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CCHD Looking for New Director of Health

Friday, June 27, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jon Noel
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The Board of Health is seeking a dedicated, highly skilled and experienced public health professional to lead and manage the Central Connecticut Health District. The Director of Health is responsible for planning, coordinating and administrating a broad range of public health and environmental health services, conducting hearings and appeals, and overseeing programs. The Director of Health is also responsible for a wide range of administrative and management functions including preparing the annual budget, appointing and supervising staff, and establishing goals and objectives for the agency and its programs.

Some specific duties of this position include:

  • Identification of community health needs; advocacy for and implementation of legislative and policy changes, and dissemination of public health information.
  • Enforcement of applicable regulations, ordinances and laws; oversight of all environmental health inspections and activities, conducting hearings, reviewing appeals, and conducting investigations of, and filing reports, communicable disease and other public health threats.
  • Oversight of public health emergency planning, preparation and response.
  • Development of the Health District budget, authorizing and monitoring expenditures, and preparing reports and grant applications.
  • Program evaluation and administrative reviews of agency performance
  • Development of effective working relationships to address health related issues with the leadership of member towns, municipal agencies and appropriate public and private entities, and with community groups, other stakeholders and the general public.

The ideal candidate has:

  • A thorough knowledge of the basic public health sciences, including communicable disease investigation and management and environmental health practices and requirements, and an ability to apply such knowledge to public health practice, policies and programs.
  • A thorough knowledge of public health laws, ordinances and regulations related to public health, as well as the principles and practices of public health administration, and the ability to enforce applicable related laws and ordinances.
  • Extensive managerial ability including the ability to direct and control a wide array of programs; hire, develop, train and discipline employees; and work effectively with a diverse group of boards and commissions, citizen groups and various local, state, and federal agencies.
  • Significant ability and skills related to sound financial management
  • Skill in expressing ideas clearly and logically both written and orally and through a variety of media on public health issues
  • Skill in analyzing data in order to determine patterns of health and illness in the community
  • Significant ability and skill in team building and developing effective working relationships with the Health District Board; with its staff and volunteers; with federal, state and local officials, leaders and managers; and with peers, community groups, and other organizations.

SUPERVISION PROVIDED

The CCHD Director of Health supervises a staff of twelve (12) as well as a small corps of part-time professional and lay volunteers who assist with the agency’s clinical, health screening, and emergency preparedness programs. The staff consists of eight (8) full time employees – a chief of environmental health, 3 sanitarians, a health inspector, two community health coordinators, and an administrative assistant; and four (4) part-time staff including a health educator, 2 sanitarians, and a secretary.

ABOUT THE CENTRAL CONNECTICUT HEALTH DISTRICT (CCHD)

The Central Connecticut Health District is one of 21 regional health departments in Connecticut. It was formed in 1996 by its member towns to provide local public health services, but is independent of its member towns. CCHD is located in central Connecticut. It is just south of and borders the City of Hartford. CCHD serves the Towns of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill and Wethersfield, Connecticut – a total combined population of nearly 98,000 people. It provides a broad range of public health services and activities designed to make its communities healthier. The agency has begun preparations for national accreditation as a local public health agency by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). CCHD is governed by a thirteen-member Board of Health made up of the Director of Health and 12 members of the public appointed by each of the four member towns. The Director of Health is hired by and reports directly to this Board. He/she is also a nonvoting member of the Board and serves as its secretary/treasurer as well as its chief executive officer. The current agency budget is $1 million.

The Health District and its communities benefit from an experienced staff who work cooperatively and effectively to provide high quality public health services and programs. The former Director of Health retired after more than 17 years of service.

EDUCATION AND OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

The successful candidate must:

  • Possess a master’s degree in public health from an academic program accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH);
  • Currently hold, or be eligible to hold, an unencumbered Connecticut Class 2 driver’s license; and
  • Meet qualifications for bonding.
  • Residency in one of the Health District’s member towns is not required.

PREREQUISITE EXPERIENCE:

The Director of Health shall have five years of progressively responsible professional experience with at least three years experience in a management or leadership position in a comparable health department or other health care agency or organization.

COMPENSATION:

Effective July 1, 2014, the salary range for this position is $78,000-$104,000. The starting salary will be based on the knowledge, experience and background of the successful candidate. The Director of Health will also enjoy a competitive benefit package including:

  • Medical and dental insurance for the Director and dependents
  • Vacation, personal, sick, holiday and other leave benefits
  • An ICMA 457 defined contribution plan to which the Health District annually contributes 8 percent of base salary;
  • Group life insurance
  • Long-term disability plan; and
  • Agency funding for professional memberships, continuing education, and attendance at professional meetings and national conferences.

To be considered for this opportunity, please electronically submit your C.V. or resume and a completed CCHD Employment Application to the CCHD Executive Search Committee, c/o the Office of the Town Manager, Newington Town Hall, 131 Cedar Street, Newington, CT 06111 or email: jtrevethan@newingtonct.gov. Please contact 860-665-8510 or jtrevethan@newingtonct.gov with any questions.

For an application and related materials, please visit the Central Connecticut Health District web site at http://www.ccthd.org/.

Closing date for applications is 4:30 PM on Monday, July 28, 2014.


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