County of Alameda

Chief Public Health Investigator (#5774)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - HCSA Tech/Para Mgmt (U45)
$41.99-$51.19 Hourly / $3,359.20-$4,095.20 BiWeekly /
$7,278.27-$8,872.93 Monthly / $87,339.20-$106,475.20 Yearly

Under general direction, to coordinate, evaluate, and plan special venereal disease projects and direct public health investigative programs; responsible for venereal disease budget preparation; surveillance of agency venereal disease clinics; establish and maintain liaison with public and private agencies, physicians and persons concerned with communicable disease problems; and to do related work as required.


The one position in this class has overall supervisory and administrative responsibility for the Investigative Unit of the Communicable Disease Bureau of the Health Department. The incumbent of this position will plan and implement investigative programs.

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. Administrative responsibility for the overall operation of the Public Health Investigator Unit.

2. Responsibility for venereal disease program planning and evaluation assigned to the Bureau of Communicable Diseases.

3. Reviews all orders for quarantine and isolation, legal notices to appear, and warrants for arrest in cooperation with a district health officer before they are issued.

4. Authorizes release of information from medical records to other health departments and to physicians, as directed by the Chief of the Bureau of Communicable Disease Control. Coordinates and evaluates special venereal disease projects assigned to the Bureau of Communicable Disease.

5. Maintains liaison with public and private agencies concerned with communicable disease problems. Maintain and update venereal disease manuals and procedures.

6. Calls on physicians to enlist their cooperation and support of Health Department regulations. Responsible for preparation of the venereal disease budget for the Bureau of Communicable Disease.

7. Arranges conferences with departmental personnel; gathers data and submits reports to the Chief, Bureau of Communicable Disease; advises and assists on policies and programs relating to venereal disease. Acts as a consultant to the districts, public, and private agencies.

8. Assists bureau chief in writing manuals, memos and the budget. Assists the Chief of the Bureau of Communicable Diseases in other venereal disease programs. Responsible for surveillance of venereal disease activities in the Agency Venereal Disease Clinics, and venereal disease morbidity reports.

Either I

The equivalent of one year of experience in the class of Senior Public Health Investigator.


The equivalent of two years of experience in the class of Public Health Investigator 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,



The equivalent of three years of full-time experience as a Public Health Investigator, Social Worker, or in a comparable capacity providing investigative or social services to the public.


Some acceptable combination of education and experience.


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:

• Techniques of effective supervision and administration.
• Venereal and other communicable diseases.
• Principles and methods of the enforcement of public health law.
• Clinic and laboratory operations.
• Functions of a local public health agency as related to the discovery and control of communicable diseases.
• Modern office practice and procedures.

Ability to:

• Conduct effective fact-gathering interviews of a highly personal nature.
• Exercise initiative and tact in tracing contacts and bringing them to seek treatment.
• Work effectively with doctors, nurses, officials and with the general public.
• Maintain ethical and harmonious relationships with persons encountered in the work.
• Coordinate the activities of the unit.
• Cooperate effectively with superiors and subordinates.
• Speak and write effectively.

Revised 12/1976
Old document: 0538h
New document: Jobspecs/5774
CSC Date: 1/7/77


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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