Health Department Director

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Health Department Director

Multnomah County is looking for a strong, visionary, leader who will champion our goal of "healthy people in healthy communities." The Health Department director will oversee six divisions aimed at providing critical services to diverse populations throughout the community.

The ideal candidate will thrive in a highly collaborative, engaged environment, and will function both independently and as a member of the county executive leadership team. They have advanced understanding and are committed to continuously learning about and addressing systems of racial bias and institutional inequity that impacts the Health Department workforce and the communities they serve. The candidate is also able to consistently engage and inspire others to bring their best selves to the work, and to create the foundation for a workplace where every employee feels welcomed, valued, and supported.

The Health Department director reports to the County Chief Operations Officer (COO) who in turn reports to the Chair of the County Board of Commissioners. The Health Department Director is responsible for maintaining ongoing interaction and coordination with the Board of Commissioners on politically sensitive or controversial issues and policies. The department and director is responsible for ensuring a healthy community through legally mandated services, essential public and mental health functions, enforcement of state and federal health code, and administration of other policies, statutes, regulations and programs.

Typical duties and responsibilities of the Health Department Director also include:
  • Plan, organize, manage and administer all Health Department services, programs and functions.
  • Develop, administer, and monitor $335 million budget and oversee staffing and resource needs in partnership with FQHC leader.
  • Represent the county to the public, elected officials, other agencies, governments, and organizations for significant matters related to the department.
  • Provide direction, guidance, and leadership to staff to advance the department's mission within the organization and throughout the community.
  • Lead the development and implementation of strategies, business plans, programs, ordinances, policies, procedures, decisions and other actions that further the delivery of quality health services.
  • Develop strategies for fostering community support and awareness for health projects and work closely and effectively with community leaders, diverse communities, and neighborhood and special interest groups.
  • Partners with FQHC Integrated Clinical Services Director in assuring delivery of health center services per HRSA (federal) mandates.
  • Currently directly supervise the department's leadership team, including:
    • Public Health Officer
    • Public Health Director
    • Mental Health & Addiction Services Director
    • Corrections Health Director
    • Business Operations Director
    • Health Human Resources Director
    • Equity & Inclusion Manager

Diversity and Inclusion: At Multnomah County, we don't just accept difference; we value it and support it to create a culture of dignity and respect for our employees. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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