Medical Assistant

County of Santa Barbara
Full Time 24 per week $54,152 - $64,489 Per year CA Santa Barbara County Behavioral Wellness Psychiatric Health-Facility, 315 Camino del Remedio, Santa Barbara, CA 93110, United States


Notice of Change: This recruitment will be posted continuous until all positions are filled.

$25.95 - $30.90 Hourly

$54,152.42 - $64,489.92 Annually

Bilingual allowance, when applicable

The County of Santa Barbara is currently seeking dedicated and compassionate Medical Assistants to join our team. As a Medical Assistant, you will play a crucial role in providing high-quality care to our patients. This position offers the opportunity to work in a dynamic environment, collaborating with a multidisciplinary team to deliver comprehensive services.
The Public Health Department is currently accepting applications to fill four (4) bilingual (English/Spanish) full-time Medical Assistant vacancies; two (2) vacancies at the Santa Barbara Health Care Center and two (2) vacancies at the Franklin Health Care Center
In addition to the above vacancies, we have four (4) Extra-Help* bilingual (English/Spanish) vacancies, two (2) at the Santa Barbara Health Care Center, one (1) at the Franklin Health Care Center, and one (1) at the Santa Maria Health Care center. We also have three (3) 1414* bilingual(English/Spanish) vacancies, two (2) at Franklin Health Care Center, and one (1) at the Santa Barbara Health Care Center. 

The Behavioral Wellness Department is currently accepting applications to fill three (3) full-time Medical Assistant vacancies; one (1) in Santa Barbara, one (1) in Santa Maria, and one (1) in Lompoc. Travel may be required within the region assigned, and bilingual candidates (English/Spanish) preferred, but not required.
We are also accepting applications to establish an employment list for future Full-Time, Part-time, Extra Help and 1414* vacancies for Medical Assistant in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Lompoc and Carpinteria
*Civil Service Rule 1414. Appointment to Fill Vacancy During Leave of Absence. 1414 vacancies may occur as a result of a leave of absence and the duration of the appointment shall be subject to the return of the individual who is on leave. A person who is appointed to a position under Civil Service Rule 1414 may be able to transition into a regular position in the classification without re-application or re-testing, depending on the performance of the appointee and the needs of the department. 
*Civil Service Rule 905. Extra Help Appointment. An extra help appointment is defined as an appointment made to a non-regular, non-permanent position established on a temporary basis to meet peak loads, unusual work situations, seasonal and recurrent work, intermittent assignments, or emergencies. These positions are exempt from the Provisions of the Civil Service Rules.
Please select the location(s) you would like to be considered for current and future vacancies. If you qualify for this position, pass the required selection steps and are in the area of selection, then your name may be sent to the hiring manager(s) of the vacancy location(s) where you have expressed that you are willing to work.
BENEFITS: The County of Santa Barbara offers generous benefits. Click on the Benefits Tab above or  to view more information.  
In addition, applicants from other public sector employers may qualify for: 
  • Retirement reciprocity 
  • Time and service credit towards for an advanced vacation accrual rate 
THE POSITION: Under medical supervision, assists professionals in the delivery of health care services; and performs related duties as required.
The current vacancies in the Public Health Department require candidates to speak fluently in English and Spanish. 
The Behavioral Wellness Department is seeking three (3) full-time Medical Assistants, bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred but not required, to support Behavioral Wellness’s mental health team. These positions will be assigned to serve the clinics in one of the three regions within Santa Barbara County. They will focus on patient engagement and assisting with administrative tasks to support client care. Behavioral Wellness is looking for candidates passionate about the mental health field, and who enjoy supporting their community.
The IDEAL CANDIDATE will possess: 
  • Experience working with underserved & economically disadvantaged populations.  
  • Excellent customer service and organizational skills. 
  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor.  
  • Ability to take initiative and remain professional at all times.
  • Proven track record of working well as part of a team.  
  • Experience working with electronic medical records. 
Public Health Department (PHD): Our mission is to improve the health of our communities by preventing disease, promoting wellness and ensuring access to needed health care, and our vision is healthier communities through leadership, partnership and science. With a staff of 500+ and a budget of approximately $83 million, Public Health serves a population of about 420,000 residents in Santa Barbara County.
 The Department’s range of responsibilities is vast and includes:
  • Investigating disease outbreaks
  • Conducting health education campaigns
  • Inspecting food establishments
  • Working with high risk mothers and children
  • Operating health clinics for the underserved
  • Staffing medical shelters during emergency evacuations
  • Caring for our four-legged friends through our animal control program and many other programs and services.
  • learn more about the Health Care Centers.
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 Department of Behavioral Wellness (BWell): Founded in 1962, it is our mission to promote the prevention of and recovery from mental illness and addiction among individuals, families and communities, by providing effective leadership and delivering state-of-the-art, culturally competent services. The Department provides treatment, rehabilitation, and support services to 10,000 clients with mental illness and substance use disorders annually through its professional staff of over 400, in addition to its many contracted Community-Based Organization (CBO) providers.
 The Department’s decisions and service delivery are guided by the following values:
  • Quality services for persons of all ages with mental illness and/or substance abuse 
  • Integrity in individual and organizational actions 
  • Dignity, respect, and compassion for all persons 
  • Active involvement of clients and families in treatment, recovery, and policy development 
  • Diversity throughout our organization and cultural competency in service delivery 
  • A system of care and recovery that is clearly defined and promotes recovery and resiliency 
  • Emphasis on prevention and treatment 
  • Teamwork among department employees in an atmosphere that is respectful and creative 
  • Continuous quality improvement in service delivery and administration 
  • Wellness modeled for our clients at all levels; i.e., staff who regularly arrive at the workplace healthy, energetic and resilient 
  • Safety for everyone 
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Examples of Duties

