Correctional Health Admin (#EM0270)
$86.22-$104.81 Hourly / $14,945.50-$18,166.34 Monthly / $179,346.00-$217,996.19 Yearly


Under administrative direction from the Director of Health Care Services, manages the San Joaquin County Correctional Health Services detention facilities; coordinates the correctional health services system, and does related or other work as required.


This single-incumbent classification is exempt from the merit system and is responsible for managing and administering the programs, functions, budget and activities of Correctional Health Services in the Health Care Services Agency (HCSA). This classification is distinguished by the custody requirements imposed by the criminal nature of the forensic client, patient, or inmate population and the security features of the facilities.


This specification is a general guideline for the class. 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.

  • Assists in developing the overall structure, organization, policies, procedures and methods for delivering medical services to inmate patients at San Joaquin County detention facilities.
  • In partnership with other agencies, California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and California Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC), plans, develops, monitors, and evaluates the Correctional Health Services program to provide optimum patient care and safe service delivery in compliance with the overall mission of the HCSA.
  • Interviews, hires, trains, evaluates, reviews, and disciplines nursing and support staff; assists in interviewing, hiring, training, evaluating, ensuring certification and licensing requirements for medical, mental health, and pharmacy staff.
  • Plans, assigns, and schedules the work of assigned staff.
  • Evaluates the education and training needs of nursing personnel and directs the development and implementation of in-service programs through subordinate staff.
  • Facilitates problem identification and resolution; establishes and monitors quality improvement projects and actively participates in quality related activities.
  • Represents the department with agency administration, inter and intra-agency committees or other community groups concerning the development and delivery of correctional health services; maintains liaison between San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office and other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.
  • Assists in the preparation and administration of the department budget, revenue collection and monitoring; negotiates, prepares, processes monitors, and administers purchase of service contracts and/or grants for incoming funds.
  • Researches and analyzes administrative and regulatory requirements to determine their impact on department services and operations; ensures compliance with Title 15 of the California Code of Regulations, BSCC, and CDPH.
  • Prepares and/or or directs the preparation of statistical and narrative reports, correspondence, and other information related to department operations, services, and projects.
  • May serve as consultant on nursing or other correctional health issues for programs or projects; represents department on a variety of subjects and interdisciplinary matters.


Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in Public Administration, Business Administration, Hospital Administration, Nursing, Social Work, or closely related field.

Experience: Four years of progressively responsible experience as a Registered Nurse in a correctional health care setting, acute care hospital, mental health facility or public health agency; including one year of management experience at a level equivalent to San Joaquin County’s Nursing Department Manager classification.

Licenses and Certificates: Current registration as a nurse in the State of California.

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


Principles and practices of government administration; principles and practices of planning and analysis; modern nursing and correctional health principles, methods, procedures, security and operations; current medical treatment methods, standards, equipment, and supplies; regulatory and case law impacting the delivery of health care services in detention facilities; jail safety principles and practices; techniques of program planning, development, and evaluation; goals of patient care; and California Code of Regulations Title 15 and BSCC and CDPH requirements.


Identify and solve problems; plan, direct, and coordinate the activities of professional, technical, and support personnel assigned to correctional facilities; monitor quality of care and standardized procedures for nursing services pursuant to the California Nursing Practice Act; establish and maintain effective relationships with the public, County personnel and other agencies. Maintain concise and complete records; communicate effectively through written and oral communication.


Mobility—sitting for long periods, walking; occasional standing, pushing, pulling, bending, squatting, climbing; Lifting—frequently 5 pounds or less; occasionally 5 to 30 pounds; Visual—constant good overall vision and reading/close-up work; frequent color perception and use of eye/hand coordination; occasional use of depth perception and peripheral vision; Hearing/Talking—frequent hearing of normal speech, hearing/talking on the telephone, talking in person; Emotional/Psychological—frequent decision making, concentration, and public contact; Special Requirements-- may require working nights and weekend; be generally available and accessible outside of typical business or work hours. Environmental—occasional exposure to varied weather conditions.

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

CLASS: EM0270; EST: 12/14/2021;