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Humboldt County Office of Education: Supervisor of Health

Notice: In July 2022 HCOE classified job descriptions were re-classified. We are working to get the classifications changed on individual job descriptions. A PDF mapping these changes can be found here. For questions please contact the HCOE Personnel Office at (707) 445-7039.

HCOE Job Description

Supervisor of Health

Position Summary

Under the General direction of the Director of Special Education, the Supervisor of Health is responsible for the management and oversight of the School Health programs at HCOE.  This includes directing nursing services and other related services at HCOE and district schools, supervising personnel who provide nursing and health services and collaborating with public and private agencies in providing health services to District students.

This position description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee assigned to the position. This description is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, abilities and working conditions associated with the position. Employees may be required to perform any combination of these duties.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The Supervisor of Health provides administrative leadership for HCOE school health services, coordinates the implementation, evaluation and improvement of health services in the county, determines work assignments and supervises health services personnel, including all school nurses, medical clerks, LVNs, RNs/BSNs and any health team staff that provide health-related services to districts and county office programs.

Supervision Received and Exercised

This position is under the supervision of the Director of Special Education.  This position is responsible for the evaluation of classified and certificated staff assigned to the health team.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities (Examples of Essential Job Functions)

  • Coordinates with County and District personnel to develop programs and systems that will improve health services;
  • Implements, trains, directly supervises and/or acts as a resource to school site staff regarding specialized health procedures to meet individual student needs;
  • Designs and coordinates implementation of health maintenance plans for students, including specialized care, and incorporates plans directed by a physician;
  • Prepares and maintains comprehensive records, reports, files and documentation as required and directed by the Humboldt County Office of Education administrative policies and state and federal laws and regulations;
  • Plans for care of students who become ill while at the school site in coordination with school site leadership;
  • Schedules, supervises and evaluates HCOE Health Team staff;
  • Develops and revises policies regarding health and nursing issues in conjunction with federal, state and local policies, rules, laws, regulations and legislation;
  • Serves as school nurse representation on committees, local agency meetings and community meetings;
  • Provides leadership for the professional growth of school nurses and District staff through regular monthly meetings and coordinated professional development opportunities;
  • Collaborates with, and provides consultation to, the District’s school-based health programs, County public health officers and private health partners;
  • Serves as a resource and partner in providing a District-wide comprehensive health program, including academic planning, physical health and emotional/mental health needs;
  • Partners with local nursing programs to provide nursing students with public health opportunities in our county and provides mentor opportunities for our school nurses;
  • Collects county-wide data regarding the health of students and submits reports to Districts and County as requested;
  • Implements and maintains the HCOE AED program; coordinates or provides CPR/1st Aid/AED training to HCOE staff;
  • Creates timelines for screenings at schools and districts;
  • Determines methods for documentation, including electronic health records, for students;
  • Reviews and updates all District health forms;
  • Manages the HCOE Health Services website and its content.

Qualifications (aka Employment Standards)

Knowledge of:

  • Fundamental principles and acceptable practices of nursing in alignment with California School Nurse Association Standards of Practice;
  • School nursing methods and procedures; the application of school nursing practices in an educational program;
  • Current federal, state and local policies, rules, laws, regulations and legislation pertaining to school nursing practice;
  • District policies and procedures, organizational structure and functions and personnel policies and procedures;
  • Staff development and professional development resources and the ability to implement them;
  • Effective administrative and managerial practices;
  • Budget preparation and spending control.

Ability to:

  • Provide effective leadership in a school nursing program by facilitating group processes, including consensus building and conflict resolution;
  • Communicate with students, parents, community representatives, district personnel and other community partners, both individually and as a group;
  • Compose and comprehend written communications;
  • Flex communication style to multiple cultural environments;
  • Make formal, public presentations;
  • Utilize computer technologies including but not limited to: electronic medical recording systems, email, word processing, spreadsheets, power point and educational applications;
  • Determine work assignments of health services staff and supervise all medical clerks and nurses;
  • Be able to work directly with all racial, ethnic, linguistic, disability and socioeconomic groups while maintaining a kind and professional demeanor free of discrimination;
  • Demonstrate appropriate poise, tact and sound judgment while coping with a high volume of work and multiple tasks;
  • Be flexible and adaptable to changing environments and schedules.

Education and Experience

Minimum Required

  • Valid California Registered Nurse License as issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing;
  • Bachelors Degree in Nursing from an Accredited college/university;
  • Master’s degree or advanced practice degree in the field of Nursing from an accredited university;
  • Valid California School Nurse Services Credential; must be a National Certified School Nurse;
  • Valid First Aid and CPR Certification issued by American Red Cross or an American Heart Association approved program;
  • At least five school years of successful full-time experience as a school nurse in a public school setting.

Preferred Experience

  • Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds;
  • Two school years of successful full-time experience in administrative, supervisory or management level nursing position;
  • Public Health Certificate;
  • Ability to speak a second language (Spanish, Sign Language, Hmong highly desirable).

Working Conditions (Work Environment)

This position will be assigned to an office setting, either in the County Office of Education or at District school sites.  The employee will be expected to work closely with other County offices, District personnel, students, families, other medical professionals, outside agencies and private partners, in person, via email and on the telephone. The employee will be assigned to occasional school site settings where multiple children, school staff and families are present.  Employees may be required to walk, stand or conduct work in outdoor educational environments where there may be loud students or staff, varied temperatures, public interaction or upset staff or students.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, speak and hear. The employee will need to frequently perform repetitive hand/finger movements for activities such as, but not limited to, using a keyboard, administering medication, teaching CPR/First Aid and performing related healthcare duties. The employee is occasionally required to climb stairs, bend, reach with hands/arms, lift, stoop, kneel and crouch.  The employee will regularly be required to drive long distances to remote areas of the county and may be required to lift and move equipment up to 25 lbs.

Other Requirements

  • Must be fingerprinted and a satisfactory Department of Justice records check must be received by HCOE prior to employment.
  • TB testing and/or risk assessment will be required upon employment.
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical (if applicable).
  • May be required to drive with or without students; some positions may require a California driver’s license, proof of insurance and possible participation in the DMV PUll Notice Program once employed

Certificated Management – Specialist – Class 1

Personnel Director

Jenny Bowen
Director of Personnel Services
707-445-7039

Administration Office

Natalie Carrigan
Administrative Assistant - Superintendent
707-445-7022

Press Inquiries

Ken Conlin
Communications Center Manager/Public Information Officer
707-445-7767

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