Public Health Director/Health Officer

Full Time
Posted 2 months ago



The Director of Public Health manages and coordinates the daily operations of the Public Health programs. Plans and organizes all   functions, including staffing, staff development and budgeting; coordinates implementation of disease management/wellness systems under the direction of the Medical Director. Establishes and maintains a positive work environment for staff members providing services consistent with the strategic direction and core values of the organization. The Director leads development of grant and alternative funding proposals to increase or enhance public health offerings in concert with the Division senior leadership team and ensures the programs are designed and managed to maximize their benefit to the community, while complying with the terms and requirements of the funding agencies.  Promotes population health through ongoing community health assessment and improvement planning in collaboration with diverse community partners.  In the role of Health Officer, protects the heath of the community through the enforcement of public health laws and facilitation of preparedness planning with community partners in a manner consistent with statutory authority outlined in WI Statute 251.06(3) and County policy.   In addition, provides regular updates and orientation to the Health and Human Services Committee.




Essential Duties:   These duties represent the typical duties and responsibilities assigned to this position n(d align with the Public Health Core Competencies found here ( (Download PDF reader)) but may not be inclusive of all tasks performed

Annalistic and Assessment

Coordinate ongoing community health improvement process; evaluate and implement programmatic and organizational changes consistent with community health needs.

  • Conduct regular evaluations of programs in accordance with state and county reporting requirements.
  •  Maintains public health performance management system.

Policy Development/Program Planning

  • Implement policies and programs consistent with Level III Health Department Designation under HFS DHS 140.
  • Design, coordinate, and implement population based programs based on community health needs assessments and in accordance with the County’s community health improvement plan.
  • Maintain necessary regulatory documentation as required for compliance with public health agency programs.


  • Participates as an active collaborator with colleagues in the Community Services division.
  • Serve as community liaison and advocate for public health services at the county, state, and federal level.

Cultural Compentency

  • Assesses  and ensures the public health organization for its cultural competence

Community Dimensions of Practice

  • Develop and maintain strategic community partnerships necessary for the delivery of public health programs and services.

Public Health Sciences

  • Applies the basic public health sciences (including, but not limited to, biostatistics epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, and social and

behavioral health sciences)

Financial Planning and Management

  • Actively seek and obtain outside funding for public health programs through grants, contractual arrangements, and fee for service revenues; ensure compliance with funding requirements.
  • Develop public health program budgets with Business and Operations unit; recommend budgetary and personnel changes to Community Services Director.
  • Maintain agency program budgets to ensure compliance with expenditure guidelines and grant requirements.
  • Work with Division Director and Business and Operations unit Develop and oversee to develop contractual relationships for provision of public health services to other agencies, both internal and external.

Leadership and Systems Thinking

  • Act as agent/administrator for, and ensure compliance with, public health programs regulated by state statute
  • Assure compliance with adherence to standards of public health practice and to maintain national public health accreditation status.
  • Foster growth in professional practice to ensure a current, innovative and collaborative public health practice environment to assure a competent and equitable public health workforce.

Health Officer 251.06

  • Carries out the duties of a local health officer outlined in WI Statute 251.306(3).

Conducts activities or communicable disease surveillance and control and human health hazard investigation and control.

  • Maintain current knowledge of and ensure enforcement of federal, state, and local public health statutes and regulations.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Supervises assigned staff
  • Appoint all necessary subordinate personnel, assure that they meet appropriate qualifications and have supervisory power over all subordinate personnel. Any public health nurses and sanitarians hired for the local health department shall meet any qualification requirements established in rules promulgated by the department
  • Creates and manages work schedules
  • Provides work direction and reviews work for accuracy
  • Provides program supervision, clinical supervision and/or case consultation to staff
  • Develops and facilitates staff training; assures staff meet licensing, credentialing and training requirements
  • Guides staff through changes in laws, processes, services or programs
  • Provides guidance to staff for legal processes and court appearances
  • Responds to grievances or special issues; and
  • Conducts regular coaching sessions and performs annual performance reviews.




Qualifications:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education/Experience:  Candidates must meet minimum requirements of Local Health Officer as outlined in WI Statute 251.06.

  • Masters degree in public health, public administration, health administration or similar field and three (3) years of full-time experience in an administrative or management position in a public health agency or in the performance of closely related duties; or
  • Bachelors degree and sixteen (16) graduate semester credits towards a master’s degree in public health, public administration, health administration, or similar field and five (5) years of full-time experience in an administrative position in either a public agency or in the performance of closely related duties; or
  • A license to practice medicine and surgery under WI Statute Chapter 448 and at least one of the following:
    1. Three (3) years of full-time experience in an administrative position in either a public agency or in the performance of closely related duties; or,
    2. Eligibility for certification by the American board of preventative medicine in public health or general preventative medicine; or
    3. A master’s degree in public health, public administration, health administration, or, as defined in the rules promulgated by the department, a similar field.

Masters degree with three years of full-time experience is preferred.

Competency Requirements:

  • Integrity/Honesty – Contributes to maintaining the integrity of the organization; displays high standards of ethical conduct and understands the impact of violating these standards on an organization, self, and others; is trustworthy. 
  • Customer Service and Community Relations – Anticipates and strives to meet the needs of both internal and external stakeholders (employees, contracted staff, residents, families, and other internal and external clientele). Delivers high-quality services; is committed to continuous improvement.        Communicates/Interacts with members of the public and other key stakeholders in a way that elicits positive response and participation, which on occasion, may include interaction either one-on-one or with several stakeholders at one time to present information and/or represent the facility’s interests.
  • Accountability – Assumes responsibility for successfully accomplishing work objectives and delivering results; setting high standards of performance for self and others
  • Judgment and Decision Making – Accurately assesses situations, seeks new information if necessary, and applies all available information to reach sound conclusions/formulate effective response.   Requires little guidance for responding to a wide range of complex situations with far-reaching and/or enduring consequences.
  • Job Knowledge – Understands facets of job including principles of public health administration, practices and techniques; aware of duties and responsibilities, keeps job knowledge current.  Including knowledge of community needs, resources and organization related to public health care administration

Strong Fiscal Background – Knowledge and skilled in the principles and practices of governmental budgeting, funding and grant/contract management

  • Facilitation –  Effective in leading group processes, problem solving situations and community meetings
  • Partnering/Networking –  Demonstrates ability to engage and maintain key stakeholders and the public in necessary partnerships to potentiate reach of the agency as well as improve service delivery
  • Organizational Communications – Demonstrates the county and agency’s mission and goals through collaboration with key stakeholders and community input and involvement.
  • Strategic/Analytical – Establishes and achieves measurable outcomes through the use of analytical methodology, strategic planning, leveraging of resources and utilization of technology.
  • Team Builder – Inspires confidence and builds support internally and externally with partners and colleagues.
  • Leadership – Manages various groups and personnel through sound leadership principles; advising and coaching subordinates, facilitation of goal accomplishment, career planning, and evaluating performance to ensure success. 

Minimum Skills Assessment Requirements:  Skills and abilities may be evaluated through various assessment tools.

Certificates/Licenses/Registrations:  Current Wisconsin license if Registered Nurse, Registered Sanitarian or Physician. Possession of a current valid driver’s license or has access to a regular source of transportation, as occasionally required to travel for off-campus meetings and participation in regional and statewide public health related advisory committees, workgroups and projects  (may require out-of-state and overnight travel).  Additional requirements noted under the ‘Education/Experience’ section of this position description.

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