Assistant Public Health Laboratory Director

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
Posted on November 13, 2021
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Minimum Qualifications

Education: Graduation from a four year college or university with a degree in Medical or Public Health Bacteriology, Microbiology, or equivalent subject or subjects, as may be determined by the State Department of Public Health. Possession of a Ph.D. degree in biological, chemical or physical science is highly desirable.

Experience: Four years of full-time experience or its equivalent as a Public Health Microbiologist. Possession of a Doctoral degree in a chemical, physical, biological or clinical laboratory science from an accredited institution may be substituted for three years of experience as a Public Health Microbiologist.

License: Possession of a valid certificate as a Public Health Microbiologist issued by the California State Department of Public Health.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of: accepted techniques, methods and procedures for performing bacteriological, serological, mycological, virological, molecular biological, parasitological and other related new diagnostic procedures; chemistry as related to public health work; safety, quality assurance and quality control; current rules, regulations and standards for public health laboratories; and proper safety precautions and procedures issued by OSHA for Blood Borne Pathogens (BBP) and Select Agents in Bioterrorism (BT) tests.

Ability to
: keep accurate records and reports; provide training to subordinates; establish and maintain effective working relations with laboratory staff, the public, and members of the medical profession; and supervise, train and evaluate staff.

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 scored using position-specific criteria. 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 and therefore may not be scored.

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.