The County of Los Angeles PUBLIC HEALTH INVESTIGATOR in Los Angeles, California
PUBLIC HEALTH INVESTIGATOR
PUBLIC HEALTH INVESTIGATOR
$68,564.88 - $87,520.32 Annually
Los Angeles County, CA
FIRST DAY OF FILING:
Beginning Tuesday, October 6, 2015, at 8:00 a.m., Pacific Standard Time (PST).
Until the needs of the service are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.
TYPE OF RECRUITMENT:
Open Competitive Job Opportunity
Enforces laws, ordinances, and regulations for the control of communicable and selected non-communicable diseases; locates, counsels and refers offenders and disease carriers and conducts other public health related investigations.
Positions allocable to this class work in either a Service Planning Area under the administrative and technical supervision of a Supervising Public Health Investigator or in a specialized health investigation program under the administrative and technical supervision of a Supervising Public Health Investigator or higher level program manager. Incumbents enforce state and County public health laws, ordinances and regulations for the control of communicable and selected non-communicable diseases, such as alcoholism, and counseling patients to encourage risk reduction behaviors and referring them for treatment.
Essential Job Functions
Conducts investigations to locate cases and contacts of tuberculosis, sexually transmitted disease, human immunodeficiency virus or other communicable diseases and selected non-communicable diseases, such as alcoholism, by interviewing patients to determine contacts, locating and tracing contacts, and convincing them to voluntarily seek diagnosis and treatment as required by applicable public health laws; has authority to exercise legal interventions to compel compliance up to and including authorizing arrest when essential to protect the public's health.
Counsels individuals who suffer from a communicable or non-communicable disease regarding the nature and control of their disease and educates these individuals on risk reduction techniques and behaviors.
Enforces public health laws, rules and regulations governing communicable disease control by serving legal orders of the Health Officer on patients in their homes, hospitals or detention
facilities, quarantining cases and contacts of communicable disease in private homes or institutions, placing restrictions on infected individuals employed in sensitive occupations such as food handling, supervising disinterments of human remains for foreign shipment, assisting in food poisoning investigations, coordinating case management of persons potentially exposed to rabies, responding to widespread outbreaks of communicable disease and establishing and enforcing the State mussel quarantine order.
Transports patients in connection with the enforcement of legal orders pertaining to the isolation of such patients in a hospital or detention facility, or to facilitate the medical care and treatment of patients infected with a communicable disease.
Investigates cases of quarantine violations and refusal or failure of persons to comply with health laws, ordinances, and regulations; recommends court action to enforce legal orders, prepares cases for court by gathering evidence and appears in court as a representative of the Health Officer on cases involving violations of the public health laws, ordinances, and regulations pertaining to communicable and non-communicable disease investigation.
Supports the California Department of Health Services Marine Biotoxin Monitoring Program, through the collection of shellfish and phytoplankton samples and preparation of these samples for shipment to the state laboratory.
Conducts special investigations not directly involving communicable diseases, such as investigating impersonations of departmental personnel or the verification of home births.
One year's experience as a Public Health Investigator Trainee.*
A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.
3 - Moderate: Includes standing or walking most of the time,with bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, and reaching; includes working on irregular surface, occasionally lifting objects weighting over 25 pounds, and frequent lifting of 10-25 pounds.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT INFORMATION
*To qualify, applicants must hold or have held the payroll title of Public Health Investigator Trainee.
Experience in investigation or inspection work in Public Health or Law Enforcement.
A Master's degree from an accredited university in Public Health or Related field of study.
This examination will consist of an evaluation of experience and desirable qualifications based upon application information and supplemental questionsweighted 100%.
Applicants must meet the minimum requirements and achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the examination in order to be placed on the Eligible Register.
Passing this examination and being added to the eligible register does not guarantee an offer of employment.
Final results will be sent by U.S. Mail. Final Scores cannot be given over the phone.
The names of candidates receiving a passing score in the examination will be placed on the eligible register in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (12) months following the date of promulgation.
