Senior Public Health Nurse

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Apr 17, 2021
Full Time Public Health
  • Salary: $100,870.51 - $122,618.30 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

Make a positive impact on our community by joining the County of Sonoma's Public Health team!

Starting Salary up to $57.59/hour ($120,197/year) plus a cash allowance of approximately $600/month.*

The County of Sonoma Department of Health Services seeks candidates for a Senior Public Health Nurse position in the Immunization Assistance Program .

What Makes Sonoma County a Great Choice

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $850 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, and 12 paid holidays per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
About the Position
Reporting to the Disease Control Supervising Pubic Health Nurse, this position coordinates the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the Immunization Assistance Program . The Senior Public Health Nurse acts as a liaison and provide immunization-related information, education, and regulations to schools, day care centers, community-based clinics, physicians, Child Health and Disability Prevention staff, and other partner agencies. The position is an integral member of the Disease Control Team and works closely with the California Department of Health Care Services. Although primarily supporting Disease Control, this position may be required to support other nursing needs and priorities within the Division or Department, as needed.

The ideal candidate will possess:
  • Diplomatic skills and aptitude to work with difficult target populations
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Confidence in delivering presentations to community members and healthcare providers
  • Strong planning and organizational skills
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Some experience with or knowledge of immunizations
  • Recent experience working in a public health department/setting
  • Spanish-bilingual is highly desirable
*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice.

This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: One year of experience equivalent to the Sonoma County class of Public Health Nurse II.


Two years of public health nursing experience obtained after receipt of a California Public Health Nursing Certificate.


Possession of a California State Public Health Nursing Certificate

Driver's License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including necessary special endorsements, as required by the State of California to perform the essential job functions of the position

Working Conditions: Duties may require exposure to hostile, emotionally disturbed or mentally ill persons and/or confrontational interpersonal situations; intermittently sit at a desk for long periods of time while reviewing patient charts and histories and preparing patient charts and reports; intermittently walk, stand, bend, climb and reach while making field visits, conducting clinics or making educational presentations or demonstrations; twist to reach equipment surrounding desk or treatment areas; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; see and hear with sufficient acuity to examine and assess patient conditions; lift moderate weight; may work in dangerous, high crime areas of the community; and/or standby, callback and work during non-routine hours.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Considerable Knowledge of: Modern principles, methods, and practices of public health nursing, including preventive medicine, epidemiology, public health education, gerontology, and sociological problems involved in public health nursing; principles and practices of public health program planning including environmental, social, physical, and psychological issues; Federal, State and local laws and regulations governing public health and nursing practices; community aspects of public health nursing programs. Procedures and practices used to promote maternal and child health and to assess infant, child, adolescent development and other special programs; principles and practices of work safety, especially as related to communicable diseases, differing cultural, religious, economic and social groups and their relationships to the delivery of and acceptance of health care services; and various preventive and early diagnostic techniques.

Working Knowledge of: Principles and practices of supervision; techniques of organizing and conducting classes and training sessions on a variety of health subjects; services and functions of other social and health agencies and providers relative to public health nursing; and demographic, bio-statistical and data collection methods utilized in evaluating public health needs and problems.

Ability to: Plan, control and direct the activities of nursing and other staff in an specialized public health nursing program area; train, assign, review, evaluate, and lead oversee the work of subordinate staff, consult with other staff and/or manage complex cases requiring advanced public health nursing skills and knowledge, assist in developing and implementing policies and procedures, assist in the evaluation of public health nursing program effectiveness, determine abnormalities in laboratory test reports; ability to differentiate medical problems that require immediate consultation with the physician rather than a deferred consultation; follow established protocols set up by physicians and to consult with physicians and other medical personnel; identify community health needs through analysis of demographic and bio-statistical data and information, write and speak effectively and prepare and maintain clear and concise records and reports; develop and maintain effective public relations with clients, staff, community groups and organizations; exercise independent judgment, analyze and evaluate situations independently and take appropriate actions; instruct in the prevention of disease and promotion of public health practices; work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner; use a computer, calculator, typewrite, telephone, facsimile machine, photocopy machine, and audio-visual equipment; and use clinical and instructional supplies and equipment including blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, audiometer, syringes and needles.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting-a-Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.
Responses to supplemental questions will be used in assessing minimum qualifications. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (Weight 100%). Each application and supplemental questionnaire will be thoroughly evaluated for satisfaction of minimum qualifications and relevance of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position. Candidates possessing the most appropriate job-related qualifications will be placed on an employment list and referred to the department for selection interviews.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted on-line at: . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people. Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.

HR Analyst: DP
HR Technician: KC

Closing Date:Continuous

Job Address

Santa Rosa, California United States View Map