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Health Department Director

Livingston, MT

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Park County is seeking a Health Department Director to join their staff in Livingston, MT!


Submit Application to:
Apply direct or by mail :
Attn: Lisa Harreld
414 East Callender Street
ATTN: Human Resources
Livingston, MT 59047
By Phone :
Call Lisa Harreld at (406) 222-4180
By Fax :
Fax to (406)222-4144
Attn : Lisa Harreld

Pay Grade:      $60,124 - $76,935 

Exempt full time

  Subordinates: Human Services and Environmental Health staff and any new positions assigned.




Position overview:

This position is responsible for highly complex administrative work involving the planning, organization, direction, supervision and coordination of the operations of the Park County Health Department, including its Environmental Health and Human Services. The nature of the work performed requires that an employee in this class establish and maintain close cooperative working relationships with the Board of Health, the health officer, health department team, public officials, collaborating organizations and agencies, compliance agencies, other county employees and the general public.


All duties below are essential functions unless otherwise indicated. Duties of the position are not all inclusive and subject to change.



  1. To develop goals, plans, initiatives and measurements for the identification and evaluation of public health needs and services and provide continuous quality improvement.


  1. To successfully confer with community leaders and other health and environmental professionals to discuss, identify and assess public health needs and problems.


  1. To accurately identify the costs, timing and other key issues involved in the expansion and improvement of public health services.


  1. To develop recommendations for expanding and enhancing public health service and help identify and secure funding for services.


  1. To plan and carry out public education programs and activities.
  2. To develop, monitor and administer department budget and fiscal contracts for all pillars of the Health Department including Health Promotion/Administration, Clinical Nursing and Environmental Health


  1. To collect and analyze data and information pertaining to department activities and finances and prepare and submit reports as requested by the County Commission and Board of Health.


  1. To meet and confer with citizens, community groups, members of the medical and public health community and others to discuss department policies, programs and services. To be an effective public relations presence in the community.


  1. To ensure community compliance with applicable state and local health laws and regulations; monitor effectiveness and make recommendations for changes as justified.


  1. To build and support the operation and services of all public health nursing and wellness department programs.


  1. In consultation with the Director of Grants & Special Projects (DGPS), make decisions on which grants will be pursued to the Health Department and on developing and maintaining an annual calendar of planned and ad-hoc grant development activities. Also work with DGSP to ensure all aspects of the Health Department’s grant approval process are followed, including review and grant applications; obtaining appropriate signatures; and, incorporating maximum possible indirect cost recovery.


  1. To oversee the operation and services for environmental health in nuisance control, water and sewage, rodent and insect control, air pollution, water quality, lead poisoning prevention, radiation and housing.


  1. To review citizen complaints associated with Health department programs and provide responsible systematic and successful approaches. To assist in coordination of issue analysis or other concerns presented by the Board of Health or County Commissioners.


  1. To plan, prepare, attend and serve as secretary to the Board of Health or designate a health department team member to serve the Board in that capacity.



  1. To attend a wide variety of county, community and statewide meetings, conferences and workshops as requested and authorized.


  1. In the event of an emergency this position most generally will be placed under the command of or delegated to by the Incident Command. The Health Department Director will be asked to perform those duties that are assigned by the Incident Commander.




  1. To direct, supervise, motivate, counsel, train, prioritize and evaluate the work and performance of  theHealth Department team.  


  1. To recommend new hires and discipline and termination actions for department team.


  1. Work with DGSP to develop and maintain systems and procedures for grant administration activities to include (but not necessarily limited to):


  • To assist in project management related to grant application project goals and activities;
  • To assist in the administration of grant funds received to include preparation of requests for qualifications and/or proposals and project implementation;
  • To prepare quarterly narrative and programmatic reporting and quarterly reimbursement requests; and
  • To prepare grant closeout documentation which may include final narrative and programmatic reporting and final reimbursement requests.




Performs other duties as assigned by the County Commission. This includes special projects and a variety of other functions as determined.



Knowledge of public health and/or human services program principals; knowledge of budget development and management; knowledge of grants administration; knowledge of long and short-range program development; knowledge of local government policy and decision-making process; knowledge of project management principles and practices; knowledge of team leadership motivation; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships. Ability to communicate and negotiate effectively among diverse interests and groups. Comfortable with public speaking. Ability to work after hours and on-call, longer shifts, weekends, etc. to meet the operational needs of the department. Computer skills such as; email, word processing, excel, power point – to establish databases, spreadsheets, presentations and to complete research of health related issues.


Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health, Business or Health related field. Master’s Degree in Public Health, Public Administration, or closely related field is preferred. Minimum of three years of professional level experience in leading community initiatives and/or facilitating teams focused on public health issues, strongly desired.  Experience in performance management, public health accreditation, quality improvement, strategic planning, community health improvement planning, communicable disease follow-up, health hazard and food/water-borne outbreak investigation is preferred. Effective public speaking skills, highly proficient personal computer software applications skills, willingness and ability to attend evening meetings, travel out of town and attend workshops, conference and meetings during work and non-work hours.


Certifications, Licenses, etc.

Valid Driver’s license. Must obtain a Montana Driver’s license within 60 days.

Complete emergency preparedness training and provide certification of completion within 120 days of hire.


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