Deputy Director, Public Health Nursing (PHN Option)

Recruitment #22-5390-02


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.


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.

Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires will only be accepted online.



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, assists in the administration, coordination and direction of the Public Health Nursing Division; assists in planning, implementing, and evaluating programs within the Public Health Department; and does related work as required.    

This single position class is located in the Public Health Department and reports to the Director of Public Health Nursing.  The incumbent of this class serves as the principal assistant to the Director of Public Health Nursing in the formulation and evaluation of major health programs and general policies and procedures related to public health nursing.  



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

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications below, these positions require possession of a current and valid Public Heath Nursing (PHN) certificate issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing.



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

  • A strong command of public health nursing practice.
  • Ability to interpret and apply complex governmental rules and regulations.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Experience working with the public, community representatives and government officials.
  • Ability to work well with all levels of management and staff.
  • Development and supervision of projects and programs.
  • Effective skills in personnel management.
  • Understanding quality improvement principles.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.



Possession of a bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, health/healthcare management/administration, nursing or public health from an accredited college or university.  


Either I  

The equivalent of five years of full-time experience in the class of Registered Nurse IV or Registered Nurse V in the Alameda County classified service.  


The equivalent of seven years of full-time professional experience as a Nurse Manager with responsibility for the management and direction of a multi-faceted nursing program or division and multi-disciplinary staff, including program and budget development, organizational/operational planning, development, evaluation and the coordination of community resources at a level equivalent to Alameda County’s Registered Nurse IV.  


Possession of a master’s degree in business administration, public administration, health/healthcare management/administration, nursing or public health from an accredited college or university may be substituted for two years of the required experience in either pattern above.  

Licenses and Certificates:

  • Possession of a current and valid license to practice as a Registered Nurse in California. 
  • Possession of a current and valid California Public Health Nurse Certificate (PHN).
  • Possession of a valid Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) – certificate by the American Heart Association.   
  • Valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.  
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, these positions require possession of a current and valid Public Heath Nursing (PHN) certificate issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

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 processes of personnel management, including leadership, coaching, evaluation, development and counseling.
  • Medical terminology and documentation.
  • Health systems, agencies, community resources, and patterns of referral.
  • Principles and practices of public health nursing administration, including current trends in policy, research, treatment, prevention, education and related issues.
  • Sociological, psychological and physical barriers to care.
  • Causes, treatment, prevention, and/or early detection of communicable and chronic diseases, mental illness and other conditions
  • Principles of mental health.
  • Laws, codes, and regulations governing public health nursing.
  • Theories, principles, practices, procedures, and applications of epidemiological research and methodologies including survey design, data management and statistical analysis.
  • Disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
  • Program evaluation methodologies and management analysis.
  • Functions and operations of related agencies and community organizations.
  • Current principles, best practices and trends in a service delivery system, and Quality Assurance (QA)/Quality Improvement (QI).
  • Disparities in health outcomes for vulnerable populations including socio-economic and environmental facts that affect health outcomes and cause disparities.  

Ability to:

  • Demonstrate vision and leadership, and strong managerial skills.
  • Plan, organize, direct, evaluate, and supervise program services and staff.
  • Analyze situations and determine appropriate courses of action. Manage, motivate, and empower staff.
  • Ensure the establishment of division infrastructure to address the social determinants of health in programs and services.
  • Facilitate and ensure effective communication, orally and in writing, with attention to linguistic preference and cultural proficiency.
  • Exercise interpersonal sensitivity, political astuteness and group interaction skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Continuously improve the services and activities of the division.  
  • Prepare, analyze, and monitor budgets.
  • Manage, and adapt to, multiple and frequent changes in priorities, standards, regulations, and requirements.
  • Exhibit flexibility.
  • Effectively promote health across the lifespan.
  • Interpret and apply federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  • Collaborate with other departments, agencies, government entities and local communities to achieve division and organizational goals, while leveraging resources.
  • 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:

  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 determine the best qualified.  Those candidates considered the best qualified will move on to the final step in the examination 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:    

*5:00 PM, Tuesday, April 11, 2023

5:00PM, Monday, February 27, 2023

Review of Minimum Qualifications:

*Friday, April 21, 2023

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Screening for Best Qualified:

*by May 22, 2023 

by April 14, 2023

Civil Service Oral Examination**:

*Week of June 12, 2023

Week of May 1, 2023

*updated as of 3/21/2023

**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,


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.


All notices related to County recruitments for which you have applied will be sent/delivered via email. Please add,, and as accepted addresses to any email blocking or spam filtering program you may use. If you do not do this, your email blocking or spam filtering program may block receipt of the notices regarding your application for recruitments. You are also strongly advised to regularly log into your County of Alameda online application account to check for notices that may have been sent to you. All email notices that will be sent to you will also be kept in your personal online application account. You will be able to view all of your notices in your online application account by clicking on the "My applications" button on the Current Job Openings page.

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 boxes and are routed to unmonitored mailboxes. 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.


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.