• Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 01, 2020
Full Time Administrative Analysis and Research Clerical and Administrative Support Public Health
  • Salary: $87,303.36 - $114,503.04 Annually USD

Job Description


Beginning Thursday, July 23, 2020, at 8:30 a.m., Pacific Time (PT)
Until the needs of the service are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.

Open Competitive Job Opportunity
No out-of-class Experience or Verification of Experience Letter (VOEL) will be accepted

Position Information:
Provides technical and administrative supervision of a public health laboratory unit performing standardized tests within a specialty or across specialty lines.

Classification Standards:
Positions allocable to this class exercise full supervisory authority in both technical and administrative matters over a group of Public Health Microbiologists and auxiliary personnel assigned to a laboratory unit.Incumbents have responsibility for planning, organizing, directing, and controlling all the work of such units under the general direction of a Public Health Microbiology Supervisor II. Public Health Microbiology Supervisors I assure that requested tests on all specimens submitted are conducted by appropriate subordinate personnel within stipulated time limits following exact, carefully prescribed procedures. Although incumbents may occasionally perform the work of their subordinates, their primary role requires their expediting the work of subordinates by improved planning and organization of the work. As an extension of this responsibility for improving laboratory operations, incumbents supervise a search of the literature for information about new or improved test methods, instruments, reagents or other material or supplies which way produce accurate and reliable test results more quickly and efficiently than the present system. Incumbents supervise the set up and conduct of controlled experiments to determine the feasibility of such proposals and make recommendations to laboratory management on the basis of their findings. Although Public Health Microbiology Supervisors I may delegate this type research and trial experimentation activity to responsible subordinate microbiologists, they retain responsibility for writing the detailed, step-by-step procedures for inclusion in the laboratory's manual an test performance, reagent preparation, the calibration, maintenance, and trouble shooting of equipment and related matters. Incumbents are responsible for the training and evaluation of all personnel in their unit and for effectively recommending disciplinary action and the adjustment of grievances. They also plan, organize, and direct implementation of the on-the-job training which is provided Public Health Microbiologist trainees in their units and consult with and instruct professional personnel from medical laboratories in the community who seek assistance in the proper conduct of tests in which the public health laboratory is considered expert.
Essential Job Functions
Plans and organizes the work of a public health laboratory unit to ensure that all authorized tests requested are conducted expeditiously in line with established time limits and quality control requirements.Schedules and assigns personnel to work stations within the unit on the basis of actual work loads, the number of employees available, their qualifications, the extent of their training in the procedures involved, legal requirements, and other such factors.Orients new employees and approved trainees to the overall operations of the laboratory unit, and trains or supervises their training in the specific procedures which the unit is responsible for performing safely and accurately.Evaluates the work of all personnel assigned to the unit and counsels with them on steps they may need to take to improve their performance; recommends or initiates disciplinary action and the adjustment of employee grievances.Supervises the search of technical publications and other literature in the field to identify new equipment, methods, materials, or items of supply which appear to warrant investigative tryout; supervises the set up and conduct of controlled experiments to evaluate the feasibility or adaptability of the product or procedures into regular laboratory use.Prepares or finalizes in written form detailed, step-by-step instructions covering all procedures approved for laboratory use whether for test performance, the preparation of reagents or other compounds or solutions, the calibration, maintenance, and trouble-shooting of equipment, and related matters; maintains such procedures in manual form for common reference.Implements and maintains within the laboratory unit an effective program to assure adherence to prescribed quality control procedures, the proper calibration and maintenance of equipment, and the preparation and maintenance of legally required records and reports.Plans, schedules, and supervises the instruction of professional personnel from medical laboratories in the community who have been referred or seek assistance in the proper conduct of test procedures in which the public health laboratory is recognized as expert.xs

Meet the following experience and certification requirements at the time of filing in order to move forward in the exam process.
Two (2) years of work experience as a certified Public Health Microbiologist* at the level of the Los Angeles County class of Public Health Microbiologist I** in a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certified laboratory.

