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Baltimore City Health Commissioner

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City Of Baltimore, MD Baltimore , MD 21203

Posted 3 weeks ago

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Governed by Baltimore City Ordinance 18-111

The Baltimore City Ordinance 18-111, Section 1(B) requires that all agency heads who report directly to the Mayor and any At-Will supervisory employees who report directly to the Mayor or to the Head of an Agency must be a resident and registered voter of the City of Baltimore throughout their term of office. Section (B)(1) allows candidate(s) prior to appointment, the opportunity to sign a Declaration of Intent to become a city resident and registered voter within (6) months of the effective date of their appointment.

Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and the City of Baltimore seek their Commissioner of Health. Founded in 1793, the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) is the oldest health department in the country, with around 1,000 employees and an annual budget of $130 million that aims to protect health, eliminate disparities, and ensure the wellbeing of every resident of Baltimore through education, advocacy, and direct service delivery. BCHD's wide-ranging responsibilities include maternal and child health, youth wellness, school health, senior services, animal control, restaurant inspections, violence prevention, emergency preparedness, STI/HIV treatment, and acute and chronic disease prevention.

BCHD has a long history of innovative Commissioners who have pioneered key initiatives in public health.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Plans, coordinates, and directs all the activities related to BCHD and the health of the City.

  • Work with the Mayor's cabinet to develop and set citywide goals and priorities related to Healthy Baltimore 2020.

  • Oversees two public health clinics for the treatment of HIV, Hepatitis C, TB, and other sexually transmitted infections; a diagnostic lab; HIV and STI prevention; acute and communicable disease monitoring and investigation; and public health preparedness and response.

  • Serves as incident commander for public health emergencies, including emerging/infectious disease outbreaks. Serves as chair of the board of quasi-government entity Behavioral Health System Baltimore. Serves on the board of the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, Family League of Baltimore, Health Care Access Maryland, Baltimore City Healthy Start, and Baltimore's Promise, and as part of other advisory boards and commissions including the Postmortem Examiners Commission and Maryland Association of County Health Officers.

  • Directs programs aimed at improving health outcomes for children, youth, and families in the areas of maternal and child health, youth violence

  • prevention, environmental health, school health, and chronic disease prevention.

  • Directs programs responsible for advocating for, and delivering services to older adults, their family's and caregivers in the City of Baltimore.

  • Plans, develops, and implements public health policies and programs, including the recommendation of new legislation and policy initiatives.

  • Provides expert testimony and guidance to city council, state legislature, and federal delegation on a wide variety of health issues.

  • Serves as lead spokesperson on health issues with news media.

  • Develops legislative proposals and organizes effort to secure passage.

  • Provide clinical backup for health department clinics and programs.

  • Coordinates policies and programs with external agencies, including the school system, hospitals, and institutions to support the mission of the City.

  • Manage City-wide efforts to identify and coordinate population health priorities through collaboration with local hospital and community partners. This includes the Local Health Improvement Coalition, Citywide High Utilizer Taskforce, Fentanyl Taskforce, CMS's Accountable Health Communities Grant, and many other City, State, and Federal convenings.


Medical degree (M.D. or D.O.) required. Advanced degree in public health or healthcare management preferred. Practicing physician in good standing preferred. Recognition as a public health practitioner preferred.

A minimum of five (5) years of experience in a senior management role; previous experience in city, state, and/or federal public health preferred.

Strong administrative and management skills. The position will oversee 1,000 employees, and comparable previous experience will be sought.

Professional demeanor and ability to effectively work with all levels of agency and City personnel, and the general public.

Excellent oral and written communication skills required; must have ability to be both direct and diplomatic as needed, must lead through influence.

Must be result-driven and have demonstrated ability to lead people towards meeting organizational vision, mission, and goals.

Experience preparing and managing program budgets and grants. Appointment to this position requires residency within Baltimore City. As a condition of employment, the individual must be a resident and registered voter of Baltimore City at the time of appointment or become so within 6 months of the date of appointment.

Salary is commensurate with education and experience, and includes an excellent benefits package.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume specifically addressing the applicant's experience relevant to the position by October 31, 2018.

Baltimore City Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Baltimore City Health Commissioner

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City Of Baltimore, MD