Position Details

Position: Public Health Director/Administrator
Department: Health
Accountable To: County Commissioners
Closing Date:  October 25, 2019

Summary of Work

Directs the provision of the 10 essential services of public health in Richland County and surrounding counties as dictated by individual grants. The administrator ensures that the vision of the department is realized by mobilizing the community and soliciting needed resources.

Job duties

  • Examples of job performance criteria include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Prepares, maintains and submits accurate and timely reports.
  • Provides effective leadership for departmental activities.
  • Organizes and manages department staff.
  • Conducts continuing-education efforts for departmental staff.
  • Continually upgrades knowledge of community health field.
  • Establishes policies and programs to improve the public health status.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with other agencies and with physicians, hospitals, and nursing homes.
  • Revises policies and procedures as needed.
  • Conducts investigations when needed.
  • Operates within approved departmental budget.
  • Operates within the Richland County Policies and Procedures

Job Characteristics

  • Nature of Work: This position performs professional, supervisory, and administrative duties, requiring some physical stamina and endurance, potential exposure to communicable diseases, and adherence to standards of accuracy, confidentiality, integrity, and tact. This position may require work outside of normal business hours.
  • Personal Contacts: Frequent contact with public, including clientele, health care providers, schools and health, social, and welfare agencies; acts as public relations spokes-person concerning departmental activities.
  • Supervision Received: Direction and coordination of programs as required.
  • Supervision Exercised: Daily direction of staff.

Areas of Job Accountability &Performance

Oversees the provision of Richland county and surrounding area public health services. Sets goals and plans, implements, and evaluates health programs; assigns, supervises, and evaluates the work and activities of departmental personnel; sets policies and discusses and interprets those policies with staff; develops cooperative relationships with community partners; organizes and participates in community assessments; acts as community health advocate; implements and oversees effective recordkeeping, budgeting, and accounting systems for department; makes recommendations to commissioners regarding community health issues; assures the grants are managed appropriately and performs other related duties as required.

Job Requirements

  • Knowledge: This position requires a thorough knowledge of all phases of public health, of health-care delivery systems, and of nursing education; a working knowledge of accounting, budgeting, personnel management, and administration.
  • Skills: This position requires skills in operating a computer, personnel supervision, public relations, accounting and budgeting
  • Abilities: This position requires the ability to evaluate and report community health needs, to recognize individual health needs, to maintain confidentiality, to treat the public with compassion, discretion, and tact, to think creatively and work independently, to communicate effectively orally and in writing, and to establish effective working relationships with fellow employees, commissioners and the public.
  • Continuing Education: This position requires continual learning to ensure that Richland County is at the cutting-edge of new public health theory.

Education & Experience

The above knowledge, skills and abilities are typically acquired through a combination of education experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in administration from an accredited program, and two to five years working in a health setting, including management and supervisory experience. Master’s degree in Public Health or related field is desirable.

Job Performance Standards

Evaluation of this position will be based primarily upon performance of the preceding requirements and duties. Examples of job performance criteria include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Effective oral and written communication skills as demonstrated by regular reports to the Board of Health, Commissioners and department staff;
  • Ability to communicate with a variety of partners in a multi-county area as demonstrated by maintaining a department wide updated list of community contacts and documented ongoing communication;
  • Planning and organizational skills as demonstrated by the completed outcome forms and a system of managing staff performance;
  • Knowledge of funding resources and services in the community/multi-county area as demonstrated in a department budget;
  • Knowledge of and ability to implement department wide interventions that are evidence based, as evidenced by County and Department Strategic Plan;
  • Ensuring quality public health services as evidenced by a department Quality Improvement and Performance Management Plan;
  • Understanding of public health functions as demonstrated by the ability of the department to show impact in its service area;
  • Ability to complete program reports as evidenced by submitted reports and continued funding;
  • Ensure a trained workforce as evidenced by an implemented annual training plan;
  • In the event of an emergency this position most generally will be placed under the command of or delegated to by the Incident Commander. You will be asked to perform those duties that are assigned to you during an emergency.

Application Instructions

Apply at Job Services or send resumes to the following address:

Clerk & Recorder
Attn: Stephanie Verhasselt
201 West Main
Sidney, MT 59270