Deputy Director of the Office of Health Equity

California Department of Public Health

About the organization

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is recruiting for an experienced, visionary public health leader to join the largest and most acclaimed state public health department in the nation.
CDPH protects people in the Golden State and shapes positive health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. CDPH programs touch the lives of everyone who calls California home, and the millions who visit each year. The department’s public health professionals, including researchers, scientists, doctors, nurses, and other many others, have a shared vision to protect and improve the health of all Californians. The workforce is dedicated to public service and passionate about public health work and the people and communities we serve and protect.
If you're looking for a unique opportunity to be a part of improving the health of Californians & are a transformative leader with a focus on inclusion, collaboration, engagement, change management, & strategic thinking - apply!


The Office of Health Equity (OHE) plays a key role in the reduction of health and mental health disparities to vulnerable communities in California. A priority of OHE is building of cross-sectoral partnerships. OHE consults with community-based organizations and local governmental agencies to ensure that community perspectives and input are included in policies and any strategic plans, recommendations, and implementation activities. To carry out the work, OHE has four primary operational units: Community Development and Engagement, Health Equity Policy and Planning, Health Research & Statistics and Gender Health Equity.
The Deputy Director, OHE serves in a critical leadership role in the support of the CDPH mission and strategic plan by leading, planning and organizing policies and activities designed to reduce and eliminate inequities in the health and mental health status among California’s diverse populations. The Deputy Director is responsible for the development of priorities, policies, practices, and implementation of a strategic plan related to reduction and elimination of health disparities and health inequities within specific vulnerable population and affected geographic locations, including racial and ethnic communities, women, persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities. The Deputy Director represents CDPH and OHE in highly visible and sensitive interactions with health care leaders, community organizations, and more.


Desirable Qualifications

Exemplifies principles of health equity in leadership style.

Demonstrated knowledge of and past success in applying health equity concepts to an organization’s operations in a meaningful, results-driven way.

Professional experience with team-building and organizational change management.

Demonstrated experience in the evaluation of existing and proposed policies to ensure public health strategies are inclusive to close the gap in health status.

Ability to identify and determine appropriate outreach methods for a wide range of different social and ethnic backgrounds, genders and sexual orientations.



Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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 & 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 required and must be included.
Other - Please provide a cover letter (no more than two pages) describing your interest in the position and the experience, training and qualifications you possess that qualifies you for the position of Deputy Director, Office of Health Equity within the California Department of Public Health.
Other - Please include a signed copy of the Office of the Governor online app.

Before responding to this announcement, please review the Terms of Use [PDF]. The Peace Corps is not able to confirm the legitimacy of all positions posted to this jobs board. If you believe an announcement has violated the Peace Corps Terms of Use, please contact [email protected].

Equal Opportunity Employment

The posting employer has certified that this announcement complies with Peace Corps’ Equal Opportunity Employment policy:

The Peace Corps is committed to providing equal opportunity to all employees, Volunteers, and applicants for employment and volunteer service. Peace Corps policy prohibits discrimination and harassment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (40 or over), disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, political affiliation, union membership, genetic information, or history of participation in the Equal Employment Opportunity process, grievance procedure, or any authorized complaint procedure.

Does this sound like the position for you?

Apply to job