Privacy Officer-22411604

US Government, Health & Human Serv Agcy

Per County rules, this position is eligible for appointment at step 1, $97,052.80 annually.
County employees are subject to the County Promotion Rule for step placement in accordance with Comp Ord 1.3.5.


The Health and Human Services Agency is seeking qualified candidates for the position of


As a Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) Privacy Officer within the Behavioral Health Services (BHS) department, you will be responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining BHS' Information Security, Privacy and/or Compliance programs. This position will ensure that BHS practices, policies, and procedures related to privacy and compliance issues are compliant with federal, state, and local regulations and requirements.

Required Education and Experience:

  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency; AND,
  2. Three (3) years of healthcare experience in a large public or private sector organization, performing policy development, planning, directing and coordinating a variety of privacy, information security, and/or compliance initiatives, or conducting healthcare investigations, quality improvement or quality assurance activities.
Notes: A master's degree in the described fields above from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency may substitute for one (1) year of experience.

Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC),  Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and/or Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) certification is highly desirable, but not required. 

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A minimum of three (3) years of progressively responsible experience implementing Information Security Compliance, and/or Privacy program elements in a large multi-discipline health and human services organization.
  • Experience in Information Security, Compliance, and/or Privacy program policy development, investigations, risk assessments, and corrective activities in behavioral healthcare or a related healthcare field.
  • Recent experience (within the last 3 years) with Medi-Cal, Medicare, and other Federal and California healthcare and social services programs.
  • Experience providing Information Security Compliance, and/or Privacy activities in organizations with annual budgets exceeding $1B. 
  • Experience working and compiling data from multiple sources and developing data analytics reports to support operational priorities.
Please click HERE for a complete job description for this position.


Interviews will take place shortly after eligible candidates are referred to the department.. The department will be reaching out to candidates to invite them to participate in an interview.  Job offers for selected candidates will be made shortly after the interviews. Candidates should be prepared to immediately complete background paperwork, upon receipt of a job offer.  
The timeline for this recruitment is outlined below. Please note that dates are approximate and are dependent upon the successful completion of each step of the process.

  • Job Offer and Background Process begins: Shortly after the interviews.

  • Pre-employment Medical Screening: Approximately 3 days following successful background investigation results.

  • Anticipated Start Date: Start date will be based upon successful completion of background or other mutually agreed upon date

As part of the County of San Diego’s pre-employment process, prospective candidates will undergo a background check (including fingerprinting) and a pre-employment medical screening prior to beginning County employment. Additional types of background investigations may be conducted based on the job-related activities of the position.
Employees who work at County locations subject to the California Department of Public Health State Public Health Officer order are required to be fully vaccinated. In addition, booster-eligible employees must receive their booster by March 1, 2022, or within 15 days of becoming eligible for a booster if they are not eligible as of March 1, 2022. If there are CDPH date changes for Booster compliance, employees must come into compliance in accordance with that date.

Qualified applicants will be placed on a six (6) month employment list based on scores received during the evaluation of their employment and supplemental applications.  Please ensure that all information is complete and accurate as the responses you provide on the supplemental application will be reviewed using an automated system.  If you are successful in the initial screening process, your application will be reviewed individually to confirm that the information you provided is accurate.

Notes:  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable a qualified individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis.

The County of San Diego and its employees embrace the vision of: a just, sustainable, and resilient future for all. Our values include: integrity, equity, access, belonging, excellence, and sustainability. Each of which are infused throughout our operations. While also embracing a mission of strengthening our communities with innovative, inclusive, and data driven services through a skilled and supported workforce. Click here for more information on our Strategic Plan ( as well as our commitment to serve everyone, to build a Framework for the Future that will create a County that works for all. 

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