Cumberland County is seeking its next Public Health Director. The accredited Cumberland County Health Department (CCHD) is the fifth largest department in the State and serves a highly diverse community. The successful candidate will be a proven public health administrator who is a compassionate, strategic thinker with a record of outstanding community engagement, transparency, staff excellence and innovative leadership in health service delivery. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with a history of successful transformational leadership who wants to be a part of a significant change effort. The incoming Health Director must have impeccable integrity, value teamwork, collaboration, and champion outstanding service while holding high standards for self and others. The environment is ripe for a leader who is a change agent that is ready to make an impact both in the agency and in the community.
The Health Department is governed by the 11-member Cumberland County Board of Health. Board Members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and serve three (3) year terms. Reporting directly to the Board of Health, the Director reports indirectly to the County Manager’s Office through the Assistant County Manager for Community Support Services. The Director serves as a member of the County Leadership Team, which consists of the County’s Department Heads. The Public Health Director leads a staff of over 220 to deliver and promote public health services, strategies and initiatives to the citizens of the County. The CCHD has nine (9) divisions: Administration, Medical Records, Care Coordination, Laboratory Services, Environmental Health, WIC, Health Education, School Health and Clinical Services and operates with a budget of $23M. Adult primary care and dental services are offered through contracted partners, co-located within the Health Department. The Public Health Center opened in December 2009 and is centrally located in the City of Fayetteville. The Public Health Center houses centralized services. Additionally, the CCHD operates three satellite offices throughout the County offering limited services.
The Board of Health has identified the following top nine key health concerns: •School Health Nurses •Transparency •Branding/Marketing •Restoring Public Trust & Confidence •Building Staff Morale •Chronic Disease Management •Integration of Community Health •Teen Pregnancies & Sexually Transmitted Infections •Opioids
The new Director will work with the Board to address the key health concerns and priorities while working to envision new priorities to protect and promote the health care of the citizens CCHD serves. Building a transparent, informational and accountable relationship with the Board and public is essential. Like many communities, increases in opioid addiction and the prevalence of STDs create challenges for innovative outreach, education, treatment and prevention. Ongoing disparity of income and healthcare access require innovative programs and initiatives to ensure people can receive outstanding healthcare. The next director is a passionate advocate for citizen access to outstanding public health care along and the ongoing development of a climate of excellence in which staff grow and thrive in delivering outstanding customer service.
Minimum training and experience requirements are in accordance with GS 130A-40 and GS 130A-45.5. For master's degree related to public health, the determination must be made by the State Health Director.
•A medical doctorate; or, •A masters degree in Public Health Administration, and at least one year of employment experience in health programs or health services; or, •A masters degree in a public health discipline other than public health administration, and at least three years of employment experience in health programs or health services; or, •A masters degree in public administration, and at least two years of experience in health programs or health services; or, •A masters degree in a field related to public health, and at least three years of experience in health programs or health services; or, •A bachelors degree in public health administration or public administration and at least three years of experience in health programs or health services.
Preferred Qualifications: •Master’s Degree in Public Health in addition to required education; •Six (6) years of senior management level experience working directly for or with a public health agency; •Experience with direct oversight and/or working closely with public health clinical services, communicable disease and public health preparedness.
Additional Salary Information: Final salary will be based on experience and combined with a generous benefits package.
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About Cumberland County Department of Public Health
Cumberland County operates under the Commission-Manager form of government. The Cumberland County Commissioners are a seven-member board. Five commissioners are elected from districts and two are elected at large. Commissioners serve four-year staggered terms.
The County is regarded as a fiscally responsible, stable and well-managed government with sound budget and fiscal management and a strong fund balance (net assets). The County has an overall budget of approximately $477 million (General Fund - $316 million), a property tax rate of 79.9 cents per $100 of assessed valuation and approximately 2,400 employees in 30 departments.
The County government provides services ranging from animal control to zoning, as well as strong support for the public education system. Award-winning programs in our Environmental Health, Public Information, Finance, Public Library, Veterans’ Services and Social Services Departments demonstrate Cumberland County's commitment to better serve our residents, prepare for the future and be a caring, inclusive and transparent government.