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.
We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, education, and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled required. Please be clear and specific about how your background is relevant.
Minimum qualifications/transferable skills
Equivalent to a bachelor's from an accredited college or university with major coursework in public health, nursing, healthcare or hospital administration, public administration, business administration or a related field.
Three to five years of increasingly responsible management experience in public administration or health care management.
Five years of progressive leadership experience in developing policies and practices to support and create a racially just and equitable workplace, OR a combination of education, training, or life experience which provides an equivalent background required to actively perform the work of this position.
Preferred Special Qualifications/Transferable Skills:
A master's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in public health, nursing, healthcare or hospital administration, public administration, business administration or a related field. (Equivalency of 7-10 years qualifying training and/or experience.)
Excellent verbal/presentation and written communication skills.
Knowledge of emerging issues and strategies related to public health programs and services.
Ability to build trusted relationships, interact and influence across all levels within the County.
Ability to effectively engage in and sustain relationships with people from diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds.
Uses language and behavior that consistently respects and honors the dignity of diverse backgrounds and communities.
Highly skilled in working in a complex, political environment.
Skilled in identifying solutions towards dismantling institutional/systemic racial and gender oppression.
Principles and practices of effective leadership, staff selection, training, supervision, administrative performance management, and positive motivational techniques.
Principles and practices used in operational management, government/public sector management, budget and finance, contract/grant management, applicable federal, state and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes.
Internal Number: 9521-01
About Multnomah County Health Department
Multnomah County is the most populous of Oregon's 36 counties, with nearly 800,000 residents. The County accounts for about 20 percent of Oregon's entire population. The County seat is the city of Portland -- the second most populous city in the Pacific Northwest at 690,000 residents.
As one of Oregon's largest employers, Multnomah County is home to nearly 5,000 full time staff. The overall County budget for fiscal year 2018 is approximately $2 billion, which allows the County to provide critical services to those in the community with the highest need. The County's priorities include:
Supporting a healthy community from birth through adulthood.
Protecting the County's most vulnerable populations.
Promoting equity and eliminating disparities among all residents.
Maintaining safe neighborhoods through prevention, intervention and enforcement.
Advancing the County's long-term environmental and economic well being.
About the Health Department
The Multnomah County Health Department aims to help all Multnomah County residents achieve healthy lives. The Health Department is the largest of all Multnomah County departments by budget and staff, with a $335 million budget and 1...,400-person workforce. Its duties include:
Promoting public health: The Public Health Division prevents disease and promotes and protects the health of all residents. Its roles include preventing communicable disease, supporting environmental health, and helping promote community health through prevention and health improvement initiatives.
Providing high-quality clinical care: Integrated Clinical Services provides care to underserved members of the community through a large network of eight (primary care clinics, seven dental clinics, 10 student health centers, plus a central laboratory and seven pharmacies with a total annual budget of $120 million.
Supporting behavioral health: The Mental Health and Addiction Services Division promotes access to behavioral health services for the local community. Its 24/7 crisis line offers safety net services to 80,000 residents annually. The division also manages the mental health benefit of more than 113,000 Oregon Health Plan members.
Caring for those who are incarcerated: Corrections Health assures access to care for adults and youth who are incarcerated in the County's three detention facilities. Staff provide primary, behavioral health and dental care to more than 38,000 people annually.
More details regarding the County and Health Department are available at: https://multco.us and https://multco.us/health