Wednesday, August 5, 2020

County Health Officer

Recruitment #20-5046-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION. The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Applications must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.

Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Failure to submit the Application or Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.

Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires will only be accepted online.



The County employs 9,700 full-time employees and operates on an annual budget of $3.4 billion. Oakland, the County seat, is California's eighth largest city. One and a half million people call Alameda County home and live in a variety of incorporated cities, unincorporated communities and rural areas. As a major urban county, Alameda provides a full range of services to its citizens. The County is a blend of culturally and ethnically diverse communities, and its mixture of cosmopolitan and suburban areas provides the perfect environment for families and their active lifestyles. The County offers extensive cultural resources, countless recreational opportunities and an array of fine public and private colleges and universities.



Alameda County's Health Services Program is administered by the Health Care Services Agency and includes the following program areas: Behavioral Health Care, Public Health, Environmental Health, and Agency Administration/Indigent Health. The ultimate mission of the Health Care Services Agency is to provide fully integrated health care services through a comprehensive network of public and private partnerships that ensure optimal health and well-being and respect the diversity of all residents. Health Care Services Agency currently has multiple career opportunities for experienced professionals to become part of a service delivery team dedicated to the optimal health and well-being of Alameda County residents.  



Under general administrative direction of the director of the Health Care Services Agency or a designee, plans, organizes, directs, and administers the County medical Public Health Program.  Provides leaderships and participates in the design, development, evaluation, and implementation of departmental goals and strategies for care; develops, implementation and monitors policies, procedures, systems and standards for county operated and contracted medical services to ensure effective delivery of services and compliance with local, state and federal laws pertaining to the practice of medicine within the county setting.  Enforces Local, State and Federal public health laws; serves as the local Registrar of Vital Records for the County; provides highly complex staff assistance to the Director of the Health Care Services Agency or designee; represents the Agency before boards, committees, Local, State, and Federal Health agencies, community organizations, and the general public on medical issues, and does related work as required.

The County Health Officer is a single-position class which serves as the local medical/public health authority to issue and/or enforces local health orders, ordinances and statutes to assure the effectiveness of mandated health protection functions, to assess the health status of the community and to provide related medical direction to the Health Care Services Agency.  This class is distinguished from the Director of Public Health, in that the latter has overall administrative and operation responsibility for the Public Health Department.
In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, the ideal candidate will possess extensive medical expertise and excel in managing a highly skilled, dedicated multi-disciplinary team in the provision of public health services essential to the protection of the health and well- being of County residents and ensuring the highest level of service delivery to diverse customers.  The ideal candidate will also possess the following critical attributes:
  • A highly skilled innovative medical expert who leads through change and growth by empowering, inspiring and motivating others in the workplace and in the community.
  • An experienced administrator and physician with expert knowledge of communicable disease control services and epidemiological survey and statistical methods.
  • An advocate for social justice, social determinants of health and health equity.
  • A proven leader who proactively assesses local community health indicators and works with health providers and community groups to plan and implement strategies to improve community health.
  • A problem solver with experience in the principles and practices of quality improvement, quality assurance and public health accreditation.
  • An excellent communicator who creates positive, respectful, and productive relationships with the Board of Supervisors, Department Head colleagues and all others. Demonstrates open, honest and professional communication.
  • An effective team builder and leader of a multi-disciplinary staff who also works effectively with other agencies, community providers and members of the public in a manner that fosters growth, trust and common goals.  Finds ways to collaborate with the community and finds ways to work together on joint solutions.
  • A Master's degree in Public Health is preferred. 



Graduation from an accredited school of medicine with a Medical Degree.



The equivalent of five years of recent full-time, paid experience in either health care administration or management of a medical or a public health care program. The equivalent of at least three years of the required experience must have been in a major administrative role, which included program planning and evaluation, oversight of clinical services, community organization, and budget management.


Possession of a valid license to practice medicine in the State of California.

Certification by an American Specialty Board in preventive medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, family practice, or other field closely related to public health.  (Possession of a Master's Degree in Public Health may be substituted for the required Specialty Board certification.)

NOTE:  The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualification in the announcement of an examination.


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices of organizations, public administration, budget and personnel management.
  • 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 care issues, including appropriate enforcement techniques.
  • Communicable disease management and mitigation.
  • Effective management practices in health care systems.
  • Community needs, resources and organizations related to public health and medical care.
  • Principles of financial administration, including public budgeting and reporting.
Ability to:
  • Research, prepare and interpret clinical, technical and administrative reports,
  • Speak effectively to diverse audiences.
  • Maintain relationships with various private and public agencies, and interact effectively with the public and a variety of stakeholders.
  • Work cooperatively and effectively with other agencies/departments, government officials, and the local private medical community.
  • Plan, organize and direct activities designed to protect and promote the public health.
  • Interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Evaluate the adequacy of health programs.
  • Provide collaborative leadership with strong commitment to public health and community participation in addressing health problems.


The examination will consist of the following steps:
  1. A review of candidates' applications to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.
  2. A review of candidates’ Supplemental Questionnaires to select the best qualified applicants to continue in the process.
  3. An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.
We reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination components.
Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position. Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency.


Deadline for Filing:    

5:00PM, Thursday, August 13, 2020

Review of Minimum Qualifications:

August 24, 2020

Screening for Best Qualified:

September 18, 2020

Civil Service Oral Examination:

Week of September 28, 2020


Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


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.


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Angelica Cuevas, HR Analyst

Human Resource Services, County of Alameda

(510) 271-5154 or email



Alameda County has a diverse workforce, that is representative of the communities we serve, and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance and business need. Alameda County does not discriminate in employment on the basis of, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors protected under federal, state and local law. Alameda County celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive, and welcoming workplace environment.

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View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.