County Health Officer

  • Orange County, CA
  • Orange County, California
  • Aug 03, 2020
Full Time Public Health
  • Salary: $125,153.60 - $237,348.80 Annually USD

Job Description

County Health Officer
(Executive Manager)

This is an at-will position. The County Health Officer is appointed by the Board of Supervisors. The appointed candidate will report to the Health Care Agency Director and will be required to enter into an "at-will" agreement.

Please attach your resume and a cover letter to the online application. Your cover letter must describe how your experience has prepared you for the position of County Health Officer.

Santa Ana, California
$10,429.47 $19,779.07 monthly (appointment in the range dependent upon experience and qualifications).
This recruitment is open to the public for a minimum of five business days and will remain open on a continuous basis until 11:59 p.m. (PST) on the day the County's needs are met.

The County of Orange Health Care Agency (HCA) is seeking a County Health Officer to serve as a member of the Executive team and as a key member of the Public Health Leadership Team. Public Health Services monitors the occurrence of disease, injury, and related factors in the community and develops preventive strategies to maintain and improve the health of the public. Public Health Services operates with a budget of $124 million and 669 dedicated employees. Divisions include California Children's Services, Clinical Services, Communicable Disease Control, Health Promotion and Community Planning, Public Health Laboratory and Community and Nursing Services. This individual will be the highest ranking physician in the organization.

Essential Duties include but are not limited to:
  • Maintain high visibility and expertise on community health issues and foster community partnerships and collaboration.
  • Consult with Public Health and Agency leadership on population based public health practices and activities.
  • May appoint deputies as necessary for the prompt and appropriate discharge of the duties of the office of the County Health Officer.
  • Direct issuance of recordation of birth and death certificates and provide vital statisics information to the California Department of Public Health.
  • Represent the county with local, state, and federal agencies and community based programs.
  • Respond to media as requested for on-camera and phone interviews.
  • Provide medical consultation to public and environmental health programs.
  • Enforce federal, state, and local public health laws.
  • Serve as the on call Public Health Official approximately every 6-7 weeks (8-9 times per year).
  • Assist with outbreak investigations.
  • Assist with medical protocols in public health nursing and clinical programs.
  • Assist with Public Health Quality Assurance and public health accreditation efforts.
  • Serve as a member of the Orange County Health Improvement Partnership, the countywide health improvement plan planning body.
  • Participate as a member of various HCA committees.
  • Provide medical review and oversight for public health programs, including clinical and disease surveillance, investigation, and control activities.

The ideal candidate will possess the following:
  • Possess the legal requirements for the practice of medicine in California as determined by the Medical Board of California, which is required by date of appointment and must be maintained throughout employment.
  • Possess a valid California Driver's License which is required by date of appointment and must be maintained throughout employment.
  • Have completed a formal training program for a particular specialty, as approved by the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association OR certification of eligibility for certification by an American Specialty Board
  • Possess a master's degree in public health.
  • Have a least five years of public health experience in a public agency or health care setting focused on population health.
The ideal candidate should also have expertise based on knowledge and/or experience in the following areas:
  • Principles and practices of modern medicine including preventive medicine.
  • Principles and practices of public health administration, organization, management, and supervision.
  • Principles and practices of quality improvement, quality assurance, and peer review.
  • Principles and practices of the Ten Essential Public Health Services.
  • Standards of the Public Health Accreditation Board.
  • Public Health laws and regulations.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Working with diverse populations.

The County of Orange has a competitive benefits program. See "Additional Information" below.

Applications and resumes will be reviewed and the most qualified candidates will be considered for further qualifying components, which may consist of multiple interviews. Applicants will be notified oftheir standing in the competition via e-mail.

For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Marivel Chang at (714) 245-6111 or .

Benefits Retirement Plan - Benefit formula of 1.62% @ 65 retirement benefits (includes a voluntary Defined Contribution plan and an employer match contribution). Eligible new employees who have reciprocal California public service time are required to choose between Plan O/P (1.62% @ 65) and Plan I/J (2.7% @ 55) retirement benefit formulas. Retirement Reverse Pickup Contributions - County of Orange employees are subject to an additional reverse pick up percentage. This is in addition to the normal employee contribution. More information is available on the OCERS website: Optional Benefit Plan (OBP) - $4,500 annually (pro-rated if hire or promotion occurs mid-year). Executive Managers may elect a taxable cash lump sum or 457 Defined Contribution Plan Health Plan Coverage: There are currently (4) four different plans to choose from including two Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO's) Plans - Wellwise Choice & Sharewell Choice (Administered by Blue Shield of California) and two Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs)- CIGNA & Kaiser Choice. Rates are available on the Employee Benefits website at Employee Wellness Program: The County's contribution towards biweekly health premiums is higher when employees choose to participate in the three step wellness program each year. In addition, there are many resources and voluntary opportunities for employees to set and achieve personal health goals. For more information visit the Employee Benefits website at Dental - Dental coverage administered by Blue Shield of California. Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) - Basic amount of $125,000; employee may purchase additional voluntary coverage. Sick Leave - During the first three years of employment, the accrual time rate will be .0347 hours of sick leave with pay for each hour of pay, which is approximately nine days annually. At the fourth year, the accrual time rate will increase to .0462 hours, which is approximately 12 days annually. Vacation Time - During the first three years of employment, the accrual time rate will be .0577 hours of vacation for each hour of pay, which is approximately three weeks per year. At the fourth year, the accrual time rate will increase to .077 hours, which is approximately four weeks annually. Severance Payment - In the event that at-will employment is terminated, and in addition to a payout for any accrued, unused Vacation Time, the Employee will receive a severance payment, equal to the sum of ninety calendar days of salary and the County's share of the costs of Employee's health insurance premiums. Auto Allowance - For at-will Executive Managers, a taxable monthly allowance of $765. Salary Continuance - County will pay 60% of salary for approved applications. Educational and Professional Reimbursement - Up to $3,000 per fiscal year. Other Benefits - 401(a) Defined Contribution Plan (4% Employer contribution of Executive Manager's bi-weekly salary); 457 Defined Contribution Plan (participation is voluntary); Voluntary Dependent Care (DCRA) & Health Care Reimbursement Account (HCRA); Employee Assistance Program; Annual Physical.
For additional information about Orange County benefits, visit .

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Orange County, as an equal employment opportunity employer,
encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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