Public Health Program Specialist I

County of Contra Costa
Full Time, Permanent $87,574 - $106,446 Per year CA Contra Costa Health Services, 1220 Morello Ave # 200, Martinez, CA 94553, United States Apply before 5/27/2024 11:59



Monthly Salary Range: $7,297 - $8,871

Bargaining Unit: Local 21 - Supervisory Management

The Board of Supervisors have authorized the following future salary increases: 5% on July 1, 20245% on July 1, 2025

Why Join Contra Costa County?
Contra Costa Health is offering an excellent career opportunity for qualified individuals interested in the Public Health Program Specialist I position. There are currently three (3) vacancies in Health Services Department. 
  • Two in the Family, Maternal, and Child Health (FMCH) Program located in Concord, CA.
  • One in the Linguistic Access Services (LAS) located in Martinez, CA.
The incumbent will be required to occasionally travel to different locations throughout Contra Costa County.
Family, Maternal and Child Health (FMCH) is dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of families and children through innovative partnerships with families, community members, county programs, and community-based organizations. To accomplish this mission, our work involves collecting and analyzing data to identify high priority needs, develop, implement, and evaluate programs designed to improve health outcomes, and provide training and technical assistance to groups throughout the county on issues of perinatal health.
The Linguistic Access Services (LAS) program
provide specially trained interpreters to assist patients and health care providers to communicate with each other in the preferred language during the provision of care, when making medical appointments, receiving health care information or when discussing billing or health related financial information.
We are looking for someone who is:
  • A strong leader: You will be responsible for supervising and coordinating the work of subordinate staff.
  • Professional. You must provide and promote excellence in customer service for both external partners and the public.
  • Results driven: You will be able to effectively set and meet program goals.
  • Analytical: You will manage, compile, and analyze data.
  • Detail Oriented. You will be in constant compliance with state and federal program mandates and establishing procedures accordingly.
What you will typically be responsible for: 
  • Providing supervision, technical assistance and consultation to program staff
  • Establishing, reviewing, evaluating, implementing and interpreting program policy to ensure compliance with State and Federal program mandates
  • Identifying urgent needs for program services and making appropriate referrals
  • Meeting with other professional staff members and community organizations
  • Serving as liaison with funding authority and/or division fiscal staff regarding program financial issue
  • Developing and writing proposals for grant applications
  • Planning, implementing and/or supervising educational outreach activities and developing program informational material for distribution to schools, organizations, community groups and the general public
A few reasons you might love this job:
  • You will be part of a high value team environment.
  • You will be part of a culture that encourages growth and innovation.
  • There is open dialogue between staff and management.
  • You will have job stability and opportunities for career growth.
A few challenges you might face in this job:
  • You may work under pressure and need to deliver assignments in tight timeframes.
  • You must adapt to ever-changing technology.
Competencies Required:
  • Critical Thinking: Analytically and logically evaluating information, propositions, and claims
  • Delivering Results: Meeting organizational goals and customer expectations and making decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks
  • Legal & Regulatory Navigation: Understanding, interpreting, and ensuring compliance with laws and regulations
  • Safety Focus: Showing vigilance and care in identifying and addressing health risks and safety hazards
  • Displaying Ownership and Accountability: Holding self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results
  • Informing: Proactively obtaining and sharing information
  • Building & Maintaining Relationships: Establishing rapport and maintaining mutually productive relationships
  • Coaching & Developing Others: Supporting others in stretching and expanding their capabilities
  • Visionary Leadership: Taking a long-term view and building a shared vision with others; acting as a catalyst for organizational change 
  • Business Process Analysis: Defining, assessing, and improving operational processes and workflow
  • Leading Cross-Divisional Collaboration: Demonstrating cooperation and teamwork while working within and across divisions and teams
  • Organization Design & Structure: Establishing organizational structure and clarifying roles and responsibilities
To read the complete job description, please visit the website: .
The eligible list established from this recruitment may remain in effect for six (6) months. 

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Possession of a Master's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Health Care Administration, Public Health, Nursing, Health Education, Social Welfare or a closely related field.
Experience: One (1) year of full-time, or its equivalent, experience in a health care organization, public health agency or community program performing administrative or program management duties.
Substitution: Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in any of the aforementioned fields and two (2) years of full-time experience in a health care organization, public health agency or community program performing administrative or program management duties may be substituted for the master's degree requirement. One (1) additional year of experience of the type noted above may be substituted for the required academic major. No substitution is permitted for a bachelor's degree.

  1. Successful candidates for some positions in the HIV/AIDS Program require clearance from the State Office of AIDS prior to a permanent appointment. 
  2. Successful candidate for the position in the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program must meet the criteria established by the State Medi-Cal Program as Skilled Professional Medical Personnel (SPMP). This includes: a) Registered Nurses and Public Health Nurses with a valid certificate from the State of California; b) Physician Assistants with a valid license issued by the California Physician Assistant Committee;c) Registered Dietitians with a valid registration from the American Dietetic Association; d) individuals possessing either a master's degree in Social Welfare (MSW) with an emphasis in medical or a master's degree in Public Health (MPH) with an emphasis in health education; e) Licensed Clinical Psychologists; and  f) Licensed Marriage, Family and Child Counselors
  3. Successful candidate for the position in the Senior Nutrition program must possess and maintain throughout the duration of employment a current registration as a Dietitian with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association)
  4. Successful candidate for the position in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program must possess and maintain throughout the duration of employment a current registration as a Dietitian with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association)

Selection Process

  1. Application Filing and Evaluation:  All applicants will be required to complete a supplemental questionnaire at the time of application. Applications will be evaluated to determine which candidates will move forward in the next phase of the recruitment process.
  2. Behavioral Consistency Questionnaire: Candidates that clearly demonstrate that they possess the minimum qualification, will be invited to participate in a behavioral consistency writing exercise. Candidates will be asked to provide written responses to scenario-based questions designed to evaluate candidates core competencies as they relate to the job. Candidates must achieve an average passing score of 70% or higher on each of the competencies assessed, as well as an overall passing score of 70% of higher. These competencies may include but are not limited to: Critical Thinking, Delivering Results, Legal & Regulatory Navigation, Safety Focus, Displaying Ownership and Accountability, and Informing. (Weighted 100%)

The Behavioral Consistency Questionnaire is tentatively scheduled to take place via computer (remotely) during the week of June 17, 2024.
 The Behavioral Consistency Questionnaire will be administered remotely using a computer or mobile device such as a tablet or smartphone. You will need access to a reliable internet connection to take the assessment, as well as a computer or mobile device with a camera.

The Human Resources Department may change the examination steps noted above in accordance with the Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.

For recruitment questions, please contact Health Services Personnel, Recruitment Team at . For any technical issues, please contact the Government Jobs’ applicant support team for assistance at +1-855-524-5627.

CONVICTION HISTORYAfter you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

DISASTER SERVICE WORKERAll Contra Costa County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITYIt is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.