Bring your professional career to Washington, D.C., the most dynamic and diverse city in the country. With its proximity to major museums, world class parks, entertainment, and restaurants, increasing job opportunities and the seat of the federal government, the District of Columbia continues to be ranked in the top 10 of thriving city indicators where you can live, work and play. Contribute to and work for a nationally accredited Health Department. DC Health (DOH) earned national accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) and is an early adopter in attaining the designation. Come see where your skills are appreciated and rewarded by applying for the following public health opportunity.
DC Health promotes health, wellness, and equity, across the District, and protects the safety of residents, visitors and those doing business in our nation’s capital. In addition, DC Health’s Strategic Plan includes five Strategic Priorities: 1) Promote a Culture of Health and Wellness; 2) Address Social Determinants of Health; 3) Strengthen Public-Private Partnerships; 4) Close the Chasm between Clinical Medicine and Public Health; and 5) Implement Data-Driven and Outcome-Oriented Approaches to program and Policy Development.
This position as Senior Deputy Director (SDD) is located in the Community Health Administration (CHA). CHA promotes healthy behaviors and healthy environments to improve health outcomes and reduce disparities in the leading causes of disease and death in the District. CHA focuses on nutrition and physical fitness promotion; cancer and chronic disease prevention and control; access to quality health care services, especially medical and dental homes; and the health of families across the lifespan. In addition, CHA is responsible for critical public health programs available for all District residents, with an emphasis on women, infants, and children (including those with special health care needs) and other vulnerable and disproportionate groups that are burdened with a chronic disease and disability. As a member of the senior management team, the SDD is expected to utilize a unique combination of skills, abilities, and experience to contribute to the achievement of the agency’s mission, vision, values, and strategic plan. The SDD is also directly involved in external activities to ensure that program coordination and collaboration is accomplished.
Under the broad policy guidance and direction of the Director, DC Health, the SDD is delegated broad latitude and authority in accomplishing the overall objectives and specified goals related to public health services within relevant laws, regulations, and major policy constraints. Confers with the Director on high-level policy matters that have a potentially adverse or far-reaching impact on the District and DC Health. Results of the work are considered as technically authoritative and are normally accepted without significant change. Review is in terms of successful accomplishment of performance objectives, program goals and objectives, and for adherence to policy and procedural guides. Guidelines consist of pertinent laws and regulations of the District, Mayors Orders, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Public Health Services and Center for Disease Control, and established DC Health goals and objectives within Congressional and budgetary limitations. The SDD is relied upon to exercise resourcefulness, judgment, and ingenuity, as well as extended professional experience, to either adapt standard procedures or develop new ones. The ideal candidate is recognized as a technical authority in the development and interpretation of guidelines.
The individual selected for this position serves as the principal advocate to the DC Health Director and provides executive level direction on developing a comprehensive health prevention strategy and promotion of an array of services for District residents. They will lead strategic approaches and policy development to accomplish CHA’s collective and individual program goals and provide general oversight to mid-level management for each of the CHA’s four bureaus. This individual is tasked with planning, implementing and/or monitoring programs that improve access for all families to medical homes and provides quality preventive, primary care, and specialty services. They will service as a consultant to other administrations on preventive health requirements and builds partnerships and establishes and maintains contacts with high level officials of the Federal government, medical societies, and private and civic groups and organizations to explain programs, suggest solutions to problems, and to secure their support and cooperation. The individual represents DC Health during the absence of the DC Health Director at professional and civic meetings as assigned and provides consultative services to community health agencies, both public and private. The incumbent directs the assessment, planning, policy development, and provision directly or through strategic partnerships, regulation, or contractual agreements for programs to improve and protect the health of District residents and provides policy leadership and program direction, and effectively collaborates with all other DC Health administrations.
Duration of Appointment: MSS At-Will. This is a Management Supervisory Service (MSS) appointment. Persons appointed to MSS positions do not acquire permanent status but serve at the pleasure of the appointing personnel authority and may be terminated at any time.
Residency Requirement: If the position you are applying for is in the Career, Management Supervisory, or Educational Service at an annual salary of one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) or more, you must establish residency in the District of Columbia within one hundred eighty (180) days of the effective date of the appointment and continue to maintain residency within the District of Columbia throughout the duration of the appointment.
Internal Number: 13830
About DC Department of Health
The District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH) promotes health, wellness and equity, across the District, and protects the safety of residents, visitors and those doing business in our nation’s capital.
The Department of Health provides programs and services with the ultimate goal of reducing the burden of disease and improving opportunities for health and well-being for all District residents and visitors. DOH does this through a number of mechanisms that center around prevention, promotion of health, expanding access to health care, and increasing health equity. The department provides public health management and leadership through policy, planning, and evaluation; fiscal oversight; human resource management; grants and contracts management; information technology; government relations; risk management; communication and community relations; legal oversight; and facilities management. The DOH performance plan is based on three priority areas: (1) health and wellness promotion, (2) promoting health equity, and (3) public health systems enhancement.