No person may compete in this examination more than once every twelve (12) months.
Applications will be processed on an as-received basis and promulgated to the eligible register accordingly.
The eligible register resulting from this examination will be used to fill vacancies in the Department of Public Health as they occur.
APPLICATION AND FILING INFORMATION
Applications must be filed online only. Applications submitted by U.S. Mail, fax, or in person will not be accepted. Any required documents must be submitted within fifteen (15) calendar days from the application submission toHRExams@ph.lacounty.gov.
Apply online by clicking on the "Apply" tab for this posting, You can also track the status of your application using this website.
Fill out your application completely. The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS. Provide any relevant job experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your job title, beginning and ending dates, description of work performed, and salary earned. Applicants may be rejected at any stage of the selection process.
Please note thatALLinformation included in the application materials is subject toVERIFICATIONat any point during the examination and hiring process, including after an appointment has been made.
FALSIFICATIONof any information may result inDISQUALIFICATIONorRESCISSION OF APPOINTMENT.
UtilizingVERBIAGEfrom Class Specification and Selection Requirements serving as your description of dutiesWILL NOTbe sufficient to demonstrate that you meet the requirements. Doing so may result in anINCOMPLETE APPLICATIONand your application may beDISQUALIFIED.
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
All applicants MUST enter a valid social security number at the time of filing. Entering anything other than a valid social security (i.e. 000-00-0000, 111-11-1111, etc.) will result in an automatic rejection of your application
COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT PUBLIC LIBRARIES
For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.
NO SHARING OF USER ID AND PASSWORD
All applicants must file their application online using their OWN user ID and password. Using a family member or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.
Fair Chance Employer:The County of Los Angeles is a Fair Chance employer. Except for a very limited number of positions, you will not be asked to provide information about a conviction history unless you receive a contingent offer of employment. The County will make an individual assessment of whether your conviction history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job, and consider potential mitigating factors, including, but not limited to, evidence and extent of rehabilitation, recency of offense(s), and age at the time of the offense(s).If asked to provide information about a conviction history, any convictions or court records which are exempted by a valid court order do not have to be disclosed.
Teletype Phone: (800) 899-4099
Alternate Teletype Phone: (800) 897-0077
California Relay Services Phone: (800) 735-2922
ADA Coordinator Phone: (323) 659-6546
Department Contact Name: Exam Analyst
Department Contact Phone: (323) 659-6546
Department Contact Email: HRExams@ph.lacounty.gov
COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES
Any language contained in the job posting supersedes any language contained below.
1.Completing Your Application:
a. Before submission of the application, it is your responsibility to ensure that all information provided is correct and complete on the application. Incomplete applications cannot be accepted.
b. List each payroll title separately for each job. Do not group your experience. Specify the beginning and ending dates for each job. If you are a Los Angeles County employee and have held multiple positions, do NOT list all of your time with the County under your present payroll title.
c. Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.
d. To receive credit, include required documents (e.g., copy of your diploma, transcript, certificate, or license) as directed on the job posting. International degrees in a foreign language must be translated to English and evaluated for equivalency to U.S. standards. Refer to the job posting for specific deadlines for supporting documentation.
2.Requirements on Job Posting:
a. Your application will only be accepted if it clearly shows you meet the requirements. The information you give will determine your eligibility and is subject to verification at any time.
b. You must be at least 16 years of age at the time of appointment unless other age limits are stated on the job posting. The Federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) of 1967, as amended, prohibits discrimination on the basis of age for any individual age 40 or older.
c. Experience is evaluated on the basis of a verifiable 40- hour week, unless specified otherwise. Prorated part-time experience may be acceptable.
3.Application Deadline: All job applications must be completed and submitted before the closing time on the last day of the filing period as indicated on the job posting unless other instructions are provided. Job postings with an open continuous filing period are subject to closure without prior notice. It is to your advantage to file your application early and not wait until the last allowable date and time as you will not be able to apply once the filing period has closed.
