Deputy Public Health Officer

Application Deadline: 2023-09-26
Job Type: County
Job Description:

Job Summary
Brown County Public Health protects and promotes equitable health and wellness through prevention, education, leadership, and partnerships. We are looking for someone who is passionate about public health and serving the community as the Deputy Public Health Officer.

The Deputy Public Health Officer assists the Public Health Officer/Administrator with administrative and leadership responsibilities for the Public Health Division of the Health and Human Services Department, with major responsibilities including the management and supervision of public health nursing programming and staff, including communicable disease prevention and control, immunizations, lead case management, rabies or animal-bite victim follow-up, WI DHS Maternal Child Health (MCH) grant programs or objectives, population-based public health nursing, and related work required of a public health nursing services program as identified in DHS 140 for a Level III Public Health Department. The Deputy Public Health Officer will also oversee the Division Epidemiologist.

The Deputy Public Health Officer serves as the County Public Health Officer in their absence as required by Chapter 251, Wisconsin Statutes, and is expected to implement the core public health functions of: assessment, policy development, and assurance of response to community health needs/threats.

Essential Duties
Public Health Nursing Program Services and Unit Supervision (70%):

Leads and supervises the public health nursing program and team members providing both direct service and population-based public health services and mandates as outlined in DHS 140.
Leads public health nursing program staff in establishing annual team goals, and action plans; links staff to departmental vision and values; meets individually with team members to link performance to team goals and action plans; leads and facilitates staff meetings and work groups.
Prepares grant proposals and monitors secured grants (data collection, written reports, fiscal planning/management, and reporting).
Assesses customer needs and designs systems to seek customer feedback; evaluates programs within context of community assessment and available resources and recommends changes; leads quality improvement efforts within program area.
Organizes, distributes, and delegates work to team members supervised fairly and impartially, and with a trauma informed lens. Provides clear and appropriate direction to employees.
Provides training and coaching to team members supervised. Ensures that team members have the resources and flexibility to perform, improve, and learn in their jobs.
Keeps open communication with team members supervised, listens to them, and provides feedback.
Positively motivates, mentors, and leads employees.
Provides appropriate and timely feedback and supervision necessary to encourage employee growth and success within their positions and completes performance evaluations for all team members supervised.
Oversees the Epidemiologist and provides support and oversight of division and/or department epi related, data needs

Division Staffing and Professional Development (10%)

As Deputy Public Health Officer, supports the Public Health Officer/Administrator and serves as Public Health Officer/Administrator in their absence and:

Supervises and directs staff in the implementation and maintenance of public health programs.
Assures a competent workforce through adequate/appropriate selection, supervision, development, evaluation, and employee recognition methods in coordination with the Health and Human Services Executive Director and Human Resources Department.
Selects, assigns, trains, and evaluates subordinate management team members.

Division Operations, Planning and Evaluation (10%)

As Deputy Public Health Officer, supports the Public Health Officer/Administrator and serves as Public Health Officer/Administrator in their absence and:

Provides general direction in the planning, coordination and evaluation of all division programs, services and activities guided by the essential public health services listed below, with the primary focus being on public health nursing program services.
Oversees development of plans, policies, and procedures to achieve overall mission, goals, and objectives of the division.
Assures divisions’ operating systems and methods are adequate, efficient, and effective.
Provides support and direct enforcement of health/safety regulations as necessary to protect the public.
Participates in training and exercises/drills to prepare for and respond to public health threats in accordance with county and departmental emergency response plans.
Develops and recommends to the Health and Human Services Executive Director, and County Executive’s office as appropriate, policy and position statements for Public Health services as needed.
Participates in the development and implementation of evidence-based practices, performance and quality improvement initiatives, and improvement of programming utilizing best practices and model programs as available.
Participates in the Community Health Improvement Plan process; monitors the plan in successive years.
Prepares reports and analyses as required related to the Public Health Division operations.

Community Contact and Health Board Responsibilities (10%):

As Deputy Public Health Officer, supports the Public Health Officer/Administrator and serves as Public Health Officer/Administrator in their absence and:

Participates in the annual departmental budget process including presentations at Boards and Committees as needed; makes funding level recommendations.
Responds to inquiries regarding health matters, services, orders, and enforcement actions pursuant to WI State Statutes.
Provides or assigns and coordinates input and responses for the Health and Human Services Executive Director, the Brown County Executive, committees of the County Board, and other county departments.
Acts as liaison with community and state groups and agencies; serves as representative on various committees and boards, including long-term planning and development.
Assures that appropriate matters and information regarding policy and operations are referred to and considered by the Board of Health and the Human Services Committee and that necessary information is provided.
Maintains and promotes positive public relations; serves as Public Health Division contact with media.

Minimum Qualifications Required

Education and Experience:

Qualifications include one of the following: Master’s degree in public health, public administration, health administration or a similar field, plus three years of full time experience in an administrative position in either a public health agency or in public health work; or Bachelor’s degree and 16 graduate semester credits toward a master’s degree in the above fields or a similar field, plus five years of full time experience in an administrative position in either a public health agency or in public health work; or License to practice medicine under Chapter 448, Stats., plus three years of full time experience in an administrative position either in a public health agency or in public health work, eligibility for certification by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in public health or general preventive medicine, or a master’s degree in public health, public administration, health administration, or a similar field.

Registered Nurse Licensure preferred but not required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of the public health fields of epidemiology, statistics, health education, environmental health hazards and protection, maternal and child health and disease control; health policies, programs, and practices; principles of public health management and administration.
Demonstrates comprehensive skills in analyzing facts and exercising sound judgment; considerable skill in directing, supervising, and counseling employees; considerable skill in evaluating community needs and developing, implementing, and evaluating programs and activities.
Has ability to plan, administer and evaluate a comprehensive public health program, formulate policy and procedures, and obtain individual and organizational cooperation.
Has ability to develop and supervise employees.
Has ability to communicate effectively and establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, other departments, elected officials, and the public.
Has knowledge, skills, and ability to implement the Essential Public Health Services:
Facilitates the monitoring of health status to identify community health problems.
Assures the identification, investigation, control, and prevention of health problems and environmental hazards in the community.
Assures the education of the public/partners /governing officials about current and emerging health issues.
Promotes community partnerships to identify and solve health problems.
Advocates for creation of policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.
Assures enforcement of laws and regulations that protect health and insure safety.
Promotes/assures linkage of people to needed services.
Assures a diverse, adequate, and competent workforce to support the public health system.
Promotes/assures the evaluation of the effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services.
Promotes research, when possible, to seek new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.
Promotes/assures access to primary health care for all.
Fosters the understanding and promotion of social and economic conditions that support good health
Promotes/assures equity in all public health programming


Ability to lift 20 pounds maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 10 pounds.
Intermittent standing, walking, and sitting; occasional driving.
Must be capable of using hand(s)/feet for repetitive single grasping, fine manipulation, and operating controls.
Occasional bending, twisting, squatting, and climbing; frequent reaching.
Ability to communicate orally and in writing in a clear/concise manner.
Ability to distinguish sounds at various frequencies and volumes.
Ability to distinguish people or objects at varied distances under a variety of light conditions.
Ability to tolerate exposure to cold, heat, noise, vibration, dust, and odors in the work environment.

*This position description should not be interpreted as all inclusive. It is intended to identify the major responsibilities and requirements of this job. The incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this description.

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