County of Alameda

Director of Epidemiology and Evaluation (#5783)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - HCSA Tech/Para Mgmt (U45)
$54.98-$73.64 Hourly / $4,398.40-$5,891.20 BiWeekly /
$9,529.87-$12,764.27 Monthly / $114,358.40-$153,171.20 Yearly


Under general direction, to plan, develop, organize, and administer the activities and staff of the Community Assessment, Planning and Evaluation (CAPE) Division or the Division of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention (DCDCP) Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit of the Public Health Department, and to do related work as required.


These positions are located in the Health Care Services Agency (HCSA) and report to the Director of Health and Business Data Analytics or a Physician V. Incumbents in this class are responsible for overseeing the work through subordinate staff while planning, designing, and coordinating the work of epidemiology and communicable disease in their assigned areas. It is distinguished from the lower class of Supervising Epidemiologist in that the latter is the first-line supervisory class while the former is responsible for the overall division responsibilities. and serves as the local medical and public health authority to enforce local health orders, ordinances, and statutes.  The Director of CAPE class is distinguished from the Supervising Program Specialist position by virtue of its responsibility for the overall administration of the Community Assessment, Planning and Evaluation (CAPE) Division, while the latter classification has primary responsibility for direct supervision of Program Specialists.


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, develops, organizes, and administers the program activities of the Community Assessment, Planning, and Evaluation (CAPE) Division or the Division of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention (DCDCP) Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit.
  2. Directs epidemiological analyses and other population health surveillance activities to support program and policy work throughout the HCSA.
  3. Oversees periodic publication of county health status reports, including an annual county health status report, HIV report and TB Fact Sheet, and manages timely response to data requests, as appropriate.
  4. Oversees program planning, outbreak (when assigned to DCDCP), and evaluation support for departmental and HCSA programs.
  5. Directs, through subordinate staff, community assessment activities and the provision of technical assistance services to Community Health Teams and Community Based Organizations.
  6. Develops data analyses for departmental leadership for use in understanding the social factors affecting health policy and practice.
  7. When assigned to DCDCP, oversees data analyses to inform and evaluate communicable disease policies, interventions, and regulations.
  8. Advises the Health Officer on trends and areas of future focus to enhance public health safety.
  9. Represents the Division or Unit in departmental decision-making, including strategic planning, quality improvement, and budget development.
  10. Supports preparation of grant proposals for community assessment, surveillance, cost-benefit, and other research projects.
  11. Develops and manages the annual budget for the division and oversees the maintenance of personnel and operational expenditures.
  12. Interacts with other County departments and agencies and other governmental, public, and private organizations.
  13. Prepares a variety of correspondence, periodic and special reports, informational publications, program policies, and other written materials.
  14. Plans, directs, reviews, and evaluates work of professional, technical and support staff; selects staff and provides for their training and professional development; implements discipline as required.



Possession of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university in public health, epidemiology, or a closely related field.


The equivalent of three (3) years full-time experience in the class of Supervising Epidemiologist or Epidemiology Research Scientist, responsible for epidemiology research or surveillance-related work, in the Alameda County classified service. 

The equivalent of five (5) years of full-time experience in the supervision of staff performing research or surveillance-related work, including experience with budget and contract management, grant proposal writing, program evaluation, and collaboration with community groups to conduct assessment and mobilization activities.


Possession of a doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in epidemiology, biostatistics, or another closely related field in public health may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience from either pattern above. 


Possession of a valid California Class C driver’s license and a satisfactory driving history as obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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 practices of public health, including current trends in policy, research, treatment, prevention, education, and related issues.
  •  Laws, codes, and regulations governing public health issues.
  • Principles and methods of epidemiology, biostatistics, and demography.
  • Principles and procedures of epidemiology research, including survey design, data management, and statistical analysis.
  • Theories, practices, and applications of epidemiological methodologies, including methods used in specialized fields.
  • Management principles and practices, including work planning, evaluation, supervision, and resource allocation.
  • Principles of public administration.
  • Strengths and limitations of prospective, retrospective, and cross-sectional studies.
  • Federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and policies governing the use of public health data. Program evaluation methodologies and management analysis.
  • Statistical analysis software and other computer applications related to the work.
Ability to:

  • Plan and organize.
  • Analyze and problem-solve.
  • Provide leadership and model an understanding of one’s own influence and demonstrates political astuteness in moving forward the mission of the organization.
  • Make decisions about policies and programs that address inequities and improve public health based on need, evidence, and community input.
  • Manage a diverse staff effectively.
  • Facilitate and ensure effective written and oral communication with attention to linguistic preferences and cultural proficiency.
  • Employ effective interpersonal and group interaction skills, including cultural humility and social and emotional intelligence.
  • Analyze a budget.
  • Manage multiple and changing priorities.
  • Be flexible.
  • Adapt to stress.
  • Incorporate and ensure adherence to departmental core values and ethical standards of practice into all interactions with individuals, organizations, and communities. 

RT:pf  8/23/01
New spec:   5783.doc
CSC date:    9/12/01
LC:jf Revision/Retitle 10/16/17
Old Title: Director of Community Assessment, Planning and Education (Public Health)
CSC Date: 11/21/17
SK:saa Revised/Retitled 08/17/2023
Old Title: Director of Community Assessment, Planning and Evaluation
CSC: 10/04/2023


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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