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Clinic Physician – HSA – Lookout Local Santa Cruz


SALARY: $194,979 – $210,829 per year plus signing incentive pending board approval*

TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT: Open and promotional

Bilingual candidates (English/Spanish) encouraged to apply

JOB DESCRIPTION: Under direction, provide medical services for Health Services Agency programs, including general medical clinics, specialty clinics, and occupational medicine services; provide on-call services; and perform other duties as required. There are several clinical doctor vacancies at the Health Services Agency. An ideal candidate for one of the vacancies would be bilingual (English/Spanish) with experience in internal medicine and geriatrics.


Terms: Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and ability is eligible. A typical way to acquire this knowledge and skills is:

  • License/CertificatePossession of a valid Physician’s and Surgeon’s certificate issued by the State of California and a valid California Class C driver’s license (certificate and/or out-of-state license sufficient at time of application, with California certificate/license required at time of hire).
    • Possession of a federal narcotics license for the administration of narcotics to patients required at time of hire.

Special Requirements/Conditions:

  • background investigation: A background investigation and fingerprinting are required.
  • Special working conditions: Exposure to odors such as vomit, feces, urine and draining abscesses; fumes from cleaning products and solvents; and infections that could cause chronic illness or death.

Knowledge: : Thorough knowledge of the principles and current practices of medicine. Some knowledge of the functions and services of local public health agencies.

Ability to:

  • Perform medical diagnosis and treatment
  • Provide medical direction to junior staff
  • Evaluate and review the work of mid-level physicians for proper diagnosis, treatment, and documentation of records
  • Prepare protocols
  • Establish and maintain an effective working relationship with others
  • Write clear and concise written and oral reports
  • Analyze situations with precision and adopt an effective action plan
  • Learn to conduct continuing education programs
  • Secure state certification to supervise and direct a mid-level practitioner and learn how to enter, access, and analyze data using an electronic health records system.


  • *REGISTRATION BONUS – Initial payment of 50% within 30 days of start date. Remaining 50% of payment at the end of a calendar year of service.
  • ANNUAL VACATION – 22 days the first year, increasing to 37 days after 15 years. Available for vacation and/or sickness.
  • ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE – Advanced one week by appointment; moreover, gain two weeks per year. Can be taken in cash or on time.
  • HOLIDAYS – 13 paid holidays per year.
  • BEREAVEMENT LEAVE – 3 paid days in California, 5 paid days out of state.
  • MEDICAL PLAN – The county contracts with CalPERS for a variety of health plans. For most plans, county contributions pay the majority of premiums for employees and dependents.
  • DENTAL DIET – The county pays for employee and dependent coverage.
  • VISION PLAN – County pays for employee coverage. The employee can purchase coverage for eligible dependents.
  • RETIREMENT AND SOCIAL SECURITY – Pension formula 2% at age 60 (for Classic/Tier 2 employees) or 2% at age 62 (for new employees/Tier 3) as determined based on the provisions of the CA Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act 2013 Act (PEPRA). The county participates in social security.
  • DEFERRED COMPENSATION – A deferred compensation plan is available to employees.
  • DEFINED CONTRIBUTION PLAN – For Level 3 eligible employees who choose to participate, the employee contribution will be 3% and the employer contribution will be the lesser of 6.25% or the current CalPERS employer contribution rate of Level 3, for all regular salaries above the compensation cap as determined by PEPRA (2018 cap = $121,388).
  • LIFE INSURANCE – The county paid a $100,000 temporary police. The employee can take out additional life insurance.
  • LONG-TERM DISABILITY PLAN – Plan paid by the county. The plan pays 67% of the first $15,000 up to a maximum of $10,000 per month.
  • DEPENDENT CARE PLAN – Employees who pay child care or eligible dependent care expenses can choose this program before tax.
  • H-CARE PLAN – Employees who pay a county medical premium may elect this program pre-tax.
  • FLEXIBLE HEALTH CARE EXPENDITURE ALLOWANCE (HCFSA) – Employees can choose this program before tax to cover eligible health care expenses.
  • MOVING ASSISTANCE – Selected candidates may be eligible for relocation assistance for hard-to-recruit classifications, up to a maximum of $10,000, based on actual costs.
  • ADVANCED ACCOUNT RATES – Selected candidates may be eligible for advanced setting of leave accrual rates based on years of service with other government agencies for hard-to-hire classifications.


Exam: Your application and supplemental questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training, and/or licensing requirements as stated in the job advertisement. If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to participate in any combination of written, oral and/or performance exams or competitive education and experience assessment, such as described in your application and your supplementary questionnaire. You must pass all components of the exam to be placed on the eligibility list. The exam may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified candidates. If the eligible list is established without the administration of the advertised exam, the life of the eligible list will be six months and your overall score will be based on an assessment of your application and the supplemental questionnaire. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another exam for that job class, you will be asked to take the exam to remain on the eligibility list.

HOW TO REGISTER: To apply online, visit this link; or print an application and supplemental questionnaire and mail/deliver to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060. For more information, call (831) 454-2600. TDD/TTY for the hearing impaired: 711.

Applications will meet the final filing date if received in one of the following ways:

  • At the personnel department before 5:00 p.m. on the day of the final deposit
  • Submitted online before midnight of the final filing date.

Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If you have a disability that requires accommodation for testing, please call (831) 454-2600.

To comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Santa Cruz County verifies that all new employees are either U.S. citizens or persons authorized to work in the United States.

Some positions may require fingerprinting and/or background investigation.

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