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Director, Veterinary Public Health, Harris County Public Health
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 12:16pm
Position Description

The Harris County Public Health (HCPH) Veterinary Public Health (VPH) Division Director, under the supervision of the Harris County Public Health (HCPH) Executive Director, will be responsible for providing leadership, oversight, and operational management to the HCPH VPH Division. The VPH Director will lead the development & implementation of prevention and control efforts for zoonotic diseases as well as related animal issues especially as they impact the community’s health, i.e. appoints HCPH local Rabies Control Authority. The Director will serve as a key member of the HCPH executive team and provide leadership within VPH and beyond.

Surveillance/Monitoring Duties:

Collaborates with the Office of Epidemiology, Surveillance and Evaluation.

Develops robust and comprehensive system of zoonotic disease surveillance and analytics which allow for monitoring of local zoonotic diseases and their impact on human health.

Develops and maintains effective working relationships with relevant local, state, and federal agencies.

Responsible for the development and implementation of sound and effective zoonosis control plans.

Assures all pertinent federal, state, and local laws and rules are interpreted and applied appropriately through VPH programming including in enforcement, field work, complaint response, etc.

Serves as local Rabies Control Authority within Harris County to ensure optimal rabies control & compliance with rabies laws.

Develops/implements proactive strategies to prevent/minimize human exposure to zoonotic diseases with particular emphasis on dangerous animals, bites, and quarantine surveillance.

Develops effective working relationships with professional organizations, humane societies, civic groups, media, governmental agencies, etc. concerning zoonotic / animal issues to optimize VPH prevention activities.

Reviews VPH activities to ensure they are based on best practices, and ensures proactive approaches to health promotion including emphasis on vaccinations, spay/neuter, responsible pet ownership, animal welfare, etc.

Works actively to increase “live release” rates for shelter animals.

Works collaboratively with other HCPH program areas to monitor, analyze, and develop departmental response to local, state, and federal relevant legislative and regulatory initiatives.

Identifies need for changes to public health laws and rules and acts as an advocate for those changes as appropriate.

Management Activities Duties:

Leads development of implementation plans, execution of initiatives, and participation of VPH in aligning with overall organizational strategic efforts.

Provides innovative management around HCPHES strategic priorities (e.g., upstream solutions, leadership development, engagement, innovation, etc.).

Participates and/or leads key programmatic activities such as setting of program goals, implementing strategies, setting of key performance indicators (KPIs), evaluating outcomes, appropriate delegation to supervised staff, and ensuring coordination of VPH activities.

Incorporates innovation and technology to enhance program operations.

Ensures VPH shelter operations, field activities, and other operations are run optimally, efficiently, and with a customer-service friendly approach.

Responsible for overall recruitment, hiring and supervision of VPH staff to ensure a qualified and competent workforce, and oversees utilization/work quality of volunteers, interns, and contractors within VPH.

Oversees VPH budget preparation and provides fiscal oversight for general funds and grant funds to ensure timely, cost-effective, efficient expenditure of funds as well as development of new budget streams.

Departmental Activities/Technical Resource Duties:

Works collaboratively as a key member of the HCPH executive team.

Participates in department-wide activities such as strategic planning and implementation.

Serves as resource for expert consultation for public health queries for HCPH and the community.

Responds to media inquiries & requests for interviews in accordance with HCPH policies.

Other Duties:

Performs other duties as assigned, including special tasks involved in responding to an emergency event.
Contact Info:
Harris County Public Health
2223 W Loop South
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 440-4800
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