In a Health Care Center Environment

  1. Identifies patient's chief complaint and records observations in patient's permanent medical record.
  2. Performs height, weight, vital signs, and vision tests and records them in the medical record.
  3. Helps patients to complete medical history forms and prepares patients for examinations and treatment by provider.
  4. Conducts and/or assists with tests and procedures as directed, such as EKGs, non-stress tests, spirometer, audiometer, venipunctures, skin punctures, strep screen, glucometer, chemical analyzer, and urine tests.
  5. Assists health service providers with treatments and examinations of patients such as wound care, pelvic exams, minor surgery, and IUD insertions.
  6. Assists in the identification of psychosocial needs and consults with the health service provider or makes referrals to appropriate agencies.
  7. Performs case management which may include monitoring care alerts, scheduling appointments for specialty tests, hospital admissions, and surgeries; following up on broken appointments to explain the need and value of returning for follow-up care, and arranging transportation.
  8. Provides discharge/exit instructions to patients, prepares referral forms, such as treatment authorization, insurance, disability, and employment physical forms, as directed; transcribes doctors' orders and prepares appropriate requisitions and forms.
  9. Provides health education for patients or groups on such topics as nutrition counseling, diabetes counseling, well children counseling and other health related topics for pregnant women and infants.
  10. Cleans and sterilizes equipment and stocks clinics or vehicles used for home visits or outlying clinics.
  11. Takes direction from the assigned healthcare provider (physician or health care practitioner) as to tasks to perform in the engagement of patient care.
 In a Field-Based Environment
  1. Identifies patient's chief complaint and records observations in designated records and data systems.
  2. Performs and records data on height, weight, vital signs, and visual screening tests.
  3. As directed, conducts and/or assists with clinical services such as tuberculin skin tests (TSTs), venipuncture, and audiometry and visual screening tests.
  4. Conducts field visits with Public Health Nurses and/or may make independent home visits under the general direction and supervision of a Public Health Nurse.
  5. In coordination with Public Health Nurses, assists with communicable disease investigations for Sexually Transmitted Disease, Tuberculosis, and other communicable diseases.
  6. Collects specimens; labels and delivers specimens as directed by Public Health Nurse.
  7. As part of the public health team, assumes a key role in communicable disease case management activities.
  8. Provides health education for patients or groups on such topics as communicable diseases and health care for school-age children, infants, and pregnant women.
  9. Links patients to community resources and medical providers based on patient needs.

Employment Standards

  • Possession of a Medical Assistant Certificate issued by an accredited institution.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License may be required for some positions in this class.   
Knowledge of: basic medical terminology, basic arithmetic, safe venipuncture techniques, and safe work practices in a health care center or community-based setting.
Ability to: work independently; conduct basic medical tests, such as vision and audiometry; understand the needs and problems facing culturally, economically, or socially disadvantaged persons; establish and maintain good relations with people from a wide range of social and ethnic groups; maintain confidentiality of patient information; understand and follow oral and written instructions; observe, report, and accurately record relevant information in patient records; follow established protocols for conducting medical tests and procedures; communicate medical and health information to patients understandably; show sensitivity and empathy toward patients; write legibly; elicit sensitive medical information from patients; and use computerized medical office systems.
Desirable Qualifications: Possession of a phlebotomy certificate is highly desired and hiring preference will be given to candidates possessing this certificate in the Field-Based Environment or in a Health Care Center Environment depending on the specific needs of each Health Care Center A California Department of Public Health phlebotomy certificate is highly desirable for field-based positions.
NOTE: Possession of a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) certificate issued by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) may be highly desirable for certain positions and hiring preference may be given to candidates possessing this certificate.