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Location: Contra Costa County, CA
Employer: Division of Communicable Disease Control, California DPH
Position: Infectious Diseases Laboratory Chief
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Contact Email / Web: CEA A, Infectious Diseases Laboratory Chief, Division of Communicable Disease Control
Posted: 12/21/2016
EpiMonitor ID: 2016-2253

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Department of Public Health


JC-44044 - CEA A, Infectious Diseases Laboratory Chief, Division of Communicable Disease Control

Final Filing Date: 1/6/2017

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CEA A, Infectious Diseases Laboratory Chief, Division of Communicable Disease Control


C. E. A.

$6,647.00 - $15,129.00 The salary range for this position is: $6,647.00-$9,277.00.


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Work Location:

Contra Costa County

Job Type:

Career Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

Department Information

•This position is located in the Infectious Diseases Laboratory Branch, Division of Communicable Disease Control.
•Please visit CDPH’s website for more information at

Job Description and Duties

As Chief, Infectious Diseases (ID) Laboratory Branch, the incumbent will provide oversight to the Microbial Diseases Laboratory (MDL), Viral & Rickettsial Diseases Laboratory (VRDL) and the Infant Botulism Treatment & Prevention Program (IBTPP). The Chief provides an executive staff level focus for cross- cutting laboratory policy, operational (e.g., laboratory information system), and regulatory issues within the Division of Communicable Disease Control (DCDC). The Chief is responsible for the administrative oversight of the laboratories, ensuring that departmental policies with respect to contracting, purchasing, and human resources are carried out.

The Chief will be responsible for developing and setting policy, as well as protocols, coordinating and managing response to high profile health disease outbreaks requiring laboratory involvement. The response to outbreaks may also include the development of policy and protocols related to confirmatory testing of emerging public health threats such as Ebola and Zika, and managing the surge capacity of the laboratories when necessary to respond to disease outbreaks such as pertussis, H1N1, and measles.

The Infectious Diseases Laboratory Chief integrates the activities of the infectious disease laboratories internally as well as other state, local and federal public health agencies to ensure consistency of compliance with current laboratory principles and practices. The Chief is responsible for: ensuring the Branch priorities meet the Department objectives; evaluating the effectiveness of the programs; and overseeing staff activities relative to the various advisory boards and committees acting as consulting bodies to DCDC.

The position is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Branch, and, as such, is directly involved in program policy, strategic planning and organization. This position is responsible for maintaining adequate policy, protocols and procedures to promote consistent and effective communicable disease laboratory interventions to ensure the continued safety for California population.

The Chief, Infectious Diseases Laboratory Branch will represent the laboratories at local, state and national professional and policy forums regarding public health infectious disease laboratory issues. The Chief will provide direct guidance related to infectious diseases laboratory issues to the infectious disease programs supported by the laboratories. The Chief will independently provide direct oversight to the Infant Botulism Treatment and Prevention Program, Microbial Diseases Laboratory Program and the Viral and Ricketssial Diseases Laboratory Program which are managed by a Public Health Medical Officer III (Supervisor), and two Research Scientist Mangers (respectively).

Examination Qualification Requirements

This position requires an examination to be appointed. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications for the Position in order to compete in the examination.

All applicants must possess the knowledge and abilities, and any other requirements, described in this announcement.

Note: Eligibility to take a CEA examination does not require current permanent status in the civil service.

General Qualifications

State civil service employees must possess essential general qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, and ability to work cooperatively with others.

Knowledge and Abilities

Applicants must demonstrate the ability to perform high administrative and policy – influencing functions effectively. Such overall ability requires possession of most of the following more specific knowledge and abilities:

  1. Knowledge of the organization and functions of California State Government including the organization and practices of the Legislature and the Executive Branch; principles, practices, and trends of public administration, organization, and management; techniques of organizing and motivating groups; program development and evaluation; methods of administrative problem solving; principles and practices of policy formulation and development; and personnel management techniques; the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity Program objectives; and a manager’s role in the Equal Employment Opportunity Program.
  2. Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of multidisciplinary professional and administrative staff; analyze administrative policies, organization, procedures and practices; integrate the activities of a diverse program to attain common goals; gain the confidence and support of top level administrators and advise them on a wide range of administrative matters; develop cooperative working relationships with representatives of all levels of government, the public, and the Legislature and Executive branches; analyze complex problems and recommend effective courses of action; and prepare and review reports; and effectively contribute to the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity objectives.

These knowledge and abilities are expected to be obtained from the following kinds of experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation and/or evaluation of program policies (experience may have been paid or volunteer; in State service, other government settings, or in a private organization):

CEA Level A - Responsible for broad administrative and program activities, including the execution and/or evaluation of program policies.

CEA Level B - Responsible for extensive managerial and program administration or broad program manager experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation, and/or evaluation of program policies.

CEA Level C - Responsible for extensive highly professional influence and contributes to program, policy, and the methods to provide professional services needed to set policies, to meet the mission of the State department and often exercising technical and or professional skills that are required at this level.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

The Statement of Qualification is a narrative discussion of how the candidate’s education, training, experience, and skills meet the minimum and desirable qualifications and qualify them for the position. The Statement of Qualification serves as a documentation of each candidate’s ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing.

1. Working with high level executives and policy makers at local, state and federal government as well as non-governmental stakeholders and advisory groups to help develop public health policies and programs.

2. Overseeing a multidisciplinary professional and administrative staff, responsible for contract and budget management, and quality improvement.

3. Experience with performance management, providing leadership, communicating a clear vision, setting goals and expectations, encouraging collaboration and using sound judgment in managing complex and varied programs.

4. Guidance and development of regulations, bill analysis, and state and federal legislation.

5. Communicating with and presenting before a wide range of audiences, including the media, the public, or the legislature.

6. Development, implementation, and management of a comprehensive public health program and/or clinical laboratory and working with partners in epidemiology and communicable disease control.

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process. For information on Application Instructions, Required Application Documents, Examination Information, and Special Testing Arrangements, please go to CEA A, Infectious Diseases Laboratory Chief, Division of Communicable Disease Control

  • Human Resources Contact:
    Spring Ingram
    (916) 552-9212 
  • Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact: EEO Office (916) 445-0938

  • California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.







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