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Public Health Director 


Job Summary

The Director provides comprehensive oversight, including technical and administrative assistance to Public Health department, Yellowhawk and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) by providing management, leadership and public health expertise. The Director must be highly motivated and creative in searching for, proposing, and obtaining grant and other types of funding to support public health activities. The Director will also have a strong background in evaluation design, implementation, and analysis. The Director will supervise public health program staff as assigned and will also be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations and personnel. The Director will develop and maintain relationships and partnerships that advance Yellowhawk’s public health initiatives. All duties and responsibilities will be performed in accordance with the Yellowhawk Mission and Vision statements.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Develops a strategy for implementation and sustainability of Public Health programs and services.
  2. Works closely with all departments to integrate and collaborate Public Health with all aspects of Yellowhawk operations.
  3. Maintains currency in advancements in the public health field and accurately projects the impact of these changes on programs at Yellowhawk.
  4. Ensures development of community health assessments using information about health status, factors influencing health and assets and resources.
  5. Conducts grant/contract assessments and prepares reports necessary for program continuity and compliance. Monitors compliance with grant/contract requirements and ensures those requirements are met by the deadline.
  6. Identifies problems and negotiates corrective action concerning programmatic issues and budgetary management. Such proposals are tied to the strategic objectives for Yellowhawk.
  7. Plans, promotes, and develops public health projects/programs through strategic visioning and leadership. (e.g., describing measurable outcomes, determining needed policy changes, identifying parties responsible for implementation)
  8. Supervises department personnel, interviews and selects new employees, provides instruction and training; plans, coordinates, assigns and reviews work; acts on problems and concerns, and maintains standards; approves leaves; evaluates performance and approves transfers, promotions, discharges and disciplinary action. Provides mentoring, supervision, and technical assistance to department staff.
  9. Works closely with program managers to assist with the development of draft policies, procedures, and protocols for care.
  10. Ensures effective data management and reporting are clear and concise.
  11. Works with tribal, local, state and federal agencies to advance the public health initiatives of Yellowhawk.
  12. Participates on external committees, workgroups, task forces, and other forums to improve Yellowhawk representation and Community Wellness input.
  13. Develops department specific strategic plans for each fiscal year with measurable goals and objectives. Reports on progress towards strategic objectives to Yellowhawk Executive Management Team (EMT), CTUIR Health Commission and CTUIR Board of Trustees
  14. Develops budgets, staffing plans, and action plans to ensure proper personnel, facilities, and supplies to meet grant/contract deliverables and reporting.
  15. Oversees implementation of department Performance Management/Quality Improvement Plan and identify areas for improvement and conduct quality improvement Studies to evaluate the effectiveness of current policies, procedures, and practices in achieving desired outcomes.
  16. Where indicated, makes recommendations to Executive Management for the implementation of new policies and procedures, or the revision of existing policies where feasible.
  17. Assists with the development and implementation of effective communication strategies to disseminate public health information to Tribes, Tribal health departments, and other entities as needed.
  18. Assists in the workforce development of public health staff to ensure timely career development, training and workforce program development.
  19. Provides direction to the Public Health Department staff on activities and work plans needed to achieve and maintain Public Health Accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).
  20. Other duties as assigned.



Position Requirements

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Master’s degree in Public Health, Nursing, Healthcare Administration or Management, Health Education or Studies, with four (4) years of successful experience relevant to this position.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Nursing, Healthcare Administration or Management, Health Education or Studies, with five (5) years of successful experience relevant to this position.
  2. Three (3) years of successful direct supervisory/management experience over multiple programs.
  3. Demonstrated successful experience managing a multiple funding source budget.
  4. Demonstrated knowledge of public health programs, program development, research, infrastructure, and current issues and best practices.
  5. Demonstrated excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  6. Knowledge of and experience working with generally accepted reporting formats.
  7. Demonstrated skill in developing work processes, and implementing quality improvement measures.
  8. Successful ability to successfully and seamlessly manage multiple tasks and projects in a faced paced environment with multiple deadlines.
  9. Demonstrated skill and ability to use automated office equipment and software programs, including, but not limited to: Microsoft Office and Electronic Health Records.
  10. Ability to use tact and diplomacy with all sensitive issues and special situations.
  11. Demonstrated ability to research, analyze and synthesize documents and materials.
  12. Must possess a valid driver’s license to perform job duties that involve driving GSA vehicles both on and off the Umatilla Indian Reservation and maintain insurability to operate a GSA vehicle.
  13. Must submit to and pass a reference and criminal background check and a pre-employment drug and alcohol screening.

Preferred Qualificaitions

  1. Doctorate degree in Public Health, Healthcare Administration or other related field.
  2. Experience and/or knowledge of history, culture and health needs of Native American communities preferred.
  3. Experience in a Tribal healthcare system.



Closing Date June 25, 2021 at 4:00 PM  
Supervised By Chief Executive Officer  
Salary $95,896 - $143,865 annual or $110,238 - $165,357 annual DOE and DOQ  
EOE Statement No employee or job applicant shall be discriminated against in the pursuit of employment due to Race, Color, Religion, Sex or National Origin or any other category protected by law, except as provided by the Indian Preference Act under Title 25, of the U.S.C.  

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