Certified Medical Assistant - Spanish Speaking Preferred - Extra Help & Limited Term

  • County of San Mateo, CA
  • Redwood City, California
  • May 11, 2021
Full Time Clerical and Administrative Support Public Health
  • Salary: $24.84 - $31.05 Hourly USD

Job Description


Note: This recruitment schedule was amended on April 27, 2021 to extend the Final Filing Date. This recruitment has been changed to "Continuous."

San Mateo County Health is seeing experienced Certified Medical Assistants to join its Care Team.

The current vacancies are located in the San Mateo Medical Center and it's outpatient clinics, located throughout San Mateo County. For more information on each clinic's location, please visit https://www.smchealth.org/smmc-find-location

Additionally, some of the current Extra Help vacancies are for the Whole Person Care (WPC) pilot, which engages public and private partners to create efficient and effective processes and programs to benefit our high utilizing and high need Medicaid clients. The pilot's focus is to provide culturally competent patient engagement and support strategies to connect with needed medical, social, and housing services. The pilot's goal is to improve patients' health and well-being through more efficient and effective use of resources that are not covered by Medi-Cal and by providing the right services, at the right time, and at the right place.

Under direct supervision of licensed staff, Certified Medical Assistants (CMAs) perform a variety of patient care and other services required to treat patients in a health services outpatient or mobile clinic.

The ideal candidate will have experience in an Ambulatory Care Clinic and documenting in an Electronic Medical Record. Knowledge of working in Care Teams and Patient Centered Medical Home terminology is preferred, but not required.


Medical Services Assistants II who are assigned to the clinics and perform advanced patient care duties as defined in the classification specification shall receive a differential of 6.2% in addition to all other compensation.

NOTE: For Extra Help positions - Extra-help positions are short-term employment for up to 1040 hours which is equivalent to about six months; however, employment might end sooner depending on the needs of the hiring departments. Extra-help assignments are at-will and the employee is paid on an hourly basis. Some extra help positions are eligible for benefits under the Affordable Care Act. Extra-help workers are not guaranteed permanent status at the end of the extra-help assignment.

NOTE: For Limited Term positions - Limited Term positions are at-will positions, designated for a specific and limited period of time, anywhere from 6 months to a maximum of 3 years depending on the assignment. Benefits package for term positions are similar to regular positions EXCEPT for retirement. Term employees receive a 401A retirement package and are not eligible for retiree health benefits or a defined benefit pension.

Information for current county employees: Current and regular San Mateo County Employees who are interested in the Limited Term assignment must submit an application and compete in the recruitment process. If you are successful in the recruitment and are being considered for the assignment, HR will work directly with you and/or your department for options. Please note that there is no guarantee that you will be allowed by your department to rotate into this assignment nor are your departments obligated to allow you to take on this assignment. The salary range for this position is "as is" and non-negotiable
Examples Of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Accurately take and record the condition, respiration, pulse, temperature and blood pressure of patients; record other pertinent information as observed or measured.
  • Apply non-sterile dressings and administer non-medicated treatments under the supervision of a registered nurse, licensed physician, surgeon, podiatrist, nurse practitioner or physician assistant.
  • Carry out rehabilitation procedures as directed by therapists; perform a range of motion body movement with/for patients; position and exercise patients.
  • Advise patients on the use of restorative equipment.
  • Advise patients of the effects of medications.
  • Assist with radiology procedures and diagnostic imaging.
  • Observe and practice proper isolation techniques.
  • Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  • Operate various types of sterilization equipment.
  • Set up oxygen, traction and other hospital equipment.
  • Transport specimens, medical records and related items.
  • Lift and transport patients and heavy items such as supplies and equipment; assist in controlling violent patients.
  • Enter and retrieve a variety of information in automated systems.
  • Greet patients at clinics, carry out registration activities and escort patients.
  • File records, distribute mail and perform other clerical duties.
  • Document and sign any care provided to patient in their medical record.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

With additional training and/or certification(s), some employees may perform the following duties under conditions required by code and department policy:
  • Perform injections including immunizations.
  • Perform finger stick tests of all types including glucose testing.
  • Perform skin tests including PPDs.
  • Perform venipuncture and blood draws.
  • Perform hearing and vision tests.
  • Perform waived CLIA tests including dipstick UAs, and pregnancy tests.
  • Provide for proper tracking and recording of laboratory tests.
  • Take patient histories including risk factors.
  • Set up, administer and record the results of EKGs.
  • Follow provider orders regarding prescribed treatments including assisting patients with self-administration of medications.
  • Teach and counsel patients on a variety of health related subjects as directed.


Knowledge of:
  • Principles, techniques and procedures specific to area of assignment.
  • Principles and techniques in delivering patient care services related to personal hygiene, comfort, treatment, transportation, rehabilitation and physical or psychosocial needs.
  • Infection control.
  • Diagnostic imaging.
  • Safe lifting techniques.
  • Theory and practice of total body substance isolation.
  • Patients' rights.
  • Elder and child abuse, and domestic violence reporting requirements.

Skill/Ability to:
  • Follow oral and written instructions.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Perform a variety of tasks and activities.
  • Develop and maintain empathetic attitudes toward patients.
  • Provide assistance in delivering patient care in a medical setting such as bathing, feeding, bed making, dressing, and sterilization of patient care equipment.
  • Observe and record patient conditions and vital signs.
  • Lift and transport patients and heavy items such as supplies and equipment.
  • Work with patients with multiple diagnoses.
  • Work with a culturally, socio-economically diverse patient population of varying ages.

Education and Experience:
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is: One year of experience in an outpatient clinic or doctor's office as a nurse's assistant or medical assistant.

Possession of a Medical Assistant Certificate or a certificate of completion or degree from an accredited medical assisting program.

Some positions may require a current and valid Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate issued by the American Heart Association or a valid Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate issued by the American Red Cross.

Other Requirements:
These positions may require that employees work weekends, holidays, evenings or other shifts and be on-call.
This is an extra-help recruitment. Anyone may apply. Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire. San Mateo County Health will review a pplication materials as they are received, and well-qualified candidates will be contacted for a departmental interview.

IMPORTANT : Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to https://jobs.smcgov.org/ to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date.

A copy of the certificate of completion of an approved medical assisting program must be submitted with the application (a) attaching to the application online or (b) emailing it as a PDF or photo attachment to sdixon@smcgov.org. No exceptions will be made. Failure to do so will result in disqualification from this recruitment.

Final Filing Date: Continuous
Departmental Interviews: TBD

At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community's needs. The County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Analyst: Wendy Young (04142021) (Medical Services Assistant II - F079)

Job Address

Redwood City, California United States View Map