Nurse Practitioner/Physician's Assistant

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Accounting and Finance Public Health
  • Salary: $110,700.84 - $134,535.76 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

The County of Sonoma Department of Health Services is seeking California-licensed candidates to fill a full-time Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant position in the Behavioral Health Division.

Starting Salary up to $64.46/hour ($134,535/year) plus a cash allowance of approximately $3.45/hour*

Working at the County offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment that provides continuous training, education, and the satisfaction of knowing that you are working to better our communities. You can also look forward to some excellent benefits*, including:
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $600 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • County paid premium contribution 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
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
Under the direct supervision of a licensed Physician, the Nurse Practitioner/Physician's Assistant assesses complex youth and adult clients in need of medication evaluation, prescribes psychoactive medications, and monitors clients for side effects and treatment effects. This position interacts with multi-disciplinary treatment teams to plan a course of treatment and manages presenting symptoms of clients related to medication support; collaborates and integrates treatment with medical providers; assesses and evaluates changes in mental status and risk, taking appropriate actions; participates in case conferences related to complex treatment issues; participates in trainings and lectures required by the Behavioral Health Division; and may be assigned to work irregular hours and days. The ideal candidate will possess:
  • Experience working as an independent prescriber in the behavioral health system with an understanding of integrated behavioral healthcare
  • A proven track record of working with evidence-based practices and recovery-oriented, trauma informed care in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A demonstrated history working in a high-risk clinical position as a mandated reporter
  • Experience working with adults and youth in behavioral health settings either as a Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner or Registered Nurse
  • The availability to work evening, night, weekend, or holiday shifts, and manage a fast-paced work environment
This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, and extra-help positions as they occur during the active status of this list. County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.

* Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can found in the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Memorandum Of Understanding (SEIU MOU) .

Minimum Qualifications

For a Nurse Practitioner:
Education: Normally, graduation from an approved school of Nursing and completion of a State approved Nurse Practitioner program that includes a clinical preceptorship.
Experience: Some experience in an acute care hospital, primary care health clinic, physician office, psychiatric facility, or outpatient services is highly desirable.
Licenses: Possession of a valid California license as a Registered Nurse and a certificate as a Nurse Practitioner issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing; some assignments may require a specialized certification.
Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required, depending upon assignment, to perform the essential job functions of the position.
For assignments that include the ordering or furnishing of drugs:
Possession of, or ability to obtain with one year of appointment, a current Furnishing Number issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Possession of, or ability to obtain with one year of appointment, a current Department of Drug Enforcement number to order Schedule II, III, IV, V drugs.

For a Physician's Assistant:
Education: Normally, graduation from an accredited primary care Physician's Assistant program that includes a clinical preceptorship and training in all of the tasks listed so that proficiency can be demonstrated to the Board of Medical Quality Assurance, Division of Allied Health Professions.
Experience: Some experience in an acute care hospital, a primary care health clinic, physician office, psychiatric facility, or psychiatric office/clinic is highly desirable.
Licenses: Possession of a certificate or letter of approval to practice as a Physician's Assistant issued by the California Board of Medical Examiners, or any other license or approval that may be required by law to practice as a Physician's Assistant. Advanced cardiac life support certification issued by the American Heart Association is desired.
Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required, depending upon assignment, to perform the essential job functions of the position.
For assignments that include the ordering or furnishing of drugs:
Possession of, or ability to obtain with one year of appointment, a current Department of Drug Enforcement number to order Schedule II, III, IV, V drugs.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Thorough knowledge of: the methods, techniques and procedures used in health services; medical and behavioral health terminology, hospital routines, procedures, equipment and facilities.
Working knowledge of: the roles of various health personnel; common medical and behavioral conditions and the procedures involved in treatment and diagnosis of these conditions; the uses and affects of medicine and narcotics; various preventive and early diagnostic techniques; basic laboratory procedures; physiology of diseases, disabling conditions, mental illness and addiction; community and regulatory standards for the documentation of patient care; environmental, sociological, psychological and physical conditions relevant to advanced practice nursing; Federal, State and local laws and regulations governing nursing; uses and side effects of medications; comprehensive physical, behavioral and social assessment methodologies to identify physical illness, mental illness, and the physical and mental symptoms associated with abuse, neglect and addiction.
Ability to: take complete and accurate physical and behavioral health assessments and examinations; compile complete and accurate medical, behavioral, and social histories of patients; diagnose common medical and behavioral health conditions; competently perform all of the therapeutic, laboratory and screening procedures listed under typical duties; follow established protocols set up by physicians; consult with physicians, nurse practitioners and other members of the staff and other agencies; observe and evaluate the patient's emotional conditions; differentiate medical and surgical problems that require immediate consultation with the physician rather than a deferred consultation; determine abnormalities in laboratory test reports; provide health counseling and guidance to patients; safely administer medications; analyze and interpret findings resulting from histories taken, assessments and tests ordered and/or conducted; formulate appropriate treatment plans; work effectively with individuals and families to assist them in satisfactory resolution and/or management of medical, behavioral, and substance use disorders and conditions; teach physical and behavioral health care techniques to individuals and families; refer individuals as expediently as possible to appropriate resources; and prepare and maintain clear, concise and complete records, reports and charts.

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 your 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 application, examination, and department selection processes.
Responses to supplemental questions will be 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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - Positions that are assigned to one or more facilities with a COVID-19 and/or influenza vaccine mandate pursuant to the California Department of Public Health must meet all vaccination requirements. Documented proof of vaccination(s) will be required.


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. 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 values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

HR Analyst: DP
HR Technician: KC

Closing Date:Continuous

Job Address

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