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Recruitment #21-PJ6-01







THE JOB: Under direction, to plan, organize, coordinate and supervise a Health Services program; and to do other work as required. The Health Services Manager in this position would provide supervision to several Supervising Public Health Nurse III’s in the Children and Family Health Branch of the Public Health Division. This would include the following programs: California Children’s Services, Child Health and Disability Prevention/Health Care Prevention Coordination Foster Children, California Childhood Lead Prevention, Nurse Family Partnership and Public Health Field Nursing Home Visitation Program. Public Health Nurses staff all of these programs providing care for children and families in our community. The preferred HSM candidate has past experience as a nursing supervisor, exposure to working in the public health field or home health field, and knowledge of the rules and regulations provided by the BRN for the State of California. Additional experience in reflective supervision, and any other management/supervision courses are preferred. Ideal candidates will demonstrate commitment to promoting racial health equity and providing trauma informed care. The current vacancy requires a Registered Nurse License. Public Health Nurses are strongly encouraged to apply. The eligible list established from this recruitment will be used to fill current and future vacancies during the life of the eligible list.

Employment Standards

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of training and experience that 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, nursing, psychology, social work, marriage and family counseling, life sciences, physical sciences, or in a management field such as public or business administration.


One year of administrative, supervisory or management experience in a program area to which the position is assigned. Some positions may require a Master's degree pursuant to State law.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: License Requirements: All positions require possession and maintenance of a valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to provide suitable transportation approved by the appointing authority. Some positions require one of the following licenses or certificates issued by the State of California: Clinical Psychologist; Registered Nurse; Public Health Nurse; Clinical Social Worker or Marriage Family and Child Counselor. If licensed in another state, State of California licensure must be obtained within eighteen (18) months from the date of employment.

Special Working Conditions: All assignments: Exposure to infections which may cause chronic disease or death may occur in the course of physical intervention to control client behavior; contact with potentially hostile or violent individuals. Juvenile Hall and Acute/Emergency Services assignments: Exposure to noise, such as people yelling. Children's Service assignment: Exposure to disturbing material, such as photos of abused children.

Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of Health Services program administration. Working knowledge of community resources and health services available for the assigned program; health terminology and the cost and funding sources of health care for the assigned program and complex psycho-social problems affecting the population served. Some knowledge of program management, including funding sources, grant proposal writing, program evaluation, budget and fiscal management; principles of supervision and training; principles of public relations; health conditions and unusual medical treatment for the population served and computers and their use in the health care field.

Ability to: Plan, organize, coordinate and direct a health program and related support services; train, supervise and evaluate the work of subordinate staff; understand, interpret, explain and apply laws, rules and regulations; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; prepare and monitor a budget, develop policies and procedures and evaluate program effectiveness; prepare grant applications and contracts; speak effectively before groups; prepare and present clear and concise reports and correspondence; and learn to input, access and analyze data using a computer.


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 - 13 paid holidays per year.
SICK LEAVE - Six days per year.
BEREAVEMENT LEAVE - 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.
MEDICAL PLAN - The County contracts with CalPERS for a variety of medical plans. For most plans, County contributions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and eligible dependents.
DENTAL PLAN - County pays for employee and eligible dependent coverage.
VISION PLAN - The County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible 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 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 pay for qualifying child or dependent care expenses may elect this pre-tax program.
H-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay a County medical premium 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.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION - A deferred compensation plan is available to employees.

Selection Plan

THE EXAMINATION: Your application and supplemental questionnaire 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 questionnaire. 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 questionnaire. 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. 

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.

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

  County of Santa Cruz

An Equal Opportunity Employer 

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