Deputy Director-Trauma (#EH2150)
$89.05-$108.24 Hourly / $15,434.83-$18,761.14 Monthly / $185,218.05-$225,133.69 Yearly


Under administrative direction, plans, organizes, and directs the San Joaquin General Hospital Trauma Program; and does related or other work as required.


The class of Deputy Director – Trauma is exempt from the San Joaquin County Civil Service System and is an at-will position.  The incumbent reports to the Chief Nursing Officer of San Joaquin General Hospital and performs a broad spectrum of senior-level managerial duties, and is responsible for planning, organizing, leading, administering and directing assigned budgets, functions, and activities to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations and  policies established by San Joaquin General Hospital Trauma Program.  The incumbent is expected to model a strong work ethic and management skills, including accountability for one-self and others.  Assignments are carried out with considerable independence and will interface extensively with external agencies and may represent Nursing Administration.


This specification is a general guideline for this classification.  The statements below are not restrictive, and the responsibilities and duties assigned to a position in this class may expand beyond those identified in the specification.

  • Plans, organizes, and directs the San Joaquin General Hospital Trauma Program; develops and implements appropriate policies, guidelines and protocols for care of trauma patients.  
  • Collaborates with key staff in various service departments within the Hospital across the continuum of trauma care.  
  • Ensures that a safe environment is provided for patients, visitors, and employees.
  • Coordinates and participates in the provision of basic and advanced trauma critical care training for nursing staff; directs the activities of assigned staff through subordinate managers and supervisors; selects staff and evaluates performance; reviews and takes action on disciplinary matters as needed.    
  • Assists with the development and implementation of quality control and quality improvement programs and initiatives; analyzes and monitors performance indicators and ensures that assigned operations meet established standards; recommends process improvements to ensure operational effectiveness.
  • Develops and maintains an annual budget for the Trauma Program; keeps records; writes reports and correspondence; ensures all data and monthly reports are distributed appropriately and in a timely fashion.
  • Coordinates trauma specific courses for nurses as specified by Hospital policies; assists with and/or performs trauma educational in-services for Hospital staff; coordinates and collaborates with the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Liaison Nurse for trauma education and performance improvement activities.  
  • Ensures compliance with all Hospital, local, State and American College of Surgeons requirements; maintains records as required and performs all duties necessary to maintain American College of Surgeons verification as a Trauma Center.  
  • Maintains a performance improvement process consistent for trauma care that is in accordance with the Local EMS Agency, California EMS Authority regulations, as well as the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma.  
  • Participates in the Local EMS Agency Trauma Committees; participates in local, regional, and national trauma education conferences and professional organizations; serves as liaison with Hospital administration for all trauma related issues.



Education:  Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, Health Science, Business Administration, or other closely related field.  Minimum of 16 hours per year of trauma related continuing education.

Experience:  Four years of progressively responsible clinical experience actively working with acute trauma patients in an acute care hospital designated as a trauma center, including one year of management experience at a level equivalent to a Nursing Department Manager.

Substitution:  A Master’s Degree in Nursing, Health Care Administration, Business Administration, or other closely related field may be substituted for one year of the required non- management experience.


License and Certification:  Current registration as a nurse in the State of California and possession of current BLS certification. Must obtain valid TNCC certification within six (6) months of employment.


Management principles and practices including methods of planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling; budget preparation and monitoring; professional nursing theory and techniques; hospital functions; goals of patient care; hospital and trauma center safety principles and practices; hospital trauma center licensing and certification requirements; current medical treatment methods, standards, equipment, and supplies; current trends in nursing.


Exercise analytical and critical thinking skills, exercise good judgment and make sound managerial decisions; provide effective and efficient management advice and in a rapid and high pace trauma emergency environment.


San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: EH2150; EST: 2/12/2019;