Starting Salary Range up to $147,000 DOQ/E, Plus Excellent Benefits
The Kansas City Health Department (KCHD), a nationally recognized and accredited local health agency, is seeking qualified candidates to fill two (2) key deputy director positions. KCHD works to promote, preserve and protect the health of Kansas City residents, visitors, and workers by providing core public health needs services from food safety to immunizations and violence prevention to economic mobility.
Kansas City is a growing, world class community of nearly 500,000 residents that serves as the central hub for a thriving bi-state, 18-county metropolitan area of 2.5 million residents. Spread throughout 318 square miles, Kansas City derives a number of benefits from its large geographic size but is also challenged in providing services to a variety of areas within its boundaries that range from higher density urban development to areas that are more rural and agricultural. A diverse and culturally rich community located at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers, Kansas City is known for its long traditions as the home of spectacular BBQ, jazz, beautiful boulevards, fountains and parks. The City is governed by a 13-member City Council and Mayor that appoint a City Manager to oversee a municipal organization with over 4,700 employees, 16 departments, and a total operating and capital budget exceeding $1 billion.
The Director of the Kansas City Health Department is appointed by and reports to the City Manager. KCHD is the only local health department to have been recognized more than once by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) as a local health department of the year, and recently was ranked in the Top 5 nationally by 740 local health departments as an organization they look to or follow with respect to new public health programs, evidence-based practices and policies intended to improve community health. It is also one of the first two metro health departments to be nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) and, also achieve Reaccreditation. Both deputy director positions will serve as key members of the Department’s executive leadership team providing oversight and direction for important health programs and services delivered by approximately 220 employees and supported by a budget of $31 million.
KCHD is seeking candidates with an ability to collaborate and work as part of a high-performing team. To be selected, candidates must have a record of problem solving, be capable of understanding complex data, and accurately correlate and project data in a variety of situations. Candidates must possess strong knowledge about, and a background in public health. The ideal candidates must possess excellent writing and communication skills, with an ability to make effective presentations to elected officials, employees, and the public.
The first position will serve as a principal operating officer assisting with overseeing all related planning, design, direction and provide overall management, as well as serve as the acting director during the Director’s absence. The position will provide support to the Kansas City Health Commission and affiliated standing committees, including policy review and analysis, and provide implementation support for the entire Department and on inter-departmental projects. The selected candidate will also represent the Health Department on community boards, committees, and work groups as assigned – with the expressed purpose to advance public health in both Kansas City and the metropolitan statistical area. The position is also responsible for overseeing the administrative responsibilities within the Director’s Office, serves as a liaison with both General Services and Information Technology, and leads the Department’s Emergency Operations Center during an event response.
A second position will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the agency including the budget, personnel, communications, some program divisions, and the accreditation process. The position pursues the full utilization of staff and ensures that fiscal resources are available. Other responsibilities include utilizing the latest technologies and advancing the expectation of continuous improvement in customer service. The position is responsible for planning, directing and administering a variety of health programs as part of the City’s five-year business plan. All policies are established in collaboration with the Director, including the interpretation and implementation of policies, overall administration of the Department, and directing and assessing specific public health programs, as well as reviewing and developing a variety of public health policy options in consultation with the City’s Law Department.
Both positions require a minimum of a masters’ degree in public health and seven (7) years of progressively responsible administrative experience in public health or a doctoral degree and three (3) years’ experience. In addition, candidates must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and have a record of working effectively with elected officials, other agencies, public and private community-based organizations, the media, and the public.
Interested applicants should complete a confidential online application and submit a cover letter and resume at https://bakertilly.recruitmenthome.com/postings/2982. This position is open until filled; however, those interested are strongly encouraged to apply by Monday, July 19. The City will consider offering interviews to those candidates named as Finalists, with reference, background, and academic verification checks conducted after receiving candidates’ permission. For more information, please contact Art Davis at Art.Davis@BakerTilly.com, or at 816.868.7042. For more information about Kansas City, please visit www.kcmo.gov.
Please Note: The selected candidate(s) must establish residency within the city limits of Kansas City, MO within nine (9) months of appointment. As a condition of employment with the City of KCMO Health Department, all new employees are required to submit or provide documentation of receiving the influenza (Flu) Vaccination. The evaluation of applications will be based only on the information submitted. Therefore, to have your application properly considered, you should include all relevant dates, i.e., attendance at an educational institution, date the degree(s) were conferred, etc.
Please include a detailed description of relevant work experience and dates, including months and years of employment.
The City of Kansas City, Missouri is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and is committed to a diverse workforce.
Additional Salary Information: The starting salaries for these positions will be commensurate with the selected candidates’ qualifications, experience, and professional achievement with a starting range of up to $147,000, plus excellent benefits.
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