Executive Director - Public Health and Environment
Weld County Public Health and Environment
Location: Greeley, Colorado
Type: Full Time
Salary: $200,342 - $253,785 annually
Internal Number: 017
The Executive Director of Public Health Department is responsible for planning, evaluation, coordination, budget, and performance of a variety of highly complex financial, and technical functions including contract and grant management for a variety of Public Health Services, including communicable disease investigation, clinical services, emergency preparedness and case management programs. This person must exhibit strong leadership and management skills and have proven ability in supervision, administration, community outreach/building partnerships and evaluation of public health policy.
Mission: We serve Weld County by cultivating partnerships to promote public health and environmental quality through the delivery of relevant, innovative and cost-effective services.
Vision: Everyone in Weld County has the opportunity to live their healthiest lives.
Values: Determination * Excellence * Integrity
The following are ideal candidate traits: 1) Have extensive experience developing, managing, and implementing budgets. 2) Strong leadership skills with experience in managing and developing staff. 3) Worked in or understand clinical and environmental operations. 4) Experience in public health. 5) Experience in programmatic evaluation.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Works under the oversight and supervision of the Weld County Board of County Commissioners.
SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Directly supervises all WCDPHE Division Directors and other staff as assigned.
Budget Development, Implementation, and Evaluation • Develops and manages the Department of Public Health and Environment Services budget. • Conducts program evaluation and implements appropriate measures to improve efficiency and utilization of delivered programs and services. • Prepares cost analyses and researches ways to reduce costs; direct disbursement of funds and revenues. May write grants and administer grant programs. • Responsible for contract management and implementation ensuring meeting standards.
Supervision & Staff Development • Participate in the recruitment, selection and training of professional, technical, program and support staff. • Manage assigned professional, technical, program and administrative staff within the framework of Department and County policies for work schedules and work assignments, according to workload, space and equipment availability. • Evaluate work activities of assigned staff. Conduct staff evaluations in accordance with Department and County guidance to provide developmental feedback. Address staff performance issues and resolve problems. • Identify and assess the educational and professional needs of staff and develop strategies to coach, mentor, or otherwise help staff to improve their knowledge or skills through formal training programs or classes. Provide adequate orientation and professional development opportunities to remediate gaps in necessary knowledge and skill. • Manage assignments, and activities related to program operations. Assesses, plans, implements, supervises, and evaluates efficiency and effectiveness of division operations and assigned staff. • Manage public health services in accordance with public health standards and practices included in the 10 essential public health services. • Develop and implement organizational policies and procedures for the Public Health and Environment Department. • Prepare activity reports to inform management of the status and implementation plans of programs, services, and quality initiatives. • Monitor the use of services, facilities, and staff to ensure effective use of resources and assess the need for additional staff, equipment, and services. • Maintains sensitive and confidential records information. Follows the Weld County Code of Conduct and adheres to strict confidentiality guidelines, including HIPAA, and the appropriate non-disclosure and/or release of information.
Quality Improvement and Evaluation • Establish objectives and evaluative or operational criteria for units managed. • Develop and maintain electronic records for personnel and programs. • Produce quantitative evaluations and reports for internal and external presentation. • Read and interpret reports; share appropriately with team and partners. • Evaluate, diagnose, and ensure implementation of quality improvement strategies. • Develop methods for ongoing assessment of staff development needs; compare available data to structure appropriate continuing education/development and guidance of staff. • Establish objectives and evaluative or operational criteria for programs and staff. • Prepare activity reports to inform management of the status and implementation plans. • Utilize agency policies and procedures or develop needed policies and procedures to guide operational or program implementation. • Review and analyze programs and data to aid planning and to improve service utilization.
Grant/Program Management • Performs administrative and management functions which include management of grant/program funding, grant writing and grant/program reporting. Plans and expends budget to ensure compliance with program fidelity and contract agreements. • Understand and actively participate in monitoring grant/program contracts with the agency. • Is proactive with local, state, and national issues that may affect sustainability of grant programs. • Respond to community needs, enhance public relations, coordinate activities, and plan and represent the organization to clients, the medical community, the public and other external sources, promoting the agency’s programs.
