County of Alameda

Senior Public Health Nurse (#5457)

Bargaining Unit: ACMEA - HCSA Tech/Para Mgmt (R45)
$47.18-$57.99 Hourly / $3,774.40-$4,639.20 BiWeekly /
$8,177.87-$10,051.60 Monthly / $98,134.40-$120,619.20 Yearly

Under direction, to assist a Bureau or Division Chief in implementing policies and establishing and administering procedures for county-wide Public Health Service programs; and to do related work as required.


Senior Public Health Nurses act as administrators and coordinators for the Public Health Services, Division of the Health Care Services Agency, in several programs. A major portion of their duties consists of liaison between the program and other divisions, departments, or outside agencies, and interpretation of program policies and procedures. Senior Public Health Nurses may supervise registered nurses and assigned clerical staff. Senior Public Health Nurses generally receive supervision from a Bureau or Division Chief, but the Senior in charge of the clinics is supervised by a District Nursing Director. Supervision of incumbents in the lower class of Public Health Nurse is normally assigned to Supervising Public Health Nurses in district offices.

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 with the administrative aspects of a Public Health Services program, such as Tuberculosis, School Health, Maternal and Child Health, or Home Health Aide; serves as a resource person working closely with district health personnel in the day-to-day implementation of the program; coordinates activities with other programs or departments; prepares and maintains program manuals; prepares material for budget requests; maintains expenditure controls; may supervise a small group of clerical personnel.

2. Manages several clinics in the central office building by preparing the physical setting, ordering supplies, reviewing records, interviewing patients, and answering questions or allaying fears; discusses patient's problems with physicians; explains findings, gives guidance, and teaches principles of health to patients; supervises, trains, and evaluates clinic personnel.

3. Provides consultative services to nursing home personnel on patient evaluation, education programs, and staff recruitment and assignment; recommends appropriate measures to correct deficiencies in nursing services; instructs on proper maintenance of patient records, safe cleaning methods, and sterilization of equipment; maintains records on inspections, conferences, consultations, and other problem activities relating to nursing homes.

4. Prepares reports, handles correspondence, maintains program records, attends committee meetings and conferences, compiles statistics for special reports and coordinates forms control with the statistical division.

Either I

The equivalent of one year of experience in the class of Public Health Nurse in Alameda County.



Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and successful completion of a Public Health Nursing program approved by the California State Board of Health,



The equivalent of two years of full-time general experience as a Public Health Nurse. (Possession of a master's degree in Public Health may be substituted for one year of the required experience.)


Valid License to practice as a Registered Nurse in California.
Valid certificate as a Public Health Nurse in California.

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 public health nursing.
• General provisions of state health laws and rules and regulations of the State Department of Public Health.
• Principles of effective supervision.
• General understanding of County Health programs and their goals.
• Principles of administration and management.


• Written communication.
• Oral communication.
• Analytical and problem solving.
• Planning and organization.
• Budget analysis.
• Management control.
• Interpersonal sensitivity.
• Leadership.

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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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