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Salary: $196,855.07 - $224,818.31 Annually; 10% additional special duty pay as a County Health Officer and additional 5% incentive pay
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Job Type: Full-time
Department: Public Health
Job Number: 19-7103-01
Closing: 02/04/2019 5:00 PM Pacific

The Public Health Department currently is accepting applications for a Health Officer in Santa Barbara.

Appointed by the Public Health Director, the Health Officer is a staff physician who is "required to observe and enforce (1) local orders and ordinances pertaining to the public health; (2) orders prescribed by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH); and (3) statutes relating to the public health."  The Health Officer is a member of the Community Health Division (CH) of the Public Health Department (PHD).  The Health Officer reports to the PHD Director and performs related job duties.
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT:  Our mission is to improve the health of the community by preventing disease, promoting wellness, and ensuring access to needed health care. The Public Health Department works with a broad range of individuals and organizations to meet the needs of our community, including:

  • Preventing epidemics and the spread of disease
  • Protecting against environmental hazards
  • Preventing injuries
  • Encouraging healthy behaviors
  • Ensuring that health services are available for those who need them

Our  Public Health Department has a range of responsibilities that is vast – 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, responding to natural disasters, and even caring for our four-legged friends through our animal control program. Please explore our website for additional information about the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department.

Professional Attributes: 

  • Engaging, collaborative, facilitative in nature, works well with subordinates, peers, supervisors, and the community.
  • Willing and able to challenge the "status quo" when needed.
  • Action and results oriented, innovative, strategic, accepts accountability.
  • Comfortable working in a complex public service organization with rapidly changing issues, needs, and challenges.
  • An active listener and supportive team builder with strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • An energetic management style and is willing to be hands-on.

Works constructively in a culturally inclusive work environment and community.

Examples of Duties


  • Provides basic medical services to PHD patients consistent with community standard of care and PHD policy and procedures; provides clinical consultative services for PHD programs; and may provide related medical leadership and consultative support to midlevel clinicians.
  • Provides direct outpatient care services according to appointment schedules; and provides indirect outpatient care as required to support medical case management , including review and response to laboratory testing, patient and vendor requests for services related to medical conditions, specialty consultations, emergency care, and inpatient follow up.
  • Participates in outpatient after hours calls covering Disease Control/Communicable Disease related issues. Maintains medical records consistent with PHD guidelines and professional standards; completes billing statements with accurate diagnostic and E&M coding; and reviews and countersigns medical charts as required.
  • Attends and participates in regular and special meetings of clinician, clinic, and/or departmental staff as requested; and participates in administrative committees, including peer review, medical quality, and utilization review committees and activities.
  • Obtains and/or maintains current credentials and appointments as necessary for PHD clinic operations, including CenCal membership, and Medi-Cal, NPI, DEA, CHDP, and CCS status; and may supervise physicians and midlevel staff;
  • May provide clinical support to midlevel clinical staff and accepts designation as the supervising physician of midlevel clinical staff when requested.
  • Serves as a PHD Emergency Responder for community, County, or State health-related emergencies and performs related duties as assigned by the PHD Emergency Operations Center, Health Officer, or Medical Director.


  • Provides sound medical and public health policy direction to an agency that represents several different professional disciplines.
  • Directs and evaluates the medical oversight of public health programs.
  • Supervises the Deputy Health Officer and support personnel, and physicians working for the County fulfilling public health responsibilities (e.g., TB control).
  • Works in conjunction with the Public Health Director in program development, evaluation, and analysis of current or upcoming public health issues.
  • Serves as community physician on behalf of all County residents.
  • Determines the list of communicable diseases for exposure reporting in Emergency Medical Services and Coroner cases, and serves as the Point of Contact on these matter.
  • Provides guidance, consultation and policy direction in a medical capacity to physicians, laboratories, hospitals, health care providers, schools, correctional facilities and the public for diagnosis, mitigation and prevention of reportable communicable diseases.
  • Provides medical consultation to public and environmental health programs in compliance with California Health and Safety Codes and local ordinances.
  • Assesses emerging trends or developing situations and works in partnership with the Public Health Executive Team and Cabinet to declare public health threats and to ensure appropriate response.
  • Ensures compliance with applicable public health law, statutes, requirement, and overall best practices.
  • May serve as the Medical and Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC) in partnership with the Local Emergency Medical Services Agency Administrator and may provide subject matter expertise in public health emergency preparedness and multi-agency coordination.
  • May provide support to the Local Emergency Medical Services Agency staff in determining mechanisms for re-supply of EMS units, including determining procurement, storage, and distribution of medical supplies and medication.
  • May provide oversight for medical requirements and required licensure of participants in the Medical Reserve Corps.
  • Maintains current knowledge of Federal, State, and local laws pertaining to the role of the Public Health Officer.
  • Oversees the development and implementation of clinical protocol (including standing clinical orders) throughout the community health clinical services system.
  • Provides medical consultation and serves as liaison in public health issues.
  • May conduct medical examinations, provide diagnoses and administer required treatments.
  • Develops clinical education curricula and develops comprehensive health provider communication, specifically during public health emergencies.

