Public Health Administrator
Assesses public health needs by planning, organizing, directing, and reviewing the County health services in response to local needs. Develops and implements Board of Health policies for the operation of the department and the protection of the public. Advocates and partners with others in the community while providing highly technical and responsible assistance to the staff.
The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
- Receives policy direction from the Larimer County Board of Health and general guidance from the County Board of Commissioners and the Assistant County Manager.
- Exercises direct supervision over all employees of the Department of Health and Environment.
- Act as the Chief Executive and Department Director or Chief Medical Health Officer of the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment, and as the Executive Secretary of the Board of Health.
- Develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for public health services.
- Provide direct and indirect supervision through subordinate supervisors of all positions, employees, and functions within the Health Department; provide broad direction, oversee policy and procedure standards, and evaluate performance of supervisors, direct reports, and operations; conduct second-level review of performance evaluation; resolve pervasive and complex personnel problems.
- Plan, direct, supervise, and coordinate a wide variety of health programs and services including environmental and community health services, disease surveillance and control, emergency preparedness and response, vital statistics, public information, and health education and promotion.
- Manage administrative procedures consistent with state and local laws, rules, and regulations for operation of the department.
- On behalf of the Board of Health, accept, use, disburse, and administer all federal and state funds or other property, services, or moneys allotted to the department; establish fees for personal health services rendered by the local public health department.
- Provide the Board of Health, Board of County Commissioners, and others reports on activities, progress, and problems of the Health Department and recommend such changes in the laws as are deemed necessary.
- Administer and enforce the public health laws of the State of Colorado; the orders, rules, regulations, and standards of the State Board of Health, and special commissions (water quality, air quality, hazardous waste); and the orders, rules, and regulations of the County Board of Health.
- Analyze Larimer County's public health needs using demographic, statistical, and other data including overseeing special studies or surveys as needed; compile data and records, prepare reports and statistical information for assessment of the public health needs and planning of services.
- Develop and implement health programs; manage the investigations and inspections into matters affecting public health; and control of epidemics as well as infectious, communicable, and other diseases and conditions affecting public health.
- Direct and review all public information efforts for the department including the preparation of media materials, press releases, and presentations to health organizations or the general public; respond to the most difficult public relations situations and requests for information with private citizens.
- Serve as a member of Larimer County's department head team and Health and Human Services directors; review and resolve internal issues; develop and implement strategic direction for the organization; attend County meetings to represent the Department before the Board of Commissioners.
- Establish and maintain a cooperative relationship with the State Department of Health and its various disciplines (laboratory, epidemiology, maternal and child health, etc.); supervise clinical services; act as isolation and quarantine officer, sexually transmitted disease control officer, and consultant for other County departments.
- Prepare for and act in emergency or disaster situations to address public health issues; participate in day and evening meetings with medical and other health professional groups and individuals; prepare and present reports, statements, and speeches.
- Appoint a member of the staff as acting director during short periods of absence or disability; during longer periods of absence or disability, recommend to the Board of Health an acting director.
- Oversee the development and/or review of clinic protocols for all clinical services.
- Review current medical literature, public health alerts, reviews, recommendations, and advisories to determine if changes in current practices need to be made; direct public information regarding important health issues.
- Attend seminars, conferences, workshops, classes, on-line training, etc., as appropriate to enhance and maintain knowledge of trends and developments in field; review professional journals, attend association and professional meetings; and otherwise maintain contacts with professionals to facilitate exchange of information in order to remain current as a technical and medical consultant to staff and public.
- Compile data and records; prepare reports and statistical information for appraisal and planning of needed services.
- Consult with community health care providers on outbreak situations and with individual patients who have communicable disease issues; issue medical alerts to health professionals and the public as needed.
- Oversee the development and management of the budget. Review and approve expenditures.
- Coordinate public health activities with other County departments and divisions, and with other state and local agencies
- Serve as local registrar of vital statistics.
- Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.
- Principles and practices of public health, including epidemiology, health statistics, environmental health, maternal and child health, reproductive health, nutrition, health education and promotion, public health ethics, and health administration.
- Principles and practices of medicine and medical care, particularly public health medical care and provisions/techniques for continuity of patient care.
- Causes, means of transmission, and methods of control of communicable diseases including tuberculosis and sexually transmitted disease.
- Environmental, sociological, and psychological problems encountered in conducting a public health program.
- Uses and effects of medicine.
- Principles and practices of organization, administration, budget, and personnel management.
- Leadership methods and management skills.
- Budget management and resource allocation according to governmental standards and procedures.
- Read and comprehend department and County rules, regulations, policies, and standard operating procedures.
- Plan, direct, coordinate, and control through subordinates the work of public health personnel.
- Diagnose situations accurately and take effective action.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
- Properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, rules, and regulations.
- Supervise and mentor professional and support staff in a productive and positive manner.
- Act as an official representative of the County in a professional manner with local, state, and national agencies and organizations.
- Perform effective public speaking to groups of varied interests and backgrounds.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
- Eight years of experience in a directly related field or in the performance of similar duties and responsibilities, including three to five years' experience supervising public health programs.
- Equivalent to a master's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in public health or a related field. Requires graduation from an approved school of medicine and completion of residency in a board-recognized specialty such as primary care, preventive medicine, or public health.
- Medical license to practice in Colorado.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver's License.