CHIEF OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Job Specifications

Class Code: PJ9
Analyst:  JS:DTW
Date Originated: 5/84 
Date Revised: 6/95, 2/05

COUNTY OF SANTA CRUZ

DEFINITION

Under general direction, plan, organize and direct a broad range of public health programs and services; direct the comprehensive Environmental Health program for Santa Cruz County; direct the enforcement of applicable State health laws and regulations; assist in program planning; and perform other duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

This single position class reports to the Medical Services Director/Health Officer and is responsible for directing, through professional subordinate staff, a broad range of specialized public health programs such as Environmental Health Services, Community Health and Prevention, Communicable Disease Control, Child Health and Disability Prevention, California Children's Services, Field Public Health Nursing, Dental Health, Women's Services, and HIV Prevention.

This position differs from the classification of Medical Services Director/Health Officer in that the latter directs the overall medical and clinical responsibilities of the Public Health Division and in addition provides the same assistance in the Health Services Clinics, the Detention Medical Division, and the Indigent Care Program.  The Medical Services Director/Health Officer classification requires a licensed physician and surgeonís expertise and authority to make medical recommendations to staff and the public and to comply with statutory duties. This position also differs from the classification of Chief of Clinic Services in that the latter directs health care programs which provide individualized medical care, while the Chief of Public Health directs a broad range of specialized public health programs which serve the community as a whole. 

The incumbent serves as an advisor and internal consultant to staff and the public on both environmental and public health matters. The incumbent works with a high degree of independence and requires professional, scientific knowledge of public health and administrative and management skills.

TYPICAL TASKS

Plans, organizes and directs the operation and activities of the Public Health Division of the Health Services Agency; engages in a broad range of community and environmental health programs; monitors and controls the various Public Health division budgets and grant and contract administration activities; consults with Medical Services Director/Health Officer on work programs, schedules, and departmental policy; works with the staff of other divisions, departments and agencies in the development of joint procedures, program planning, and resolution of administrative problems; oversees the design and development of new public health programs which include ordinances, policies and procedures, staffing, education and outreach; acts as an internal consultant and advisor to staff for public health and management issues; evaluates divisional or departmental policies, procedures, programs, organization and rules, and formulates improvements; initiates and develops new public health and divisional operation related policy statements and procedures; implements policies and procedures; ensures that applicable local, State and Federal regulations and the programs and policies of the Health Services Administrator or Health Officer are effectively implemented; develops divisional position statements for presentation to the Board of Supervisors and other agencies;  oversees the assessment of current community needs, anticipates future community requirements, and ensures that the public  health program meets current and anticipated community requirements; promotes desirable community health action based on departmental objectives, and provides technical advice and  consultation to committees, school personnel, and community groups; selects, assigns, trains and evaluates subordinate supervisors; handles difficult personnel problems; participates in departmental policy and program development with management staff; keeps Medical Services Director/Health Officer informed of changes and problems pertaining to various program or divisional operations; attends meetings and conferences; prepare reports and correspondence; directs divisional staff induction and in-service training activities; directs or participates in the collection and analysis of demographic data related to divisional operations; keeps abreast of legislative and technical changes in the public health field and recommends and implements changes in the program, as appropriate; coordinates public  health division activities with other County, State and Federal agencies; advises and confers with State and local officials concerning public health methods, procedures and problems; reviews complex cases against violators which require court action, and testifies as an expert witness in court proceedings.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS

Knowledge of:

Thorough knowledge of:  

Working knowledge of:   

Ability to:

Education and Experience:

Any combination of education and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Special Requirements/Conditions:

PREVIOUS CLASS TITLES: None
Bargaining Unit: 06
EEOC Job Category: 01
Occupational Grouping: 57
Workers' Comp Code: 290