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Assistant Director of Health Services (Director of Personnel), Martinez, CA

Organization: Contra Costa Health
Category: Assistant Director
Location: Martinez, CA
Date Job Posted: April 2, 2024
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$132,665 - $212,086 Annually
This position has been approved for a 5% COLA
adjustment in July 2024 & July 2025.

Contra Costa County recognizes that our employees are our strongest and greatest assets.

Contra Costa Health (CCH) is looking for a dynamic Director of Personnel to oversee its Personnel & Payroll Units. This role is responsible for overall planning, organizing and directing of the personnel program, including employee relations, recruitment, selection, classification, compensation, safety, leave administration and timekeeping. This full-time position is based in Martinez, California.

Why join the Contra Costa Health Department?

Contra Costa Health is the largest county department in Contra Costa County with over 4,700 employees. Our mission is to care for and improve the health of all people in Contra Costa with special attention to those who are most vulnerable to health problems. We provide services through nine operational areas: Behavioral Health, Contra Costa Health Plan, Emergency Medical Services, Environmental Health, Hazardous Materials, Health, Housing & Homeless Services, Public Health, Contra Costa Regional Medical Center & Health Centers and Detention Health. Please see our website for more information about Contra Costa Health:

Why join and lead the Contra Costa Health Personnel & Payroll Units?

The primary goal of the Personnel & Payroll Units is the development and maintenance of human resources functions in coordination with the County Human Resources Department, County Labor Relations, County Risk Management and the County Auditor-Controller. The unit has approximately 65 employees in various classifications.

We are looking for someone who is:

  • A strong leader. You will develop and maintain effective working relationships with your team and lead by example.
  • A strong relationship builder. You will need to establish relationships across operational areas, departments and with external agencies.

  • An effective communicator. You will need exemplary communication skills to effectively convey complex policies and procedures across all levels of the organization and foster an environment of open dialogue and feedback while respecting confidentiality and discretion in sensitive matters.

  • A strong motivator and supporter. You will need to encourage and support your line supervisors who are responsible for providing day-to-day supervision of Personnel/Payroll staff.
  • Organized, data- and results-driven. You will need to balance multiple priorities and know when it is appropriate to delegate. You should utilize data analytics to inform decisions, improve workforce planning, and measure the effectiveness of initiatives in meeting departmental objectives.
  • Able to balance empathy. You will need to demonstrate your understanding of the human side of human resources, keeping in mind the department and the County’s interests as well as resolving employee conflict and showing compassion to staff and all CCH employees.
  • Able to adapt to constant change. You will need to be flexible and able to shift priorities quickly as needs change.
  • Support alignment with County HR. You will need to actively engage and align with the directives of the County Human Resources Department, as they oversee the administration of human resources processes and procedures across the county. This positive collaboration will ensure the effective and seamless integration of county-wide HR initiatives and practices.
  • Innovative and solutions focused. You will need to take a fresh look at current internal practices, encourage innovation and identify opportunities to modernize and streamline operations. You will need to be a champion for change in establishing an environment of continuous improvement within the unit.

What you will typically be responsible for:

  • Advising Contra Costa Health’s CEO, deputy directors and management teams on human resources management issues and formulation of departmental policies and procedures
  • Selecting, supervising and evaluating professional, technical and clerical subordinates in the administration of various personnel functions
  • Representing the Department with County Counsel and Risk Management pertaining to merit system and personnel legal practices
  • Planning, organizing and directing all activities of the department’s human resources management programs
  • Monitoring and reviewing personnel activities including performance metrics for consistency and propriety with regard to the department’s goals, policies and procedures
  • Ensuring compliance with Federal and State employment laws including but not limited to Office of the Inspector General, EEOC, DFEH and DIR, CalOSHA, Title 22, ADA, FMLA, CFRA, FEHA, and HIPAA

Minimum Qualifications:

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge skills, and abilities would be:

Education: Possession of a Bachelor’s degree or higher in Health Administration, Public Administration, Health Education, Business Administration, Communications, Nursing, Environmental Health, biological or physical science from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Six years of full-time, or its equivalent, experience in a healthcare or hospital setting performing duties either as a clinician, administrator or public information officer. Three of those years must have included supervisory experience.

Desirable Qualifications: Personnel management experience in a public agency or healthcare setting.

For more information, see our brochure at:

Selection Process:

Interested individuals should submit a resume and cover letter to by the close of business on Friday, April 19, 2024 to be considered in the first round of review. Those candidates deemed most qualified will be invited to interview.

This recruitment will remain open and applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position has been filled.
This position is exempt from the merit system and will not follow regular County recruitment and selection procedures. Not all applicants will be invited to participate in the evaluation and interview process.

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