Public Health Division Director

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Sep 20, 2021
Full Time Administration and Management Public Health
  • Salary: $151,316.20 - $183,958.76 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

The Department of Health Services seeks a skilled professional
to lead the Public Health Division!

Starting salary up to $183,958/year, a cash allowance of $600/month, and a competitive total compensation package!*

Please view the color brochure for additional information.

What We Offer

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 $1,700 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours 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
  • 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 (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
*Salary is negotiable. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice.

Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Sonoma County combines in one location the beautiful Pacific Coastline, award winning wineries, majestic redwoods, historic towns, fine dining, and a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities. For more information about our community, please visit: and

About the Position

The Department of Health Service is in search of an exceptional public health professional with a proven track record of success to serve as its Public Health Division Director, which focuses on the day-to-day administration of a large and complex division.

The Public Health Division Director understands the value and benefit of population-based, preventative and educational approaches to the Department's diverse range of Public Health services and programs and will further the division's service goals to improve access to integrated prevention-focused health. They will work to strengthen the focus on chronic disease prevention, healthy growth and aging, and foster cross program collaboration and multi-sector shared outcomes for a healthy Sonoma County. The Director ensures the core functions and essential services of public health are considered and sustained within the division's programs and services.

Reporting to the Director of Health Services, the Public Health Division Director will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Public Health Division under policies and guidelines established by the Director of Health Services, as well as local, state and federal statutes. Duties of the position also include:

  • Directing, organizing, and coordinating the activities, programs and functions of the Division.
  • Providing oversight for the development of the Division budget, required reports, financial plans, statistical analysis, and for reviewing and analyzing legislation and determining effects on divisional procedures and operations.
  • Evaluating and supervising division staff, directly or through subordinate managers.
  • Serving as a policy advisor and subject matter expert for all programmatic functions of the Division, including program design, program operations, and performance measurement and outcomes.
  • Coordinating and managing public health service contracts and administering resources for public health services to community groups and agencies.
  • Conducting strategic planning for multiple programs and collaborating closely with other departmental programs.
What You Bring

The Public Health Division Director must possess a big picture understanding of public health programs, and the ability to work across systems of care in order to promote collaboration and coordination. The ideal Public Health Division Director will also be a creative visionary and strategic thinker who:

  • Understands the roles and strengths of the Public Health care community, and will foster relationships within the department and with its community partners in order to advance a shared vision.
  • Possesses the drive and leadership abilities needed to advance County goals, and effectively and efficiently manage and grow the Division.
  • Analyzes services using an equity perspective with a desire to serve the most vulnerable population, with a dedication to supporting the social, ethical, and cultural values of the community.
  • Is a diplomatic communicator, with excellent oral and written communication skills, including persuasive report writing and presentation abilities that move audiences to engagement and action.
  • Uses evidence-based best practices informed by data to advance the department's strategic priorities.
  • Is an outstanding manager of performance, taking responsibility for improving the effectiveness of others and enabling the competent growth of others.
  • Uses a collaborative approach to working with the other Divisions of Health Services and community partner organizations.
About the Department

The Department of Health Services is a large, complex department of 582 full time equivalent positions, with an operating budget of $280 million, consisting of three divisions: Administration, Public Health, and Behavioral Health. The Department's revenue sources include State and Federal funds, fees and reimbursements for services and county General Fund.

The Department's Executive Leadership Team, reporting to the Director, includes: two Assistant Directors; Health Officer; Chief Financial Officer; Compliance Officer; Behavioral Health Division Director; and Public Health Division Director.

The Department's mission to, "promote, protect and ensure access to services to support the health, recovery and well-being of all in Sonoma County" are achieved through the following operating principles:

  • Act as leader and collaborative partner with residents, service providers and other stakeholders to support initiatives that improve community health.
  • Foster work environments that promote professionalism, diversity, mutual respect and productivity.
  • Use data and evidence-based practice to plan, implement and evaluate programs, establish clear goals and desired outcomes.
  • Assure that employees and community stakeholders have access to information and opportunities for input and engagement.
  • Obtain and maximize the use of financial resources to assure the successful accomplishment of goals.
  • Recruit and maintain a highly skilled workforce and continuously develop capacity of employees to advance the department's mission and assure ongoing, high-caliber leadership.
  • Use a flexible, multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving and program design, utilizing collaboration and partnerships to foster innovation and effectiveness.
Please visit the department's website for information on its programs, services, organization and partnerships.

About the Division

The Public Health Division provides services through five sections: Public Health Protection & COVID-19 Section, Health Care Coordination & Disease Control, Environmental Health and Safety, Healthy Communities & Family Health, and Animal Services. The Division is additionally responsible for the county's Regional Public Health Laboratory, Coastal Valleys Emergency Medical Services Agency, and a variety of commissions and committees. A Deputy Public Health Officer provides oversight and coordination of the Public Health Lab, Preparedness Unit, Coastal Valley Emergency Medical Services, Special Clinic Service, and duties within the COVID-19 section. The Public Health Division has a staffing complement of 213 full time equivalent positions and an operating budget of $51 million.

