Division Director of Health Services

April 15, 2021 | rw-admin | Media
Position Id: VDD4672

Job Description:

Job Title:

Division Director of Health Services


POSITION SUMMARY: Shelby County Government in Shelby County, Tennessee, with its seat of government located in downtown Memphis, is recruiting for an individual to serve as Division Director of Health Services. This position will work under the general direction of the Mayor of Shelby County and/or his designees to plan, organize and maintain public health programs and services for Shelby County. This senior-level executive position requires results-driven abilities, efficient and effective decision-making skills, superior interpersonal and communication skills, financial planning, demonstrated project and crisis management competencies, strong leadership characteristics, and ethical and equitable implementation of policies and procedures. Candidates should have a strong record of accomplishments in managing a multi-faceted healthcare organization.

Job Duties:

1. Responsible for the delivery of all public health services and enforcement of applicable health codes and ordinances of Shelby County and applicable statutes and regulations of the Tennessee Department of Health.
2. Strong and productive engagement with community providers, insurers, health systems, federal and state partners (e.g. TDH, HRSA, and CDC), and national public health organizations (e.g. NACCHO).
3. Responsible for the general supervision of the Division of Health Services, which includes the operation of the Shelby County Health Department and all health-related activities, which shall include, but is not necessarily limited to the improvement of infant mortality, childhood immunization rates, reduction in TB rates, and improvements in air quality.
4. Serves as a regional Health Director for the area in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Health.
5. Responsible for the provision of leadership, innovation, and program management in the area of public health emergency preparedness in collaboration and cooperation with the Shelby County Emergency Management and Homeland Security, and when applicable, the State of Tennessee and other affected areas of the United States that are geographically related to Shelby County.
6. Responsible for the management and supervision of all staff in the Division of Health Services.
7. Authority to delegate to division administrators administrative duties as deemed necessary and appropriate.
8. Meets with and advises boards as needed and serves as ex officio secretary to the Advisory Board of Health.
9. Provides consultation and advice on public health matters to public, local, and State officials.
10. Develops all public health policy and procedures for Shelby County Government.
11. Responsible for planning associated with health-related matters, issues, and concerns for Shelby County Government.
12. Responsible for the overall management of the Division of Health Services.
13. Responsible for developing the Division of Health Services’ annual budget for submission to the Mayor and approval by the County Commission and for monitoring adherence to budgetary items as adopted (or amended) for each fiscal year.
14. Meet with the County Commission and its committees to present all contracts and grants for the Division.
15. Establish and maintain inter agency working relations with all public health providers in Shelby County.

Background Requirements:

The Director of Health Services shall be a health professional who possesses the necessary education and experience in public health administration. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Public or Business Administration, or a health-related field, and at least ten (10) years of experience in an increasingly responsible administrative/managerial capacity with a minimum of six (6) years in the health field; or a Master’s degree in Public Health or Public Administration may be used in substitution of a maximum of two (2) years of the required experience.

SUPERVISION: This position will take and receive directions and instructions from the Mayor of Shelby County and/or his designee. In addition, this role directly oversees within the Division of Health Services the following seven (7) internal reporting departments: Finance, Administration, Environmental Health, Health Planning and Promotion, Community Health, Health Officer, and Public Information Officer.

Related Skills:

1. Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of public health.
2. Radiates a passion for public health; serves as the catalyst to shape and execute compelling vision to improve community health.
3. Builds on the foundation of strong public health programs, services, and partnerships.
4. Provides strategic leadership to the Division and addresses public health priorities by working effectively through Division administrators.
5. Ability to establish trust and credibility in the community and quickly gain the respect of others.
6. Embraces the County’s diverse communities.
7. Effectively navigates the divergent interests of stakeholders and moves fluidly across sectors.
8. Knowledge of local, State and Federal public health laws, regulations, and ordinances.
9. Knowledge of the objectives and services of public health programs in Shelby County and other municipalities in Shelby County.
10. Knowledge of community medical and social services resources.
11. Ability to administer the Division as a professional and navigate communication to the public across multiple political structures (e.g local, state, and federal).
12. Thorough knowledge of modern management techniques and ability to apply them.
13. Working knowledge of the principles and practices of organizational management and public administration.
14. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other departments of Shelby County Government.
15. Ability to work and collaborate with the public.

1. Must be a resident of Shelby County, Tennessee by the time appointment is to be approved.
2. Must possess a valid Tennessee driver’s license or secure one by date of employment.
3. Must be able to attend professional organization meetings.
4. Must have access to an operable automobile and meet county requirements for automobile insurance upon date of employment.
5. Must be available to travel to other Shelby County offices.

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