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Douglas County  8210
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Salary Range GC30T


This classification serves as department head of the health and social services department which includes serving as County Health Administrator and Community Mental Health Program Director, and performs administrative duties in planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating department divisions and programs; serve as liaison between the County and advisory boards as well as the community and State.


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples.)

l. Develop, implement, and evaluate programs and services for department operation, includes five divisions (community health, mental health, environmental health, senior services and administrative services); assess needs of the community, establish, maintain, and interpret department policy and procedures.

2. Represent the County in negotiation and coordination with state and federal government on matters related to public health, mental health, and senior services.

3. Prepare department annual budget; present to budget committee; approve department contracts, grants, leases, and subleases. Monitor and manage fiscal expenditures.

4. Supervise community health, mental health, environmental health, senior services and administrative services support staffs through division directors and is involved in selection, training, and evaluation of staff. Final approval of all selection, promotion and termination of employees. Assume responsibility for work performed within department. Establish and interpret policy and procedure. Ensure performance of quality assurance activities and that federal and state requirements are met.

5. Represent health and social services department in community, at committee and advisory meetings; promote department services and interpret policy and procedure to the public. Respond to, and effectively resolve, inquiries, complaints or problems affecting services.


Knowledge of: Thorough knowledge of policies, techniques, and ethics development and management applied to public and mental health programs, goals, and objectives; thorough knowledge of principles, methods, and techniques of effective administration including public relations, personnel management and fiscal management to development, implement, and evaluate programs; thorough knowledge of federal, state and county rules and regulations that govern public and mental health operations. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; formulate and implement operational and administrative policies; plan, develop and evaluate funding requirements; prepare and justify budget requests and grant proposals; perform short and long-range financial planning; analyze and evaluate operations and develop and implement corrective action to resolve problems; establish and maintain record keeping systems and reports; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and procedures, establish new policies when applicable and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; supervise, motivate and lead support staff; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; courteously meet and deal effectively with employees, Board of Commissioners, advisory committees, federal and state officials, committees, community groups, media and the public.

Education, experience and training: Master's degree in public health or human service administration; behavioral, social, or health science, or a related field and five years progressively responsible work related experience, two of which are in community mental health and two of which are in human service program management. Work experience must include two years of management experience; a satisfactory equivalent combination of progressively responsible experience and training that would demonstrate possession of requirements of position will be acceptable. At time of appointment, must possess a valid Oregon driver's license.


This classification is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Board of Commissioners.This classification supervises community health, mental health, environmental health, senior services and administrative services support staffs through division directors and has final responsibility for work performed by the department.


Work is performed within established department policy and procedures; federal, state and county statutes, rules, regulations, orders, resolutions and ordinances; management, personnel and financial theories, principles and practices; accepted procedures within the public and public and mental health profession; health and human service management and administrative reference materials; personnel rules. Incumbent remains current on guidelines and utilizes seasoned judgment in interpreting and usage of appropriate guidelines. As department head, can implement or revise department policies.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed in an office environment; work is generally sedentary and requires hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, sitting, standing and walking. A reasonable amount of driving is required.

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