Deputy Director of Public Health

Company: Benton County - OregonTulsa Health Department 

Location: Corvallis, OR

Date Posted: September 22, 2020

Application Deadline: October 7, 2020

Position Type: Full Time

Salary: $83,468.40 - $129,376.33

Deputy Director of Public Health

About the Position

Our Community

Perfectly placed in the Willamette Valley, 90 miles south of Portland and 40 miles north of Eugene, Benton County has easy access to urban areas with ample opportunities for cultural activities. Combined with outdoor recreation galore in the Cascade Range 80 miles to the east and the Coastal Range and Pacific Ocean 50 miles west, the County’s 92,000 residents like to say they “have it all.”

Corvallis, Oregon is the county seat and home to Oregon State University. It is a unique college town of approximately 61,000 people and offers cultural enrichment, performing arts and educational opportunities of a large metropolis with a cozy small-town lifestyle. Festivals and fairs take place year round and include community favorites like the Corvallis Farmer’s Market, County Fair, Rodeo, and da Vinci Days.

Our Organization

Benton County is a “Home Rule’ county, meaning that the citizens have full control over the County’s governance structure, rather than the constitutional model described by the state constitution. The County operates on a biennial budget schedule.

The voters elect three County Commissioners to staggered four-year terms. The Sheriff and the District Attorney are elected officials also.

The position reports directly to the Health Department Director.

The Health Department

Our Health Department has undergone unprecedented growth and improvement in the last several years. The Public Health division, in partnership with the State, has been actively involved in defining and assessing essential functions to modernize public health services in Oregon. In addition, the division received national accreditation and is providing the community a “health in all actions” policy framework in order to promote decision making that supports improving the health of our residents while reducing inequities that lead to poor health outcomes.

Oregon’s Public Health Modernization framework closely informs the department’s strategic plan.  This framework aligns with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Public Health 3.0: A Call to Action for Public Health to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century,” and outlines seven core foundational capabilities Oregon believes are essential for implementation of an effective public system in the state.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Public Health, Community Health, Public Administration, Nursing, Environmental Health or other health profession related to area of assignment; AND
  • 7 years of progressively responsible professional experience in Public Health, Community Health, Public Administration, Nursing, Environmental Health or other health profession related to area of assignment; AND
  • 3 years of managerial or supervisory experience. 

Desired Attributes:

  • Master’s degree or higher qualification in Public Health, Community Health, Public Administration, Nursing, Environmental Health or other health profession, or related field preferred.
  • Demonstrated history of health administration that includes local government and working with Federally Funded Health Center.
  • Facilitative & supportive / trustworthy leadership style.
  • Demonstrated aptitude in developing & fostering strong interdisciplinary & cross-sector partners (both internally & externally).
  • Demonstrated knowledge / experience in data management & using data for program/project design and development.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Systems thinking & demonstrated collaborative approach to problem-solving (collective impact).
  • Ability / experience in supporting / facilitating a work environment that fosters and values equity, cultural sensitivity and trauma-informed practices
  • Demonstrated knowledge of public health modernization (also known as foundational public health services).
  • Adaptability & ability to manage multiple systems simultaneously.

How to Apply

To be considered for this exciting opportunity:

  • Submit an online application, resume and cover letter.  The cover letter must clearly demonstrate how your experience and training relates to the desired attributes listed above.    
  • Apply now if you are interested, the first review of applications is October 7, 2020.  Following the first application review date of October 7, 2020, applicants will be screened for minimum qualifications and desired attributes as described in the job announcement. 
  • Applicants who most closely match the desired attributes will be invited to interview.