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Recruitment #17-PT6-01





THE JOB: The County of Santa Cruz is seeking a highly motivated team player to lead changes in the health arena. Under general direction, the incumbent will plan, organize, coordinate and evaluate programs in the Public Health Division of the Health Services Agency; and to do other work as required.


An ideal candidate will possess public health accreditation experience and familiarity with public health funding sources.


Employment Standards

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

Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in health care administration, a public health field, health science, physical sciences, or in a management field, such as public or business administration or other related field. 


Three years of responsible administrative or management experience which would demonstrate application or possession of the required knowledge and abilities listed below.  

Possession of a Master’s degree in Public Health is highly desirable.  

Special Requirements: Possession of a valid California C Driver License or the employee must be able to provide suitable transportation which is approved by the appointing authority.  

Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of program planning, administration, coordination and evaluation; principles and practices of public administration; functions and services of the assigned division’s programs; principles and practices of supervision, training and personnel management. 

Working knowledge of local government organization and operations and of the interrelationships between County, Federal and State government and community organizations concerned with the delivery of the assigned division programs’ services; community needs and public and private community resources providing services related to the assigned division’s programs; budgeting and fiscal control, especially pertaining to the assigned division programs’ services; administrative problems and issues involved in the operation of a large division and agency; laws and regulations pertaining to programs included in the assigned division; current developments and trends in the assigned division programs’ services field; grant proposal writing and legislative processes related to developing funding sources.  

Ability to:  Plan, organize, and direct, through subordinate managers and supervisors, the activities of a large staff engaged in the administration of the division programs; exercise initiative, ingenuity, and sound judgment to solve difficult administrative and personnel problems; analyze, interpret, and explain complex regulations, laws, court decisions and directives affecting division programs; evaluate programs; express division positions effectively in oral and written form; develop and coordinate functions among division, departments, and agencies; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; interpret and explain division operations and programs to other departments, agencies and community groups;  speak effectively before groups; prepare and monitor  contracts and budgets; provide professional consultation and program leadership; train and orient staff; develop, negotiate and monitor funding sources for some positions.  


VACATION – 16 days 1st year, increasing to 31 days per year after 15 years of service. Available after 1 year of service.
ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE – One week advanced upon appointment; two weeks accrued each year; can be taken in cash or time off.
HOLIDAYS – 12.5 paid holidays per year.
SICK LEAVE – Six days per year; after 6 months.
BEREAVEMENT LEAVE – 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.
MEDICAL PLAN – The County contracts with PERS for a variety of medical plans.  For most plans, County contributions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and dependents.
DENTAL PLAN – County pays for employee and dependent coverage.
VISION PLAN – County pays for employee coverage.  Employee may purchase dependent coverage.

RETIREMENT AND SOCIAL SECURITY – Pension formula 2% at age 60 or 2% at age 62 as determined based on provisions of the CA Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013(PEPRA). Pension benefit determined by final average compensation of three years. County pays a portion of retirement contribution and participates in Social Security. 
LIFE INSURANCE – County paid $50,000 term policy.  Employee may purchase additional life insurance.
LONG TERM DISABILITY PLAN – Plan pays 66 2/3% of the first $13,500, up to $9,000 per month maximum.
DEPENDENT-CARE PLAN – Employees who make contributions for child or dependent care may elect to have their contributions made utilizing “pre-tax dollars.”
H-CARE PLAN – Employees who pay a County medical premium share of cost may elect this pre-tax program.
HEALTH CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ALLOWANCE (HCFSA) – Employees may elect this pre-tax program to cover qualifying health care expenses.
FLEXIBLE HEALTH ALLOWANCE (FHA) – A portion of the County’s contribution to employee health insurance that allows employees to have health plan purchase options. Employees who are enrolled in a County medical plan can participate in this program.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION – A deferred compensation plan is available to employees.
AUTOMATIC CHECK DEPOSIT – Required for all employees in this bargaining unit.

Selection Plan

THE EXAMINATION:  Your application and supplemental application will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training and/or licensing requirements as stated on the job announcement.  If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral and/or performance examinations or a competitive evaluation of training and experience as described on your application and supplemental application. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list.  The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants.  If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months and your overall score will be based upon an evaluation of your application and supplemental application. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another examination for this job class, you will be invited to take the examination to remain on the eligible list.  

HOW TO APPLY: Apply Online Now!  Click on the link below; or print out an application and supplemental questionnaire and mail/bring them to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060.  For information, call (831) 454-2600.  Hearing Impaired TDD/TTY: 711.  Applications will meet the final filing date if received in one of the following ways:  1) In the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) submitted online before midnight of the final filing date.  Following a review for minimum qualifications, applicants who are selected to move forward in the recruitment process will be notified that they must submit a completed conviction history questionnaire in order to continue to the examination phase of the process.

Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  If you have a disability that requires test accommodation, please call (831) 454-2600.  

To comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, Santa Cruz County verifies that all new employees are either U.S. citizens or persons authorized to work in the U.S.  

Some positions may require fingerprinting and/or background investigation.     

                                     NOTE: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.  

                                                                    An Equal Opportunity Employer