County of Alameda

Director, Public Health (#5044)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - Executive Mgmt (051)
$87.15-$106.01 Hourly / $6,972.00-$8,480.80 BiWeekly /
$15,106.00-$18,375.07 Monthly / $181,272.00-$220,500.80 Yearly

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 administration and has overall responsibility for all operations in the Public Health Department, which include the development of priorities, goals and objectives for and the coordination between the planning and implementation functions of the major service divisions.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Plans, organizes and directs through subordinate supervisory and administrative staff, public health programs and community services, such as acute communicable and chronic disease, laboratory services, family health services, emergency medical services and health prevention services.

2. Coordinates program services with those other agencies, both contract and non-contract, and other programs activities of the Health Care Services Agency to ensure maximum integration and consistency.

3. Using results-based accountability evaluates and modifies specific programs to ensure that they meet standards and legislative mandates established by Federal and State regulations.

4. Evaluates and modifies specific programs to ensure that they meet standards and legislative mandates established by Federal and State regulations.

5. Ensures compliance with program policies and standards for services provided by the Public Health Department or agencies under contract to assure continuity and quality of services and to meet administrative requirements relative to Federal-State funding.

6. Supervises Division Directors for budget allocation, program planning, legislative analysis, interpretation of clinical standards and program evaluation results.

7. Coordinates Federal, State and County program relationships; interprets new legislation regarding administrative and fiscal impact on County programs; seeks new sources of funding.

8. Attends administrative staff meetings and participates in the overall administration of the Agency’s program planning, development and provision of health care services.

9. Represents the Department to the Board of Supervisors, CAO, State Health Department and other departments within the County.

10. Participates and provides leadership in community and Statewide efforts to enhance public health service delivery.

11. Participates in National and State forums.

12. Oversees the development and implementation of a local policy agenda to improve overall living conditions in the county.

13. Provides leadership on health equity work in the department; follows strategic directions that have been identified and supports implementation efforts.

14. Supports fund development efforts to continue health equity work in the department.


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.

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.

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.

Typed: 2/97
Old document: 1346h.doc
New document: Jobspecs/5044
CSC Date: 3/5/97
SG:cs Revised 8/22/12
CSC Date: 9/5/12


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

  • 12 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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