Deputy Director Health & Human Services – Public Health Nurse

County Of Mendocino   Ukiah, CA   Full-time     Nursing
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Posted on October 29, 2020


$107,702.40 - $130,915.20 Annually


Under administrative direction, directs staff and functions, including long and short range planning, budget and policy development and staff management.  Division is responsible for delivering comprehensive health, wellness and prevention programs and services to County citizens.


This classification is distinguished from other supervisor level positions within the department by its administrative oversight of a division of the branch.


Exercises full management level supervision over subordinate supervisors and other licensed and non-licensed staff.



Examples of Duties and Essential Job Functions



Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Manages division staff members responsible for performing various public health nursing services, including, but not limited to: evaluating and assessing clients; determining treatment plans; developing and presenting various programs; and serving as consultant/liaison with various agencies concerning programs, treatment, etc.
  • Carries out supervisory/managerial responsibility in accordance with policies, procedures and applicable laws including: interviewing, hiring and training, planning, assigning and directing work; establishing deadlines; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  • Plans, coordinates, assigns, and monitors performance and coaches, counsels, mentors, trains, and advises employees in division for the dual goals of meeting division goals and employee career development.
  • Interprets, develops, communicates updates and monitors ordinances, policies, procedures, and standards for the division and County; recommends improvement when necessary; and writes/revises same.
  • Makes presentations to various boards and committees regarding division functions.
  • Serves as a member and/or chair of various committees, meetings, teams and/or boards; participates in strategic planning, problem solving and goal setting activities; and collaborates, persuades, and negotiates with others outside own work area to coordinate efforts and maintain cooperative and efficient relations.
  • Prepares, evaluates and monitors annual budgets and oversees the development and administration of grants.
  • Consults with County Counsel and other County officials regarding various matters and for the purpose of seeking advice.
  • Responds to requests for health education information by developing teaching plans, presenting information and responding to questions; makes arrangements for speakers, space and equipment.
  • Plans long-range goals, objectives, organizational structure, and overall direction for the division.
  • Plans and implements short-term or annual goals, objectives, and strategies for the division, projects or programs to ensure efficient organization and completion of work.
  • Participates in disaster preparedness and response functions, including attending meetings, workshops and practice sessions.
  • Oversees the development and administration of various programs.
  • Follows up and represents division on inquiries from various agencies, groups, media, etc., regarding division programs and services; develops media announcements and edits and approves same.
  • Directs patient assessments and evaluations and assures compliance with laws and regulations.
  • Monitors current, newly adopted, and proposed legislation, rules and regulations and disseminates information to division officials and staff.
  • Ensures quality standards and compliance with regulations are maintained.
  • Maintains and upgrades professional knowledge, skills, and development by attending seminars and training programs and reading trade and professional journals and publications.
  • Prepares complex, routine and non-routine reports as requested utilizing a variety of software; receives, sorts, and summarizes material for the preparation of reports; prepares work reports; and relays and interprets administrative decisions, policies and instructions.
  • Interacts with a variety of high-level individuals, both internally and within the community to provide information, disseminate divisional information and assist in resolving administrative issues.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Personal Computer and/or Terminal   General Office Equipment 


Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Nursing (or the equivalent in increasingly responsible nursing and management experience); Master's degree is preferred and five years of progressively responsible related experience providing nursing services in a public health care setting with at least two years in a management or supervisory capacity; or, a combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Licenses and Certifications:

Valid State Driver's License
Registered Nurse License
Public Health Nurse Certificate



Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities



Knowledge of:

  • Applicable state, federal and local ordinances, codes, laws, rules and regulations and legislative issues.
  • Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting and implementation.
  • Administration of staff and activities, either directly or through subordinate supervision.
  • Modern methods, techniques and theories of nursing.
  • Human resources policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
  • Child abuse and neglect.
  • Governmental financial operations, including budgeting and grants administration.
  • Conflict resolution.
  • Methods and techniques of research, statistical analysis and report presentation.
  • All computer applications and hardware related to performance of the essential functions of the job.
  • Correct English usage, including spelling, grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary.
  • Internal departmental policies and procedures.
  • County government organization and operations.
  • External governmental bodies and agencies related to area of assignment.
  • Standard business arithmetic, including percentages and decimals.
Skill in:
  • Planning, organizing, assigning, directing, reviewing and evaluating the work of staff.
  • Selecting and motivating staff and providing for their training and professional development.
  • Mediation techniques to resolve conflicts between management and staff.
  • Using tact, discretion, initiative and independent judgment within established guidelines.
  • Making presentations.
  • Analyzing and resolving office administrative situations and problems.
  • Researching, compiling, and summarizing a variety of informational and statistical data and materials.
  • Organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines, and following up on assignments with a minimum of direction.
  • Applying logical thinking to solve problems or accomplish tasks; to understand, interpret and communicate complicated policies, procedures and protocols.
  • Using a computer to accurately and rapidly enter and retrieve data and information.
  • Communicating orally with internal staff, citizens, and other departmental staff in order to give and receive information in a courteous manner.
  • Operating and routine maintenance of general office machines such as copiers, facsimile machines, telephone systems, and paging systems.
Mental and Physical Abilities:
  • Read and interpret documents such as operation and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Understand and carry out written and oral instructions, giving close attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Delegate authority to staff.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Draft and type correspondence.
  • Add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.
  • Analyze and resolve problems involving several variables.
  • While performing the essential functions of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects and to reach with hands and arms, ascend and descend stairs using feet and legs, speak and hear and use color, sound, odor and shape perception and discrimination.
  • While performing the essential functions of this job, the incumbent is frequently required to lift, move, push and pull up to 25 pounds.