HHS Deputy County Health Officer

Tulare County
Visalia, California
Closing date
May 10, 2023

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Full Time
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Position to receive an 8% Cost-of-Living salary increase effective 07/03/22.

Tulare County Health & Human Services is actively recruiting for an HHS Deputy County Health Officer. This position assists the County Health Officer in overseeing, directing, developing, coordinating, implementing, and monitoring medical aspects of public health programs, and providing primary and public health care medical services. The HHS Deputy County Health Officer is an At-Will position, reporting to HHSA’s County Health Officer. This recruitment will establish an employment list in order to fill immediate and future vacancies throughout Tulare County’s Public Health branch.

The Deputy County Health Officer will work directly with the County Health Officer. The Deputy County Health Officer will coordinate closely with other divisions within the Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA), assuring the availability of quality health services, promoting the community's health, advancing health equity, and providing effective leadership in developing public health policies. The Deputy County Health Officer will assist the County Health Officer in providing oversight and enforcing regulations for various public health programs and services, including environmental health, vital records, communicable disease, public health nursing, and California Children’s Service (CCS).

Typical Duties

  • Provide guidance, consultation, and policy direction in a medical capacity to physicians, healthcare providers, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, laboratories, schools, the public, occupational settings, and other health facilities to diagnose, mitigate, and prevent communicable and infectious diseases.
  • Collaborate and coordinate delivery of public health services and advance health equity with the Public Health Branch of the HHSA.
  • Assist with the direction and patient services of the Tuberculosis Control Program.
  • Represent the County in meetings, commissions, committees, community and regulatory agencies, and other public groups; discuss and facilitate health issues with community members and groups.
  • Provide medical leadership during a public health threat or emergency and determine the level of response required.
  • Act on behalf of the HHS County Health Officer in his/her absence.

Required Qualifications 

Candidates must meet the qualifications listed below by the application deadline.

  • Doctor of Medicine Degree from a medical school recognized or approved by the Medical Board of CaliforniaEducation Equivalency: Doctor of Osteopathy Degree recognized and approved by the Osteopathic Medical Board of California. Out-of-state candidates may qualify for this position if they have a Medical License from another state. Candidates must obtain a Physician and Surgeon’s License from the Medical Board of California within 6 months.
    Candidates must obtain a Physician and Surgeon’s License from the Medical Board of California 
    within 6 months.
  • A combination of two (2) years of experience in preventive and primary care.
  • A valid Physician's and Surgeon's license issued by the Medical Board of California; Or valid Osteopathic Physician’s and Surgeon’s 20A license issued by the Osteopathic Medical Board of California 
  • Eligibility to have hospital privileges as a physician. 
  • Board certification or eligibility in the candidate's specialty.
  • Active membership with the Tulare County Medical Society upon appointment.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Public Health – additional graduate coursework in Public Health, Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Maternal and Child Health, or closely related field.

About the Community:

Tulare County offers a superior quality of life, complete with the friendly neighborhood small-town feel, that offers shopping, dining, and movie and live theater experiences for the whole family. Stretching from the mountainous Sequoia National Park to the fertile Central Valley, Tulare County is just two and a half hours from the Central Coast and midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Tulare County has something for everyone, from cities like Visalia, Tulare, and Porterville, to rural communities like Orosi and Pixley, and mountain
areas such as Three Rivers and Springville and the Tule River Reservation. Working in Visalia doesn’t involve much of a commute from the many
nearby communities.

Tulare County’s geographic location makes it an ideal place to lead an active lifestyle. Here you can find a wide variety of easily accessible outdoor
activities, including hiking, camping, river rafting, boating, fishing, skiing, and biking. Tulare County has a multitude of county and city parks and an
array of special events such as car shows, parades, and cultural festivals that make it easy and fun to spend quality time with family and friends.
One of the top two agriculture-producing counties in the U.S., Tulare County also has eight incorporated cities and over forty towns and communities. It offers a range of housing and schools to meet residents’ unique needs. There are a handful of colleges and universities within just a short drive, including College of the Sequoias (in Visalia), CSU Bakersfield, CSU Fresno, and Fresno Pacific University.

Conditions of Employment

  • Candidates selected will be required to pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol screening. Additionally, a background investigation may also be conducted, which may include a re-investigation every 10 years for some positions. An Employment Eligibility Verification using E-Verify may be required on the first day of employment for some positions. Some job classes may also require a physical exam.

Student Loan Forgiveness

  • This may be a qualifying position for student loan forgiveness through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA). Only student loan payments made after October 1, 2007 and in a qualified repayment plan are eligible. For more information, you are encouraged to speak with your student loan servicer or visit: http://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation.


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