Public Health Director

$105,201 - $142,021 yearly
  • Clackamas County
  • Oregon City, OR, USA
  • Dec 04, 2019
Full time Government

Job Description

This Job Posting is being extended and closes at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Monday, December 30, 2019.




Annual Salary Range:  $105,201.42 - $142,021.33

Starting salaries are based on experience, training/certifications and/or education, relevant to the job.



In addition to competitive wages, Clackamas County offers an attractive benefits package for employees in regular status positions.

The salary range is $105,201.42 - $142,021.33 annually and this position includes 6.27% deferred compensation and 6% retirement contribution.

Health Plan Options: Most employees are eligible to start most benefits after two months of continuous employment. Note: This summary is general in nature. Specific terms of benefits are contained in insurance policies, the Personnel Ordinance, and County Employment Policies and Practices.


  • A Choice of Medical Plans with Vision and Prescription Drug Coverage
  • Chiropractic Coverage and Alternative Care Benefit
  • A Choice of Dental Plans
  • Wellness and Employee Assistance Program
  • Paid Leave: (Vacation, Holidays, Sick Leave, Bereavement Leave)
  • Group Term Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance with Optional Salary Buy-Up Program
  • A Choice of Full Benefits or Lesser Benefits with Flex Cash
  • Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Health Reimbursement Accounts
  • Optional Group Universal Life Insurance
  • Optional Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
  • Optional Long Term Care Insurance
  • Optional Voluntary Benefits through AFLAC, Liberty Mutual and Hyatt Legal
  • Retirement: PERS/OPSRP Retirement Contributions (County picks up the 6% Employer portion!)
  • Optional Deferred Compensation (457)
  • Note: Executive level employees and Sheriff's Command Staff receive County-paid contribution of 6.27% of base salary
  • Longevity Pay

This is a full time non-represented group 1 County position.

Non-Represented Group 1 Full Time Benefits

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If you are looking for an outstanding opportunity to make a difference in the community while enjoying an exceptional quality of life, Clackamas County is the place for you!


Clackamas County is seeking an experienced, highly skilled, dynamic, and creative public health leader with excellent management, organizational and interpersonal skills to serve as the Director of the Public Health Division. We are seeking a Director who can develop and sustain a vision, is adept at leading change, has a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and communicates often and openly to enhance the feeling among staff of being part of a team.

This is an exciting opportunity for a seasoned and experienced public health professional to lead the county's efforts in promoting and protecting the health of Clackamas County residents through evidence-based programs and services. The Public Health Division’s programs include environmental health, communicable disease control, health promotion & prevention, public health nursing and Women, Infants & Children (WIC) services.

The Public Health Director is responsible for planning, coordinating and monitoring a comprehensive public health system in accordance with revenue and expenditure limitations and legal requirements. This position oversees services designed to prevent, identify and control communicable diseases and other health hazards in the  community, and to promote healthy behaviors and community environments. 

For more information about the Public Health Division, please go to


ARE YOU a strategic thinker, an innovative and creative leader, a collaborative decision maker, achievement and results oriented, and passionate about making a positive difference in your community?

DO YOU seek out new challenges, inspire and motivate staff, see the "big picture", and support diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts?

CAN YOU  make a significant contribution to the organization by effectively implementing the direction of the organization's leadership?

The most competitive candidates will possess strong leadership skills, be adept at leading change and change management, and have vision for innovation and improvement. They will have knowledge of the principles of public administration and personnel management, experience managing in a union environment, an understanding of the nuances of a dynamic public health system, an understanding of the dynamics of a diverse work environment, and have a proven record of developing and maintaining relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and partner agencies. Competitive candidates will also possess a broad knowledge of public health services and be committed to quality programs and upholding the mission of Clackamas County's Health, Housing and Human Services Department.

The Public Health Director is a member of the Health, Housing & Human Services Department's executive management team and is responsible for fulfilling division objectives as established by the Director of Health, Housing and Human Services, the Board of County Commissioners and the County Administrator.

Required Minimum Qualification/Transferable Skills*:

  • Bachelor's degree plus graduate courses in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences, Health Services Administration, and/or Social and Behavioral Health Sciences relevant to public health
  • At least three (3) years of experience managing public health services programs, including program development, implementation, administration and evaluation
  • Thorough knowledge of federal, state (including Oregon Health Authority rules and regulations) and local statutes and regulations governing the provision of public health services
  • Experience developing, implementing and administering public health policies and procedures in line with the organizational goals and priorities
  • Experience in annual and supplemental budget development and financial management within a public sector environment
  • Experience in personnel management and supervision (including assigning work, training staff, preparing and reviewing team or individual performance appraisals, correcting performance deficiencies and implementing corrective actions)
  • Experience planning and organizing resources to achieve program goals, quality improvement, productivity and effectiveness
  • Experience working effectively with elected boards and officials and demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective board relationships
  • Experience working effectively within a union environment
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Must pass a criminal history check which may include national or state fingerprint records check
  • Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.  Accommodation requests for an acceptable alternative method of transportation will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation.   Learn more about the County's driving policy

Preferred Special Qualifications/Transferable Skills*:

  • Master's degree in Public Health, Health Administration or a related field
  • Leadership experience in local Public Health setting in state or local government
  • Experience in planning, preparing or working for a Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) accredited organization
  • Experience leading quality improvement efforts within public health programs
  • Experience and training in responding or planning for public health emergencies

* For Veterans qualified for Veteran's Preference: if you believe you have skills that would transfer well to this position and/or special qualifications that relate to this position, please list those skills and/or qualifications in the open-ended question at the end of the application and explain how those skills and/or qualifications relate to this position.





Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Oversees the development and implementation of public health policy; develops, recommends and implements new and revised rules, policies, procedures, goals and priorities to respond to Division needs; coordinates the development of program plans and assures compliance with Federal and State statutes, rules and requirements.
  2. Plans and provides general oversight to various public health programs and services; ensures ongoing program evaluation, reporting and quality improvement; oversees the development of new programs and initiatives and the engagement of community members in planning and implementing community health initiatives.
  3. Oversees the development of annual and supplemental budgets for state mandated programs; oversees the monitoring of revenues and expenditures for public health programs; directs and oversees research for alternative funding sources, including grant preparation.
  4. Monitors public health data collection and community assessment; reviews written reports to ensure grant requirements are met; analyzes statistics to identify productivity standards and costs; manages quality assurance for public health program requirements; develops and oversees performance management and quality improvement processes.
  5. Hires and directs professional, supervisory, and support staff to provide quality service to clients and County staff; prepares performance evaluations; recommends and administers progressive discipline; conducts and/or facilitates staff training and development programs; promotes cooperative team efforts among staff and with other County departments.
  6. Participates in state and local organizations and task forces to promote and coordinate public health programs; serves as liaison and technical advisor to other County departments and divisions, government agencies and the community; advocates for health policy; provides leadership facilitation, consensus building and collaboration with stakeholders, community partners and citizen groups.




Thorough knowledge of: Principles and practices of public health services and administration; federal, state and local statutes and regulations governing the provision of public health services; Federal and Oregon Health Authority rules and regulations; principles and techniques of personnel management and organizational processes and design; development and administration of budgets and grants; participative management theories.

Working knowledge of: Research methodologies, techniques of data collection and statistical analysis and applies data based decision making techniques; office equipment, including personal computers and software programs.

Skill to: Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing and prepare and deliver oral presentations to public and private groups; organize, direct, train, evaluate and discipline management, supervisory, professional, technical and administrative staff; produce measurable outcomes using applicable data and participatory management strategies within budgetary limits and time constraints; plan and organize personnel, equipment and budgetary resources to achieve program goals, objectives, quality improvement, productivity and effectiveness; interpret and apply principles and practices of management; analyze problems and identify alternative solutions; develop and maintain effective working relationships with County personnel, other agencies, community groups and the public.




This position is included in the County’s alternate workweek program, working 40 hours during a standard workweek of Monday through Thursday (Fridays off).  Specific hours of work will be discussed with the candidate selected for this position at the time an offer of employment is extended.




Clackamas County is in a prime location in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area and is recognized nationally as one of the most livable areas in the United States. Located on the southern edge of the City of Portland and extending to the top of Mt. Hood, Clackamas County is part of a thriving region in the Northwest. It has a population of about 400,000 citizens.

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The Health, Housing, and Human Services department is one of the largest departments in Clackamas County, serving tens of thousands of people in need.  The department assists individuals, families, and communities in many areas, including:

  • Physical and oral health
  • Mental health and addictions services
  • Child and family services
  • Assistance for people with disabilities
  • Public health
  • Aging services
  • Low income and special needs housing
  • Employment training for individuals with barriers
  • Assistance for low-income individuals

The Health, Housing, and Human Services (H3S) department consists of eight divisions (including the Director's Office), dedicated to ensuring healthy families and strong communities in Clackamas County.

Our divisions: Promoting and assisting individuals, families and communities to be safe, to be healthy, and to thrive 

  • Director's Office
  • Behavioral Health
  • Children Families & Community Connections
  • Community Development
  • Health Centers
  • Housing Authority
  • Public Health
  • Social Services

Learn more about Health, Housing, and Human Services (H3S) Department.


The health of a community is a key indicator about its quality of life. At Clackamas County Public Health, we are committed to improving the quality of life in Clackamas County by offering services and engaging in activities that protect and promote the health of its residents.

Public Health's Mission:

Promote and assist individuals, families & communities to be healthy, safe and thrive. By working with our communities, Public Health assures conditions that:

  • Prevent injury & disease
  • Promote health
  • Protect food, water & air
  • Prepare for emergencies

Public Health is a Division of the Health, Housing, and Human Services (H3S) Department.

Learn more about Clackamas County Public Health





Clackamas County only accepts online applications.

Please follow the instructions to submit the on-line application.  We are requesting a Cover Letter and a current resume. Your letter of interest should describe your interest in this position and how your professional work experience qualifies you for this position.

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If you have any questions or issues you may contact the Department of Human Resources at 503-655-8459 or e-mail us.  Our office hours are Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time (closed on Fridays).


Request Veterans' Preference

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Clackamas County does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete an I-9 and confirm authorization to work in the United States.


Clackamas County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace.  All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.

If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the Department of Human Resources prior to the recruitment close date.  You may request an accommodation during the online application process.