4.Change of Name or Address: To change personal information such as your name or address, log into your profile onwww.governmentjobs.comand make the necessary change. This can be done at any time.
5.Equal Employment Opportunity/Non-Discrimination Policy:
a. It is the policy of the County of Los Angeles to provide equal employment opportunity for all qualified persons, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. b. If you are an individual requesting reasonable accommodation(s) in the examination process, please contact the testing accommodation coordinator listed on the job posting. The provision of accommodation(s) may be subject to verification, consistent with state and federal law. All accommodation-related information will remain confidential.
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The County of Los Angeles shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, incidental, special or consequential damages arising out of or in any way connected with the use of this system or with the delay or inability to use it (or any linked sites), or for any information obtained through this system, or otherwise arising out of the use of this system, the Internet generally or on any other basis.
NOTE: Your application is submitted using Secure Encryption to ensure the privacy of all information you transmit over the Internet.
By accepting the Use Disclaimer set forth herein, you agree to all of the above terms and further agree to use this Online Job Employment Application System only for the submission of bona fide employment applications to the County of Los Angeles. Any other use of this Online Job Employment Application System, including without limitation any copying, downloading, translating, decompiling, or reverse engineering of the system, data, or related software, shall be a violation of the Use Disclaimer.
Test Preparation: Study Guides and other resources are available to help candidates prepare for employment tests. An interactive system for taking practice tests may be accessed on the Department of Human Resources website athttps://hr.lacounty.gov/. Additional resources may be listed on the job posting.
Veteran’s Credit: In all open competitive examinations, a veteran’s credit of 10 percent of the total credits specified for such examinations will be added to the final passing grade of an honorably discharged veteran who served in the Armed Forces of the United States under any of the following conditions: During a declared war; -or- During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955; -or- For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; -or- During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990 through January 2, 1992; -or- For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010 the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; -or- In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal or expeditionary medal has been authorized and awarded. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti qualifies for credit.
A campaign medal holder or Gulf War veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980 (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty.
This also applies to the spouse of such person who, while engaged in such service was wounded, disabled or crippled and thereby permanently prevented from engaging in any remunerative occupation, and also to the widow or widower of any such person who died or was killed while in such service. A DD214, Certificate of Discharge or Separation from Active Duty, or other official documents issued by the branch of service are required as verification of eligibility for Veterans preference. Applicants must submit the documentation for each open competitive exam to qualify for veteran’s credit. More information available at:https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-services/vet-guide-for-hr-professionals/
Accreditation Information: Accredited institutions are those listed in the publications of regional, national or international accrediting agencies that are accepted by the Department of Human Resources. Publications such as American Universities and Colleges and International Handbook of Universities are acceptable references. Also acceptable, if appropriate, are degrees that have been evaluated and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from United States accredited institutions by an academic credential evaluation agency recognized by The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE). More information is available at:http://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/dhr/070812_PPG123.pdfandhttp://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/dhr/205105_PPG_123_AC EResourceGuide.pdf (https://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/dhr/205105_PPG_123_ACE_Resource_Guide.pdf)
Background Check: The County of Los Angeles is a Fair Chance employer. Except as otherwise permissible under applicable laws, you will not be asked to provide information about a conviction history unless you receive a conditional offer of employment. The County will make an individualized assessment of whether your conviction history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job, and will also consider potential mitigating factors, including, but not limited to, evidence and extent of rehabilitation, recency of the offense(s), and age at the time of the offense(s). If asked to provide information about a conviction history, any convictions or court records which are exempted by a valid court order do not have to be disclosed.
Career Planning: Resources to help current and prospective employees plan a career with Los Angeles County are available. To explore career paths to and from nearly all job titles, please visit our interactive Career PathFinder application athttps://career-pathfinder.hr.lacounty.gov/#/.
