Chief, Division of Food, Drug and Cannabis Safety

California Department of Public Health logoCompany:  California Dept of Public Health 

Location:  Sacramento, CA

Date Posted:  February 2, 2018

Application Deadline:  February 23, 2018

Employment Type: Full time

Salary: $9,625 - $13,652 per month

Chief, Division of Food, Drug and Cannabis Safety 

About the Position

The Chief of the Division of Food, Drug and Cannabis Safety is responsible for the development, implementation, coordination, evaluation, and management of programs that comprise the Food and Drug Branch, the Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch and the Food and Drug Laboratory Branch. Some responsibilities of these programs to protect the public, workers, and the environment include:

  • addressing the safety of foods, drugs and medical devices manufactured or processed in California, including accurate labeling and fraud prevention,
  • participating in foodborne illness investigations and taking needed regulatory actions during outbreaks,
  • overseeing cannabis manufacturing, including the regulations, inspection, enforcement and assistance for the industry,
  • conducting enforcement activities to reduce underage tobacco sales, and 
  • providing laboratory support for food, drug and cannabis safety programs within CDPH and other state agencies.

The Division Chief is the Department’s primary spokesperson in a variety of local, state, and national forums dealing with issues that affect food, drug, medical device and cannabis safety. The Division Chief is also a State liaison for California’s 62 local Environmental Health Directors.

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In addition to evaluating each candidate’s relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

  1. Experience formulating policy and strategies to develop, implement, and improve programs related to environmental health in California in an effort to promote good health and address conditions hazardous to health and/or emerging public health challenges.
  2. Experience in planning, organizing, and managing staff in a variety of environmental health program activities.  This experience might be with program types such as are found within the Division, or with similar/related environmental health programs.
  3. Experience evaluating the effectiveness and adequacy of a program, implementing adjustments to program goals, policies, objectives, and/or operations to achieve improvement of overall program performance.
  4. Solid communication skills, including experience with presenting complex issues before a wide range of audiences, such as boards, government officials (e.g., agencies), legislative bodies, stakeholder groups, and/or conferences.
  5. Ability to think strategically and develop creative solutions to problems, functioning effectively as a member of a top management team.
  6. Experience effectively collaborating with internal and/or external stakeholders, including building positive working relationships, in order to achieve positive outcomes.

How to Apply 

Step 1: Create Your CalCareer Account

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Step 2: Submit a Complete Application Packet In your CalCareer Account, submit the following items:

  1. Electronic State Employment Application. All experience and education should be included to demonstrate how you meet the qualifications for the position.
  2. Statement of Qualifications. In narrative discussion address how you possess each of the Desirable Qualifications using specific examples of your education, training, experience, and skills.  The Statement of Qualifications must be typed, single spaced and with 12 point font. Responses should be numbered and no more than one page per Desirable Qualification.
  3. Resume is required and must be included.

If you have questions about applying for this position, please contact Spring Ingram at (916) 552-9212 or email