Public Health Director
DEFINITION: Under administrative direction, directs departmental
operations to meet mandated public health service requirements and
needs of Santa Barbara County's medically indigent; and performs
related duties as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is an at-will department head
class. The incumbent is exempt from Civil Service and serves at the
pleasure of the Board of Supervisors and County Administrator. This
position is responsible for the management and implementation and
direction on a countywide basis of all public health services
provided by the County including: statutory public health services,
health education, multiple outpatient clinics providing primary and
specialty care, contract hospital services and related programs and
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
1. Formulates and administers comprehensive public health programs
based on needs and available resources; makes recommendations to and
consults with the Board of Supervisors on general policies and
procedures, goals and proposals and methods of service delivery for
public health and clinic care programs.
2. Plans, organizes and directs the work of professional, technical
and administrative staff engaged in the delivery of health services;
determines types and levels of services to be provided and standards
by which delivery will be evaluated; directs the preparation of
annual budgets, health care plans and funding applications; monitors
and evaluates delivery, performance and expenditures.
3. Disseminates and interprets and implements policies, laws, and
regulations of state/federal directives regarding medical and public
health issues to physicians, department staff and representatives of
hospitals, nursing homes, medical clinics and schools; develops
positions on proposed legislation and advocates the County's
position before state and federal agencies and community groups.
4. Consults and coordinates with federal and state health officials
and representatives of local public and private health agencies in
the enforcement of health laws and the development of programs to
meet public health needs; directs searches for new funding sources
and oversees grant application preparation and negotiation;
coordinates public health care activities with related services
provided by other County departments including Social Services,
Mental Health and Environmental Health.
5. Makes public presentations and meets privately with physicians
and administrators of health and social service agencies. Secures
and maintains community support for public health programs;
1. Progressively responsible high level executive health related
administrative experience preferably in a public health setting.
Experience should include working with community health care
agencies and, responsibility for community contact; or,
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is
equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides
the required knowledge and abilities.
Additional Requirements: Independent travel is required.
Knowledge of: principles and practices and inter-agency
responsibilities involved in contemporary public health; federal and
state laws and regulations governing the services and work of local
public health programs; the organization and purpose of federal and
state health departments; relationship between public health
associations and community health groups; principles and practices
of managing physicians and other medical professionals; and other
managers; effective public and community relation practices; public
information practices and techniques; practices of health service
advocacy; principles and practices of determining and serving
community health needs; impact of socio-economic and psychological
factors on the effectiveness of health care and general health
service delivery; fiscal management, budget administration and
control; program budgeting; principles and practices of personnel,
and information systems organizational management.
Ability to: Plan, organize, coordinate, and evaluate a variety
public health operations to meet community health needs and
state/federal laws and regulations within available resources;
determine the need and priority of public health programs and
establish short and long range goals and objectives; manage
physicians and other medical professionals and lay administrators;
instill public confidence in the quality of services; determine
community health needs and programs needed to meet such needs;
establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with
representatives of federal, state and local health and social
service agencies, managers of other County departments, and
community leaders; make effective written and oral presentations;
act as management spokesperson in dealings with other departments
and agencies; persuade and motivate others, problem solve and
mediate between groups with diverse points of view.
Desirable Qualifications: A Master's degree in Public Health or
Hospital Administration is desirable.