Public Health - Public Health Director

La Plata County   Durango, CO   Full-time     Health Care Provider
Posted on November 18, 2023
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PUBLIC HEALTH - Public Health Director:

Oversees the planning, development & implementation of public health services, & administers & enforces Public Health laws, orders, rules & standards set by the CO Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) & the County. Assesses & monitors health factors in La Plata County & develops strategies to effectively communicate health issues to the public. Ideal candidate will be an outstanding leader; possesses a solutions-oriented & strategic mindset; will act as a public health educator & excel at communication. Requires MA in public health discipline or be a physician & 5 years of public health exper. Full Time with medical, dental, vision, retirement, 38+ paid vacation/holiday days, 13+ paid sick days & paid parental leave benefits. Salary $,114,501-143,126/yr DOE. Application deadline 4 pm 1/26/24. Apply online at or at computer kiosk @ La Plata County, 1101 E 2nd Ave, Durango. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.






JOB SUMMARY: Oversees the planning, development and implementation of public health services, and administers and enforces Public Health laws, orders, rules and standards set by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the County. Assesses and monitors health factors in La Plata County and develops strategies to effectively communicate health issues to the public. Provides oversight, evaluation and program management for the Public Health Department. Responsible for the Public Health budget. Provides leadership and support for public health improvement activities.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Essential functions may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. The list that follows is not intended as a comprehensive list; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed, and may be required to perform additional, position-specific tasks. Reasonable accommodations, as defined under the American with Disabilities Act, will be made when possible. Provides organizational oversight through 2023 and effective January 1, 2024 will have jurisdictional authority. Provides oversight, program evaluation and budget management for all Public Health programs. Works with program managers and supervisors to develop and implement program objectives, and analyze services and programs. Determines goals, content, staffing needs and budget requirement for new and existing public health programs. Drafts and revises operating policies as necessary. Ensures all assigned programs meet applicable local, state and federal guidelines. Administers and enforces the public health laws of the State of Colorado; the orders, rules regulations and standards of the State Board of Health, Air Quality Control Commission, Water Quality Commission and the orders, rules and regulations of the local Board of Health along with the resolutions of the Board of County Commissioners. Prepares proposed local orders, rules and regulations for consideration by the local Board of Health. Acts as the local registrar of vital statistics. Prepares and manages the Public Health budget and strategic plan. Provides budgeting recommendations and participates in the planning and preparation of the budget for department programs. Authorizes and monitors expenditures to ensure they are within budget limits and guidelines. Works with program managers, supervisors and the Grant Specialist to develop and write grant requests and project proposals. Seeks alternative sources of funding for program services that align with the Public Health Division’s strategic vision. Maintains positive relationships with grantor agencies. Has primary responsibility for managing the programs to meet contractual guidelines. Oversees the completion of requirements for grants, assuring compliance to meet goals, tracking and evaluation. Assists with necessary re-application for continued funding or new applications to grant sources to secure continued funding for public health efforts. Works with staff to monitor and analyze community health risks. Provides leadership and support for public health improvement activities and strategies. Develops relationships with individuals and organizations in order to establish improvement activities and strategies. Advises local Board of Health, County Commissioners and other officials and voluntary agencies on issues relevant to public health. Meets and collaborates with numerous groups for the purpose of improving the Public Health’s operations. Manages staff directly and through subordinate supervisors. Has personnel oversight for areas such as interviewing, training, evaluating staff performance and all employee relation issues. Develops, oversees and participates in staff development. Ensures adequate professional development and in-service training for all staff. Responsible for the collection and analysis of statistical data, reports and information. Research methods include conducting studies and surveys, often in collaboration with other organizations. Oversees the proper handling, access and storage of division data and records. Ensures that data and records are accessed and secured in compliance with departmental, local, state and federal guidelines. Participates in emergency management drills, exercises and preparations. Acts to protect the public health during natural disasters. Investigates and control epidemic diseases, or arranges for such professional services, and coordinates with the CDPHE. Prepares public information presentations, press releases and other media information in coordination with the Public and Governmental Affairs Manager. Regular and predictable attendance is required.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities for this position would be: Education and Experience: Master’s degree in a public health discipline (e.g. environmental health, health education, epidemiology, nursing, health administration, biostatistics) or be a physician; and Five years of increasingly responsible administrative experience in public health. Licenses and Certifications: Valid Driver's License


