Executive Director

Company: Jefferson County Public HealthJeffco 

Location: Lakewood, CO

Date Posted: August 27, 2020

Application Deadline: October 4, 2020

Position Type: Full Time

Salary: $152,250 to $253,750 annually

Executive Director

About the Position

The Executive Director will be well-versed in health care reform, policy development, and change initiatives. They will provide strategic direction and oversee critical public health issues.  The Executive Director will utilize their experience in balancing ongoing and emerging issues facing our community, while effectively managing the priorities of the department.  They will also oversee, plan, and coordinate the work of JCPH divisions which includes Administrative Services, Community Health Services, Environmental Health Services, and Health Promotion and Lifestyle Management.


To promote the sharing of ideas, JCPH champions an inclusive work environment that urges equity and innovation.  We offer an exciting executive level benefits package including medical/dental and vision, 401(a) match, onsite wellness center, flex time, work/life balance, mentorship opportunities, paid time off, and a generous holiday schedule.

Salary range of this position is: $152,250 to $253,750 annually. However, please be aware that your salary will be determined based on experience.

Please review the following link for more information about this position and benefits: https://www.jeffco.us/DocumentCenter/View/19284/Public-Health-Director-Recruitment-Package

About Jefferson County Public Health:

Creating health equity, which means everyone has the opportunity to attain their highest level of health, is a guiding principle of Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH). All positions within the agency are expected to contribute toward achieving health equity in Jefferson County. JCPH is committed to the diversity of its staff, as well as providing culturally responsive programs and services that help to reduce health inequities in Jefferson County. As such, JCPH welcomes and encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds and abilities to apply for positions within the agency.

JCPH Mission

To promote and protect health for all people across the lifespan through prevention, education, treatment, response, and regulation

JCPH Vision

Healthy People, Healthy Places

Guiding Principles

  • Respect: We approach all people with esteem, understanding, dignity and empathy.
  • Equity: We approach all people with fairness, impartiality and a willingness to help others.
  • Collaboration: We work collectively for the mutual benefit of the community through the sharing of information, responsibility, resources and ideas to achieve our mission.
  • Trust: We act with benevolence, integrity, transparency, reliability and competence.
  • Innovation: We empower our staff to develop ideas, measure processes and improve methods to achieve our vision.

Essential Duties

As the Executive Director, you will be able to:

  • Apply principles, practices, procedures, and philosophies of management and operation commonly used in the management of large public and/or private sector organizations.
  • Provide leadership by developing trusting and collaborative working relationships with deputy directors, managers, and staff of each division. Set direction and promote initiatives for the department.
  • Communicate with transparency, openness, and trust.
  • Use independent judgment and discretion in executing the mission, vision, and guiding principles of the department with creativity, respect, engagement, accountability, team focus, excellence, and service.
  • Promote and use health equity as a framework in all work and strategic decision making.
  • Provide oversight, program evaluation, and budget management for all programs for the department. Work with directors, managers, and supervisors to develop and implement program objectives.
  • Administer and enforce public health laws, orders, rules, and regulation of the State of Colorado; assess the impact of public health policies, laws, and regulations on public health prevention and disease control.
  • Enhance, develop, implement, and enforce policies and procedures of the organization that will improve the effectiveness of the department. Analyze and interpret current policy and procedural guidelines, and present recommendations to resolve problems and questions.
  • Exercise tact and courtesy when acting as an official representative of JCPH with all levels of County personnel as well as other public officials, media representatives, and the general public.
  • Set cultural norms and foster an environment of teamwork, creative thinking, and innovation to maximize the contributions of team members in accomplishing program goals.



Minimum Qualifications:

  • MD/DO/PhD with public health leadership or management experience or Master's degree in a public health related discipline or,
  • Five years within the past 10 years of progressive responsibility in administrative public health including executive and management level supervision.
  • Knowledge of public health principles, practices, methods, and trends as well as federal, state, county and other local policies, laws, regulations. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Five years working in public health, public administration, and health policy.
  • Extensive experience of management principles including planning, organizing, supervision, and decision making.
  • Experience in advancing health equity by addressing systemic health disparities and collaborating with diverse, vulnerable, and underrepresented populations.
  • Leadership-level experience to communicate with diverse groups of stakeholders on complex topics.
  • Experience with financial management, budgets, contract management, and program management.
  • Development of program rules, regulations, and policies

Knowledge, skills, and attributes that would be beneficial and lead to success in this role include:

  • Advanced level of interpersonal skills necessary to provide effective leadership and develop cooperative working relationships.
  • Ability to effectively develop and manage JCPH's mission, vision, and guiding principles..
  • High level of analytical and technical skills.
  • Effective communication, both oral and written.
  • Ability to concentrate on details when reading/writing reports, reviewing/preparing/presenting budgets, and representing the county at internal/external meetings
  • Bilingual

Additional Information

  • Must have a valid Colorado Driver's License at hire and throughout employment.
  • Offer of employment contingent on criminal history, MVR check, and education verification.
  • Must provide immunization record or prove immunity to comply with departmental Communicable Disease Control Policy; compliance with the immunization schedule must be completed within 30 days of hire.
  • Occasional travel is required by this position.
  • Current professional license if applicable.

How to Apply


Deadline: 10/4/2020