Job Description

Overall Job Objective

$63,460.80 - $93,537.60 Annually
San Mateo County, CA
Job Type
Aging and Adult Services
Job Number
10/29/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

The Aging and Adult Services Division of San Mateo County Health is seeking a full-time Deputy Public Guardian Conservator II/III (DPG).

Deputy Public Guardians manage the income and assets and coordinate the care, including the arrangement of placement and treatment, of gravely disabled persons and vulnerable elderly persons who are unable to provide for their basic needs and are subject to fraud or undue influence under the jurisdiction of the Public Guardian as appointed by the Superior Court in accordance with the Probate Code, Welfare and Institutions Code, Lanterman-Pertis-Short Act, local court rules and Division policies and procedures.  Deputy Public Guardians attend meetings, and perform various duties of the position, including testifying in Court when needed and participating in Crisis Intervention Training as part of the LPS unit's outreach and education to local law enforcement agencies, as well as presentations to other community partners.

The current vacancy is in the Aging and Adult Services Division located in San Mateo, but will travel to visit clients, attend meetings and trainings at various locations both in and outside of the County.

DPG II is at the journey level with responsibility for managing estates and providing casework services. DPG II administers complex property and litigation cases, prepare complex court reports, attend hearings and testify in Court as needed and may develop comprehensive care plans. DPG III also provides lead direction and training to other deputies, serves as liaison with certain County and State facilities and assigned agencies, handles those cases that present the greatest liability to the client and/or the County, and may provide 24-hour emergency response services. All DPGs must accept very diverse roles in the areas of estate management and care coordination. 

This person will report to the Supervising Deputy Public Guardian of Aging and Adult Services.

The ideal candidate will be able to develop and maintain collaborative partnerships with a variety of organizations; have strong assessment, investigative, oral and written communication skills; have familiarity with Adult Protective Services (APS), law enforcement, San Mateo County Superior Court system, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services and understanding of the needs of persons suffering from serious mental illness, dementia, and various developmental and physical disabilities.

DPG II:   $5,288.40 - $6,610.93/month
DPG III:  $6,238.27 - $7,794.80/month

NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.

Examples Of Duties


  • Manages and protects the assets, including making and liquidating investments and arranging for sale of real and personal property as appropriate.
  • Collects all income due to the person, secures appropriate benefits and monitors accuracy of benefit amount.
  • Pays all lawful debts.
  • Represents or arranges representation in all legal matters
  • Reviews complex accountings and prepares comprehensive reports for the court.

For example, a client may own real property vested in Trust and live in the residence with 24-hour home health care services in place. The client's liquid assets have depleted. The Deputy Public Guardian may have to facilitate application for a reverse mortgage, identify and marshal Trust and conservatorship assets, and reconcile these two separate legal entities, as well as develop an estate plan, while ensuring that the client receives care appropriate to his/her needs.
Client Care Coordination:
  • Arranges for the person's care and protection.
  • Decides where the person will live.
  • Makes arrangements for health care, meals, clothing, personal care, housekeeping, transportation, and recreation
  • Collaborates with care and service providers and family

For example, a client in a board and care home or locked facility may be having a behavioral problem. The Deputy Public Guardian will work with the case manager, psychiatrist, social worker, and facility administrator to put together a plan to address the client's behavioral issues and may also need to work with the treatment team on finding alternative placement, if needed.

Lanterman-Petris-Short Act (LPS) requires the review of client's current needs based on documentation of visits and care conferences, as well as annual report writing regarding that information. Probate requires a review of the past two years of care through the writing of a comprehensive report on financial transactions, social interactions, and medical conditions.


License: California driver license or equivalent.

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: DPG II: Two years of experience coordinating the care and managing the income and assets of elderly and gravely disabled persons; DPG III: Three years of experience coordinating the care and managing the income and assets of elderly and gravely disabled persons.

Knowledge of: DPG II/III: Principles, policies, and procedures used in conducting comprehensive assessments of mentally and functionally disabled persons, the elderly, and their families; principles, policies, and procedures used in developing care plans for mentally and functionally disabled persons and the elderly; Welfare and Institutions Code, Lanterman-Petris-Short Act, Probate Code, and other applicable laws and regulations relating to person and estate management; regulations governing Federal Assistance, Social Security benefits, Veterans Administration benefits, and other entitlements; principles and techniques used in estate and financial investigation to determine conservatees' or wards' assets, including real property, stocks, bonds, and bank deposits; functions and procedures of the court system; social and community resources available; and psycho-social, medical, and economic interrelationships that result in individual and social abnormalities; and multi-cultural and ethnic diversity. DPG III: Basic principles and practices of lead work.

Skill/Ability to: DPG II/III: Assess problems and take appropriate action, particularly in emergency and/or difficult situations; develop and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with County staff, service providers, assigned agencies, and individuals contacted in the course of the work; work effectively with mentally and emotionally disabled persons, the elderly, and their families; maintain complete and accurate case records; prepare clear, concise written reports; read, interpret, and implement complex written materials; communicate effectively, including speaking clearly and concisely; develop and implement comprehensive case plans; organize and manage large volumes of paperwork; and respond immediately to client needs in the home and/or institutional settings. DPG III: Train employees.


Anyone may apply.  Current San Mateo County 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.
A supplemental application form must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. Resume or CV will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (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.

Final Filing Date: October 29, 2018
Application Screening: October 31, 2018
Panel Interviews: November 14 and/or 16, 2018

 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.

HR Contact: Kristin Herman (100118) (Deputy Public Guardian Conservator II/III - G217 & G225)

Application Instructions

To learn more about the position and/or to apply, please click the link below. If link is not available, please read the information above for detailed instructions on how to apply.

Apply Online