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FLSA: Exempt

Under direction, plans, organizes and directs the Public Health Department’s Laboratory; studies characteristics of micro-organisms and disease vectors, analyzes test results and trends, assures the quality of the tests and technical protocols, and reports findings; and other related duties as assigned.

Receives direction from Director of Public Health or designee. Exercises direction over supervisory, professional, technical and administrative support staff through subordinate levels of supervision.

This is a management classification responsible for planning, organizing, reviewing, and evaluating a comprehensive range of duties to ensure Public Health Laboratory operations. Incumbents are responsible for performing diverse, specialized, and complex work involving significant accountability and decision-making responsibilities, which include developing and implementing policies and procedures, budget administration and reporting, and program evaluation.  Performance of the work requires the use of considerable independence, initiative, and discretion within broad guidelines.

Education and Experience:
Any combination of training, experience and educational degrees that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. Substitutions will be made on a year for year basis. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

  • Meet laboratory director qualifications as per regulation 42 CFR § 493.1443:  42 CFR § 493.1443

Certifications and Licenses:

  • Must possess a valid US driver’s license upon date of application. Must obtain California driver’s license following hire date per California DMV regulations.
  • Possession of a current license as a laboratory director issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Laboratory Field Service (LFS).
  • Possession of a valid Public Health Microbiologist (PHM) certificate issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Laboratory Field Service (LFS), or a letter from CDPH LFS stating that applicant passed the PHM exam.

For full job description: County

Wage range: $95,742.40 – $128,315.20 Annually

Minimum Education and Experience

Education Required: None
Driver's License Required: Yes
Salary: $95,742.40 - $128,315.20 Annually