Assistant Director of Public Health Laboratory-Limited Term (Open)

  • County of San Mateo, CA
  • Redwood City, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Clerical and Administrative Support Public Health Sciences and Laboratory
  • Salary: $8,474.27 - $10,592.40 Monthly USD

Job Description

San Mateo County Health is seeking a well-qualified individual for the position of Assistant Director of Public Health Laboratory-Limited Term to provide high level administrative and management assistance to the Laboratory Director in planning, organizing, directing and reviewing all functions and activities of the San Mateo County Public Health Laboratory. Under direction of the Public Health Laboratory Director, the Assistant Director selects, trains and supervises clinical, technical and clerical staff, participates in budget preparation and administration, reviews and revises laboratory policies and procedures, performs difficult lab tests and analyses, and assumes responsibility for the laboratory in the absence of the Laboratory Director.

The Laboratory is responsible under the California Health and Safety Code and Title 17 of the California Code of Regulations for: detection and identification of bacterial, viral and parasitic agents; environmental testing of pools, streams, rivers, lakes, the bay and the ocean; population-based disease investigation; testing of samples from the TB control, STD control and CD control programs, as well as samples from the HIV/AIDS clinic and field sites; evaluation and testing of food products implicated in outbreaks; and testing for rabies in a wide variety of wild and domestic animals. The Laboratory also takes the lead in recommending and implementing new and improved testing to monitor emerging or re-emerging infectious diseases. The Laboratory works closely with other LRN Sentinel laboratories in the County in developing surge capacity planning and outbreak response. Moreover, the Laboratory also functions as a reference for the hospital laboratories in the County and advises them on unusual infectious diseases and performs specialized testing upon referral.

The ideal candidate is an experienced Public Health Laboratory supervisor with the ability to train and mentor others and a problem-solver who is able to respond to issues and problems arising from infectious disease threats and outbreaks. Meeting CLIA 1988 requirements for Laboratory Director, in addition to the required education and licensure/certification, is a plus. PhD or PHM Certification is preferred.

For more information on PHM certification requirements, visit the California Department of Public Health website:

This is a limited term, at-will position.Limited Term Employees are assigned to assignments not to exceed three years. They receive medical and dental benefits, similar to regular employees, and a defined contribution retirement plan.

Information for current County employees:Current and regular County of San Mateo Employees who are interested in this assignment must submit application materials and compete in the selection process. If you are successful in the selection process 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.
Licensure/Certification: Possession of a Public Health Microbiologist certificate issued by the State of California.

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 three years of professional experience in an accredited Public Health Laboratory as a Public Health Microbiologist, of which at least one year included responsible supervisory experience in a Public Health or clinical laboratory.
If you are interested in being considered for this limited term position the following items must be submitted via e-mail:
  • Copy of Public Health Microbiologist certificate issued by the State of California
  • Responses to Supplemental Questions (maximum of 2 pages)
  • Resume

Supplemental Questions:
  1. This position requires possession of a Public Health Microbiologist certificate issued by the State of California. Please confirm you possess a valid certificate to meet this requirement. Submit a copy of your certificate.
  2. Describe your technical background and experience working in a Public Health laboratory. Be specific.
  3. Describe your supervisory/management experience. Be specific.
  4. Provide an example of a work situation that required you to solve a difficult personnel problem in a supervisory capacity. Be specific.

Please include the words"Assistant Director of Public Health Laboratory-Limited Term Position" in the subject line of email submission. All submitted materials must be in a Word or PDF format.

Please submit the above listed materials via email to:
Shantelle Lucas, Director of Public Health Laboratory mailto:

Application materials will be reviewed as they are received, and well-qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Apply immediately. Application materials will be accepted until position is filled. This posting is open on a continuous basis and selection may be made at any time within the process.

NOTE: Application materials are only accepted via e-mail. Materials sent via regular mail and/or fax will not be accepted. Submittals that do not include all required elements (certificate, responses to supplemental questions and a resume) will not be considered.

The County of San Mateo is a diverse, inclusive workplace, where employees are valued and respected for their different perspectives, experiences, backgrounds, and contributions.
We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

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