The CDPH protects people in the Golden State and shapes positive health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. CDPH programs touch the lives of everyone who calls California home, and the millions who visit each year. The department’s public health professionals, including researchers, scientists, doctors, nurses, and other many others, have a shared vision to protect and improve the health of all Californians. The workforce is dedicated to public service and passionate about public health work and the people and communities we serve and protect.
If you are looking for a unique opportunity to be a part of improving the health of Californians and are a transformative leader with a focus on inclusion, collaboration, engagement, change management, strategic thinking and agility, the Deputy Director position with CDPH may be the job for you.
The Office of Health Equity (OHE) plays a key role in the reduction of health and mental health disparities to vulnerable communities in California. A priority of OHE is building of cross-sectoral partnerships. OHE consults with community-based organizations and local governmental agencies to ensure that community perspectives and input are included in policies and any strategic plans, recommendations, and implementation activities. To carry out the work, OHE has four primary operational units: Community Development and Engagement, Health Equity Policy and Planning, Health Research & Statistics and Gender Health Equity.
The Deputy Director, OHE serves in a critical leadership role in the support of the CDPH mission and strategic plan by leading, planning and organizing policies and activities designed to reduce and eliminate inequities in the health and mental health status among California’s diverse populations. The Deputy Director is responsible for the development of priorities, policies, practices, and implementation of a strategic plan related to reduction and elimination of health disparities and health inequities within specific vulnerable population and affected geographic locations, including racial and ethnic communities, women, persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities. The Deputy Director represents CDPH and OHE in highly visible and sensitive interactions with health care leaders, community organizations, professional associations, state departments, local agencies, and other community leaders representing diverse populations. The incumbent works under the administrative direction of the CDPH Director/State Public Health Officer.
CDPH is committed to achieving a diverse workforce through application of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policies in all aspects of employment to create an environment that is welcoming to all individuals. The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.
In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
Exemplifies principles of health equity in leadership style.
Demonstrated knowledge of and past success in applying health equity concepts to an organization’s operations in a meaningful, results-driven way.
Professional experience with team-building and organizational change management.
Demonstrated experience in the evaluation of existing and proposed policies to ensure public health strategies are inclusive to close the gap in health status.
Ability to identify and determine appropriate outreach methods for a wide range of different social and ethnic backgrounds, genders and sexual orientations.
Internal Number: JC-188008
About California Department of Public Health
Protecting the Health of All Californians
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) works to protect the public's health in the Golden State and helps shape positive health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. The Department's programs and services, implemented in collaboration with local health departments and state, federal and private partners, touch the lives of every Californian and visitor to the state 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Our Shared Vision
CDPH public health professionals, researchers, scientists, doctors, nurses, and other staff members have a shared vision to protect and improve the health of all Californians. We are dedicated to public service and passionate about our work and the people and communities we serve and protect.
The essential functions of the Department are critical to the health and wellbeing of people and communities. CDPH's fundamental responsibilities are comprehensive in scope and include infectious disease control and prevention, food safety, environmental health, laboratory services, patient safety, emergency preparedness, chronic disease prevention and health promotion, family health, h...ealth equity and vital records and statistics.
CDPH's key activities and services include protecting people in California from the threat of preventable infectious diseases like Zika virus, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and viral hepatitis, and providing reliable and accurate public health laboratory services and information about health threats.
Other critical services include providing nutritional support to low-income women, infants and children, and screening newborns and pregnant women for genetic diseases. CDPH also works to ensure the safety of food and bottled water, helps reduce smoking and its impacts and works to prevent chronic diseases and conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, asthma and obesity.
The Department also protects patient safety in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities, maintains birth and death certificates and prepares for, and responds to public health emergencies.
CDPH works continuously to reduce health and mental health disparities among vulnerable and underserved communities to achieve health equity throughout California.
To advance the health and well-being of California's diverse people and communities.
Healthy communities with thriving families and individuals.