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Director of Public Health
Friday, February 1, 2019 at 1:44pm
PRIMARY DUTY: Under limited supervision, directs the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District (PHD) through effective planning, staff management and resource allocation; manages priorities, identifies critical issues, resolves conflicts and assures the effective coordination of programs and strategies to protect and improve the health of the City and County residents.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge and skills. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Plans, directs, reviews and evaluates the staff and functions of the Public Health District (PHD) through effective planning, staff management and resource allocation; directs PHD programs and projects; assures the effectiveness of Public Health programs and compliance with state and federal regulations.
• Serves as the principal advisor on Public Health programs and technical health issues; provides leadership, direction and guidance in operational strategies and priorities; reviews and approves contracts, agreements, plans and reports; manages the collection, analysis and reporting of operational and financial data; assures that quality standards are met and appropriate services are provided.
• Evaluates City needs and health care issues and determines PHD operational plans, strategic plans, priorities and resource requirements; reviews status reports and recommends appropriate actions; monitors Public Health events and trends, anticipates the potential impact and determines actions required.
• Writes technical and analytical reports and makes technical estimates of a specialized nature in connection with PHD programs, contracts and regulatory issues; interprets concerns, defines desired results, develops solutions and determines scope and priorities of programs and special projects.
• Assures effective communication of PHD issues with City management and Board of Health; interprets and explains federal and state rules and regulations and City codes and ordinances; coordinates strategies to integrate programs and services with federal, state and regional organizations and City departments.
• Analyzes PHD financial and resource information; develops and manages budgets; researches additional funding sources and new program funding opportunities.
• Directs managers and staff through appropriate delegation and work supervision; assigns duties, responsibilities, resources and scope of authority; meets regularly with staff to discuss and resolve workload and technical issues; reviews programs and workload in order to anticipate technical and management problems; monitors operations and changes policies and procedures to improve the organization's functions; analyzes workload trends and implements staffing and assignment adjustments.
• Supports the relationship between the City of Waco and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with citizens, visitors and City staff; maintains confidentiality of work-related issues and City information; performs other duties as required or assigned.
• Develops and evaluates budget request, monitors budget expenditures, makes adjustments as necessary and reports budget information.
• May be required to respond afterhours, including holidays and weekends, in the event of a departmental or City wide emergency.
• Driving is essential.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
Knowledge:
• City organization, operations, policies and procedures.
• Duties, powers, authorities and limitations of a Public Health Director.
• Federal and state public health program regulations and requirements, including Texas State Department of Health Services procedures and standards.
• Regional public health protocols, environmental protection issues and regulatory standards.
• Techniques for evaluating and resolving complex public health and community services issues.
• Regional community service agencies and other public assistance programs.
• Principles and practices of public sector administrative management, including cost accounting, budgeting, purchasing, contract management, customer service and personnel rules.
• Techniques and practices for efficient and cost effective management of resources.
Skill in:
• Analyzing Public Health issues, evaluating alternatives and developing solutions based on findings.
• Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
• Analyzing City needs and prioritizing and promoting PHD programs and projects to meet future needs.
• Interpreting and applying state laws and City/County policies and procedures governing Public Health.
• Working effectively with others to develop solutions for public health and community services issues.
• Effectively presenting technical information to public and professional audiences.
• Interpreting and applying public health and safety principles and practices in a regulatory environment.
• Compiling and analyzing PHD data, maintaining accurate records and generating reports.
• Prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands; and planning and coordinating the work of others.
• Monitoring and controlling the confidentiality of Public Health files and reports.
• Directing staff, delegating tasks and authority and coaching to improve staff performance.
• Preparing, reviewing and presenting management reports.
• Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with City employees, officials and representatives from other local, state and federal agencies.
• Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor’s Degree in Health Services, Public Health, Nursing, Environmental Science, Business or Public Administration required, or a related field is required; AND five years Public Health program management experience, including supervisory experience.
LICENSE AND CERTIFICATION:
• Must possess a valid Texas Driver’s License.
• Professional and technical certifications in public health are preferred and may be required.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT:
The physical demands described here 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 functions.
• The physical activities of this position include:
o Balancing - Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling and walking, standing or crouching on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces.
o Reaching - Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
o Standing - Particularly for sustained periods of time.
o Walking - Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.
o Finger Dexterity - Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand as in handling.
o Grasping - Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
o Feeling - Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.
o Talking - Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
o Hearing - Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication and to make the discriminations in sound.
o Repetitive motion - Substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands and/or fingers.
• The physical requirements of this position:
o Light work. Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.
• The visual acuity requirements including color, depth perception and field vision:
o The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection; using measurement devices.
• The conditions the worker will be subject to in this position:
o Work is performed primarily in an office setting or well-lit, temperature-controlled working environment; with some travel from site to site.
o The worker is subject to hazards including a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving vehicles, exposure to high heat, exposure to blood borne pathogens or exposure to chemicals.
This job description is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required. City management has exclusive rights to alter this job description at any time without notice. Employees will be required to follow any other job related instructions and to perform any other job related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an 'at-will' relationship.
The City of Waco is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from eligible and qualified persons regardless of race, gender, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
The City of Waco provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact the Human Resource Office at (254) 750-5740.
Contact Info:
Waco-McLennan County Public Health District
300 Austin Ave
Waco, TX 76701
(254) 750-5740
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