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Job Posting: Assistant Deputy Director

Department of Public Health

Assistant Deputy Director

$15,164.00 - $18,737.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 12/16/2021

Job Description and Duties

Under administrative direction of the Deputy Director, the Public Health Medical Administrator (PHMA) II serves as the Assistant Deputy Director (ADD) of Environmental and Occupational Health for the Center for Healthy Communities. The ADD supports and advises the Deputy Director on program policy and research pertaining to environmental and occupational health. The 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: Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention; Environmental Health Investigations; Environmental Health Laboratory; and Occupational Health, and indirectly provides support to all 38 programs in the Centers as needed. The incumbent is responsible for planning, organizing, monitoring, and directing the work of these Branches, Offices and their programs. The PHMA II will be responsible for supervising 5 direct staff and managing a budget of approximately $59M derived from federal, and special funds.

The PHMA II serves as the medical/public health administrator of programs pertaining to environmental and occupational health, monitors and oversees Center programs, initiatives, and policies, and provides leadership and vision for CDPH primary prevention policies, programs, and resources. This position manages communications, represents programs and public health issues internally and to external and control agencies. This involves highly controversial, sensitive public health issues in environmental and occupational health including the prevention and control of environmental and occupational disease through exemplary scientific assessment: surveillance, investigation, laboratory innovation, education and technical assistance. Initiates the development of mission, master plans, and general strategic approaches in conjunction with senior staff and Center and other experts, which incorporate valid and current scientific and surveillance information and data and engage external organizations and secure their support. Seeks and supports partnerships with expertise, key constituencies, and public and private community organizations. 10% In state travel as required.


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: 


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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
$15,164.00 - $18,550.00 B
$15,586.00 - $18,737.00 C
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Contra Costa County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The mission of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is to advance the health and well-being of California's diverse people and communities. The Department works in collaboration with local health departments, state, federal and private partners to prevent disease and injury by fostering vibrant, resilient and prosperous communities and to promote health equity, reduce disparities, and address social determinants of health to advance physical and mental health for all Californians.

The Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) is an Executive Level, Deputy Director Office, within the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). CHC is one of five primary organizational groups within CDPH. CHC 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 ten 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

For experience/education to qualify during the application screening process, and to ensure that minimum qualifications can be determined, applicants should include all employment history on the Employment Application (STD 678) and/or Resume, including detailed job descriptions, hours worked per week, and start/end dates (MM/DD/YYYY).  Application packages without this information will experience delayed processing times and your eligibility for this position may be impacted.

A completed State application (STD. 678) and any other relevant documents (e.g. unofficial transcript, copy of degree, resume, etc.) should be submitted electronically via your CalCareers Account. Please reference Job Control # (268462) and indicate the basis of your eligibility in the Examination(s) or Job Title(s) section. SROA and surplus candidates should submit a copy of their letter with their application. Please remove any confidential information (i.e. social security number, date of birth) from your documents prior to submission.


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 CalCareers Account at Submitting an electronic application through your CalCareers account is strongly recommended since electronic applications will be received/processed faster than other methods of filing. Please submit only one application.

If you are unable to submit your application electronically through your CalCareers account, please email for assistance and a CDPH Human Resources Division staff member will contact you to assist with the online application process or, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method as explained in the How to Apply section below. When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included.

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.

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: 12/16/2021

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). Temporary Appointments may be considered if conditions warrant. Temporary Appointments may be made to anyone regardless of eligibility. Temporary Appointments may not exceed 9 months and will require eligibility to be obtained through an examination process in order to transition to a permanent appointment.

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.
  • Other -

    Please see Supplemental Questionnaire instructions above in Special Requirements.  Any applications received that do not provide a written response to the SQ question above will 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


Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

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.

Supplemental Questionnaire Instructions


The Supplemental Questionnaire (SQ) will be used to pre-screen applicants. Submit responses to the following questions. The SQ is not to exceed one page per question, 12-point, Arial font with 1-inch margins. The SQ must be included with your State Application in order to be considered for this position. Candidates are required to include a resume or curriculum vitae (CV); however, resumes and CVs will not be considered in lieu of the SQ. 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 answer in order presented.

  1. Describe your management and leadership ability, including aligning and motivating disparate groups/programs and/or employees, and ability to deal effectively with a variety of individuals, organizations, state agencies, and local government.


  1. Describe your experience and knowledge of public and environmental health issues related to environmental and occupational diseases.


  1. Describe your ability to direct the work of a multidisciplinary scientific, professional, and administrative team staff, including resolution of personnel issues, and management of a large budget.

PLEASE NOTE: Resumes, letters, Statement of Qualifications, transcripts, degrees, your state application, cover letters and other materials will not take the place of the Supplemental Questionnaire.  Responses should be numbered and with the questions submitted in the same order as the Supplemental Questions. Simply copying and pasting your resume will also not be accepted. 

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