About the County of Sonoma

Sonoma County offers a rare and compelling array of scenic, recreational, and geographic characteristics - including over 200 award-winning wineries, inspiring coastline and beaches, the Russian River, and majestic redwoods. The County encompasses over one million acres of land and water; rich with agriculture, parks, campsites, lakes, and open space. Sonoma County is also home to a wide variety of restaurants, art and music festivals, farmers' markets, and concert venues. Local schools continually rank high on California's Academic Performance Index, and the Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University offer higher education opportunities. Sonoma County is an increasingly diverse region and is home to approximately 500,000 residents. The Latino population has grown by almost 230% within the last 25 years and is approximately 27% of the population. In 2016, slightly more than half of Sonoma County's population was between 25 and 64 years old; however, between 2007 and 2016, the fastest growing age range in the county were those aged 65 to 74.

Sonoma is a general law county, governed by a five member Board of Supervisors. The Board is fully committed to a mission and vision that values high quality services to support and enrich the community. The Board is also committed to strong leadership and engages citizen participation, providing transparency and accuracy in information and an efficient and fiscally sustainable government. The County Administrator leads a team of dedicated department heads who work collaboratively to address and strategically prepare for County initiatives and challenges. The County has 29 departments, agencies, offices, and special districts and employs over 4,100 regular personnel with an annual budget of approximately $1.98 billion for fiscal year 21-22.

Please visit for additional information about Sonoma County - the place to live, work, and build your career legacy.

This recruitment is being conducted to fill one full-time vacancy in the Department of Health Services. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra help (temporary) vacancies as they occur during the active status of the list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment. The Civil Service title for this position is Health Services Division Director.

The planned recruitment timeframe outlined below may be subject to change; therefore, it would be wise to plan availability around the following dates:

Accepting Applications Through: Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Department Selection Interviews: Week of October 25, 2021


Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education, experience, and training that would likely provide the knowledge and abilities listed herein. (Note: some assignments may have legally mandated requirements.)
Education and Experience: Normally, a Master's degree in public health, public health nursing, community health, environmental health, public administration, business administration or related field from an accredited college or university and four years of administrative or management experience at the division director, program and/or center of facility manager in a public health, community health, or environmental health program involving the evaluation, administration and program direction of varied types of public health services and programs requiring large expenditures of funds would provide such opportunity.
License: 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.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Thorough knowledge of: the principles, methods and protocols of the assigned division's functional area such as public health or behavioral health; legislation and laws that regulate the assigned division and that regulate health services departments in general; principles of public policy, planning, and health services administration; health services department operations; principles and practices of providing community health services; community social, economic, and health related issues that call for the use of public and private county services.
Considerable knowledge of: modern personnel, financial administration and management practices and procedures.
Ability to: develop, organize, and coordinate health services, programs, and activities; understand interpret, and apply procedures, laws, rules and regulations as they apply to the assigned area; ensure proper compliances with federal, state and local guidelines, policies, goals, rules and regulations; plan, organize, direct, and supervise professional and other personnel engaged in providing health; exercise responsibility, initiative, ingenuity, independent analysis, and judgment in solving highly specialized health, administrative and managerial problems; establish and maintain effective working relationships; work closely with community groups, advisory boards and advocacy organizations; develop and update divisional rules, regulations and policies; direct the establishment and maintenance of a variety of records and reports pertaining to medical and non-medical services and personnel; effectively assemble, organize and present in written and/or oral form, reports containing alternative solutions and recommendations regarding plans, policies and programs; understand and appreciate differing views on the responsibility of the assigned division in the management of sensitive health issues.

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 scored using position-specific criteria. 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 and therefore may not be scored.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

  1. Your application and responses to the supplemental questionnaire will be reviewed for possession of the minimum qualifications, and to evaluate coursework, training, experience, knowledge and abilities which relate to this position. This process will determine your score and rank on the employment list. Applicants must attain a minimum passing score of at least 70% on the Application and Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination to be placed on the employment list.
  2. Candidates that place in ranks 1-3 will be referred to a selection interviews by panels of subject matter experts the week of October 25, 2021.
Reference interviews and a background investigation will then be conducted on one or more finalists prior to a final selection. An offer is expected to be made by mid-November, 2021.


Due to the selection procedure listed above, it is important that you make every attempt to clearly describe your qualifications for this position. We recommend that you list all employers and positions held within at least the last 15 years in the work history section of your application and to include history beyond 15 years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, please list each position separately. In addition, be sure to respond thoroughly and clearly to the supplemental questions at the end of this job bulletin. The information you provide in your application and supplemental material will determine your score and rank on the employment list.

Resumes can be submitted or inserted into the online application; however they will not be accepted in lieu of a fully completed job application and supplemental question responses.

For questions about this recruitment, eligibility for interview travel reimbursement, or our relocation policy, please contact Eric Payne at (707) 565-2960 or If you have questions about the position, please contact Lynda Lindley, at (707) 565-4926 or .


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: As the largest employer in Sonoma County, the Board of Supervisors has adopted a vaccination and testing policy to help mitigate transmission of COVID-19. All County employees will be required to either have documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination on file or consent to weekly COVID-19 testing.


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.

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: EC
HR Technician: KC

Closing Date:10/26/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

Job Address

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