Other Essential Duties & Responsibilities • Update program information and protocol by attending continuing education courses related to program responsibilities. Keep up-to-date technically and apply new knowledge to the job. • Consult with medical, business, and community groups to discuss service problems, respond to community needs and coordinate activities and plans, and promote health programs. • Enhance public relations by attending and participating in volunteer community business related groups and events to build partnerships and community awareness of WPHE programs. • Work the scheduled hours each day/week established for this position and be available as-needed outside of normal operating hours to assist with response to public health emergencies or community outreach events. • Commute and/or work from all Health Department locations as needed. • Complete position-specific training for public health emergency response activities and coordinates division or department specific activities in the event of an emergency. • Have knowledge of policies, procedures, and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment regulations related to various Department programs. • Comply with all federal, state, and local regulations and employer policies and procedures. • Maintain professional conduct and adhere to the Public Health Code of Ethics. • Other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Required Education and Experience:
In accordance with the Minimum Qualifications for Public Health Director Rule, 6 CCR 1014-6, county is required to:
• Possess a minimum of five years within the past ten years of administrative experience in public health or a closely related field, including at least two years’ experience in supervising public health professionals. • Either be a physician or have a master’s degree in a public health discipline such as nursing, environmental health, health education, epidemiology, health administration/policy, biostatistics, public administration or a closely related discipline.
Substitution: For public health director candidates who are otherwise prepared to carry out the duties of a public health director, the county or district board of health may substitute: • year for year professional public health work experience for academic requirements; or • exceptional academic preparation for experience requirements.
Waiver: For public health director candidates who do not have experience or academic preparation to substitute for the minimum qualifications, the county may waive the minimum qualifications if: • there are factors inherent to the jurisdiction that limit its ability to recruit a qualified public health director; • the public health director candidate will seek to obtain additional public health education and experience within five years of the waiver.
Required Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: • A valid State of Colorado driver's license and use of personal, insured vehicle is required. • Auto insurance as required by Colorado State law.
Residency: Must have established State of Colorado residency at time of hire.
Required Skills and Abilities: • Demonstrate strong leadership skills with ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams. • Efficiently and effectively present/communicate information and ideas and respond to questions in one-on-one and small group situations with managers, colleagues, other employees of the organization and the general public as appropriate for the needs of the audience. • Determine how money will be spent to get the work done and being accountable for these expenditures. • Motivate, develop and direct people as they work, identifying the best people for the job; teach others how to do something; select and use training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things. • Ability to determine how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes. • Ability to work well in a team environment; work with a diverse group of people; establish and maintain effective working relationships based on trust, support and growth with agency personnel, community groups, external agencies and the public.
Required Knowledge: • Public Health — Thorough knowledge of public health philosophy and objectives. • Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. • Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, and training. • Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders. • Public Safety — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national public health & safety operations in the event of a public health emergency.
Home to 32 incorporated municipalities, including growing cities, charming towns, thriving businesses and thousands of acres of prime agricultural land.
As Colorado’s third largest county, Weld County covers 3,987 square miles in the northern part of the state and is larger than the size of Rhode Island, Delaware and the District of Columbia combined so while 325,000 people call Weld County home, we still have plenty of room for growth.
The climate is dry and generally mild with warm summers, mild winters and a growing season of approximately 138 days. The land surface is fairly level in the east, with rolling prairies and low hills near the western border. Elevations in the county range from 4,400 to 5,000 feet. The South Platte River and its tributaries, the Cache la Poudre, the Big Thompson, the Little Thompson, the St. Vrain, and other smaller streams, flow into Weld County from the south and west, leaving the county on the east. With available services, location, resources and livability, Weld County offers unbounded opportunity for families to live, work and play. We have one more important ingredient as well: a positive attitude toward growth. We love being here, and we’d love having you here too!