Required Knowledge: Ability to interpret and implement statutes and regulations and develop policies and procedures to implement public health programs. A thorough knowledge of the organization, structure, funding and functions of both state and local governments, including budget and finance, with particular reference to their implications on the county level. Collaborative management and leadership within a large organization and with external organizations. Thorough knowledge of Public Health regulations, policies and statutes and the ability to interpret and implement. Knowledge of current federal, state and local laws, regulations, policies, agency letters, journals, conferences, etc. Knowledge of community resources.

Language Skills: Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in a variety of written formats. Must be able to interpret, apply, explain and enforce all applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures to a wide range of audiences and levels of knowledge. Ability to assemble, organize and present statistical, financial and technical information derived from a variety of sources. Ability to read, analyze and interpret complex and technical documents including contracts, maps, and complex management and financial reports and respond to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints. Ability to read, comprehend and translate information relayed in written or graphic format. Must be able to write policies, procedures, correspondence and other types of documents. Must have the ability to write speeches, articles and manuals and create presentations using original and innovative techniques and styles. Must have the ability to make effective and persuasive presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups and organizations and/or board of directors. Ability to prepare industry specific technical reports and budgeting information.

Interpersonal Skills: Must possess the ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with fellow employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations and members of the community. Works with the media to maintain a positive image of the County to the community. Interact professionally and diplomatically with County employees, other agencies and organizations and members of the community and manage difficult or emotional customer situations. Possess the ability to recognize when confidentiality is required and maintain strict confidentiality. Must be able to diffuse the most intense situation with diplomacy and professionalism. Must have the acumen to navigate political waters of the County and other outside agencies and organizations. Demonstrate a commitment to the County’s mission, values and core beliefs. Provide leadership, guidance, and feedback to ensure continual quality improvement and respect the experience, cultural and overall diversity of those you lead and interact with.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to work with complex mathematical concepts such as probability, statistical inference, budgeting, risk analysis. Work with bidding and review. Must have extensive proficiency in statistical analysis included inferences and probability. Must have extensive proficiency in transactional accounting, budget analysis and conduct cost analysis and produce critical path schedules. Must have extensive knowledge of governmental accounting, financial reporting and budgeting. Reasoning Skills: Must be able to make rational decisions through sound logical and deductive processes and make sound judgements, decision making, problem solving, while planning, directing and monitoring the work of the agency. Must be able to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and recommend or implement best options in support of strategic goals and objectives. Consider concrete and abstract variables. Must have the ability to analyze, appraise and organize facts, evidence and precedents concerned in difficult and complex cases and present material in a clear and logical form, including oral and written presentations, briefs, opinions, orders or decisions. Must be able to successfully manage multiple projects and complete work under pressure pursuant to deadlines.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT The conditions listed below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. Please direct all requests for accommodation to the Human Resources Department.

Environment: Work is performed in a standard office environment. Ability to tolerate and be productive in a quiet to moderate noise level in the work place. While performing the essential functions of the job the employee is frequently required to reach, grasp, finger, stand and/or sit for long periods of time, walk, talk and hear; occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus. The job requires eye/hand coordination and manual dexterity to use office/medical equipment. The individual is exposed to hazards associated with a public health environment. The employee is occasionally exposed to airborne particles, body fluids, feces, bloodborne pathogens and other infectious materials in the course of duties. Employee will have periodic exposure to hazards in the field such as driving and inclement weather. May be exposed to communicable health conditions and angry, hostile, frustrated individuals and those with behavioral and/or cognitive challenges.