Public Health Preparedness Manager
County of Santa Clara - Santa Clara, CA

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Under direction, to plan, implement, coordinate, direct and monitor the activities of the Public Health Department disaster preparedness programs for Santa Clara County in order to establish and ensure compliance with countywide protocols and plans.

This recruitment requires the submission of an online application. No paper applications will be accepted. Applicants must apply online at Computers are available at the County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, 8th Floor, East Wing, San Jose, CA 95110, normal business hours, for applicants to apply online.

All applicants are required to complete the supplemental questionnaire. Applications received without the completion of the supplemental questionnaire will be rejected.

Benefit and Retirement information may vary from bargaining unit to bargaining unit. Due to changes in State Law, current pension provisions described in the union contracts are not automatically applied. Specific pension benefits for new hires who start on or after January 1, 2013 may be different than indicated in the union contracts.

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Typical Tasks:
  • Develops comprehensive public health emergency preparedness plans and protocols to ensure readiness to respond to and recover from a public health emergency;
  • Coordinates program planning activities with inter-disciplinary personnel from other departments, cities, non-public and private agencies;
  • Develops and implements the operational components of the Public Health Department emergency response activities in collaboration with other stakeholders;
  • Supervises staff and contractors;
  • Serves as point of contact within health department jurisdiction during public health emergencies;
  • Collaborates with other public and private agencies to assure local public health department response is coordinated with local emergency management activities;
  • Provides training in the procedures to be followed in the event of a public health emergency;
  • Ensures that staff are trained and knowledgeable about biological, chemical and radiological agents and/or other infectious diseases to ensure rapid and effective public health response to public health emergencies;
  • Conducts studies and analyses of Public Health preparedness needs and develops plans and procedures to address deficiencies and gaps in preparedness planning;
  • Develops departmental protocols and plans to assure a coordinated agency response for public health emergencies;
  • Coordinates and provides training in bioterrorism and other public health emergencies, and infectious disease surveillance and control to private and public health care providers, essential service workers, and other emergency personnel as appropriate;
  • Coordinates with Public Information Officer and Health Information Officer to ensure appropriate risk communication messages are delivered to the community;
  • Conducts complex studies of policies, procedures, organization, staffing, training, equipment and space requirements relative to program requirements;
  • Prepares, coordinates and negotiates contractual agreements with public and private agencies for the provision of services;
  • Coordinates the planning, development and legal arrangements for grant programs including identification of funding sources and requirements;
  • Acts as a 24 hour public health preparedness contact for the Department;
  • Maintains on-going liaison with local governments, community organizations, planning agencies, and private groups;
  • Makes presentations to department staff, County administration, commissions, agencies and the public;
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Employment Standards:

Sufficient training, education and experience to demonstrate possession of the knowledge and abilities listed below.

Experience Note: The knowledge and abilities are acquired through training and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Public Health, Health Education, Environmental Health, Nursing, Epidemiology, Biological Sciences, Public Administration, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Psychology


Four (4) years of experience in project administration in emergency management, with an emphasis on professional level supervision and management.

A certificate from an accredited college, university or specialized training institute in the area of emergency management, terrorism, homeland security, crisis communications, outbreak investigations/disease surveillance, epidemiology or related field is preferred. A Master's degree in the fields listed above or a related field may be substituted for one (1) year of experience.

Possession of a valid California driver's license upon appointment and the ability to qualify for and maintain a County Driver's Permit.

Knowledge of:
  • Principles, practices and techniques of emergency/disaster program development, implementation and evaluation;
  • Principles of supervision, training and staff development;
  • Public Health Department organizational structures and program components;
  • Methods of administrative problem solving;
  • Principles and practices of health care management, staffing and budgetary control;
  • Current trends, issues and legislation relating to public health emergency disaster services;
  • Principles and techniques used in the development and utilization of emergency response and disaster preparedness systems including but not limited to: Incident Command System (ICS), State Emergency Management System (SEMS);
  • Grant preparation and administration;
  • Contract administration;
  • Basic principles, practices and methods of training and evaluation;
  • Basic statistical and research methods;
  • Principles of community organization, health education, public relations/information in the health field;
  • Organization and function of state and federal health service and planning agencies.
Ability to:
  • Plan, coordinate, control, direct and evaluate pubic health emergency preparedness programs;
  • Coordinate public health disaster preparedness plans with other health care agencies;
  • Select, train, supervise, develop, evaluate and motivate staff;
  • Elicit community and organizational support for programs;
  • Organize, coordinate and supervise the work of subordinate staff;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental personnel, local, state and Federal agencies, health planning agencies; and nongovernmental health providers;
  • Prepare, present, and interpret factual and statistical data;
  • Understand, apply and implement Federal, State and local regulations affecting public health preparedness programs;
  • Represent the Public Health Department on assigned committees and with service providers;
  • Prepare clear and comprehensive correspondence, grants and reports;
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
Veterans Preference Information

This recruitment has been identified as non-entry level by the Human Resources Director. Any veteran who has submitted a copy of their DD214 form, and received an honorable discharge within the last five years, will be given a preferential credit of five percent (ten percent for those identified as disabled veteran’s), after attaining a passing examination score for a numerically scored examination.

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