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Health Department Director, Portland, OR

Multnomah County Health Department


Portland, OR

September 7, 2018

Multnomah County is looking for a strong, visionary, leader who will champion our goal of "healthy people in healthy communities." The Health Department director will oversee six divisions aimed at providing critical services to diverse populations throughout the community.

The ideal candidate will thrive in a highly collaborative, engaged environment, and will function both independently and as a member of the county executive leadership team. They have advanced understanding and are committed to continuously learning about and addressing systems of racial bias and institutional inequity that impacts the Health Department workforce and the communities they serve. The candidate is also able to consistently engage and inspire others to bring their best selves to the work, and to create the foundation for a workplace where every employee feels welcomed, valued, and supported.

The Health Department director reports to the County Chief Operations Officer (COO) who in turn reports to the Chair of the County Board of Commissioners. The Health Department Director is responsible for maintaining ongoing interaction and coordination with the Board of Commissioners on politically sensitive or controversial issues and policies. The department and director is responsible for ensuring a healthy community through legally mandated services, essential public and mental health functions, enforcement of state and federal health code, and administration of other policies, statutes, regulations and programs.

Typical duties and responsibilities of the Health Department Director also include:

Plan, organize, manage and administer all Health Department services, programs and functions.

Develop, administer, and monitor $335 million budget and oversee staffing and resource needs in partnership with FQHC leader.

Represent the county to the public, elected officials, other agencies, governments, and organizations for significant matters related to the department.

Provide direction, guidance, and leadership to staff to advance the department's mission within the organization and throughout the community.

Lead the development and implementation of strategies, business plans, programs, ordinances, policies, procedures, decisions and other actions that further the delivery of quality health services.

Develop 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.

Partners with FQHC Integrated Clinical Services Director in assuring delivery of health center services per HRSA (federal) mandates.Currently directly supervise the department's leadership team, including:

Public Health Officer
Public Health Director
Mental Health & Addiction Services Director
Corrections Health Director
Business Operations Director
Health Human Resources Director
Equity & Inclusion Manager

Diversity and Inclusion: At Multnomah County, we don't just accept difference; we value it and support it to create a culture of dignity and respect for our employees. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Minimum qualifications/transferable skills:

Equivalent to a bachelor's from an accredited college or university with major coursework in public health, nursing, healthcare or hospital administration, public administration, business administration or a related field.

Three to five years of increasingly responsible management experience in public administration or health care management.

Five years of progressive leadership experience in developing policies and practices to support and create a racially just and equitable workplace, OR a combination of education, training, or life experience which provides an equivalent background required to actively perform the work of this position.

Preferred Special Qualifications/Transferable Skills:

A master's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in public health, nursing, healthcare or hospital administration, public administration, business administration or a related field. (Equivalency of 7-10 years qualifying training and/or experience.)

Excellent verbal/presentation and written communication skills.

Knowledge of emerging issues and strategies related to public health programs and services.

Ability to build trusted relationships, interact and influence across all levels within the County.

Ability to effectively engage in and sustain relationships with people from diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds.

Uses language and behavior that consistently respects and honors the dignity of diverse backgrounds and communities.

Highly skilled in working in a complex, political environment.

Skilled in identifying solutions towards dismantling institutional/systemic racial and gender oppression.

Principles and practices of effective leadership, staff selection, training, supervision, administrative performance management, and positive motivational techniques.

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.

Apply online - at www.multcojobs.org

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