Deputy Health Director

Nash County Nashville , NC 27856

Posted 2 months ago

General Statement of Duties Benefits Supplemental Questions

This is directive/managerial work in delivery of multiple public health programs. Work involves planning, directing, implementing and evaluating programmatic and related administrative functions. This position may carry out the statutory requirements of Health Director as noted in NCGS 130A-41 and NCGS 130A-45.5. This position is responsible for overseeing the implementation of programs provided through state contract addenda, including those which are state mandated. These programs include, but are not limited to: Child Health, Family Planning, Maternal Health, CD (STD/TB), Immunization, BCCCP, and WIC. This includes overseeing creation and maintenance of policy and procedure and establishing program standards and monitoring and evaluating quality of service delivery systems. In addition, provides leadership in implementation and installation of improved systems to achieve better scope of work and meeting of deliverables. Executes powers and duties of Health Director as delegated by the Health Director. As directed, represents public health issues on behalf of the Health Director. Through community involvement, ensures adequate resources for program maintenance and expansion and the delivery of comprehensive services.

Essential Duties and Tasks:

  • Collaborates in the development of evidence-based public health practices and programs in collaboration with universities, other health agencies, businesses, trade associations, other staff and the public

  • Organizes, leads, and manages staff and response teams to prevent, minimize, and contain adverse health events and conditions resulting from communicable diseases; food, water and vector-borne outbreaks; chronic diseases; environmental hazards; injuries; and health disparities

  • Informs and interprets state, regional, and department activities to the Human Services Board, the County Board of Commissioners, and the public and other professionals through the use of statistical data, cost figures, and program information

  • Ensures Department compliance with relevant state public health practice guidelines, and Federal and State laws and regulations

  • Provides leadership and develops collaboration to the community health needs assessment prioritization and action planning processes, contributing expertise in public health assessment

  • Acts as liaison for Health Department with other departments, agencies, committees and individuals; promotes community partnerships to identify and solve health problems

  • Evaluates the effectiveness of adopted community engagement strategies

  • Serves on inter-jurisdictional or multi-agency committees involved in public health policy development; coordinate review/comment processes for proposed policy documents; maintain contact with various community organizations

  • Assists in the implementation of community assessment; can distinguish between quantitative and qualitative community assessment data; understands incidence and prevalence data; knows how to access basic community epidemiological data

  • Participates in the analysis of data to identify trends, health problems, environmental health hazards, and social and economic conditions that adversely affect the public's health

  • Presents and interprets demographic, statistical, programmatic, and scientific information to professional and lay audiences

  • Provides leadership to drive the development of the Community Health Improvement Plan Process and policies that address local needs, but are consistent with statewide activities

  • Approves the department's planning, training, and exercising activities to prepare for public health emergencies. Serves as the incident commander and or departmental representative to the Emergency Operations Center during public health emergencies. Serves as the on-call public health staff for after hours

  • Coordinates public health activities with environmental and public health professionals and investigators from other agencies and jurisdictions, including, but not limited to, the North Carolina Division of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Collaborates in the development, implementation, tracking, and evaluation of long and short range policies, procedures, plans and programs for public health in Nash County including the Department's strategic plan

  • Delivers targeted, culturally-appropriate information to help individuals and groups understand local environmental public health policies, regulations and code

  • Utilizes appropriate community methods for interacting effectively and professionally with persons of all ages and from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial, and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, lifestyles and physical abilities

  • Educates the public about current and emerging health issues using multiple methodologies, including websites, the media and social networking tools

  • Oversees and assures that the department meets appropriated professional standards, including the accreditation standards as outlined by the North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation Board; Responsible for all Board related benchmarks

  • Supervises Health Education division personnel, interviews and selects new employees; provides instruction and training; plans, coordinates, assigns and reviews work; acts on problems and concerns and maintains standards; approves leaves; evaluates performance and approves transfers, promotions, discharges and disciplinary action

  • Performs required County management activities, including required reports

  • Facilitates several program meetings and assures proper follow through of all program staff

  • Promotes and facilitates the incorporation of Departmental core values and strategic initiatives into daily service delivery

  • Responsible for strategic planning, using quality improvement (QI) and performance management (PM) processes and/or techniques to improve the effectiveness of the respective public health program including, but is not limited to: creating, implementing, and evaluating performance standards and identifying, implementing, and assessing program quality improvement processes

  • Researches availability of grants; Coordinates grant application process with appropriate staff members; Maintains oversight of all processes of grant application process

  • Serves as Primary Public Information Officer for the department; Oversight for preparation of all press releases and information distributed to the media, including information distributed on various social media platforms

Knowledges, Skills and Abilities:

  • Considerable knowledge of: the principles and practices associated with public health program administration medical facilities personnel and resources; and governmental accounting and budgeting practices. Ability to: interpret and understand information regarding medically oriented programs; analyze data and information concerning program operations in order to evaluate effectiveness; communicate effectively orally and in writing with supervisor, staff, and citizens; and plan, assign and coordinate the work of subordinate employees in various areas of responsibility; exercise sound judgment in analyzing situations and making decisions; and develop and maintain effective working relationships with the public and federal/state/local officials. Knowledge, interpretation, and enforcement of applicable federal and state laws, rules, and regulations.

  • Computer skills including Microsoft Office software package.

  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Successful grant writing/administration experience

  • Professional work experience in local or state government budget, program development/analysis/management as well as service delivery

  • Professional work experience facilitating/managing work flow of unit

  • Professional Communications: local media relations, social networking, community outreach

Desirable Education and Experience:

  • Education and Experience: a master's degree in Public Health Administration and at least one year of employment experience in health programs or health services; or a master's degree in a public health discipline other than public health administration, and at least three years of employment experience in health programs or health services; or a master's degree in public administration, and at least two years of experience in health programs or health services; or a master's degree in a field related to public health, and at least three years of experience in health programs or health services; or a bachelor's degree in public health administration or public administration and at least three years of experience in health programs or health services. Note: minimum training and experience requirements are in accordance with GS 130A-40 and GS 130A-45.5. For master's degree related to public health, the determination must be made by the State Health Director.
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