The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) seeks its Deputy Commissioner for Population Health and Disease Prevention.
Founded in 1793, BCHD is the oldest health department in the country, with around 1,000 employees and an annual budget of $130 million that aims to protect health, eliminate disparities, and ensure the well-being of every resident of Baltimore through education, advocacy, and direct service delivery. BCHD’s wide-ranging responsibilities include maternal and child health, youth wellness, school health, senior services, animal control, restaurant inspections, violence prevention, emergency preparedness, STI/HIV treatment, and acute and chronic disease prevention.
This is a senior level position that serves on the core leadership team of BCHD and reports directly to the Health Commissioner and the Chief of Staff. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of a team of dedicated public servants who want to have an immediate and lasting impact on their community.
Duties & Responsibilities: • Direct a large division with an annual budget over $50 million and 250 staff. Services include: two public health clinics for the treatment of HIV, Hepatitis C, TB and other sexually transmitted infections; a diagnostic lab; HIV and STI prevention; acute and communicable disease monitoring and investigation; Medicaid transportation; and public health preparedness and response. o This includes direct oversight of Assistant Commissioners and Directors; managing day-to-day of program managers; overseeing budget development and execution; directing policy; liaising with two other BCHD Divisions and other City agencies; interacting with funders, and representing the Health Department with City, State and Federal representatives.
• Manage City-wide efforts to identify and coordinate population health priorities through collaboration with local hospital and community partners. o This includes the Local Health Improvement Coalition, Citywide High Utilizer Taskforce, Fentanyl Taskforce, CMS’s Accountable Health Communities Grant, and many other City, State, and Federal convenings.
• Oversee agency-wide projects including: population health priorities; electronic medical record implementation; billing/revenue generation; laboratory management; clinical practice optimization; and clinical building purchase, renovation and relocation of services.
• Provide incident command for public health emergencies including: civil unrest, hazardous weather and emerging/infectious disease outbreaks. High priority recent emergencies include leading citywide efforts for Zika prevention and response.
• Represent Commissioner and serve as Commissioner’s designee for national and statewide committees and citywide convenings involving local hospitals/healthcare organizations.
Bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) required; advanced degree in public health or healthcare management preferred.
• A minimum of ten (10) years of experience in a senior management role; previous experience in city, state, and/or federal public health preferred.
• Strong administrative and management skills. The position will oversee, directly or indirectly, over 200 employees, and comparable previous experience will be sought.
• Ability to consistently manage and meet deadlines; ability to take initiative and handle multiple priorities simultaneously.
• Vision, flexibility, enthusiasm, creativity, and sense of urgency necessary to achieve the successful implementation of BCHD’s strategic mission.
• Professional demeanor and ability to effectively work with all levels of agency and City personnel, and the general public.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills required; must have ability to be both direct and diplomatic as needed, must lead through influence.
• Must be result-driven and have demonstrated ability to lead people towards meeting organizational vision, mission and goals.
• Knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel programs
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with education and experience, and includes an excellent
The Baltimore City Health Department is the oldest, continuously-operating health department in the United States, formed in 1793, when the governor appointed the city's first health officers in response to a yellow fever outbreak in the Fells Point neighborhood. During the more than 220 years since then, we’ve been working to improve the health and well-being of Baltimore residents. We strive t...o make Baltimore a city where all residents realize their full health potential.
In collaboration with other city agencies, health care providers, community organizations and funders, we aim to empower all Baltimoreans with the knowledge, access, and environment that will enable healthy living.
The Health Department has a wide-ranging area of responsibility, including acute communicable diseases, animal control, chronic disease prevention, emergency preparedness, HIV/STD, maternal-child health, restaurant inspections, school health, senior services and youth violence issues. The agency includes a workforce of approximately 800 employees and has a budget of approximately $126 million.