Health Program Specialist I

State of California
Sacramento County, California, US
Closing date
Dec 7, 2022

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Academic / Research, Government
Conservation science
Climate Change
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
Job Description and Duties

Working Titles: Local Technical Assistance and Training Specialist (4 positions), Climate Surveillance Communications Specialist (-032), and Health Equity Specialist (-909).


The Health Program Specialist I (HPS I) positions are an opportunity for meaningful contribution to advancing health and racial equity through action to address the greatest health challenges of the 21st Century. Put your lived expertise and passion for health equity to work with a team that appreciates your unique contributions. We are a team that works hard, supports each other, and strives to build a culture of racial equity, care, and transparent participation in decisions that affect the work.

This HPS I will work under the direction of the Health Program Manager (HPM) II of the Climate Surveillance Program Unit in the Climate Change and Health Equity Branch. The HPS I will lead communications of climate and health surveillance findings to stakeholders and the public, translate data into messaging, develop reports, and coordinate approval and dissemination.

The HPS I supports the new Climate Surveillance Program. The incumbent will prepare and conduct outreach, engagement, technical assistance and training for local health departments and facilities with emergency departments to participate in the Climate Surveillance Program. The incumbent is a highly skilled technical program consultant expected to provide coordination of activities including program planning, implementation, and evaluation; communications; stakeholder engagement; interpretation of research and data; training; contract and budget management; project guidance, direction, and oversight; and technical expertise to support CDPH's efforts to advance health equity.

These positions are 100% telework, with the option to go into the office.

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You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.


Additional Documents

* Job Application Package Checklist
* Duty Statement

Position Details

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$6,061.00 - $7,587.00

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Work Location:

United States

Job Type:

Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

At the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), equity, diversity, and inclusion are at the core of our mission to advance the health and well-being of California's diverse people and communities. We are genuinely and strongly committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness where we can grow and learn together with a diverse team of employees. In recruiting for team members, we welcome the unique contributions that you can bring to us and the work we do.

The California Department of Public Health's (CDPH) Office of Health Equity (OHE) promotes equitable social, economic, and environmental conditions to achieve optimal health, mental health, and well-being for all.

OHE's Climate Change and Health Equity Branch (CCHEB) embeds health and equity in California climate planning and policy and embeds climate change and equity in public health planning and policy. CCHEB works across agencies to integrate racial and health equity into California's climate change policies, plans, and investments; increases the capacity of health departments, tribes, and communities to address climate change and health equity; and provides data, research, and tools to identify, prevent, and reduce the health effects of climate change and maximize the health and racial equity benefits of climate action.

Special Requirements

For experience/education to qualify during the application screening process, and to ensure that minimum qualifications can be determined, applicants should include all employment history on the Employment Application (STD 678) and/or Resume, including detailed job descriptions, hours worked per week, and start/end dates (MM/DD/YYYY). Application packages without this information will experience delayed processing times and your eligibility for this position may be impacted.

A completed State application (STD. 678) and any other relevant documents (e.g. unofficial transcript, copy of degree, resume, etc.) should be submitted electronically via your CalCareers Account. Please reference Job Control # (338573) and indicate the basis of your eligibility in the Examination(s) or Job Title(s) section. SROA and surplus candidates should submit a copy of their letter with their application. Please remove any confidential information (i.e. social security number, date of birth) from your documents prior to submission.

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareers Account at Submitting an electronic application through your CalCareers account is strongly recommended since electronic applications will be received/processed faster than other methods of filing. Please submit only one application.

If you are unable to submit your application electronically through your CalCareers account, please email for assistance and a CDPH Human Resources Division staff member will contact you to assist with the online application process or, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method as explained in the How to Apply section below. When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 12/15/2022

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply. Individuals who are eligible for a Training and Development assignment may also be considered for this position(s).

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Public Health

Attn: Classification & Certification Unit

P.O. Box 997378

MS 1700-1702

Sacramento, CA 95899-7378

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Department of Public Health

Classification & Certification Unit

1615 Capitol Avenue Suite 73.430

Sacramento, CA 95814

08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

* Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
* Resume is required and must be included.
* Statement of Qualifications - Please see Statement of Qualifications instructions below at end of posting. Any applications received that do not provide a written response to the SOQ will not be scored/reviewed.

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

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:

* Commitment to advancing racial equity, health equity, climate and economic justice, diversity, and inclusion in approach, processes, policies, and deliverables.
* Commitment to serve vulnerable communities as defined by Section 131019.5 of the California Health and Safety Code.
* Excellent written and oral communication skills.
* Experience with digital communications applications and tools.
* Experience with various media types, including newsletters, web, social media, videos, graphics.
* Experience engaging with diverse communities.
* Experience with climate change policy and planning.
* Ability to understand complex climate and/or public health data, scientific research findings, and technical information, and translate into common language messaging understandable by the general public.
* Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team, while performing a wide array of complex work independently.
* Ability to develop and manage professional relationships.
* Ability to prioritize and meet multiple competing deadlines.
* A professional, courteous, and positive demeanor.


Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the application process. The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position.

Human Resources Contact:

Human Resources Division

(916) 445-0983

Hiring Unit Contact:

Rachael Davis

(916) 552-9849

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.

Statement of Qualifications

PLEASE NOTE: Resumes, letters, transcripts, degrees, your state application, cover letters and other materials will not take the place of the Statement of Qualifications.

Please submit a Statement of Qualifications that discusses your education, training, skills, and professional and lived experience as they relate to the duties of the position. Statements should be typed and no longer than two pages, single-spaced, with 12-point font and one-inch margins.

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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