP)
  • Family Health Services (FHS)
  • Health Equity, Policy and Planning
  • Information Systems (IS)
  • Public Health Nursing (PHN)
  • Quality Improvement and Accreditation

The mission of the Public Health Department is to work in partnership with the community to ensure the optimal health and well-being of all people through a dynamic and responsive process respecting the diversity of the community and challenging us to provide for present and future generations. In addition, we are committed to collaborating with medical service providers, County departments, City agencies, community-based organizations, schools, civic groups, foundations, religious organizations, and families to address myriad health and safety issues impacting individuals and populations in our county.

Alameda County Public Health Department is committed to HEALTH:

  • Healthy people in healthy communities;
  • Equity and social justice;
  • Accountability and quality;
  • Leadership and innovation;
  • Trust and transparency; and 
  • Humility and respect.

To learn more about the Alameda County Public Health Department, visit the website here.   

Under the general administrative direction of the Director of the Health Care Services Agency, the position provides overall administrative direction, planning and organization of the programs and operations of the Public Health Department of the Health Care Services Agency; develops and directs the service delivery of State-mandated public health and community programs; monitors and evaluates County-operated and contract community-based services to ensure compliance with legislative mandates, minimum standards as well as State and Federal rules and regulations; provides staff services and mandated citizens health advisory councils; represents the department to the Board of Supervisors, legislative authorities, public and private agencies, organizations or councils; coordinates and collaborates with other Health Care and County departments on related issues; provides supervision and direction to departmental staff.

This is a single position class that reports to the Director of Health Care Services Agency. The incumbent is responsible for providing public health services and enforcing health laws for a population of over one million. The position requires broad experience in health care administration and has overall responsibility for all operations in the Public Health Department, which include the development of priorities, goals and objectives and the coordination of the planning and implementation functions of the major service divisions.

In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications stated below, the ideal candidate will possess the following critical attributes:

  • A leader who has demonstrated a commitment to achieving the mission, credo, and goals of public service, while being ethical, honest, fair, and using good judgment within a political environment; who also aligns the organization’s vision and values by inspiring, advising and facilitating goal accomplishment.
  • Skill as a strong collaborator, adept in identifying opportunities and taking action to build strategic relationships to help achieve agency goals.
  • Strategic partner who actively engages with other agencies and departments to meet overall countywide needs while leveraging financial and other resources to maximize results and achieve positive outcomes.
  • Politically astute leader, possessing the skills necessary for identifying, navigating and successfully interacting within the dynamics of Federal, State and local government while maintaining sensitivity to the competing needs of  a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Sound decision maker with the ability to identify and understand complex problems and concepts, apply logical thinking and quantitative methods of gathering and analyzing information and exercise good judgment based on available data, design solutions to problems, formulate and articulate action plans proactively and collaboratively.
  • Experience integrating diversity initiatives and social determinants of health into service delivery as well as building and maintaining constructive relationships that result in work teams that better serve diverse community needs.
  • Demonstrable record of the integration of evidenced based practice into the public health system, Public Health program components and service systems.



Possession of a master’s degree from an accredited university in Medical Care Administration, Public Health Administration, Social Welfare, Psychology, or appropriate behavioral science from an accredited school.



The equivalent of five years of increasingly responsible experience in either health care administration, or management of a medical care, mental health or public health program, including community organization, program planning and evaluation, budget, fiscal, personnel and statistical management, two years of which must have been at the director or chief coordinator level.


Any combination of education and experience which would likely provide the knowledge and abilities listed below.


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.

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 of public health administration, practices and techniques.
• Principles and practices of governmental budgeting, funding and grant/contract management.
• Community needs, resources and organization related to public health care.
• Effective management practices in health care systems.
• Methods of effective community organization and its role in health treatment and prevention programs.
• Current trends in the delivery of health care services.
• Program and management analysis.

Ability to:

• Demonstrate commitment to the County’s Mission, Credo and goals by involving key stakeholders, soliciting input from the community, and acting within ethical guidelines.
• Think innovatively by exploring situations from multiple perspectives while quickly calculating risks and initiating action to achieve a recognized benefit.
• Collaborate with other agencies, departments, government entities and local communities to achieve organizational goals while leveraging financial and other resources.
• Set and achieve measurable goals through collaboration with subordinate staff and the use of analytical methodology, strategic planning and technology.
• Inspire confidence and build support within and outside of an organization.
• Manage groups by advising subordinates, facilitating goal accomplishment and tracking and evaluating performance to ensure success.
• Foster diversity and develop high quality, culturally competent work teams and service delivery strategies in alignment with organizational goals.


The examination will consist of the following steps: 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. 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,

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, Monday, October 29, 2018
Review of Minimum Qualifications:                                                    Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Review of SQ for Best Qualified:                                                            Friday, November 30, 2018
Panel Interviews*:                                                                                Week of December 17, 2018
                                                                                                                    Week of January 7, 2019

Updated 10/9/18

*In addition to establishing an eligible list, the oral interview may serve as the final selection interview for the immediate vacancy.

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 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 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.

Lindsay Christopher, Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda

Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer