Job Description

Overall Job Objective


Note: This recruitment schedule was amended on June 18, 2018 to extend the Final Filing Date.  This recruitment has been changed to "Continuous."

The County of San Mateo Health System's Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) Division is seeking well-qualified individuals for the position of Community Health Planner-Behavioral Health and Recovery Services to work with the Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE). Community Health Planners plan, organize, develop and evaluate health promotion and health education initiatives, programs and policies; lead strategic planning efforts and foster partnerships with community groups and organizations; lead the development of plans or recommendations to improve existing health programs or substantiate the need for additional programs; analyze and develop policy initiatives; supervise or work with a variety of professional, clerical and paraprofessional employees involved in community health promotion and planning activities and initiatives; and perform other duties as assigned.

There are currently two vacancies in the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Division, Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE). One is a permanent position that will support Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) implementation and technical assistance across the BHRS.  The second the second is a limited-term position that will support the development and implementation of a comprehensive, outcome-based evaluation, data collection and reporting infrastructure for MHSA funded programs/ Both positions report to the BHRS Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Manager. These positions are located in Belmont, CA but will travel throughout the County to perform duties of the positions.

Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Implementation
Primary responsibilities include:  

  • Supporting the activities related to implementation of the National CLAS standards implementation for BHRS including facilitating dialogue with key stakeholders including the Diversity and Equity Council, Health Equity Initiatives, BHRS staff and community members to set priority activities and areas of focus for CLAS advancement; identifying key indicators and tracking progress toward meeting the CLAS standards; developing recommendations for improvements;
  • Providing technical assistance as needed to support BHRS Multicultural Organization Development (MCOD) including developing protocols, implementation tools and other supports related to implementation of MCOD; serving as a liaison and support to the broader Health System's efforts related to MCOD through the Government Alliance of Racial Equity;
  • Oversight of the BHRS Language Assistance Services including acting as the BHRS gatekeeper for language service requests and troubleshooting issues in coordination with Health System Administration; facilitating the vetting process for BHRS document translations; coordinating and planning for twice a year trainings for staff on working with interpreters, annual trainings for contract interpreters on the BHRS system, developing annual usage reports; making process improvement and streamlining recommendations; and tracking and developing quality indicators;
  • Reviewing of cultural competence plans for BHRS contracts including providing written feedback in a timely manner; consultation, technical assistance and training where needed;
  • Participating in a Health Equity Initiative as a liaison to ODE; assisting with planning and implementation of activities in collaboration with other county staff, community partners, consumers/clients/family members and community stakeholders; and
  • Supporting other ODE activities, events and meetings as needed.
Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Evaluation (Limited-Term)
Primary responsibilities include: 
  • Oversight of MHSA evaluation activities including providing technical assistance to programs in selecting outcome measures to inform State requirements and reporting guidelines; troubleshooting data collection, tracking and evaluation related issues; setting up tracking and monitoring infrastructure; reviewing evaluation plans and working closely with evaluators/partners on evaluation activities; and support implementation of the new MHSA community services and supports data tracking and reporting system; developing standardized reporting templates and forms;
  • Assisting with the MHSA Annual Report; communicating and following up with BHRS program managers and contractors for data, input, or other requests; compiling all MHSA-funded program end-of-the-year reports including description of services, demographics, and clients served; analyzing, reporting, and presenting demographic and productivity data in easy-to-read charts, tables and graphs; determining cost/client and other specific data needs; and monitoring the quality of program-level reporting;
  • Assisting with the development of Community Program Planning process activities; facilitating, promoting and preparing for regular community input, three-year planning processes and steering committee meetings; representing and presenting information on MHSA at diverse community and internal meetings; and keeping track of, updating and maintaining community-wide and steering committee list serves;
  • Developing outcome plans, briefs, reports, blog posts, presentations related to the MHSA communication; and participating in MHSA-related workshops, events, seminars, and webinars;
  • Participating in a Health Equity Initiative as a liaison to ODE; assisting with planning and implementation of activities in collaboration with other county staff, community partners, consumers/clients/family members and community stakeholders; and
  • Supporting other ODE activities, events and meetings as needed.
The ideal candidates will possess experience:
CLAS Implementation position
  • Coordinating, planning and implementation of policies and procedures related to CLAS standards.
  • Implementing health equity, cultural humility and inclusion strategies.
  • Supporting multicultural organizational development processes.
MHSA Evaluation position
  • Involved in planning and coordination of MHSA funded programs and services.
  • Evaluating community-based mental health programs and supporting data collection, tracking and reporting activities.
  • Facilitating strategic planning processes from conducting needs assessments involving broad community input to developing actionable recommendations and strategies.
Both positions
  • Developing and tracking performance/outcome measures and progress indicators.
  • Developing reports, analyzing data, and presenting information in an easy-to-read manner through PowerPoint, graphs, tables and other visual tools.
  • Establishing effective working relationships with stakeholders, partners, community members and staff. 
  • Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.
NOTE:  The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.  One vacancy 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. The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.
Information for current county employees: Current and regular San Mateo County Employees who are interested in this 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.


Education:  Possession of a Master's degree in Public Health, Public Policy, Public Administration or other relevant field with appropriate experience and knowledge of community health planning and health policy.

Knowledge of:  Practices and procedures of community organization and cooperation; principles and methods of strategic and community health planning, promotion and health education; statistical and survey methods utilized in needs assessments and program evaluation; dynamics of underserved communities and populations; socio-economic aspects of and community-level determinants of health; data analysis and synthesis of quantitative and qualitative research; and publicity and media practices related to dissemination of initiative results and development of health promotion campaigns.

Skill/Ability toThink strategically to guide priority community planning efforts; obtain and maintain community collaboration for health promotion and planning efforts; plan, organize and conduct health planning and promotion initiatives; work with diverse staff and community members to address priority health issues; analyze and develop policy initiatives to address high priority health issues; analyze relevant data and program information to perform community health planning, assessment and evaluation; write clear, concise, and effective reports, presentations, policy memos, correspondence and news releases; communicate effectively orally, including public speaking; and originate, prepare and distribute publicity materials. 


Anyone may apply.  Current San Mateo County and San Mateo County Superior Court employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help/term position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination.  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

This is a continuous recruitment which may close at any time. The final filing date will be posted five days in advance on this job announcement.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight: pass/fail) based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%). Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense.

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

Apply immediately. This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and selections may be made at any time within the process.

Final Filing Date:  Continuous

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.

HR Contact: Yvonne Alvidrez (052918) (Community Health Planner - F055)

Application Instructions

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