Nursing Services Director - Public Health

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time Administration and Management Public Health
  • Salary: $124,517.58 - $151,337.07 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

The Department of Health Services (DHS) seeks an experienced leader
for the position of Nursing Services Director - Public Health

Starting salary up to $148,373/year, and a cash allowance of approximately $600/month.
Plus a cash allowance of $600/month, and a competitive total compensation package!*

What We Offer

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $1,700 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
*Salary is negotiable. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice.

Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Sonoma County combines in one location the beautiful Pacific Coastline, award winning wineries, majestic redwoods, historic towns, fine dining, and a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities. For more information about our community, please visit: and

About the Position

The Nursing Services Director - Public Health plans and supervises the work of DHS' nurse workforce of approximately sixty full-time staff and allied personnel to ensure the understanding of and compliance with laws, regulations, codes, and agency policies and programs. The Director oversees nursing services which are focused on the control and prevention of communicable and chronic disease; the promotion of maternal, child, and adolescent health; the prevention of abuse and neglect of children, elders, and spouses; outreach screening, case management, resource coordination, and assessment; and the delivery and evaluation of care for individuals, families, and communities. As an integral part of the DHS leadership team, the Director is also responsible for:
  • Reviewing and implementing the Health Support Field Operations guide, a component of the Department's 18-month work plan for Emergency Preparedness
  • Leading the development of quality assurance and performance measures across all DHS divisions, clinical programs, and services related to nursing and allied personnel
  • Developing, implementing, and updating plans, policies, protocols, and standards for nursing services
  • Supporting the integration of nursing services throughout the department
  • Overseeing professional development of nursing personnel, including the oversight and adherence to appropriate HIPAA, health regulations, codes, licensure, and certification requirements
  • Representing DHS at county, regional, state, and national levels
  • Coordinating nursing disaster service duties and serving as a member of the Department Operations Center (DOC) and/or Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in times of disaster
  • Overseeing and leading three management staff members of the California Children's Services and Disease Control units of DHS
The ideal candidate will:
  • Possess management, supervisory, and professional-level administrative experience within a multi-disciplinary public service delivery system
  • Be a strategic thinker who can identify courses of action that advance quality assurance and performance measures across all DHS divisions, clinical programs, and services of the Department
  • Provide forward-thinking direction in the application of principles, practices, protocols, and standards for nursing services
  • Be an initiator, identifying new possibilities for combining opportunities and resources to advance community health policies and goals
  • Develop relationships and serve as a liaison with agencies across county, regional, state, and national levels
  • Possess excellent oral, written, and presentation communication skills
The Civil Service Title for this position is Director of Public Health Nursing.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Graduation from a college or university nursing program accredited for public health nursing by the National League for Nursing. A Master's Degree with a major in Nursing Administration or a Master's Degree in Public Health is highly desirable.

Experience: Five years of progressively responsible public health nursing experience, including at least two years in a supervisory capacity will generally provide the knowledge and abilities listed.

License: Possession of a current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of California. Possession of a valid California driver's license.

Certificate: Possession of a California State Public Health Nursing Certificate.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Extensive knowledge of: modern principles, practices and methods of public health nursing, including community, clinical and special programs, and school nursing programs; federal, state and local laws and regulations governing public health.

Considerable knowledge of: the causes, control and care of chronic and communicable diseases and illnesses, handicapping conditions, mental illness and other disabling conditions; environmental, sociological, and psychological problems related to Public Health Nursing programs; the principles and practices of personnel and financial administration including effective supervision and training.

Good knowledge of: community resources available for assistance in public health nursing; child growth and development and procedures involved in promoting maternal and child health; the principles and procedures involved in family planning, venereal disease control, pre and post natal care; the current trends and concepts relative to professional nursing practices.

Ability to: exercise responsibility, initiative, independent analysis and judgment, in solving highly specialized nursing administration and management problems; establish and maintain effective working relationships with administrative, medical and non-medical staff, patients and the public; recognize social and community problems which affect health and to establish effective programs and services to deal with these problems; communicate verbal and written ideas clearly and logically.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all your employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.


Responses to supplemental questions will be used in assessing minimum qualifications. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (Weight 100%). Each application and supplemental questionnaire will be thoroughly evaluated for satisfaction of minimum qualifications and relevance of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position. Candidates possessing the most appropriate job-related qualifications will be placed on an employment list and referred to the department for selection interviews.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: As the largest employer in Sonoma County, the Board of Supervisors has adopted a vaccination and testing policy to help mitigate transmission of COVID-19. All County employees will be required to either have documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination on file or consent to weekly COVID-19 testing.


Applications are accepted on-line at: . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people. Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.

HR Analyst: DP
HR Technician: KC

Closing Date:Continuous

Job Address

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