County of Alameda

Deputy Director, Public Health Nursing (#5390)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - HCSA Tech/Para Mgmt (U45)
$76.44-$94.22 Hourly / $6,115.20-$7,537.60 BiWeekly /
$13,249.60-$16,331.47 Monthly / $158,995.20-$195,977.60 Yearly


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.  This class is distinguished from the next lower level class of Registered Nurse IV by the exercise of day-to-day managerial and supervisory guidance to the Nurse Managers and nursing services.  This class is further distinguished from the next higher level class of Director of Public Health Nursing in that the latter class has overall administrative and policy development responsibilities for the Public Health Nursing Division.


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.  Assists the Director, of Public Health Nursing, in the development and implementation of mission, vision and value statements and goals, policies, procedures and protocols, nursing standards, and program formulation for the Public Health Department, and collaborating programs, departments and agencies.

2.  Acts as the Director of Public Health Nursing in his/her absence; represents the division in meetings and committees.

3.  Provides programmatic, administrative and clinical leadership, direction and oversight to professional, paraprofessional and support staff, including oversight of hiring, supervision, coaching and professional development and performance management of subordinate staff in assigned units.

4.  Assist the Director of Public Health Nursing in the preparation of division budgets and monitors cost control activities relative to personnel, supplies, equipment, and facilities expenditures.

5.  Provides consultation and guidance on program/division-wide directives, ensuring quality customer service and compliance with all federal, state and local rules and regulations as well as agency and departmental policies and procedures.

6.  Assist in the development of nursing care standards and assures their implementation, documentation and evaluation.

7.  Develops staff performance standards and ensures adherence to the nursing employee evaluation schedules.

8.  Evaluates the education and training needs of nursing personnel, and makes recommendations to promote professional development and meet nursing division goals and operational efficiency.

9.  Oversees the development and implementation of a total quality assurance/quality improvement program for the division.

10.  Participates in the development, implementation, management, and evaluation of the Nurse Training Academies and the division’s employee orientation programs.

11.  Analyzes data derived and makes recommendations for new and/or revised programs to facilitate achievement of quality care.

12.  Assists the Director of Public Health Nursing in determining key performance measures of success for the division and developing and implementing work standards and reporting requirements.

13.  Monitors nursing licensing regulations and accreditation standards compliance.  

14.  Conducts research and/or studies related to population health, health equity, health care and health care delivery.

15.   Prepares a variety of correspondence, narrative and statistical reports, program documentation, policies, procedures, and other written materials.

16.  Operates a variety of standard office equipment including a computer; may drive a County or personal vehicle for division and/or public health department business.

17.  Participates in departmental-wide, or program-specific, on-call rotation; may participate in specific initiatives or provide direct client care as needed.



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.  

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 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. 


Old document:  RS:lfm


New document:  Jobspecs/5390


CSC Date:  1/18/82

RE:pf  REV. 8/10/01

CSC Date:     8/29/01

LC:jf Revision/Retitled 3/15/18

Old Title: Associate Director, Public Health Nursing

CSC Date: 4/25/18


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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