Sheridan County is an equal opportunity employer. Sheridan County shall, upon request, provide reasonable accommodations to otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities.
This job description is intended to reflect core areas of responsibility and an incumbent employees’ knowledge and skill set needed to complete those functions. This document is not intended to catalog each individual duty; employees are routinely called upon to address emerging employer requirements in alignment with individual work units and assignments of jobs. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer change.
Job Title:Public Health Director
FLSA Status:Non-Exempt Exempt
Department:Public Health Department
Reports to:Board of County Commissioners; County Board of Health; Health Officer
Work Unit Overview: The county Health Department protects and promotes the health of county citizens and the environment through the efforts of dedicated and skilled employees and application of sound public health principle. The department’s role is to identify community health problems; diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community; and enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety. The mission of the department is to prevent disease and illness, promote healthy choices and deliver quality health care.
Job Summary: Under general supervision directs and coordinates a wide variety of public health related tasks. Responsibility includes health promotion, health maintenance, education, coordination, and continuity of care directed to individuals, families or groups whether at home, at work, at school or in community centers. This includes administering public health programs, maintaining patient and program activity records, preparing required reports and obtaining adequate public health funding. Work varies requiring individual judgment.
Essential Functions (Major Duties or Responsibilities):These duties are the essential functions and are not all-inclusive of all duties that the incumbent performs.
Identify health needs in the community to create and facilitate programs to promote health and welfare. Assess community health strengths, needs, and expectations to adopt a plan to utilize available medical resources and standards of nursing practices to serve families and individuals through health promotion and to serve those who are at risk of illness, injury, disability, or death.
Provide health education and health screening (such as blood pressure screening) to individuals to prevent illness, disability, or premature death. Work closely with the Council on Aging and other Senior programs.
Investigate and monitor reports of communicable diseases such as measles, hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis. Coordinate efforts with physicians, school personnel, and others regarding the treatment and prevention of diseases.
Provide health education, health promotion, health assessment, and disease prevention activities in the community to increase community awareness of the value of public health in the County. This includes representing the Department at various community activities. Advises other community agencies and organizations in the area related to immunization practices, communicable diseases, and health education.
Implement strategies to obtain sustainable public health funding for the delivery of quality services and programs that meet the needs of the community members. Identify funding sources; apply for grants and oversee grant work; stay current about funding at the local, state, and national level; promote long-term funding planning; and identify opportunities to expand billable services. Maintains contracts with insurance providers for immunization billing.
Ensure that any programs administered by the Health Department operate in compliance with state and Federal standards, policies, guidelines, and/or grant provisions. This includes monitoring and tracking demographic data on participants, conducting site inspections, compiling reports, and administering necessary budgets.
Ensure that clinical documentation regarding clients is secure, confidential, and maintained in compliance with Health Department policy and state and federal regulation.
Review the strategic plans of the County on a yearly basis to ensure they meet community health needs and that services are coordinated to maximize the effective use of resources and personnel. Prepare annual department budget. Work closely with the county Sanitarian; report quarterly to the Board of Health.
Attend regional public health meetings and conferences, meet with regional partners, and negotiate agreements to maximize services available to County citizens.
Provide education to law enforcement personnel on subjects including disease prevention, hygiene, and life issues for prisoners in the County jail.
Perform other duties as assigned including managing special projects, attending meetings and conferences, providing backup for other staff, participating in training, etc.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions:The demands and conditions described here are representative of those the employee must meet to perform the essential functions of the job.
Intermittent periods of standing, sitting, walking, lifting babies and children to examination tables. Required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
Carry clinic supplies needed to perform tasks to clinics or homes up to 25 pounds.
Work in a clinical nursing environment or on-site locations best suited for nursing purposes.
Work in office conditions and travels throughout the County to work in clinics, homes and other locations such as schools, youth centers, women’s shelters, migrant camps, senior centers, County nursing home, and community centers.
May involve occasional exposure to unstable home environments which requires tactful diplomacy and pathogens which requires knowledge of basic infection control and safety procedures.
Supervision Exercised: May directly supervise any additional nursing staff and support staff as needed, including nurses providing immunizations and health screening, clerical staff, or Program Specialists working with specific programs or grants.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
The job requires knowledge of physical, biological and behavioral sciences; the principles and practice of Public Health Nursing; assessment, diagnosis, planning, intervention and evaluation practices; and medical and patient care practices. Requires knowledge of nutritional principles and practices; educational and learning theories; public health funding sources and grant writing; health psychology theories; community assessments; and program implementation and evaluation.
The job requires excellent verbal and written communication skills; analytical skills necessary to prepare nursing care plans, coordinate and implement effective nursing care; and to develop solutions to problems concerning a patient's mental or physical well-being. Skills in public relations, organizing and prioritizing work; and in developing approaches to sensitive issues that have significant impacts on patients, stakeholders, and Health Department programs are required.
The job requires the ability to exercise independent professional judgment, to delegate work to others, evaluate services, to project a positive image of the Health Department, and to work effectively in treating patients that range from infants to the elderly.
Education and Experience:
The Director must be a graduate of an accredited school of nursing as a Registered Nurse OR hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree. He or she must hold a current license with the State Bureau of Nursing and must complete any continuing education as required by the State during term of employment. The j