County of Alameda

Division Director, Public Health (#5085)

Bargaining Unit: ACMEA - HCSA Tech/Para Mgmt (R45)
$60.82-$73.84 Hourly / $4,865.60-$5,907.20 BiWeekly /
$10,542.13-$12,798.93 Monthly / $126,505.60-$153,587.20 Yearly

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.


This class is located in the Public Health Department of the Health Care Services Agency. The incumbent of this class has responsibility for developing, organizing and administrating the full spectrum of division services. This class is distinguished from the lower classification of Deputy Division Director, Public Health, in that the former provides assistance with the organization, administration and direction of the division by providing administrative oversight to division staff regarding program operations. The higher classification of Division Director, Public Health is responsible for providing leadership, supervision and management of programs and operations for the entire Division. The incumbents are responsible for directing and administering programs that represent the full spectrum of services along the continuum of care within the health delivery system, including primary and preventive care, episodic care and specialty and sub-specialty care, in all treatment settings.

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. Analyzes and interprets State and Federal standards and mandates into operational policies and procedures for the Division; assists in developing overall program policy, goals and objectives, including local and state strategic planning efforts, evaluates existing policies, practices and standards of the various division programs for compliance with State, Federal and local guidelines and/or regulations; analyzes new legislation and its impact on programs and the County budget and makes recommendations to the Public Health Director.

2. Develops, monitors, and coordinates assigned Division Fiscal/operational process, including an annual budget and plan for each funding source (e.g., Medi-Cal, Federal, State and other grant or local funds); maintains budget and fiscal controls of
expenditures and revenues; reviews and adjusts budget according to changes in State/Federal/local or other grant allocations and anticipated and unanticipated changes in service expenditures and revenues; reviews and analyzes statistical and financial reports; represents the programs in contract negotiations, program reviews and audits with all applicable funders.

3. Either directly or through others: Authorizes inpatient and outpatient medical evaluations and treatment for CMS eligible children; through various CMS approved hospitals and specialty care centers and several hundred CCS paneled specialty physicians and CHDP approved primary care providers; oversees the medical and dental consultants who support the FHS programs.

4. Directs a large complement of multidisciplinary staff through subordinate management personnel and provides administrative direction to staff.

5. Provides administrative oversight to the billing and claiming activities within the division, including extensive leveraging efforts and fee-for-service billing where applicable.

6. As required, provides high level review and/or mediation for inquiries or appeals for service from program clients.

7 Where applicable, implements programmatic eligibility and State and Federal case management policies and establishes, in consultation with others, local operational policies. Through medical consultants and/or skilled medical professional managers as required, assures that service is appropriate and given by a properly certified provider.

8. Oversees planning and development of management information systems within the division; analyzes data to assist in division management strategic planning efforts; e.g., to predict program growth rates and expansion needs and advocate for program changes; administratively oversees computer systems that facilitate case management, billing/accounting procedures and other operational needs.

9. Serves as a resource to division staff in maximizing programmatic design and operations, as well as achievement of compliance with all applicable professional and regulatory requirements. Administers multiple complex public health programs representing administrative, population based and/or direct service delivery.

10. Recruits, hires and trains professional and support staff; assigns, reviews and evaluates staff performance; handles grievances and disciplinary problems.

11. Maintains liaison with State, Federal and local agencies for coordination and implementation all division programs and activities; acts as liaison to advisory boards and community groups; serves as Health Care Services Agency and departmental appointee to various committees, task forces, agencies and councils; represents the agency in matters concerning division programs; effectively articulates the intent, value and contributions of all operations within the division.


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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.


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, 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.

TMZ:pb 1/19/90
JGS:lm Revised/Retitled - 4/96
Old doc: 1128H.doc
New doc: 5085.doc
CSC Date: 4/17/96
CC:pf Rev/Retitle 3/4/03
[old title: Children’s Medical Svcs. Administrator]
CSC Date: 9/3/03
SG:cs Revised 3/14/11
Old Title: Family Health Services Administrator
CSC Date: 04/06/11


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.