Benefit Information: Depending on the position, the successful candidate will enroll in a contributory defined benefit pension plan if the candidate is a “new member” of the County’s defined benefit plan (LACERA) on or after January 1, 2013 (first employed by the County on or after December 1, 2012) – unless she or he established reciprocity with another public retirement system in which she or he was a member before January 1, 2013. It should be noted that County employees do not pay into Social Security, but do pay the Medical Hospital Insurance Tax portion of Social Security at a rate of 1.45%. The Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association (LACERA) has reciprocal agreements with several public retirement systems in California.
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990: All positions are open to qualified men and women. Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons with disabilities who believe they need reasonable accommodation, or help in order to apply for a position, may contact the ADA/Personnel Services for Disabled Persons Coordinator. Hearing impaired applicants with telephone teletype equipment may leave messages by calling the teletype phone number on the job posting. The County will attempt to meet reasonable accommodation requests whenever possible.
Equal Employment Opportunity: It is the policy of the County of Los Angeles to provide equal employment opportunity for all qualified persons, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. All positions are open to qualified men and women pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. The County will comply with all of its obligations under State and Federal laws regarding the provision of reasonable accommodations to applicants.
Los Angeles County Child Support Compliance Program: In an effort to improve compliance with court ordered child, family and spousal support obligations, certain employment and identification information (i.e., name, address, Social Security number and date of hire) is regularly reported to the State Directory of New Hires which may assist in locating persons who owe these obligations. Family Code Section 17512 permits under certain circumstances for additional employment and identifying information to be requested. Applicants will not be disqualified from employment based on this information.
Social Security Act of 2004: Section 419 (c) of Public Law 108-203, the Social Security Protection Act of 2004, requires State and local government employers to disclose the effect of the Windfall Elimination Provision and the Government Pension Offset Provision to employees hired on or after January 1, 2005, in jobs not covered by Social Security. The County of Los Angeles does not participate in the Social Security System. All newly hired County of Los Angeles employees must sign a statement (Form SSA-1945) prior to the start of employment indicating that they are aware of a possible reduction in their future Social Security benefit entitlement. For more information on Social Security and about each provision, you may visit the websitewww.socialsecurity.gov, or call toll free 1-800-772- 1213. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the TTY number 1-800-325-0778 or contact a local Social Security office.
Employment Eligibility Information: Final appointment is contingent upon verification of U.S. citizenship or the right to work in the United States. Immigration law provides that all persons hired after November 6, 1986, are required to present original documents to the County, within three (3) business days of hiring, which show satisfactory proof of 1) identity and 2) U.S. employment eligibility.
The California Fair Employment and Housing Act(Part 2.8 commencing with Section 12900 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code) the Regulations of the Fair Employment and Housing Commission (California Code of Regulations, Title 2, Division 4, Sections 7285.0 through 8504) and other applicable laws prohibit employment discrimination based on an applicant's protected characteristics, including race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, age, pregnancy, childbirth, and other characteristics.
COVID-19 VACCINATION: Some County workforce members may be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Successful candidates for those positions/classifications may be required to submit proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or request an exemption for qualifying medical or religious reasons during the onboarding process. Candidates should not present proof of vaccination until instructed to do so by the hiring department.
Updated February 2024
For detailed information, please clickhere (http://hr.lacounty.gov/benefits/)
Minimum Requirement:Do you have one (1) year's experience as a Public Health Investigator Trainee*? *To qualify, applicants must hold or have held the payroll title of Public Health Investigator Trainee.
Do you have experience in investigation or inspection work in Public Health or Law Enforcement? If yes please describe in detail.NOTE:For each job held, give the name of your employer, your job title, beginning and ending dates, hours worked per week and a detailed description of work performed.If the answer is not in the specified format, no additional points may be awarded.
Do you have a Master's degree from an accredited university in Public Health or Related field of study?NOTE:If yes, you will need to attach a copy of official diploma or a copy of official transcripts from the accredited institution which shows the area of specialization with your application or within 15 calendar days of filing to firstname.lastname@example.org.If not submitted within the timeline stated, no additional points may be awarded.
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