Employment Standards


  • A valid license as a Physician & Surgeon from the Medical Board of California;
  • A valid DEA certificate for the prescription of controlled medications; and,
  • Board Certification or *eligibility in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics or other specialty consistent with PHD assignment.

In addition to employment standards listed above, YOU ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO MEET THE FOLLOWING TO 

  • Master's Degree in Public Health by an accredited school of Public Health; OR,
  • Two years of experience in a highly responsible management capacity in a Public Health or similar Health Care agency, working in preventive medicine, primary care, family medicine, adult health, or maternal and child health.

Note for eligibility: Positions in this class may also be filled by physicians who have completed a residency but are pending board certification. However, as a condition of continued employment, appointees must become board certified within twelve months of appointment. Such appointees are expected to sit for the board exam during the first exam cycle after appointment and provide proof of board certification to the hiring department within two weeks of receiving notification of the exam results.
Additional Qualifications: 

  • Board certification in a specialty consistent with the Public Health Department assignment.
  • A valid California Class C Driver's License at the time of appointment. Incumbent will be required to travel throughout County of Santa Barbara.
  • Eligibility for hospital privileges in local acute care hospitals.
  • Willingness to provide standby call coverage on weekdays, weekends, and holidays as well as being available for consultation after regular business hours.

Knowledge of:  the principles and practices of modern medicine; human anatomy and physiology; medical terminology; community resources in medical treatment; American Medical Association ethics and standards; pharmacology including laws regarding informed consent, dosage ranges, drug incompatibilities, and side effects; ICD-10 and CPT coding and billing principles; clinical and administrative supervisory principles and practices; and standard English grammar and usage.
Ability to:  assess symptoms and make an accurate diagnosis; prescribe treatment appropriate to the patient's condition and situation; skillfully apply principles and techniques of modern medicine; communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; establish and maintain effective relationships with staff, patients, the public, and other County employees; coordinate activities and efforts with other medical, nursing, and auxiliary staff; understand and accept the needs of medically indigent patients; and interact with and effectively treat clients from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.

Desirable for the candidate to have significant experience in the following:

  • Managing or administering programs or other operations in a large publicly funded health department serving a population of over 450,000 residents.
  • Preventive health experience in a multicultural setting.
  • Applying epidemiological and statistical methods, quality assurance principles and methods, and the development and enhancement of information systems used in public health. Establishing data exchange systems that effectively monitor population and report on health outcomes.
  • Community involvement in formulating health policy.
  • Experience working with one or more major health programs.
  • Success in working across health care provider organizations, and other clinical providers, to improve patient outcomes.
  • Working with multiple stakeholders within the community for the advancement of health equity.

Supplemental Information


  1. Review applications and supplemental questionnaire to determine those candidates who meet the employment standards.
  2. Supplemental Questionnaire Ranking. Responses to the required supplemental questionnaire will be evaluated and scored. Candidates' final score and rank on the employment list will be determined by their responses to the supplemental questionnaire. This process may be eliminated if there are fewer than eleven (11) qualified candidates.

Applicants must receive a percentage score of at least 70 on the Supplemental Questionnaire Ranking examination to be placed on an employment list. An adjustment may be made to raw scores based on factors listed in Civil Service Rule VI. Those candidates who are successful in the selection process will have their names placed on the employment list for a minimum of three months. At the time the employment list is established, all candidates will receive an email notice of their score on the exam(s), rank on the employment list, and exact duration of the employment list.

Recruiters will correspond with applicants by e-mail during each step in the recruitment process. Applicants are reminded to check spam filters continuously during the Recruitment & Selection Process steps listed above to ensure they do not miss required deadlines.  The County of Santa Barbara will not release any applicant's e-mail address to a third party.
The County of Santa Barbara is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants. Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process should contact the recruiter listed on the job posting. We do require verification of needed accommodation from a professional source, such as a doctor or a learning institution. 

Conditional Job Offer:  Once a conditional offer of employment has been made, candidate will be required to successfully complete a background check, which includes a conviction history check, and satisfactory reference checks.  You must clear a Live Scan to work in a locked facility. Appointee will be subject to a post-offer medical evaluation or examination.  The appointee must satisfactorily complete a probationary period.

The Public Health Department (PHD) requires all employees working in direct contact with patients or clients in a high risk environment to comply with the PHD Employee Immunizations policy.  This can be accomplished by providing documentation of immunizations, submitting laboratory immune titers demonstrating adequate immunity, or obtaining required vaccinations.  A list of requirements, based on the specific program, will be sent at the time an offer letter is presented to the selected candidate(s) and initial documentation will be required at this time. 

Benefits:  For a summary of benefits visit:

The County of Santa Barbara respects and values a diverse workforce and strongly promotes strategies and activities to recruit, develop and retain qualified persons of varied backgrounds, lifestyles, experiences and races.

APPLICATION AND SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE DEADLINE: Open Until Filled.  Applications and job bulletins can be obtained 24 hours a day at In Santa Barbara, applications and job bulletins may be obtained at the Human Resources Department, 1226 Anacapa Street. In Santa Maria, applications and job bulletins can be obtained on-line only at the Workforce Resource Center located at 1410 S. Broadway, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Debbie Beach, Senior HR Recruiter   805 568-2804       email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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