Applicants applying for this job control, are applying for the exam and job vacancy simultaneously.

The Chief, Division of Environmental Health Laboratories (DEHL) for the Center for Laboratory Sciences (CLS) supports and advises the CLS Deputy Director on program and policy pertaining to environmental and chemical testing, investigations, and research. The Chief is responsible for the program, policy, and scientific oversight of three Branches: Drinking Water & Radiation Laboratory (DWRL); Environmental Health Laboratory (EHL); and Food & Drug Laboratory (FDL), and indirectly provides support to all programs in the Center.

The Chief will be responsible for providing direction for program budgets, personnel, legislation, and program policy; ensuring compliance with state personnel and fiscal requirements; and adhering to state policy and rules. Ensures that programs monitor, account for, and report on program operations, expenditures, and outcomes while fulfilling program missions and mandates. Sets the performance and outcome measures for managers/supervisors within the DEHL. Provides support in developing and maintaining well-trained, diverse, and competent program staff.

Provides oversight of service, testing, and regulatory activities within the laboratories; guides development of policies and procedures to ensure program compliance under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), ISO 17025 standards, and Good Laboratory Practices. Apprises the executive administration of important and sensitive issues, including regulatory compliance, health & safety, laboratory security, and emergency preparedness & response. Develops and coordinates partnerships with federal, state, and local governments, public, private, and non-profit organizations, and constituencies for E/C labs. Provides broad oversight on special laboratory investigations, research studies, and cooperative efforts with partners. Coordinates the DEHL in departmental responses in the event of emergencies, disasters, and other public health threats.

Represents the Center, Department, and State interests on local, state, and national committees and councils as well as laboratory and research organizations, including voluntary, state, and federal agencies, and advisory groups. Regularly attends meetings with Center and Departmental leadership, represents the Center and Department in meetings with the California Health and Human Services Agency, other state agencies, and the Governor’s Office.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Knowledge and Abilities

Applicants must demonstrate the ability to perform high administrative and policy – influencing functions effectively. Such overall ability requires possession of most of the following more specific knowledge and abilities:

  • Knowledge of the organization and functions of California State Government including the organization and practices of the Legislature and the Executive Branch; principles, practices, and trends of public administration, organization, and management; techniques of organizing and motivating groups; program development and evaluation; methods of administrative problem solving; principles and practices of policy formulation and development; and personnel management techniques; the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity Program objectives; and a manager’s role in the Equal Employment Opportunity Program.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of multidisciplinary professional and administrative staff; analyze administrative policies, organization, procedures and practices; integrate the activities of a diverse program to attain common goals; gain the confidence and support of top level administrators and advise them on a wide range of administrative matters; develop cooperative working relationships with representatives of all levels of government, the public, and the Legislature and Executive branches; analyze complex problems and recommend effective courses of action; and prepare and review reports; and effectively contribute to the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity objectives.

These knowledge and abilities are expected to be obtained from the following kinds of experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation and/or evaluation of program policies (experience may have been paid or volunteer; in State service, other government settings, or in a private organization):

CEA Level A – Responsible for broad administrative and program activities, including the execution and/or evaluation of program policies.

CEA Level B – Responsible for extensive managerial and program administration or broad program manager experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation, and/or evaluation of program policies.

CEA Level C – Responsible for extensive highly professional influence and contributes to program, policy, and the methods to provide professional services needed to set policies, to meet the mission of the State department and often exercising technical and or professional skills that are required at this level.

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:

  • Candidates are required to possess a Doctoral degree in Chemistry, Engineering, Food Sciences, Microbiology, Physics, or closely related field; an MD, DVM, or other medical degree will also be acceptable.
  • A broad range of experiences in environmental public health, laboratory management, and research is advantageous.
  • Knowledge and experience in government and public policy is also desirable.

Examination Information

The responses to the Statement of Qualifications should not exceed four pages, be written in Arial font and no smaller than 12 points. Please answer each question below separately and indicate the corresponding question number for each response.

  1. Describe your education, experience, and professional certification/licensure in environmental public health and laboratory management with emphasis on organizational management and sound fiscal management.
  2. Describe your recent managerial experience as a senior scientific team leader in planning, developing, and administering the laboratory programs you have led and the number and level of laboratory staff you have managed.
  3. Describe your experience in administrative operations, such as budget, accounting, and contracts; personnel and performance oversight; facilities and health & safety; regulatory compliance; and communications.
  4. Describe your ideas for three environmental health laboratory topics that would be your top priorities as ADD for the new Division.

If you meet the requirements stated in this announcement, you may take this competitive examination. Possession of the Examination Qualifications requirements does not assure a place on the eligible list. Your performance in the examination will be compared with the performance of others who take this examination, and all successful candidates will be ranked according to their scores.

A minimum rating of 70% must be attained in the Examination to obtain list eligibility for this position. All candidates will receive written notification of their examination results.

The results of this examination will only be used to fill this position. Applications will be retained for twelve months.

Hiring interviews for the Job may be conducted with the most qualified candidates.

The examining Department reserves the right to revise the examination plan to better meet the needs of the service, if the circumstances under which this examination was planned change. Such revision will be in accordance with civil service law and rules and all competitors will be notified.

Special Testing Arrangements

If you have a disability and need special testing arrangements, answer the Reasonable Accommodations question appropriately on your Application (STD 678). You will be contacted to make specific arrangements. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this announcement.


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