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Microbiology Training Manager

Public Health Foundation Enterprises, In
North Richmond, California, US
Closing date
Oct 5, 2022

The Laboratory Central Services' Public Health Microbiologist (PHM) Training Program seeks a Program Manager to work closely and collaborate with public health laboratories in the state, local counties, and the California Association of Public Health Lab Directors (CAPHLD) to manage and facilitate the Public Health Microbiologist training program.

Applicants must be able to maintain consistent and regular attendance; communicate effectively (orally and in writing) in dealing with the public and employees; develop and maintain knowledge and skills related specifically to Public Health Microbiology tasks, methodologies, materials, tools, and equipment; complete assignments in a timely and efficient manner; and adhere to departmental policies and procedures.

This position will oversee the PHM program trainers, lab technician, and office aid, as well as assist with trainees and program volunteers. Tasks will involve managing and working with emails, forms and documents, online platforms, and resources, and coordinating inventory, purchases, and schedules. Experience with laboratory safety, supply requisitions and ordering, inventory management, and equipment maintenance is necessary. Maintaining an organized work environment, working well in a team environment, and being detail-oriented are essential.

Must submit a resume and three professional references with the application.

If hired for this position, applicant will be required to provide proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 prior to the start date; or have a valid religious or medical reason qualifying the applicant for an exemption (that may or may not require accommodation). The applicant will need to have the qualifying exemption.


Oversees PHM program staff attendance, duties, schedules, and resources needed for PHM training
Works closely with the California Association of Public Health Lab Directors (CAPHLD) and participating CDPH laboratories to coordinate and facilitate the PHM training program
Ensures adherence to COVID-19 and laboratory safety and practices as well as CDPH policies and procedures
Leads coordination of CAPHLD and PHM trainers to update and develop training resources and materials, including implementation of online training platforms and resources
Provides oversight for maintenance and updating of training records, trainee grades, emergency contact forms, standard operating procedures, laboratory safety guidelines, procedures and practices, risk assessments, job aides, and other training tools for the program
Tracks and updates training program schedules, laboratory supply and equipment inventory, program applications and certification documents for trainees from all involved Public Health Laboratories (both state and local).
Provides assistance to local and state laboratories with educational resources for trainers, including implementation, availability and use of new technologies and online training platforms and resources, proctoring and scoring of exams and competency evaluations
Helps recruit and schedule subject matter experts, speakers, and volunteers to provide didactic and laboratory training for all units of the training program
Assists in filling in as subject matter expert for lectures and laboratory as necessary
Works with CDPH Laboratory Field Services (LFS) on renewal of laboratory training licenses; compiles and updates required documentation; provides reports and updates on PHM trainees to the appropriate individuals; monitors expiration of required trainee and laboratory certification; verifies and follows up status of submitted forms
Processes program evaluations and conducts surveys to monitor and report quality improvement activities, provides feedback, and communicates outcomes to CAPHLD and other interested parties
Addresses training program needs and priorities as they develop
Assists CAPHLD PHM training committee chairs with program accreditation efforts, yearly PHEP grant applications and development of strategies to improve quality and sustainability of the PHM training program
Provides additional project support as needed


Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Effective organizational skills and computer technical skills
Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with professionalism, diplomacy, and discretion
Effective interpersonal skills to interact effectively with diverse audience and groups
Ability to multi-task and meet scheduling priorities in a timely manner

Preferred knowledge, skills and abilities:

Skilled in MS Office applications, Adobe, email applications
Use of Google drive, Apps and teleconferencing (e.g., WebEx, Go-to-Meeting, Zoom)
Presentation skills and facilitating meetings online and in-person
Familiarity with laboratory supplies and equipment
Skilled in Microbiology laboratory procedures (e.g., Gram stain and other stains, pipetting, inoculating media, incubation, reading results, reporting, others)
Experienced with COVID-19 prevention, control, and laboratory safety
Ability to coordinate with state and local agencies to support priorities of the training program


At least 2 years of relevant work experience in a local or state Public Health Laboratory; experience specifically with operation of the PHM training program preferred


Must hold a current, valid California PHM certification

Physical Requirements

Stand Frequently

Walk Frequently

Sit Frequently

Handling / Fingering Frequently

Reach Outward Occasionally

Reach Above Shoulder Occasionally

Climb, Crawl, Kneel, Bend Occasionally

Lift / Carry Occasionally - Up to 30 lbs

Push/Pull Occasionally - Up to 50 lbs

See Constantly

Taste/ Smell Not Applicable

Not Applicable = Not required for essential functions

Occasionally = (0 - 2 hrs/day)

Frequently = (2 - 5 hrs/day)

Constantly = (5+ hrs/day)


This is a hybrid remote position and will intermittently be required to work at the CDPH campus in Richmond, CA in indoor temperature controlled general office and laboratory settings.

Essential workforce training may be up to 40 hours per week on site in Richmond, CA.

Must have functioning internet access at remote location.

Must have reliable transportation to travel for site visits. Travel will be reimbursed.


It is the policy of Heluna Health to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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