County of Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara 93110
Full Time

Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License may be required for some positions in this class.

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Medical Assistant

County of Santa Barbara
Full Time 24 per week 300 N San Antonio Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93110, United States


Notice of Change: We are accepting applications until positions are filled.

     $24.71 - $29.43 Hourly 

$51,572.74 - $61,419.77 Annually 

Bilingual allowance, when applicable

The Public Health Department is currently accepting applications to fill two (2) bilingual (English/Spanish) full-time Medical Assistant vacancies; one vacancy at the Franklin Primary Care Center and one vacancy at the Santa Barbara Primary Care Center.  There is also one extra-help (temporary) bilingual (English/Spanish) vacancy in Santa Barbara. We also have one 1414* bilingual (English/Spanish) vacancy in Carpinteria

We are also accepting applications to establish an employment list for future Full-Time, Part-time, Extra Help and 1414* vacancies for Medical Assistant in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Lompoc and Carpinteria

*1414 vacancies may occur as a result of a leave of absence (Civil Service Rule 1414) and the duration of the appointment shall be subject to the return of the individual who is on leave. A person who is appointed to a position under Civil Service Rule 1414 may be able to transition into a regular position in the classification without re-application or re-testing, depending on the performance of the appointee and the needs of the department. 

Please select the location(s) you would like to be considered for current and future vacancies. If you qualify for this position, pass the required selection steps and are in the area of selection, then your name may be sent to the hiring manager(s) of the vacancy location(s) where you have expressed that you are willing to work.

THE POSITION: Under medical supervision, assists professionals in the delivery of health care services; and performs related duties as required. The current vacancies are in the Health Care Center Environment. 

The current vacancies require candidates to speak fluently in English and Spanish. 

The IDEAL CANDIDATE will possess: 

  • Experience working with underserved & economically disadvantaged populations.  
  • Excellent customer service and organizational skills. 
  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor.  
  • Ability to take initiative and remain professional at all times 
  • Proven track record of working well as part of a team.  
  • Experience working with electronic medical records.
BENEFITS: The County of Santa Barbara offers generous benefits. Click on the Benefits Tab above or to view more information.  

In addition, applicants from other public sector employers may qualify for: 

  • Retirement reciprocity 
  • Time and service credit towards for an advanced vacation accrual rate  

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Examples of Duties

In a Health Care Center Environment 

  1. Identifies patient's chief complaint and records observations in patient's permanent medical record. 
  2. Performs height, weight, vital signs, and vision tests and records them in the medical record. 
  3. Helps patients complete medical history forms and prepares patients for examinations and treatment by provider. 
  4. Conducts and/or assists with tests and procedures as directed, such as EKGs, non-stress tests, spirometer, audiometer, venipunctures, skin punctures, strep screen, glucometer, chemical analyzer, and urine tests. 
  5. Assists health service providers with treatments and examinations of patients such as wound care, pelvic exams, minor surgery, and IUD insertions. 
  6. Assists in the identification of psychosocial needs and consults with the health service provider or makes referrals to appropriate agencies. 
  7. Performs case management which may include monitoring care alerts, scheduling appointments for specialty tests, hospital admissions, and surgeries; follows up on broken appointments to explain the need and value of returning for follow-up care; and arranges transportation. 
  8. Provides discharge/exit instructions to patients; prepares referral forms, such as treatment authorization, insurance, disability, and employment physical forms, as directed; transcribes doctors' orders; and prepares appropriate requisitions and forms. 
  9. Provides health education for patients or groups on such topics as nutrition counseling, diabetes counseling, well children counseling and other health-related topics for pregnant women and infants. 
  10. Cleans and sterilizes equipment and stocks clinics or vehicles used for home visits or outlying clinics. 
  11. Takes direction from the assigned healthcare provider (physician or health care practitioner) as to tasks to perform in the engagement of patient care.  

In a Field-Based Environment 

  1. Identifies patient's chief complaint and records observations in designated records and data systems. 
  2. Performs and records data on height, weight, vital signs, and visual screening tests. 
  3. As directed, conducts and/or assists with clinical services such as tuberculin skin tests (TSTs), venipuncture, and audiometry and visual screening tests. 
  4. Conducts field visits with Public Health Nurses and/or makes independent home visits under the general direction and supervision of a Public Health Nurse. 
  5. In coordination with Public Health Nurses, assists with communicable disease investigations for Sexually Transmitted Infections, Tuberculosis, and other communicable diseases. 
  6. Collects, labels and delivers specimens as directed by Public Health Nurse. 
  7. As part of the public health team, assumes a key role in communicable disease case management activities. 
  8. Provides health education for patients or groups on such topics as communicable diseases and health care for school-age children, infants, and pregnant women. 
  9. Links patients to community resources and medical providers based on patient needs 
Employment Standards

Possession of a Medical Assistant Certificate issued by an accredited institution. 

Additional Qualifications: 

  • Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License may be required for some positions in this class. 
  • The ability to converse fluently in English and Spanish is required. Note: You must self-certify on your application that you are fluent in English and Spanish. Hiring departments may test you on your fluency. If you do not demonstrate sufficient fluency, your name may be withheld from future certifications or removed from the employment list, in accordance to Civil Service Rule 7.  

Knowledge of: basic medical terminology, basic arithmetic, safe venipuncture techniques, and safe work practices in a health care center or community-based setting. 

Ability to: work independently; conduct basic medical tests, such as vision and audiometry; understand the needs and problems facing culturally, economically, or socially disadvantaged persons; establish and maintain good relations with people from a wide range of social and ethnic groups; maintain confidentiality of patient information; understand and follow oral and written instructions; observe, report, and accurately record relevant information in patient records; follow established protocols for conducting medical tests and procedures; communicate medical and health information to patients; show sensitivity and empathy toward patients; write legibly; elicit sensitive medical information from patients; and use computerized medical office systems. 

Desirable Qualifications: Possession of a phlebotomy certificate is highly desired and hiring preference will be given to candidates possessing this certificate in the Field-Based Environment or in a Health Care Center Environment depending on the specific needs of each Health Care Center.  A California Department of Public Health phlebotomy certificate is highly desirable for field- based positions. 

NOTE: Possession of a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) certificate issued by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) may be highly desirable for certain positions and hiring preference may be given to candidates possessing this certificate.