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Location: Sacramento, CA

Division of Communicable Disease Control, California Dept of Public Health


Infectious Diseases Laboratory Chief

Minimum Requirements:  
Contact Name: Diane Lyons
Contact Phone: (916) 449-5406
Contact Email / Web:
Posted: 5/19/2017
EpiMonitor ID: 2017-2340

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The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is seeking a Branch Chief over the Infectious Diseases Laboratory Branch. This is an excellent career opportunity to join one of the leading state public health laboratories in the nation with talented and collaborative staff and a state of the art facility.

The Infectious Diseases Laboratory Branch protects and improves the health of all California residents through the Microbial Diseases Laboratory Program (MDL), the Viral and Rickettsial Disease Laboratory Program (VRDL), and the Infant Botulism Treatment & Prevention Program (IBTPP).

The position is responsible for the day-to-day management operations of the Branch, and, as such, is directly involved in program policy, strategic planning and organization. This position is responsible for maintaining adequate policy, protocols and procedures to promote consistent and effective communicable disease laboratory interventions to ensure the continued safety for all Californians.

The Chief will be responsible for developing and setting policy, as well as protocols, and coordinating and managing response to high profile disease outbreaks requiring laboratory involvement. The Chief will be responsible for monitoring laboratory workflows to ensure effective response to outbreaks and other public health challenges and for allocating resources to ensure that priority activities are addressed.

The Chief will also be responsible for developing and implementing surge plans for outbreak response. The Chief integrates the activities of the ID Laboratory Branch internally with other California Department of Public Health (CDPH) programs to ensure that the Branch activities meet Departmental objectives. The Chief works closely with other DCDC program chiefs to determine laboratory priorities. The Chief also integrates activities with other state, local and federal public health agencies to ensure strategic coordination. The Chief evaluates the effectiveness of Branch programs.

The Chief, ID Laboratory Branch will represent the laboratories at local, state and national professional and policy forums regarding public health laboratory issues. The Chief will independently provide direct oversight to the MDL, VRDL, and IBTPP, which are managed by two Research Scientist Managers and a Public Health Medical Officer III (Supervisor), respectively. In addition, the Chief will provide oversight to the Assistant Branch Chief (Staff Services Manager II) who carries out Branch administrative functions and a laboratory science consultant who provides technical laboratory guidance for the Branch.

Desirable Qualifications:

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:

1. Working with high level executives and policy makers at local, state and federal government as well as non-governmental stakeholders and advisory groups to help develop public health policies and programs.

2. Overseeing a multidisciplinary professional and administrative staff, responsible for contract and budget management, and quality improvement.

3. Experience with performance management, providing leadership, communicating a clear vision, setting goals and expectations, encouraging collaboration and using sound judgment in managing complex and varied programs.

4. Guidance and development of regulations, bill analysis, and state and federal legislation.

5. Communicating with and presenting before a wide range of audiences, including the media, the public, or the legislature.

6. Development, implementation, and management of a comprehensive public health program and/or clinical laboratory and working with partners in epidemiology and communicable disease control.                                                                                                       


This position requires an examination to be appointed. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position in order to compete in the exam. Completed applications and all required documents must be received by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered.

Final Filing Date: 5/8/2017

Who May Apply

Individuals who are eligible to be appointed to this Career Executive Assignment (CEA) by the State of California.

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (Applications and any applicable or required documents) must be submitted electronically through your CalCareer account at

Required Application Documents

Please submit the following items with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

·         Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.

·         Supplemental Application - Is a narrative discussion regarding how the applicant’s education, training, experience, and skills meet the Desirable Qualifications for the position. In addition, the Statement of Qualifications serves as documentation of each applicant’s ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing. In your Statement of Qualifications, please address how you possess each Desirable Qualification using specific examples of your education, training, and experience. The Statement of Qualifications must be typed, single spaced, 12 point font, responses numbered and no more than 1 page per desirable qualification in length. Applicants who do not follow these requirements may be disqualified from the examination. Cover letters and resumes do not take the place of Statement of Qualifications.

·         Resume is required and must be included.

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please click on the link and follow the instructions CEA A, Infectious Diseases Laboratory Chief, Division of Communicable Disease Control .Salary is commensurate with experience. The final file date to apply for this position is May 8, 2017.

Please contact Diane Lyons at (916) 449-5406 or for any questions regarding this position.




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