Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Division Director, Public Health

Recruitment #21-5085-01


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.


The mission of the Alameda County Public Health Department is to work in partnership with the community to ensure the optimal health and wellbeing of all people. 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. The Public Health Department staff are committed to the following values:

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

Traditional public health concerns such as disease outbreaks, environmental hazards and access to health care are compounded by contemporary concerns such as: economic disenfranchisement and homelessness, racism, sexual and reproductive health and rights, crime, violence, and substance abuse. Each of these poses a threat to public health and wellness and calls for innovative solutions, in close partnership with impacted communities.. 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



Under general direction of the Director of Public Health, to plan, develop, organize and direct the activities and staff of A Division of the Public Health Department (Family Health Services, Community Health Services, and Emergency Medical Services); and to do related work as required. A Public Health Division may include a variety of state and federally mandated programs for Alameda County residents. The Division Director, Public Health may be required to directly administer one or more division programs and to satisfy all professional qualifications and/or licenses required for the administration of assigned programs.



The current vacant position is located in the Division of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention within the Public Health Department, however, the eligible list resulting from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies in other program areas.



In addition to meeting the minimum requirements for this position, the ideal candidate will possess the following critical attributes:

  • Commitment to health equity.
  • Strong understanding of public health principles and the use of epidemiologic evidence to inform programmatic and policy decisions.
  • Strategic planner with sound understanding of how to apply quality improvement goals to design, develop, implement, evaluate, and modify programs.
  • Exhibits confidence and professional diplomacy, while effectively relating to people at all levels internally and externally.
  • Sound decision maker with the ability to identify and understand complex problems and concepts, apply analytic thinking, , design solutions to problems, and formulate and articulate action plans proactively and collaboratively.
  • Strategic and creative administrator who can effectively manage budgets, forecast program needs, and collaborate with Division staff and Department leadership to develop and manage resources.
  • Ability to identify disparities or inequities affecting the community, Division, or Department, as well as recommend solutions to address the inequities.
  • Strong leader who aligns the organization’s vision and values and manages work groups by inspiring, advising and delegating subordinates, facilitating goal accomplishment and tracking and evaluation performance to ensure success and inspires support, monitors and acknowledges front line staff.
  • Team builder who develops effective teams at all levels of the Division and Department.
  • Values collaboration and knows how to build successful partnerships to accomplish a variety of tasks both within and outside the Public Health Department, including with community partners.
  • Ability to identify opportunities and take action to build strategic relationships between one’s area and other areas, teams, Departments, Divisions, units, or organizations to help achieve business goals.

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The equivalent of two years’ full-time experience in the class of Deputy Division Director, Public Health, in the Alameda County classified service (non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority and the Consolidated Courts).



Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major emphasis in Public Health, Health Care, Public Administration, or Social Work or a related field applicable



The equivalent of four years of full-time, professional management and supervisory experience in directing a large public or private health care organization, which must have included progressive responsibility in planning, organizing and administrating leadership in the areas of program operations, management and evaluation.
Some division assignments may also require at least one year of full-time management experience in the administration of clinical services.


Possession of a Master's degree in Public Health, Nursing, Public Health Nursing or other allied health field of study may be substituted for one year of the required experience, respectively. (Master's degree in Nursing or Allied Health Profession is highly desirable.)


If required by the incumbent’s division assignment, possession of a current valid license, registration or professional degree which satisfies the required qualifications of the Skilled Medical Professional, AND

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, practices and techniques of program development, implementation and evaluation.
  • Methods of administrative problem solving.
  • Current laws, rules and regulations pertaining to the Division.
  • Health service delivery of relevance to the Division.
  • Principles of personnel management, training and supervision.
  • Principles and practices of governmental budgeting, funding and grant contracts.

Ability to:

  • Plan and evaluate programs and services.
  • Interpret pertinent and prevailing rules and regulations.
  • Communicate orally and in writing.
  • Make decisions, use good judgment.
  • Analyze and problem solve.
  • Exercise leadership.
  • Skillful management and administrative control.
  • Provide fiscal analysis.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal sensitivity.
  • Be flexible.



  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. 


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, Thursday, March 4, 2021 

Review of Minimum Qualifications:

by March 15, 2021

Screening for Best Qualified:

by April 12, 2021

Civil Service Oral Examination:

Week of April 26, 2021 



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
  • 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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Angelica Cuevas, HR Analyst

Human Resource Services, County of Alameda

(510) 271-5154 or email 




All Alameda County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law.  Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect.  Employees are required to report to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


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.

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