Job Description and Duties
This position is pending HRD approval

This position supports the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) mission and strategic plan by enhancing preparedness and response for emerging public health threats through serving as the emergency response communication and coordination hub; providing leadership and vision through planning and guidance; effective management and oversight of emergency preparedness funds; and providing good customer service.

The Health Program Specialist II (HPS II) works under the general direction of the Section Chief of the Planning, Preparedness, and Coordination Section within the Planning, Recovery, Evaluation Branch of the Center for Preparedness and Response (CPR). The incumbent will perform a critical function as a highly skilled, technical program consultant and Subject Matter Expert responsible for the overall planning and coordination of the state and local planning units to ensure all plans are being updated seamlessly and in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The HPS II acts as the project lead and is responsible for implementing all operational aspects of the California preparedness and recovery plans locally and statewide. This position works closely with the Exercise Unit within CPR to incorporate state and local emergency response efforts.

This position is eligible for Telework.

The attached duty statement indicates whether this position is eligible for telework. All employees who telework are required to be California residents in accordance with Government Code 14200 and may be required to report to a CDPH office, when needed. Candidates who reside outside of the state of California may be interviewed; however, the selected candidate must have a primary residency in the state of California prior to appointment (and continue to maintain California residency) as a condition of employment. Failure to meet this requirement may result in the job offer being rescinded.

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To obtain list eligibility for the Health Program Specialist II, before applying for this position, you must first take and pass the Health Program Specialist II exam:


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

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About California Department of Public Health

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.