Placer Employment Opportunities

Public Health Nurse - Supervising

Recruitment #2021-13551-01


This recruitment will be open until filled. The next screening deadline is March 8, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
Applications received after the deadline will then be reviewed and processed on a bi-weekly basis.

The Department of Health and Human Services - Public Health Division is currently recruiting for a permanent vacancy for  Public Health Nurse - Supervising. The eligible list resulting from this recruitment may also be used to fill future permanent and/or extra help/temporary* vacancies in various assignment areas within Public Health.

*Temporary/Extra-help assignments are limited to 28 hours per week with a cap of 999 hours or 960 hours for CalPERS retired annuitants in a fiscal year and are not eligible for benefits. Extra-help appointments made from this eligible list may transition to permanent status, should vacancies arise.

Employees who are designated to use a second language in the normal course and scope of work will receive five percent (5%) bilingual pay.


The current vacancy is located in Auburn, but may require program and service oversight of the Tahoe and South Placer County areas.  This position will work with division staff and the community to address healthcare needs in Placer County.  This position will also provide program oversight and direct supervision of staff for several Public Health programs, which could include: The Children's Medical Service (California Children's Services, Child Health and Disability Prevention, and Foster Care), Maternal Child Adolescent Health, Public Health nursing services, and communicable disease programs. 


Placer County offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees. The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change. Applicants should inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department.

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For more information regarding the benefits Placer County has to offer please visit Placer County's Human Resources website.


To plan, organize, direct, supervise and evaluate public health nursing activities and programs within the Public Health Nursing Division of the Department of Health and Human Services; and to perform a variety of technical tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.


The Supervisor level recognizes positions that perform full, first-line supervisory responsibilities including planning, assigning and evaluating the work of subordinates and is responsible for a program area within a work unit or department.


Receives general direction from assigned management staff.

Exercises direct supervision over assigned professional, clerical and technical personnel.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Recommend and assist in the development, implementation and evaluation of measurable goals and objectives; establish schedules and methods for public health nursing activities, programs and services; implement policies and procedures.
  • Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise and review the work of staff involved in various public health nursing activities and programs.
  • Evaluate operations and activities of assigned responsibilities; recommend improvements and modifications; prepare various reports on operations and activities using concepts of the nursing process including assessment, planning, implement and evaluation.
  • Participate in budget preparation and administration; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; submit justifications for various public health nursing activities and programs, including staff, equipment, materials and supplies; monitor and control expenditure.
  • Evaluate and assure quality of nursing practice, contribute to the professional growth of staff.
  • Participate in the selection of staff; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; recommend discipline; implement discipline procedures as directed.
  • Collaborate with other health care providers, professionals, community representatives in assessing implementation and evaluation of programs for community health.
  • Answer questions and provide information to the public; investigate complaints and recommend corrective action as necessary to resolve.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Work is typically performed in an indoor office environment and controlled temperature conditions. Position may require travel to and from other locations in a variety of outdoor weather conditions and lifting materials and supplies of moderate weight. 


It is the responsibility of applicants to identify in their application materials how they meet the minimum qualifications listed below.

Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Three years of increasingly responsible experience in public health nursing. 

Training: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in nursing.

License or Certificate:

  • Possession of a valid license as a Registered Nurse issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing.  
  • Possession of a valid certificate as a Certified Public Health Nurse issued by the California State Board of Registered Nursing.
  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position. Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.

Length of Probation

All permanent appointments from open eligible lists to open positions in the classified service shall serve a probationary period of twelve (12) months or two thousand eighty (2,080) hours, whichever is more.

Bargaining Unit:  Professional


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of public health nursing, including prevention, epidemiology, public health education, health promotion, gerontology, sociology, demography, community structure and organization, management, program management, program development, policy development involved in public health nursing.
  • Equipment and materials used in public health nursing activities.
  • Procedures and practices used to promote maternal and child health and to assess infant, child and adolescent development.
  • Principles and practices of public health program planning,  reflecting relevant theoretical concepts, research, data collection analysis of data; evaluation of community response.
  • Services and functions of other social and health agencies/providers relative to public health nursing and the community served.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluations.
  • Policies and procedures of a health and human services department, especially as related to the assigned division.
  • Principles of budget monitoring.
  • Principles and practices of work safety, especially as related to communicable diseases.
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal laws, ordinances and rules.
  • Differing cultural, religious, economic and social groups and their relationships to the delivery and acceptance of health care services.

Ability to:

  • Organize, implement and direct nursing activities.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently analyze work papers, client records, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policies and procedures.
  • On an intermittent basis, sit at desk for long periods of time; intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; and lift light to moderate weight.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.
  • Interpret and explain pertinent County and Department policies and procedures.
  • Assist in the development and monitoring of an assigned program budget.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Develop and recommend policies and procedures related to assigned operations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.


Training & Experience Rating (100%)

Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant’s education, training, and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula. Scores from this evaluation will determine applicant ranking and placement on the eligible list.


Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination (which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation), sign a constitutional oath, and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S.  For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation (which may include a voice stress analysis and/or a polygraph), and/or be bonded. Additionally, positions in law enforcement classifications and those supporting law enforcement functions will be required to complete a conviction history questionnaire prior to or during the interview process. Applicants for positions with access to Medi-Cal billing software or who are licensed providers must clear the Federal Exclusion List, credentialing, and social security verification. Failure to clear these requirements may result in an employment offer being withdrawn.


The eligible list resulting from this recruitment may be certified as a substitute list for a substantially similar classification.  For this purpose, a substantially similar classification is one at a lower level in the same classification (example: entry level vs. journey level) and/or a similar classification (similar work performed, similar training and experience qualifications required). If you are contacted for an interview by a County department, you will be informed of the classification and other relevant information. If you choose not to interview for a substantially similar classification, you will remain on the eligible list for which you originally applied.


Placer County offers an expedited process for qualifying certain applicants for interviews. Candidates currently employed, or employed within the last year, by a public agency operating under a personnel civil service or merit system may be eligible to be placed on a Public Agency Eligible List and certified as eligible for appointment to a similar job assignment without going through the examination process. For more information on the Public Agency Eligible List, to download forms, or to apply, please click here.


Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment, discrimination, and retaliation are prohibited and that all employees, applicants, agents, contractors, and interns/volunteers shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer, and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over), marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.

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