This is highly responsible administrative work in the field of public health. The employee in this class is responsible for assisting the Director in planning and directing the work of the public health programs of Erie County, Pennsylvania. Generalized work involves developing program policy and goals, directing the program, and evaluating results. Programs directed at this level are characterized by their significant influence on the activities and policies of the department as a whole, or by the unusually large number of administrative problems involved. Supervision is exercised over a number of professional, technical and clerical employees engaged in a variety of public health activities. General direction is received from the Medical Director who reviews the programs for effectiveness.
Duties & Responsibilities
Assists the Director in the operation of the department and, in the absences of the Director, is in charge of the department.
Plans and directs work in the field of public health involving direction of major county-wide programs in human health or environmental quality, policy development and assessment and administration, including infectious diseases, maternal and child health, chronic diseases, food protection, housing and community environment, sewage, drinking water and waste management, air quality, policy development and assessment, and administration.
Responsible for assisting in developing the department’s budget.
Administers local, State, Federal or private grants for various programs.
Develops contacts with local officials and organizations to gain or increase their cooperation in public health programs; gives promotional and education talks; directs and participates in training sessions.
Works with local, State and national public health officials to develop new or expanded programs or greater cooperation in existing programs.
Analyzes and interprets public health program statistics and determines priorities, policies, and methods, which will be most effective in improving and protecting the health of Erie County residents.
Performs related work as required.
The above statements reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the job.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Extensive knowledge of the theory, principles, practices and current development in the field of public health. Extensive knowledge of the principles of effective supervision.
Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration.
Thorough knowledge of the goals and programs in the various fields of public health including the medical, paramedical, and environmental health phases.
Considerable knowledge of Federal and State laws governing public health programs.
Considerable knowledge of programs of professional and voluntary health organizations.
Ability to plan, develop, and administer a highly complex and far-reaching public health program and to participate in the overall program planning for the entire department.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with representatives of State agencies, State and local public health officials, local health organizations, institutions and the public.
Conditions Of Employment
The selected candidate will be pre-employment required to obtain, at their own expense, 3 forms of clearance, including PA State Police Criminal History Record Check; PA Child Abuse History; and FBI Criminal History Background Check including finger printing. This pre-employment requirement applies to all County employees exercising their bumping rights.
Possession of a Pennsylvania driver's license and the ability to obtain transportation to perform job duties on a daily basis is required.
Master's Degree in related field
Minimum of 6 years of experience in public health administration
Appropriate experience of one year of administration in a public health program, or a program related to public health may be substituted for a Master’s Degree.
Graduate training at the doctoral level may be substituted for the Master’s Degree or experience on a year for year basis up to five (5) years.
Internal Number: 2705
About Erie County Department of Health
Erie County Department of Health, local health department situated in Western Pennsylvania. The Department has five divisions Administration, Environmental, Community Health Services, Health Promotion and Quality Improvement and Health Assessment and Preparedness. Currently employees ~125 staff.