Job Description

Overall Job Objective

$6,995.73 - $8,742.93 Monthly
San Mateo County, CA
Job Type
Behavioral Health and Recovery Services
Job Number
11/26/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

San Mateo County Health is seeking an experienced Tobacco Prevention Program Senior Community Health Planner to work as part of a diverse team that includes staff with expertise in health education, community capacity building, and policy development and advocacy.

The current vacancy is in the Community Health Promotion Unit (CHPU) of the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Division located in Belmont, but may travel/drive throughout the County to perform duties of the position.

The Senior Community Health Planner's primary responsibilities are to serve as a lead staff member to oversee the functions of the Tobacco Prevention Program (TPP) health promotion initiative; conduct community assessment, program planning, budget development and strategy development of the TPP; negotiate the scope of work and budget with California Department of Public Health (CDPH); and supervise TPP staff, contractors and interns.  This position will plan, organize, administer, conduct and evaluate health education and health promotion programs; and create and lead needed health promotion strategies or programs in cooperation with other divisions of San Mateo County Health, community groups and other community organizations.
The Community Health Promotion Unit (CHPU) empowers communities to advance health equity and promote public health in the County of San Mateo. The focus of the unit is on the risk factors that contribute to the leading causes of death in the County of San Mateo:  tobacco use, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, and substance abuse. CHPU focuses on primary prevention efforts that utilize the Spectrum of Prevention and the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII) health inequity framework in building community capacity to address chronic diseases.

The ideal candidate will be experienced in conducting tobacco prevention, or other related public health issues; overseeing and administering health promotion, disease prevention, and substance use prevention programs; able to conduct public health functions such as community assessments, data analysis, program planning, evaluation, policy analysis and community advocacy; proficient in gathering and analyzing data and providing recommendations; well versed in representing a health organization; effective in conducting presentations to community agencies and members; experienced in conducting and overseeing strategic planning processes; have working knowledge of the social determinants of health and health inequities that impact chronic diseases and substance use and abuse; and experience applying a health equity lens to program planning; able to conduct policy analysis, development and advocacy; experienced in coalition development and maintenance; able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those encountered on the job; and proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and other databases.. Experience in conducting alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention and promotion of nutrition, physical activity and educational attainment preferred.

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


County Status:  An applicant must have been a San Mateo County employee in San Mateo County Health 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.

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.

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 experience in public health planning and promotion.

Knowledge of Basic supervisory principles and practices; 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 to:  Plan, assign, direct and review the work of others; train and instruct others; organize, prioritize and coordinate work activities; read and interpret rules, policies and procedures; think 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; establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients, physicians, other staff and the public; 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.


Departmental Promotional Only. Only current San Mateo County employees in San Mateo County Health 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 may apply.

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.

Final Date for Filing:  November 26, 2018
Application Screening: November 28, 2018
Combined Civil Service/Department Interviews: December 10, 2018


San Mateo County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

HR Contact: Yvonne Alvidrez (110918) (Senior Community Health Planner F054)

Application Instructions

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