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Director of Public Health
at Maricopa County
- Position Overview
The Public Health Director directs and manages a staff of about 600 individuals with an annual budget of 60 million dollars (12 million in County general funds and the remaining in federal grant and fee funds). The position is managed by the Assistant County Manager, who reports directly to the County Manager.
The Director represents the agency when meeting with state and local officials, community/ service organizations, schools, hospitals and health professionals on issues related to both emergent and chronic diseases. The position is designated by Arizona Revised Statute as the Health Officer for Maricopa County and is responsible for monitoring, detecting outbreaks of and controlling the spread of communicable disease, as well as responding to public health emergencies. The Arizona Department of Health Services has also appointed the Director as the local Registrar who is responsible for recording all birth and death events that occur in the county. The Director must oversee planning, organizing, coordinating and evaluating all activities within the Public Health Department.
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- Position Qualifications
Our Ideal Candidate
Ph.D., MD, or DO degree and at least five (5) years of public health or related experience in a similarly situated public health agency as Director or senior executive.
A Master's degree in Public Health, Public Health Policy or related field and at least seven (7) years of experience in a similarly situated public health agency as Director or senior executive.
Proven track record in establishing and cultivating partnerships and collaborations with government, private and not-for profit organizations to maximize the impact of public health.
Understanding of the value of health equity and the impact that social determinants of health have on the health and wellness of a community.
Experience with applying evidence based interventions and recognizing the importance of accurate data and science in developing public health strategies.
Experience working in a complex environment with competing priorities and interests.
Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- Emerging issues and strategies related to public health programs and services.
- Principles and practices used in operational management, government/public sector management, budget and finance, contract/grant management, applicable federal, state and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes.
- Basic epidemiology principles.
- Public health policy.
- Public health Accreditation.
- Verbal/presentation and written communication
- Working in a complex, political environment.
- Working with partners to maximize the impact of public health and ensure that health is considered in all policy development.
- Principles and practices of effective leadership, staff selection, training, supervision, administrative performance management, and positive motivational techniques.
- Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, program development, implementation and evaluation, and the management of employees through multiple levels of supervision.
- Identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Build trusted relationships, interact and influence across all levels within the County.
- Effectively engage in and sustain relationships with people from diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds.
- Become engaged and involved with health care legislation that impacts the department and drive recommended legislative changes to improve department functionality and the effective integration of the health care system.
- Communicate health data and scientific findings to individuals with a variety of training and backgrounds.
- Engage and interact with medical professionals, administrative staff, emergency management, attorneys, and others engaging in a constructive two-way conversation.
- Interact with other County departments, elected officials and external agencies to assure optimal department functioning within the current legal, regulatory and policy framework.
- Work independently, exercise judgment, resolve complicated and sensitive issues, and make sound decisions and recommendations.
Preferred education and/or experience:
Experience in a Public Health environment.
- Essential Job Tasks
- Provides vision, leadership and direction. Develops the strategy and vision for goals, objectives, policies, and priorities.
- Represents the county to the public, elected officials, other agencies, governments, and organizations for significant matters related to the department.
- Develops strategies for fostering community support and awareness for health projects and work closely and effectively with community leaders, diverse communities, and neighborhood and special interest groups.
- Prepares for and acts in emergency or disaster situations to address public health issues; advises Board of Supervisors in declaring a local public health emergency.
- Responds to emergencies utilizing Incident Command System and National Incident Command System.
- Manages and oversees administrative policies and procedures consistent with state and local laws, rules, and regulations for operation of the department.
- Responsible for accepting, disbursing, implementing, and administering all federal, state and local funds; approves fees for applicable services rendered by the department.
- Identifies funding that supports core infrastructure as well as community-level work.
- Translates the health implications of identified trends and shares this information with the appropriate partners and agencies.
- Reviews current public health literature, public health alerts, scientific reviews, recommendations, and advisories to determine if changes in current practices need to be made.
- Manages the investigation of communicable and non-communicable diseases.
- Establishes and maintains a cooperative relationship with the State Department of Health and its various disciplines (laboratory, epidemiology, maternal and child health, etc.).
- Collaborates with private sector, public sector, non-profit organizations and other county departments.
- Selection Procedure
The Maricopa County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates considered to be the most highly qualified. Those selected will be assessed based on evaluation of listed education and experience. All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer pre-employment thorough background investigation. A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County. These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices. Typically| successful candidates are hired at a salary rate up to midpoint of the range| based on applicable experience| internal equity and budgetary allowances.