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County Health Officer

Mendocino County, California

Salary:  $183,393 – $222,913

Mendocino County is a picturesque rural county along California’s north coast, two hours north of the Golden Gate. The county boasts beautiful fertile inland valleys, Pacific coastline, and rugged mountain peaks, along with thousands of miles of hiking trails, waterways perfect for kayaking and canoeing, and scenic curving roads through the redwoods. The county’s 90,000 residents enjoy small town life, local art organizations, theatre companies, and abundant outdoor recreational activities. The northern part of the county draws outdoor enthusiasts and the inland area is best known as wine country, producing some of the finest vintage California wines. The county is home to four incorporated cities, including the county seat of Ukiah, Fort Bragg, Willits, and Point Arena.

Mendocino County’s Public Health Administration (PHA) supports, coordinates, and maximizes the collaborative outcomes of the many public health functions of the Public Health Department. PHA works to ensure services covering health monitoring, disease outbreak response, emergency preparedness, disease prevention, and health promotion. The Public Health Department functions on average with 58 FTEs and has a FY 2023-24 adopted budget of $17,429,723.

Under the direction of the Health Services Director, the County Health Officer ensures enforcement of California statutes, regulations, and local ordinances pertaining to the protection of public health; oversees public health programs as prescribed by the California Department of Public Health; advises the Board of Supervisors and Health Services Director concerning community health issues; assesses and reports on the County’s health status; and, provides leadership in developing health policy for the County and the community. The County Health Officer provides overall direction and guidance related to public health matters and is responsible for activities and services of the Public Health Branch, including controlling, reducing and preventing the spread of communicable diseases; serving as the registrar of Vital Statistics; overseeing contracted public health laboratory services; and guiding other public health functions, such as environmental health, public health preparedness, and maternal and child health.

Candidates must possess a Doctor of Medicine degree or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree issued by an accredited medical school in good standing; and possession of a valid California physician license and current board certification in a recognized field of medicine. (A valid Physician’s and Surgeon’s license issued by the State of California either through the Board of Medical Quality Assurance or the Board of Osteopathic Examiners to practice medicine in the State of California). A master’s degree in Public Health or completion of a preventive medicine residency is desirable. Candidates should have at least six (6) years of professional experience in a public health setting, including one (1) year of administrative and supervisory responsibility. Any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that displays the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the functions of this position may be considered.

For a complete position profile, full job description and to apply online, visit Prothman at https://www.prothman.com/ and click on “Open Recruitments”. For questions, call 206-368-0050. Mendocino County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For first consideration, apply by: June 2, 2024. (First review, open until filled.)

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