Montana’s fastest growing county is seeking an innovative, experienced leader to serve as Health Officer of Gallatin City-County Health Department. The Health Officer serves as the lead public health official for Gallatin County and its 114,000 residents and director of a nationally accredited health department and a dedicated, diverse, and high-functioning team of more than 50 public health professionals.
This position is located at Gallatin City-County Health Department in Bozeman, MT, and plans, organizes, directs, coordinates and oversees the Gallatin City-County Health Department staff and programs; collaborates with community organizations, including the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and the public; and provides the overall management of the department. Position is responsible for daily management of a diverse staff, and ongoing performance evaluation of multiple contracts and all public health programs.
Gallatin City-County Health Department is the county’s lead public health agency, with programs that include: communicable disease surveillance and response, immunization services, public health home visitation, WIC supplemental nutrition services, Ryan White services for people living with HIV/AIDs, and chronic disease prevention services such as tobacco prevention, cancer screening, and active lifestyle programs. The Health Officer also supervises the department’s Environmental Health Services division, which manages permitting of wastewater treatment systems, health inspections in restaurants and other licensed establishments, air quality monitoring and more.
The Health Officer reports to the Gallatin City-County Board of Health and works closely with the Gallatin County Commission and Bozeman City Commission.
This position requires an experienced manager, with a demonstrated ability to supervise and lead a diverse staff to achieve specific goals to improve the health and quality of life of Gallatin County residents. This position requires knowledge of the laws, rules and regulations governing public health services (HS); principles and practices of public health; principles of management including supervision, quality improvement practices, and budgeting; and requires knowledge of various computer and software systems (Word, Excel, Access and specialized programs). Experience managing federal grants will be helpful.
Position must have the ability to use quality improvement practices and performance planning to set clear goals, measure progress toward those goals, and make adjustments based on progress. The Health Officer must be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing and be able to maintain the integrity of sensitive and highly confidential information; exercise courtesy and tact in dealing with the public and staff and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
Health Officers in the state of Montana must hold a master's degree in public health or be a physician or have equivalent education and experience as determined by the Board of Health. Successful candidates must also demonstrate a record of exceptional leadership, political sensitivity, and managerial acumen. Experience managing diverse public health programs is strongly valued, as is an understanding of environmental health services integral to land-use planning in a county managing growth in fast growing community seeking to preserve its natural resources, water quality, and natural beauty. The required knowledge, skills, and abilities are typically acquired through formal training in public health and a combination of education and experience equivalent to a Master’s degree in public health or a medical degree. At least 5 to 7 years of experience in the profession is highly preferred and applicants must have significant experience managing a staff, a proven ability to set and communicate clear priorities and goals, and demonstrable leadership abilities.
Licenses and Certifications: Applicants for this position must possess a valid driver’s license, provide own transportation to conduct out of office job duties (mileage reimbursement provided under the County policy), and to be insurable under the County’s liability policies.
As a condition of hire, the final candidate will be required to successfully pass a criminal history check and background investigation.
Gallatin County is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment on the basis of merit and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, political ideas, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, national origin, or physical or mental disability.
Internal Number: 00136
About Gallatin City-County Health Department
The mission of the Gallatin City-County Health Department is to promote and protect health and wellbeing in Gallatin County, Montana. Located in Bozeman, MT, the Gallatin City-County Health Department is a nationally accredited health department serving a population of 114,000 residents. Gallatin City-County Health Department is the county’s lead public health agency, with programs that include: communicable disease surveillance and response, immunization services, public health home visitation, WIC supplemental nutrition services, Ryan White services for people living with HIV/AIDs, and chronic disease prevention services such as tobacco prevention, cancer screening, and active lifestyle programs.
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