The Health Officer program is intended to provide a unified and systemic approach to delivering regional health officer services to the local health departments serving Clark and other counties contracting with Clark. The program aims to accomplish this through (1) providing high quality health officer services, and (2) participating in a developmental approach to enhancing the departments’ capacities to assess community health status, choose appropriate population health priorities and strategies and develop and provide high quality public health services to address these priorities and strategies.
The primary purpose of the position is to provide consultation, public health and clinical leadership, and technical direction to regional local health departments in Washington State. This is an appointed position with major responsibility for control and prevention of communicable disease, chronic disease and environmental exposures, planning for and response to public health emergencies; and providing oversight in the development of all clinical policies, procedures, and standing orders. The position serves as Deputy Health Officer for the Clark County, Cowlitz County, Skamania County and Wahkiakum County Health Departments and under direction of the Health Officer, as a member of the Cowlitz, Skamania and Wahkiakum County Public Health Department’s senior management teams. Under direction from the Health Officer, the Deputy Health Officer plays a critical role in local health department activities through relationships with key entities within the region, particularly the local medical communities, the local Boards of Health, local, state and federal public health partners, the media, and the public. Additionally, the Deputy Health Officer is required to help each health department identify priorities and emerging trends, and communicate health data and information in a variety of settings. The Deputy Health Officer will also interact with each health department’s clinical staff, providing clinical consultation and direction for Infectious Disease Program case management and/or investigations; ongoing clinical mentorship to TB case managers; and clear direction to TB case managers when developing plans of care.
Education and Experience:
Possession of or ability to obtain a license to practice medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery in the state of Washington.
Possession of a Master’s degree in Public Health or equivalent degree, and three years of increasingly responsible experience in public health, epidemiology, preventive medicine, or a related area. The degree must have been conferred by an institution of higher education and have National Recognition of Accrediting Agencies by the U.S. Secretary of Education, and official transcripts will be required at the time of hire. Persons with three years of experience who do not possess a Master of Public Health or equivalent can qualify for a provisional term, subject to public health in-service orientation and periodic personal review by the Washington State Secretary of Health or his or her designee. Any satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training which ensures the ability to perform the work may be substituted for up to one year of the required experience. Course work and training in public health administration, public administration or a related field is desirable, but not required.
Possession of a valid driver’s license
Knowledge of: Competencies in public health, including: preventive medicine, epidemiology, infectious and chronic disease, environmental health, health risk communication and public health law and administration.
Ability to: Understand, interpret and apply public health law and regulations. Use a computer and software applications including epidemiologic software. Exercise independent judgment and delegate responsibility. Work independently or as part of a team. Communicate effectively with stakeholders and policymakers. Understand, interpret and apply public health law and regulations.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Clark County is committed to increasing the ethnic, cultural and social diversity of its workforce and ensuring that diversity is a key priority of our organization. We are committed to providing equal opportunity and access regardless of race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a disabled person, sexual orientation/gender identity, veteran status or any other status protected by law. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Clark County government works to enhance the quality of life for all of our diverse community by providing services with integrity, openness and accountability. We are one of the county's largest employers, providing a wide range of rewarding careers for about 1,570 people.