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Recruitment #21-PJ9-01



THE JOB: Under general direction, plan, organize and direct a broad range of public health programs and services; direct the comprehensive Public Health Division under the Health Services Agency for Santa Cruz County; direct the enforcement of applicable State health laws and regulations; assist in program planning; develop strong relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders; utilize relevant public health theories and evidence to inform practice; develop and uphold a workplace culture that supports the Division’s mission, vision and values; and perform other duties as required. The list established for this recruitment will be used to fill current and future part-time, full-time, temporary, and substitute vacancies during the life of the eligible list.

Employment Standards

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


Five years of progressively responsible administrative experience in a public health related field including one year of experience in program development and evaluation. A Master's degree in nursing, public health, public administration, or a related field may be substituted for one of the five years of required administrative experience. 

Special Requirements/Conditions: Valid California class C driver license. Background Investigation: Fingerprinting is required. 

Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of principles of public health administration; principles, practices and methods of public health; functions and services of local public health agencies; federal and State laws and regulations governing public health and nursing services; principles of personnel management, including supervision and training. Working knowledge of causes, treatment and prevention of communicable disease; procedures involved in promoting maternal and child health and providing for health needs of children; community resources available for assistance in public health programs; sociological problems involved in public health programs; governmental budgetary procedures and finance as they pertain to divisional operations; the interrelationships of services among local, public, private and voluntary public health agencies and organizations; general functions of the California Department of Health Care Services and California Department of Public Health. 

Ability to: Plan, implement and direct through managers a broad range of Public Health services; exercise initiative, ingenuity, and sound judgment in solving difficult administrative, technical and personnel problems; define, develop, evaluate, and implement divisional policy and program practices; coordinate divisional activities with other divisions, departments, and agencies; establish and maintain effective working relationships; select, train, and evaluate lead management staff; prepare clear and concise administrative and technical reports; express ideas effectively in oral and written form; collect and analyze demographic and other data as required; interpret, analyze, explain, and apply laws, rules, regulations and ordinances; develop, analyze, and monitor the division budget; participate in the analysis, evaluation, planning, and implementation of public health programs.


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.


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

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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