Nevada Coiunty, located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, is recruiting for a Public Health Officer.
This is an exceptional opportunity for individuals with experience in public health and a strategic focus on promoting community wide health, to directly impact the health and safety of a community that is high in health outcomes and very supportive and actively engaged in public health. The Nevada County Public Health Officer will have the advantage of working with an exceptional staff and fantastic community partners, in a backdrop of one of the most picturesque areas of Northern California.
Known as “California Gold Country”, Nevada County encompasses 974 square miles located in the foothills of the Western Slope of the Sierra Nevada, with access to a variety of recreational and cultural activities. Listed among the Top 10 travel destinations by Lonely Planet, Nevada City is also rated #2 of best river cities in America! Established in 1851, historic Nevada County includes Truckee, Grass Valley and Nevada City - the County Seat. Residents enjoy a rural lifestyle with urban amenities (hospital, community college, thriving arts culture) and are only an hour from the State Capital and an international airport. Recently, Nevada City ranked number one on Sunset Magazine’s “Best Value Towns”. Truckee continuously receives recognition, having been named one of Sunset Magazine’s “Best Adventure Towns” and one of USA Today’s “Best Ski Towns”.
COUNTY GOVERNANCE AND STRUCTURE
Nevada County is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors elected on a non-partisan basis to serve four-year terms. The Board of Supervisors is the legislative and executive body of County government and serves as the governing body of the Nevada County Sanitation District. Agency Directors report to Alison Lehman, County Executive Officer. The County budget for FY 2019-2020 is $257.9 million with a current staff of approximately 800 employees. Nevada County leads all counties in CSAC Credentialed Executives and CSAC Innovation Awards.
Nevada County leadership values employee development and engagement, promotes open and transparent communication, sets us up to be a high-performing organization, and recognizes our contributions. Our leadership connects with the community, listens to them, and provides meaningful programming to keep us safe and healthy. The Nevada County CEO and Board of Supervisors are consistently supportive of public health initiatives and have been diligent about not letting politics influence sound public health policies.
THE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT
The Nevada County Public Health Department (NCPHD) serves the entire county and maintains a focus on population-level health. Our vision is for safe, healthy and thriving communities, and our mission is to prevent disease and injury, promote optimal health and wellness, and protect the community against disasters. We strive to let our core values guide all the work we do. Our values include wellness, caring, equity, quality, teamwork, diversity, enjoyment, communication, and appreciation.
One of the earliest COVID-19 Stage 2-readiness counties in the state, public health officer-led efforts have contributed to a low incident rate of COVID cases! Two COVID-19 testing sites in Western and Eastern Nevada County are in operation.
Under administrative direction, the Public Health Officer (PHO) performs the duties of County Health Officer set forth in California Health and Safety Code Sections 101,000 et seq.’ The PHO provides services and oversees communicable disease, clinic and emergency preparedness activities for Nevada County. The PHO, as a licensed physician, also provides direction and consultation regarding patient care as needed. The PHO is responsible for directing the enforcement of Federal, State and County health and sanitation laws and regulations; the work of combating and preventing the spread of communicable diseases; the development and administration of emergency preparedness plans related to bioterrorism and pandemic flu and performs related work as required. While under administrative direction of the Public Health Director, the PHO is appointed by, and serves at the will and pleasure of, the Board of Supervisors.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The ideal candidate will demonstrate a community-centric approach to public health with a track record of establishing and maintaining strong relationships with community. The successful candidate will have a broad interest in understanding public health – what it means to promote health and prevent disease, and will be committed to the tenants of public health. The ideal PHO will be someone who can respond to emergencies in a composed, methodic manner. Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to make effective, timely decisions independently, as well as the ability to make effective, persuasive presentations to a variety of audiences. The successful candidate will be a creative problem solver and team builder who is supportive of staff, with the ability to achieve results through others.
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Graduation from a medical school of recognized standing with a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy degree and two years of experience functioning as a Public Health Officer or administering a public health program with responsibility for administration, supervision, and effective functioning of the program. Additional graduate level course work from an accredited college or university in public health, environmental health, or a closely related field can be substituted for the required experience on a year-for-year basis. Possession of a Master's Degree in Public Health from an accredited college or university program is desirable.
Additional Salary Information: The PHO position is currently budgeted as an 80% of full-time equivalent (FTE), working thirty-two hours per week. The PHO position is traditionally budgeted as 60% or 70% of FTE, during non-pandemic periods, and hours may be reduced once the Covid-19 pandemic has been resolved. Should the hours be reduced, the annual salary range would also be reduced accordingly.
Internal Number: 1000
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