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Los Angeles County PHL

Department: Public Health

Posted date: 08/03/2023

Application deadline: continuous

The one position allocable to this class reports to the Public Health Laboratory Director and, under general direction and guidance, assists in the planning, direction, and evaluation of public health laboratory operations, activities, and services. This responsibility includes planning, directing, assigning, and evaluating the work of major technical laboratory sections including Bacteriology/Parasitology, Mycobacteriology, Virology, and Immunology; and providing supervision and guidance to public health microbiologist supervisors. The Public Health Laboratory Assistant Director also assists in the development and formulation of public health laboratory policies, procedures, and objectives in support of various clinical, medical, and environmental health programs and the prevention of communicable disease and other public health-related illnesses. In addition, this position assists in the management and control of the laboratory's budget, personnel, and other administrative functions.


A Doctoral degree* from an accredited college or university in chemical, physical, biological science, or related field -or- Graduation from an approved** medical school.


Three years of relevant*** laboratory work experience in a CLIA 88 certified or accredited**** clinical or public health laboratory, two years of which must have been in a supervisory capacity***** -or- One year of experience at the level of the Los Angeles County class of Public Health Microbiology Supervisor II, directing through subordinate supervising microbiologists the technical and administrative activities of several public health laboratory units.


  1. A Public Health Microbiologist's certificate ****** issued by the California State Department of Public Health.

    1. Applicants must ensure the License and Certification Section of the application is completed. Provide the title(s) of your required license and certificate, the number(s), date(s) of issue, date(s) of expiration and the name(s) of the issuing agency for the required license as specified in the Selection Requirements.

    2. The required license and/or certificate must be active and unrestricted or your application will not be accepted.

  2. 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.


*In order to receive credit for your Doctorate degree, you must include a legible copy of the Official Diploma, Official Transcript(s), or Official Letter from the accredited institution which shows the area of specialization and the date the degree was awarded, with Registrar's signature and/or school seal with your online application at the time of filing or within fifteen (15) calendar days from application submission to

Foreign degrees must be evaluated for equivalency to United States accredited institutions standards by an academic credential evaluation agency recognized by The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE). See Employment Information under Accreditation Information.

**An approved Medical School is a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). For a full list of accredited programs, click here.

***Relevant laboratory experience is defined as clinical diagnostic or public health surveillance work or closely related experience.

****Accredited by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) or the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

*****Supervisory capacity is defined as plans, organizes, directs, and evaluates the work of subordinate staff.

******Prior to appointment, applicants must be certified as a California Public Health Microbiologist or have been issued a temporary certificate by the California State Department of Public Health for those applicants who meet the requirements for admission to the next scheduled examination. Certification must be obtained within twelve (12) months from appointment.

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