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Public Health Director 


*Unique opportunity to build the new Pitkin County Public Health department*

SUMMARY:  Under limited supervision, directs the Pitkin County Public Health (PH) department through effective planning, staff management, and resource allocation; manages public and population health priorities, identifies critical issues, resolves conflicts, and assures the effective coordination of programs and strategies to protect and improve the health of the residents.

Job Series Title Protocol –Director title covers job classes that direct operations, programs, and the development of policy and strategic plans for major departments; and have responsibility for a major and distinct function.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: -- Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class; employees may be assigned duties which are not listed below; reasonable accommodations will be made as required.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change at any time by the employer. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Plans, directs, and evaluates the staff and functions of the PH department  through effective planning, staff management, and resource allocation; directs PH programs and projects; assures the effectiveness of Public Health (and Environmental Health) programs, and compliance with state and federal regulations.
  • Provides leadership, and collaborative working relationships with the staff of the Public Health department by directing strategic planning, team building, and goal setting; develops collaborative working relationships throughout the County organization.
  • Serves as the principal advisor on Public Health programs and technical health issues; anticipates and removes obstacles and holds staff accountable for quality results; assures staff are meeting work plan goals and objectives.
  • Manages staff, tracks and reviews work activities, and evaluates work performance; trains employees, and provides direction and guidance on technical and policy issues; coordinates training and cross-training of staff.
  • Directs a Population Health focus with assessment, planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of programs and services; develops program responsibilities in implementing Colorado’s Core Public Health Services; assesses and monitors community and environmental health needs, priorities, access, and affordability; monitors and evaluates pending legislation, and the impact of public policies, laws, and regulations on public health prevention and disease control programs.
  • Identifies data and information sources for public health promotion and disease prevention programs; develops evidence-based approaches to public health promotion, and disease prevention and control issues to the Board of Health.
  • Directs the development and implementation of quality assurance plans and protocols for public health services, using qualitative and quantitative evaluation protocols; monitors contractor and program performance and impact measures, and evaluates findings to improve performance. 
  • Serves in the statutory role of “ Public Health Director,” and assures compliance with public health laws of the State of Colorado, and public health orders, standards and rules of the County and State boards of Health; provides consultation and secretarial support to the Board of Health and recommends appropriate action against violators of health codes.
  • Facilitates the development of the local Health Care Coalition/Emergency Support Function 8 (public Health and medical) with coalition building, resource identification, planning, training and exercises to build emergency response capability across all sectors of the health care system. Communicates through the ESF framework to the BOCC in an emergency.
  • Supports the relationship between Pitkin County government and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with citizens, visitors, and County staff; maintains confidentiality of work-related issues and County information; performs other duties as required or assigned.
Position Requirements


Education and Experience:

Master’s Degree in Public Health, Environmental Health, Public Administration, Health Administration or related field; AND seven years’ public health and/or environmental health program management experience; OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.  

Required Licenses or Certifications:

  • Must possess a valid Colorado Driver’s License.


Knowledge of:

  • County policies and procedures.
  • Duties, powers, authorities, and limitations of a Public Health Director.
  • Federal and state public health program regulations and requirements.
  • Regional public health protocols, environmental protection issues, and regulatory standards.
  • Techniques for evaluating and resolving PH and community services issues.
  • Principles and practices of public sector administrative management, including cost accounting, budgeting, purchasing, contract management, customer service and personnel rules.
  • Techniques and practices for efficient and cost effective management of resources.
  • Record keeping and records management rules and standards.
  • Local community issues and regional community resources available to citizens.

Skill in:

  • Analyzing Public Health issues, evaluating alternatives, and developing solutions based on findings.
  • Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
  • Analyzing County needs, and prioritizing and promoting public health and environmental health programs and projects to meet needs.
  • Interpreting and applying state laws, and County policies and procedures governing Public Health.
  • Working effectively with others to develop solutions for public and environmental health and community service issues.
  • Effectively presenting technical information to public and professional audiences.
  • Analyzing and summarizing technical information, using spreadsheet software and quantitative analysis techniques.
  • Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with co-workers and other regional social services agencies.
  • Utilizing standard personal computer software programs and specialized state and County software.
  • Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.

Physical Demands and Working Environment: 

  • Work is performed in a standard office environment.

Hiring Range:

$107,104 to $131,094 annually dependent upon qualifications.

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Position Public Health Director  
Close Date 12/8/2016  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Location Public Health  
About the Organization Pitkin County government provides valued and high quality public services supporting the health, safety and well-being of people and the natural environment. Pitkin County is a tobacco-free workplace.

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EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  
EEO-4 Job Category None Specified 

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