Under general administrative direction, is responsible for planning, directing, managing, and overseeing the activities and operations of the Health Department including the Community Health Division, the Communicable Disease Division and the Environmental Health and Operations Division. The Director promotes and supports population health in San Antonio and Bexar County by providing public health expertise. This position promotes individual and population public health by providing essential services of public health within a variety of settings, ensures compliance with a broad range of local health and environmental codes, regulations, and policies; participates in multi-faceted community health and environmental projects; and provides technical guidance and information to decision-makers and stakeholders regarding public health and environmental issues. Coordinates assigned activities with other City departments and outside agencies and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager's Office. Exercises direct supervision over staff.
Essential Job Functions:
Assumes full management responsibility for all department services and activities, including statistical services, food sanitation, communicable and chronic disease, laboratory, medical services, vector control, and dental services; and recommends and administers policies and procedures.
Monitors the health and well-being of City and County residents; monitors community and City-wide health conditions, including infectious, environmental, behavioral, and social conditions, and health inequities; and provides recommendations and information to the Mayor, City Council, and City Manager on public health concerns. Serves as the community’s chief health strategist.
Manages the development and implementation of department goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for each assigned service area; establishes, within City policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; and allocates resources accordingly.
Monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; assesses and monitors workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement, and directs the implementation of changes.
Acts as the official departmental representative to other City departments, City Manager's Office, elected officials and outside agencies; explains, justifies, and defends department programs, policies, and activities; and negotiates and resolves sensitive, significant, and controversial issues.
Selects, motivates, and evaluates department staff; provides or coordinates training and works with employees to correct deficiencies; and implements and administers disciplinary and termination procedures.
Plans, directs, and coordinates, through subordinate-level staff, the department strategic plan; meets with management staff to identify and resolve problems; assigns projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; and reviews and evaluates work methods and procedures.
Manages and participates in the development and administration of the department budget; estimates funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; directs the monitoring and approval of expenditures, and directs the preparation and implementation of budgetary adjustments as necessary.
Coordinates departmental activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations; provides staff assistance to the City Manager, Assistant City Managers, and City Council; and prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary communications.
Provides leadership and direction for the department’s public health accreditation implementation.
Provides direction for the integration of health equity practices throughout the department and community.
Responds to and resolves sensitive inquiries and complaints from both internal and external sources.
Reviews and signs all higher-level department communication, including ordinances and contracts.
Attends City Council meetings and takes necessary action regarding Council agenda items.
Serves as a liaison to the medical community and hospitals; reviews and explains City public health programs and health policies; and evaluates health programs supported by Local, Federal or State grants.
Provides staff support to a variety of boards and commissions; attends and participates in professional group meetings; and stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of public health.
Edits and reviews manuscripts, articles, and proceedings of public health and clinical medical organizations.
Performs related duties and fulfills responsibilities as required.
If a physician must be a graduate from an accredited medical school and licensed or eligible for licensure by the State of Texas. Must be licensed in Texas within six to 12 months.
If a non-physician, a Master’s Degree in Public Health or Public Administration, MBA or related field is required. A doctorate degree is preferred.
Ten (10) years of increasingly responsible professional experience in Public Health Administration, including six (6) years of administrative or supervisory responsibility. Agency or Department Head Preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of operational characteristics, services, and activities of public health programs.
Knowledge of organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies, and operational needs.
Knowledge of advanced principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.
Knowledge of principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
Knowledge of organization, function, and authority of various City departments.
Knowledge of pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, ordinances, statutes and regulations.
Knowledge and ability to implement health equity initiatives.
Knowledge of infectious diseases.
Knowledge of health and medical principles and practices.
Skill in operating a personal computer and utilizing rudimentary software.
Knowledge of public health accreditation standards and ability to lead department activities.
Ability to develop, implement and administer goals, objectives, and procedures for providing effective and efficient services for the City.
Ability to analyze problems, provide alternatives, identify solutions in support of established goals, and project.
Ability to identify and respond to community and City Council issues, concerns, and needs.
Ability to prepare and administer a complex departmental budget, and allocate limited resources in a cost-effective manner.
Ability to research, analyze and evaluate new service delivery methods, procedures, and techniques.
Ability to provide administrative and professional leadership and direction to subordinate staff.
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
Ability to prepare and present clear and concise administrative and financial reports.
OVERVIEW OF THE ORGANIZATION
The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District
The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) is the public health agency charged by State law, City code, and County resolution with the responsibility for providing public health programs in San Antonio and unincorporated areas of Bexar County, Texas. Metro Health is operated as a City Department, with services including health code enforcement, food inspections, immunizations, clinical services, environmental monitoring, disease control, population health improvement, health education, dental health and emergency preparedness.
Although Metro Health is a City/County organization, administrative control is under the City of San Antonio.
Mission and Vision
Healthy people thriving in a healthy community
To prevent illness, promote healthy behaviors, and protect against health hazards throughout our community through education, collaboration, and key services
General Fund Budget $14,079,906 General Fund Positions 125
Grants $29,317,426 Grant Fund Positions ... 296
TOTAL $43,397,332 TOTAL POSITIONS 421
Major Grant Funded Programs:
Federal Immunization Program- $2.3M STD Staff Support - $1.9M
Healthy Start Initiative-$1.8M TB Waiver Project-$1.8M
Medicaid Waiver-$9.5 M WIC-$6.1M
PHEP Bio Terrorism-$1M
• Air Quality • Asthma Initiative
• Emergency Preparedness • Diabetes and Disease Prevention
• Food Safety & Vector Control • Infant Health (WIC, Healthy Start)
• Healthy Eating (Por Vida) • Immunizations
• Teen Health and Project Worth • STD/HIV Services
• Oral Health Services • TB Services