Public Health Administrator / Health Officer

Application Deadline: 2024-02-25
Job Type: County
Job Description:


This position is responsible for the administrative oversight, leadership, planning, development, and management of the programs and services of the Public Health Division in accordance with state and federal laws, rules, and regulations. Work involves advising staff as well as setting divisional policies, goals, and budgets under the direction of the Health and Human Services Director.

The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. Other duties may be required and assigned.
• Serves as the County’s Health Officer; enforce applicable state laws and administrative rules, as well as local ordinances and regulations; serves as liaison between state and local elected officials, regional public health staff, and the community on issues related to local environmental and public health.
• Directs the work of and manages the staff of the Division. Interviews and selects new employees. Provides training and instructions and ongoing training needs. Assigns tasks, reviews work and prepares performance evaluations. Provides staff coaching/counseling. Recommends employee transfers, promotions, disciplinary action, and discharge; develops staff schedules.
• Provides leadership and management to all assigned staff and assures a supportive work environment.
• Identifies staff development needs; coordinates necessary training including Performance Management and Quality Improvement (QI) training.
• Develops and recommends annual division budget to the Director, forecasts necessary funding for program needs, staff, and materials. Monitors budget, contracts, grants, services, and other factors to ensure compliance; identifies problem areas and recommends refinements; authorizes expenditures; projects anticipated revenues; and monitors revenues/collections; prepares and/or provides oversight of grant contracts and assures grant objectives are met.
• Develops, promotes, implements, and refines new and existing programs; analyzes data to guide division activities and planning; plans and administers activities for public health programs and services; plans, directs and implements strategies for population-based health services provision with an emphasis on health equity, community engagement, and cultural competency; evaluates quality, effectiveness and accessibility of programs and services.
• Investigates, prevents, suppresses, and controls communicable disease and/or provides direction and consultation in the investigation of communicable disease outbreaks, networking with related health agencies, clinics, the State Lab of Hygiene, and Wisconsin Division of Health (DOH).
• Provides direction and consultation in the investigation of potential human health hazards and enforces the human health hazard ordinance.
• Works with community partners to plan, direct and implement community health needs assessments and community health improvement plan.
• Communicates with the media; handles press releases; responds to emergency information requests.
• Informs the HHS Board about communicable diseases, environmental health issues, program updates, quality improvement initiatives, and community health needs assessment results and improvement planning efforts; educates the Board on their role and responsibilities as the Board of Health.
• Plans and coordinates with local, state, and federal agencies to ensure emergency public health preparedness.
• Communicates and collaborates with local and state agencies regarding public health issues, legislative issues, disease reports, program changes, policy developments, laws, financial reports, and related items; communicates/consults with medical director on communicable disease issues and Reproductive Health and Immunizations policy changes.
• Oversees Electronic Health Records system and documentation of client visit data, environmental health complaints, and animal bites. Develops and implements administrative and program policies and procedures.
• Participates in activities to assure the health department maintains accreditation and achieves reaccreditation; participates in strategic planning for the department.
• Oversees the Workforce Development plan.
• Lead and participate in Quality Improvement projects.
• Other duties as assigned.



Candidates must have one of the following:
• A master’s degree in public health, public administration, health administration or a similar field and three (3) years of experience in a full-time administrative position in either a public health agency or public health work.
• A bachelor’s degree and 16 graduate semester credits towards a master’s degree in public health, public administration, health administration or a similar field and five (5) years of experience in a full-time administrative position in either a public health agency or public health work.
• A license to practice medicine and surgery under CH. 448 and at least one of the following:
o Three years of experience in a full-time administrative position in either a public health agency or public health work.
o Eligibility for certification by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in public health or general preventive medicine.
o A master’s degree in public health, public administration, health administration or, as defined in rules promulgated by the department, a similar field.
Candidates must also have:
• Three years supervisory experience.
• NIMS certification required within 1 year from date of hire.
• Must successfully pass all criminal and caregiver checks.

Full Pay Range: $89,916 – $125,272
Expected Pay Range: $89,916 – $101,732
FTE: 1.0
Department: Health and Human Services: Public Health

St. Croix County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing a workplace free from harassment and discrimination. We take affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity for all applicants without regard to an individual’s race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, gender identity, disability, marital status, veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics.

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