Certificate(s) and License(s) Required:
*A Public Health Microbiologist certificate issued by the California State Department of Public Health.
  • Applicants must ensure the License and Certification Section of the application is completed. Provide the title(s) of your required certificate(s), the number(s), date(s) of issue, date(s) of expiration and the name(s) of the issuing agency for the required certificate as specified in the Requirements.

A valid California Class C Driver's License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.

The required license and certification MUST be current/active and unrestricted; a conditional, provisional, probationary or restricted license or certification will NOT be accepted.

Physical Class:
2 - Light: Light physical effort which may include occasional light lifting to a 10 pound limit, and some bending, stooping or squatting. Considerable walking may be involved.

Special Requirement Information:
  • **In the County of Los Angeles a Public Health Microbiologist I is a certified Public Health Microbiologist who performs a variety of standardized public health laboratory tests within a specialized area (such as bacteriology, virology, serology, or parasitology) or across specialty lines.
  • Experience is evaluated on the basis of a verifiable 40-hour work week.

Desirable Qualifications:
Credit will be given to applicants who possess the following desirable qualifications beyond the required experience:
1. A Master's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in Biological Science or related field.
  • In order to receive credit for any type of college or university degree, such as a Master's Degree or higher, you must attach a legible copy of the Official Diploma, Official Transcript(s), or Official Letter from the accredited institution, which shows the area of specialization and the date the degree was awarded, with Registrar's signature and school seal, to the application.
  • Foreign degrees must be evaluated for equivalency to United States accredited institutions standards by an academic credential evaluation agency recognized by The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE). (see Employment Information under Accreditation Information)

2. Experience working in a lead capacity providing training, monitoring and evaluating staff work, writing protocols and reports, and maintenance of laboratory testing supply and reagent inventory including procurement and vendor communications.

3. Experience working in multiple specialty disciplines of Microbiology such as Bacteriology, Mycobacterium , Mycology, Parasitology, Virology, Serology, and Molecular testing.

4. Experience in preparing summary reports for workload analysis.

5. Experience in performing safety and quality control and assessment functions including assay verifications, incident reports, risk assessments, corrective action reports, monthly quality control reports, competency assessment, and review of proficiency testing.
Additional Information

Our Assessment Process:
Once we have determined that you meet our experience and certification requirements listed above, our assessment process will consist of an evaluation of experience based on application information and desirable qualifications at the time of filing weighted 100%.

Applicants must meet the experience and certification requirements listed above and achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the examination (assessment process) in order to be added to the hiring list (Eligible Register) for consideration of employment.

Passing this examination and being added to the Eligible Register does not guarantee an offer of employment.


Vacancy Information:
The eligible register resulting from this examination will be used to fill vacancies in the Department of Public Health as they occur.

What to expect next:
  • We ask that you submit an application through the "Apply" link at the top of the opportunity posting using your own user ID and password (using a family member or friend's user ID may erase a candidate's original application record). Applications must be filed online only. You can also track the status of your application using this website.
  • The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the requirements stated above.
  • Complete applications will be processed on an "as-received" basis and those qualified candidates with a passing score on the assessment will be promulgated to the eligible register accordingly.
  • The names of the qualified candidates with a passing score in the examination will be placed on the eligible register in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of promulgation.

Fair Chance Employer: The County of Los Angeles is a Fair Chance employer. Except for a very limited number of positions, you will not be asked to provide information about a conviction
history unless you receive a contingent offer of employment. The County will make an individual
assessment of whether your conviction history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job, and consider potential mitigating factors, including, but not limited to, evidence and extent of rehabilitation, recency of offense(s), and age at the time of the offense(s). If asked to provide information about a conviction history, any convictions or court records which are exempted by a valid court order do not have to be disclosed.

Have any questions about anything? Please contact us using the following information:

Available Shift: Any
California Relay Services Phone: (800) 735-2922
Teletype Phone: (800) 899-4099
Alternate Teletype Phone: (800) 897-0077
Exam Number: PH5001C
Department Contact Name: Exam Analyst
Department Contact Phone: (323) 914-8488
Department Contact Email:

Closing Date/Time:

Job Address

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