Assistant Public Health Officer - California Children's Services (CCS) Program

  • San Jose, California
  • Nov 18, 2019
Full Time Public Health
  • Salary: $160,002.96 - $226,704.40 Annually

Job Description

This is a licensed Physician position.

The primary role of this position is to serve as the Medical Director for the California Children's Services (CCS) Program. The position also provides oversight of the medical aspects of the Child Health and Disability Program (CHDP), the Maternal Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Program and other programs within the Maternal Child and Family Health Branch of the department. This position also serves as the Assistant Public Health Officer (APHO), which requires working closely with the Health Officer/Public Health Director and other lead staff during any disaster, crisis, or emergency. The position shares after hours night call 24/7 with the other Health Officers for all Public Health related issues.

The position reports to the Public Health Officer/Public Health Director. The Medical Director works collaboratively with the Maternal Family and Child Health Branch Director, as well as with CCS, CHDP and MCAH Program Administrators and management teams to oversee activities that have clinical implications for families, providers, and other agencies. This position may also act as the administrator or director of such programs as needed. Such activities include development of program policies and procedures related to medical eligibility and medical case management; instruction, management or supervision of medical and other licensed program staff; development of quality assurance and utilization review; consultation to providers, interagency relations; and oversight of the Medical Therapy Program.  The Medical Director also works collaborative to identify and operationalize program priorities to meet community needs.


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This recruitment requires the submission of an online application. No paper applications will be accepted. Applicants must apply online at Computers are available at the County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, 8th Floor, East Wing, San Jose, CA 95110, during normal business hours, for applicants to apply online.

This recruitment is continuous until filled. The recruitment may be extended or closed; therefore, it is critical to submit your application as soon as possible.

Questions regarding this Executive recruitment may be directed to Quynh Truong, (408) 299-5701 or

To qualify for this exceptional opportunity, applicants must:
  • Attach a Resume
  • Complete the online supplemental questionnaire
  • Submit a letter of interest explaining why you are the ideal candidate.  (No more than 3 pages)
  • Include contact information for a minimum of three references.

It is important that you complete the supplemental process and include the additional information requested. It will be evaluated during the competitive review process.



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Typical Tasks
Typical Management Responsibilities
  • Oversee all determinations of medical eligibility, medical benefits, and medical necessity and address CCS appeals and participate in Fair Hearings;
  • Oversee local program and policy development regarding coordination of services for children with special health care needs and the provision of optimal pediatric care in collaboration with all relevant agencies;
  • Communicate and provide technical assistance to CCS providers regarding State policy. Collaborate with and provide consultation to Chief Therapist to oversee all policy and procedure related to direct patient care activities in Medical Therapy Program;
  • Oversee the Medical Therapy conference team;
  • Monitor hospital adherence to CCS standards for Centers by meeting and conferring with noncompliant providers;
  • Participate in conflict resolution between CCS and managed care plans related to medical eligibility disputes;
  • Collaborate with the Director of PH Nursing to ensure consistent and standardized nursing protocols across all MCAH programs;
  • Consult on training curricula and in service needs of nurses across the MCAH branch, in collaboration with the Director of PH Nursing;
  • Provide general medical direction and consultation for the Santa Clara County CCS, CHDP, MTP and MCAH programs, as needed to address client-specific issues as well as program and policy development;
  • Assist with recruitment of pediatricians and pediatric sub-specialists for CCS paneling and oversee provider relations activities;
  • Provide training and information about Programs for pediatricians and pediatric sub-specialists and updates to assure program consistency; 
  • In consultation with CHDP Manager and Provider Relations nurses, review and adjudicate requests for exemptions from CHDP credentialing standards, review all completed provider applications and any concerns about Provider compliance;
  • Work with Child Death Review Team, Medical Examiner-Coroner and Public Health Department's Health Information Officer to promote awareness of hazards to child safety in Santa Clara County and to promote solutions to these hazards;
  • Work with CHDP Manager, Provider Relations nurses, and Healthcare Program for Children in Foster Care, as indicated, to advise the State CMS Division of problems in implementing the program; make recommendations for policy solutions to problems as they are identified, develop protocols for completion of site reviews, medical records, and other policies and procedures, and to develop provider training;
  • Attend meetings, professional education programs, quarterly MOU meetings between CHDP and the Santa Clara Family Health Plan and other staff development activities as required by Public Health Department and its relevant programs;
  • Serve as public spokesperson and physician representative, when needed, on behalf of MCAH, CCS, CHDP regarding program modifications, developments and service issues in Santa Clara County and educate public and community groups through public speaking, attending meetings and other public forums; 
  • Under the general direction of the Public Health Officer, provide pediatric medical direction and guidance for the development of departmental programs to address emerging health issues, threats to human health, including chronic diseases;
  • Promote the provision of high-quality preventive pediatric services through the Children and Adolescent programs and services throughout Santa Clara County;
  • Work with Health Officer and/or other APHOs in efforts to address emerging or topical public health issues;
  • Act as Public Health Officer in Public Health Officer's absence;
  • Rotate "on-call" duty with the other physicians on the Health Officer team;
  • Assume disaster service worker responsibilities as assigned; and
  • Provides other related duties as assigned.

Employment Standards
Must be a licensed Physician in California and have significant training and experience to perform the above tasks.

The successful candidate will possess at least three (3) years of a broad band of scientific, political and administrative management experience in the planning, organization and coordination of local government-based and community public health programs.

Board Certified or Eligible in Pediatrics, or a related specialty. A Masters in Public Health is highly desirable.
Knowledge of:
  • Children with special health care needs and the California Code of Regulations governing CCS eligibility standards;
  • Clinical medicine, public health and health care (e.g., epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, maternal and child health), management and administration;
  • Federal, state and local laws governing public health programs;
  • Principles and procedures of program development, implementation and evaluation in a multi-service agency;
  • Principles of governmental organization, public financing and budgeting; and
  • Current developments in local public health programs. 
Ability to:
  • Serve as Public Health link to the local medical community and county medical association;
  • Understand, interpret and apply provisions of federal, state and local legislation, rules and regulations pertinent to the administration of appropriate programs;
  • Evaluate health risks and hazards and communicate information effectively and proactively;
  • Facilitate interaction of complex mix of public agencies and community-based organizations that impact public health and public policy;
  • Speak before professional and community groups as well as be a public health media spokesperson;
  • Assist in the preparation and implementation of a comprehensive budget for the relative programs and assist in the control of expenditures; and
  • Effectively plan, direct, supervise and evaluate work of subordinate staff.

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