Health Department Director

Location: Health Department Director
Posted: 12/14/2021

Current Classification:

Pay Grade:        21 salary scale $72,258 - $94,907

Exempt full time

  Subordinates: Park County Public Health and Environmental Health staff



 Position overview:

This position is responsible for developing, promoting, and delivering public health programs and services to Park County residents and visitors.  The Director manages the daily operations of the Health Department and assures the staff is supported to successfully achieve the department’s vision, mission, and program objectives.  Department administration requires understanding and addressing community health needs through outreach, planning, organization, direction, supervision, and coordination of Environmental Health and Public Health operations and staff.   Director works closely with the Board of Health, the health officer, state and local health department team, public officials, collaborating organizations and agencies, compliance agencies, other county employees and the general public.


All duties below are essential functions unless otherwise indicated. Duties of the position are not all inclusive and subject to change.



  1. To develop goals, objectives and measurements for the identification and evaluation of public health needs and services and provide continuous quality improvement. 
  1. To collaborate with community leaders and other health and environmental professionals to discuss, identify and assess public health needs and problems. 
  1. To develop recommendations to enhance public health service and help identify and secure funding for such services. 
  1. To develop, monitor and administer department budget and fiscal contracts.
    1. To collect and analyze data and information pertaining to department activities and finances and prepare and submit reports as requested by the County Commission and Board of Health. 
  1. To meet and confer with citizens, community groups, members of the medical and public health community and others to discuss department policies, programs and services. To be an active part of the community and promoter of public health and safety. 
  1. To ensure community compliance with applicable state and local health laws and regulations; monitor effectiveness and make recommendations for changes as justified. 
  1. To oversee the operation and services for environmental health in nuisance control, water and sewage, rodent and insect control, air pollution, water quality, lead poisoning prevention, radiation and housing. 
  1. To respond to citizen complaints associated with Health department programs and provide solutions when possible. 
  1. To plan, prepare, attend and serve as secretary to the Board of Health or designate a health department team member to support the Board of Health as outlined in Board of Health Bylaws.   
  1. In the event of an emergency, the Director may be asked to work under Incident Command, participate in Unified Command, or assume leadership as Incident Commander. 
  1. Willingness and ability to attend evening meetings, travel out of town and attend workshops, conference and meetings during work and non-work hours to meet the operational needs of the department. 




  1. To hire, direct and supervise the work and performance of the Health Department staff. 
  1. To provide all Health Department staff opportunity for growth and development, through training and counsel, in their given fields. 
  1. To build, support and evaluate the operation and services of all public health nursing and wellness department programs. 
  1. To perform Health Department staff evaluations, and address discipline and termination actions when necessary. 
  1. Work with Director of Grants and Special Projects to develop and maintain systems and procedures for grant administration activities to include (but not necessarily limited to):


  • To determine which grant opportunities to pursue and develop based on Health Department needs and strategies;
  • To assist in project management related to grant application project goals and activities;
  • To assist in the administration of grant funds received to include preparation of requests for qualifications and/or proposals and project implementation;
  • To prepare quarterly narrative and programmatic reporting and quarterly reimbursement requests; and
  • To prepare grant closeout documentation which may include final narrative and programmatic reporting and final reimbursement requests.


Performs other duties as assigned by the County Commission. This includes special projects and a variety of other functions as determined.


 Knowledge of public health and/or human services program principals; knowledge of budget development and management; knowledge of grants administration; knowledge of long and short-range program development and implementation; knowledge of local government policy and decision-making process; knowledge of project management principles and practices; knowledge of team leadership motivation; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships. Ability to communicate and negotiate effectively among diverse interests and groups. Comfortable with public speaking.

 EEducation and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health, Business or Health related field. Master’s Degree in Public Health, Public Administration, or closely related field is preferred. Minimum of three years of professional level experience in leading department staff and community initiatives and/or facilitating teams focused on public health issues, strongly desired. Effective public speaking skills, highly proficient personal computer software applications skills.

 CCertifications, Licenses, etc.

Valid Driver’s license. Must obtain a Montana Driver’s license within 60 days.

Complete emergency preparedness training and provide certification of completion within 120 days of hire.

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