Public Health Program and Operations Integration Strategist (SSM I Specialist) with the CA Department of Public Health

Job Description and Duties

The CDPH Fusion Center is recruiting for a lead to align categorical funding streams for broader impact through fiscal coordination and innovative public health financing strategies.  

As part of the Fusion Center team, and under the general direction of the Deputy Director, the Staff Services Manager I (Specialist) serves as the Public Health Program and Operations Integration Specialist (POIS) for the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). The POIS is independently responsible for leading Department-wide activities, working across Centers/Programs and Operational Offices, to explore fiscal coordination opportunities to align categorical funding streams to expand impact and reach of services, such as braided and blended funding; as well as assessment of innovative public health financing tools, such as wellness trusts. This position serves as the lead technical subject matter expert for the development and implementation of innovative operational strategies and systems to support flexibility and integration.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Department Information

The mission of California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is to advance the health and well-being of California’s diverse people and communities. The Department works in collaboration with local health departments, state, federal and private partners to prevent disease and injury fostering vibrant, resilient and prosperous communities and to reduce disparities and create equitable opportunities to advance physical and mental health for all Californians by addressing social determinants of health. 

The CDPH Office of Strategic Development and Externa Relations (Fusion Center) provides multifaceted support to strengthen department capacity to address crosscutting priorities defined by public health. Key areas of focus include integrated assessment of public health burden, facilitation of collaborative initiatives to address emerging public health issues, and coordination of resource development and alignment activities to address programmatic and operational priorities.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 6/19/2019

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply. Individuals who are eligible for a Training and Development assignment may also be considered for this position(s). 

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:


Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Public Health

Attn: Classification & Certification Unit

P.O. Box 997378

MS 1700-1702

SacramentoCA 95899-7378


Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Classification & Certification Unit

1615 Capitol Avenue Suite 73.430

SacramentoCA 95814

08:00 AM - 05:00 PM


Required Application Package Documents

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

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the 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.
  • Resume is optional. It may be included, but is not required.
  • Statement of Qualifications - A Statement of Qualifications is intended to address the candidate’s education, training, skills, and experience as they relate to the duties of the position (duty statement).  A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is required to be considered for this position. When completing the SOQ, please include all relevant experience, education, and training for each desirable qualification (listed in this announcement) and explain your answers thoroughly. 

    Your SOQ will be considered the first interview for this position. If your qualifications are competitive, you will be invited to participate in an interview. 

    Please note: References to resumes, your state application, letters and/or other materials will not be evaluated or considered as responses to the SOQ. Incomplete or missing responses to the information requested may negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications.

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.

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:

• Experience using organizational policy to solve problems and improve outcomes 
• Knowledge of strategies for organizational development and business planning for growth; particularly in the public sector 
• Experience with fiscal coordination or public health financing strategies (i.e., braiding and blending funding)
• Knowledge of state budget and procurement process 
• Experience in local government 
• Negotiation and consensus building 
• Systems thinking
• Creativity
• Capacity to be comfortable with ambiguity

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the application process. The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position.

Human Resources Contact: 
Human Resources Department
(916) 445-0983

Hiring Unit Contact: 
Julie Nagasako
(916) 440-7426

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
EEO Office
(916) 445-0938

California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.


Equal Opportunity Employer

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.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

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