Monday, September 28, 2020

Deputy Director, Public Health

Recruitment #19-5047-01


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 Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.



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 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. Health Care Services Agency currently has multiple career opportunities for experienced professionals 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



Alameda County Public Health Department has an array of programs and services designed to protect the health and safety of County residents. The backbone of Public Health includes assessments of the health status of residents, disease prevention and control, community mobilization and outreach, policy development, education, and assurance of access to quality health care services.  To be effective, we actively seek community involvement - partnerships with grass roots and community-based organizations, corporate entities, community residents and neighborhood groups. In fact, partnering is a key component of our mission.


Alameda County Public Health Department serves 1.5 million residents through 21 locations and covers 14 cities and 6 unincorporated communities. The department employs 600+ employees. Most staff - public health nurses, doctors, epidemiologists, dentists, medical social workers and family support case managers, physical and occupational therapists, dietitians, outreach workers, health educators, program managers, among others – work in one of the four large programmatic divisions:


  • Community Health Services
  • Communicable Disease Control & Prevention
  • Family Health Services
  • Public Health Nursing

Epidemiologists, policy analysts, finance and information systems staff, and public health administrators’ staff five major department-level units: 


  • Administrative Services oversees budget, contracts and finance
  • Community Assessment, Planning, & Evaluation (CAPE) guides epidemiology and program evaluation activities
  • Health Equity, Policy and Planning leads departmental and community initiatives to eliminate health inequities
  • Information Systems manages information technology
  • Quality Improvement and Accreditation ensures a culture of quality across department


It is the mission of the Alameda County Public Health Department to work in partnership with the community to ensure the optimal health and wellbeing 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.  It is the department's vision that Everyone in Alameda County no matter who you are, where you live, how much money you make, or the color of your skin, leads a healthy, fulfilling and productive life.  As Alameda County Public Health Department staff, we commit to guiding our decisions, our behaviors, and our relationships by these core values:


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

For more information about the Alameda County Public Health Department, please visit



Under general direction, the Deputy Director will plan, organize and administer the programs and operations of the Public Health Department; to determine and interpret departmental policies; to provide leadership and direction to departmental managers and staff to ensure management responsibility and public accountability for the PHD’s service delivery; to provide supervision and direction to subordinate personnel; and to perform related duties as required.


This is a one-position class located in the Office of the Director, Public Health Department. The incumbent reports to the Director, Public Health, and is responsible for providing direct administrative support in the areas of organizational policy and program development, public information/relations activities and resolution of policy and operations problems. The incumbent also acts in the absence of the Director, Public Health.



In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, the ideal candidate will possess considerable experience managing a customer focused service organization and ensuring the highest level of service delivery to diverse customers, as well as the following critical attributes:

  • Commitment to achieving the mission, credo, and goals of the County, health care services agency and the department, while being ethical, hones, fair, and using good judgement within a political environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of root causes of health inequity and the ability to think critically at a broad systems level, recognizing the interrelationships among and between factors that affect the health of populations.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and oral, with the ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences and in a variety of contexts.
  • Ability to maintain and apply a broad understanding of financial management principles to ensure decisions are fiscally sound, responsible and aligned with organizational priorities while leveraging financial and other resources to maximize results and achieve positive outcomes.
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals of diverse cultures, interpersonal styles, abilities, motivations or backgrounds, making the most effective use of capabilities, insights and ideas of all individuals.
  • Ability to design, implement, and manage multiple or ongoing programs/projects and direct the related resources, personnel and activities.
  • Strong leadership skills, aligned with organization’s vision and values to manage work groups by inspiring, advising and delegating, and facilitating goal accomplishment while exemplifying the use of resources wisely, responsibly, effectively and efficiently.
  • Political astuteness, possessing the skills necessary for identifying, navigating and successfully interacting within the dynamics of the organization while maintaining sensitivity to the competing needs of a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Skill as a strong collaborator and consensus builder who believes in and inspires teamwork and collaboration by being accessible, supportive, open-minded, and empathetic; and builds and maintains constructive relationships that result in diverse work teams that better serve our diverse communities.
  • Advocate of professional development opportunities who promotes personal and professional growth for self and others; and inspires and facilitates the continual learning of employees at all levels of the organization.   

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


Possession of a master’s degree from an accredited college or 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 progressively responsible, post-graduate, supervisory and administrative experience in community organization, program planning and evaluation, budget, fiscal and personnel management. At least two years of this experience should have been in a community public health or medical setting.


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.


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:

• Administrative principles, practices and techniques of County and State public health systems.
• Principles and practices of governmental budgeting, funding and grant/contract management.
• Community needs, resources and organizations related to public health care.
• Methods of effective community organization and its role in public health treatment and prevention programs.
• Principles, practices and current trends in the delivery of public health services.
• Program evaluation methodologies and management analysis.
• Clinical standards of practice and licensure requirements.

Ability to:

• Effectively communicate in written and oral form.
• Make decisions.
• Lead.
• Plan and organize.
• Manage control.
• Develop, analyze and monitor budgets. .
• Analytically problem solve.
• Demonstrate interpersonal sensitivity.
• Demonstrate flexibility.
• Manage multiple and changing priorities.
• Adapt to stress.


The examination will consist of the following steps: 1) A review of candidates' applications to verify possession of minimum requirements. 2) 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. 3) Those candidates selected as best qualified will move on to the next step in the examination process, an oral interview examination which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score. The oral interview examination may contain situational exercises.




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, February 10, 2020

Review of Minimum Qualification

February 19, 2020

Supplemental Questionnaire Review for Best Qualified

March 11, 2020

Oral Interview Exam**

TBD  March 31-April 1, 2020

**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 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 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
  • 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 insure 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. 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.


Nicole Lewis-Bolton, Human Resources Analyst II

Human Resource Services, County of Alameda

(510) 272-6468 •


Alameda County has a diverse workforce, that is representative of the communities we serve, and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance and business need. Alameda County does not discriminate in employment on the basis of:  race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors protected under federal, state and local law. Alameda County celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive, and welcoming workplace environment.