Job Posting: Assistant Deputy Director / Medical Administrator

Department of Public Health

Assistant Deputy Director / Medical Administrator

$14,434.00 - $17,657.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 4/30/2021

Job Description and Duties

This position supports the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) mission and strategic plan by supporting and advising the Deputy Director on program policy and research pertaining to chronic disease and injury prevention.


Under administrative direction of the Deputy Director, Center for Healthy Communities, the Public Health Medical Administrator (PHMA) II serves as the Assistant Deputy Director (ADD) of the Chronic Disease Prevention for the Center for Healthy Communities. This position is responsible for providing leadership, scientific and medical guidance, performance accountability, and general oversight of the state’s major public health and prevention programs, policies and initiatives that are directed at reducing the leading preventable causes of death among Californians---through reducing risk factors by improving communities and other environments. The PHMA II oversees four Branches and one Office: Chronic Disease Control, Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention, Chronic Disease Surveillance and Research, California Tobacco Control Program, and the Office of Oral Health. This individual will be responsible for supervising 5 direct staff and managing a budget of approximately $380M. The PHMA II is required to have both administrative and medical expertise and is responsible for planning, organizing, monitoring, and directing the work of these Branches, Offices and their programs.


Applicants MUST possess the legal requirements for the practice of medicine in California as well as possession of a valid certificate issued by an American Medical Specialty Board or an American Osteopathic Specialty Board. Additional requirements for this position can be located HERE.


Candidates interested in this position are required to take the PUBLIC HEALTH MEDICAL ADMINISTRATOR II, CEA exam.” If you have not taken the PUBLIC HEALTH MEDICAL ADMINISTRATOR II, CEA exam, please follow the link below for more information:

Will also consider Temporary Authorization Utilization (TAU) appointments - Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications for the classification but do not currently have eligibility on an employment certification list by having taken and passed an examination may apply as a TAU. TAU appointments are limited to a duration of 9 months within a 12 consecutive month period. In order for a TAU appointment to become permanent, individuals must take and pass the related examination, and thereby become eligible from a certification list, within 9 months of TAU appointment. Individuals who successfully obtain eligibility prior to the expiration of the TAU appointment will not be required to re-compete in a competitive process for permanent appointment to that position.

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You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Assistant Deputy Director / Medical Administrator
$14,434.00 - $17,657.00 B
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The Center for Healthy Communities is one of five primary organizational groups within the California Department of Public Health.  The Center has six key areas of work: Chronic Disease Control, Environmental Health, Injury and Violence Prevention, Oral Health, Occupational Health, and Problem Gambling.  With nearly 40 programs residing within nine branches and two offices, approximately 450 staff and operations based in Sacramento and Richmond, the programmatic impact of the Center can be felt in every corner of California. 

Special Requirements



The Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) will be used to pre-screen applicants. Submit responses to the following questions. The SOQ is not to exceed two pages total, 12-point, Arial font with 1-inch margins. The SOQ must be included with your State Application in order to be considered for this position. Candidates are requested to include a resume or curriculum vitae (CV); however, resumes and CVs will not be considered in lieu of the SOQ. In appraising experience, more weight may be given to the breadth of pertinent experience and evidence of the candidate's ability to accept and fulfill increasing responsibilities than to the length of his/her experience.

Please describe your education, training, skills, and experience as they relate to the duties of the position (duty statement).  

PLEASE NOTE: Resumes, letters, Supplemental Questionnaire, transcripts, degrees, your state application, cover letters and other materials will not take the place of the Statement of Qualifications.  Simply copying and pasting your resume will also not be accepted.  Applications received without an SOQ may be rejected.


Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 4/30/2021

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply. Individuals who are eligible for a Training and Development assignment may also be considered for this position(s).

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Public Health
Attn: Classification & Certification Unit
P.O. Box 997378
MS 1700-1702
Sacramento, CA 95899-7378

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Department of Public Health
Classification & Certification Unit
1615 Capitol Avenue Suite 73.430
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Statement of Qualifications -

    Please see Statement of Qualifications instructions above in Special Requirements.  Any applications received that do not provide a written response to the SOQ may not be scored/reviewed.  

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to effectively communicate with various levels of leadership
  • Ability to manage the operations of a large branch or division; including setting priorities
  • Experience with the legislative and budgetary process
  • Ability and experience in developing stakeholder relations and increasing public knowledge and information access relating to the public health programs and priorities.
  • Knowledge and experience in transformational leadership
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to changing priorities and direction


NOTE:  Salaries do not reflect recent changes necessitated by the unanticipated budget shortfalls arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Information for actual reductions of salaries is available at

General State Employment Benefits and Protections

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Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the application process. The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position.

Human Resources Contact:
Human Resources Division
(916) 445-0983
Hiring Unit Contact:
Ukariah Rodriguez
(916) 445-0686

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
EEO Office
(916) 445-0938
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail