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Employer: Geary County
Division: Health
Job Title: County Health Department Director
Salary: $76336.00 Annually

Job Description:



Job Title:  County Health Department Director



FLSA:  Exempt                                                        Salary Range: 83                                                                                                                                         

Reports To:  Board of County Commissioners


Department:  Public Health                                    Date:  March 2017                                      



The job duties of the County Health Department Director include but are not limited to formulate and establish policies for the operation and regulation of the Health Department as defined by Statutes and under the guidance of the Board of Health (BOH); to serve as the Health Officer as authorized by State Law, local resolution and ordinances under the direction of the BOH/Commissioners; to assess and evaluate Community needs and develop plans to meet needs; to develop annual operating budget for BOH/County Commission approval; and to provide responsive, courteous and efficient service to County residents and the general public.



The duties described below are indicative of what the County Health Department Director might be asked to perform. This job description is to incorporate any local ordinances or resolutions for the position of County Health Department Director. This position description is not designed to list all tasks and responsibilities of this position. Geary County reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need may arise. This position description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.


Administrative Functions:

  • Establish and administer the programs and services of the agency, within the parameters of the policy set by the Board of Health, as well as applicable state statutes and federal regulations.
  • Maintain an accurate record of all transactions of the agency, including clients served, dollars spent, activities completed, and other pertinent statistics.
  • Prepare the annual operating budget including procuring grant and private funds with Board approval.
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly, and annual financial records and complete required forms for grant programs.
  • Develop strategic planning procedures to collect data and information about health needs of all segments of the county.
  • Propose solutions with adaptation of services or new programs to meet the needs.
  • Oversee and evaluate all contracts for services necessary to provide public health programs.
  • Provide input and support for the activities of the Health Department Advisory Council.
  • Establish medical and clinical programs and procedures including the evaluation of statistics of the incidence of disease and occurrence of unusual diseases.
  • Perform liaison duties with members of the federal, state and local government, representatives of private business, and continual contact with the general public.
  • Attend community health related activities and serve on various community advisory boards that address public health issues.
  • Initiate and participate in community programs to provide health promotion and educational information and services.
  • Serve as the Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Health Department during a public health crisis and work on coordinating preparedness events to protect the community.
  • Coordinate services with Wildcat Regional partners during a public health crisis.


Supervisory Functions:

  • Direct the work and manage the staff of the Public Health Department.
  • Direct and supervise the procurement and maintenance of materials, supplies, and equipment.
  • Develop and administer operations and staff plans and objectives.
  • Interview and select new employees.
  • Plan, direct, coordinate work activities of subordinates and review work.
  • Assist with employee training and safety programs.
  • Assign tasks, review work and prepare performance evaluations.
  • Recommend employee transfers, promotions, disciplinary action, discharge and salary increases.




To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required at the time of hire or for the continuation of employment.



  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing, public health, social work, business management or closely related field.  Master’s degree in Public Health – MPH is preferred.
  • Three (3) years of experience in Public Health with at least one (1) year of experience in supervision and program management.
  • A valid Kansas driver’s license.




  • Extensive problem solving is required i.e. planning and implementing new health programs, modifying programs due to fiscal cuts, and determining adequate staffing and scheduling.
  • Extensive knowledge of planning and management practices as necessary for the completion of daily responsibilities.
  • Ability to develop and implement long-term goals for the department to promote effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor when dealing with the public.
  • Ability to take control of situations in a responsible manner.
  • Ability to comprehend, retain and apply County, State, and Federal policies and legislation, i.e. local resolutions and ordinances, procedure manuals, MSDS sheets, safety manuals; and warning labels.



  • Ability to operate various types of equipment – standard office equipment, computer and intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office software.
  • Other equipment could be required.



  • Ability to maintain a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a professional and friendly manner with customers, citizens, co-workers and management.
  • Ability to communicate in both written and verbal form.
  • Ability to develop, interpret and implement local policies and procedures; written instructions, general correspondence,  Federal, State, and local regulations, MSDS sheets, safety manuals, operating and repair manuals, etc; and warning labels.



  • Ability to perform advanced mathematical calculations.
  • Ability to prepare and monitor complex budget.
  • Ability to read, understand and interpret financial reports and related materials.



  • Ability to respond to complaints and grievances posed by the public.
  • Ability to define problems and deal with a variety of situations.
  • Ability to think quickly, maintain self-control, and adapt to stressful situations.
  • Ability to use good judgment and effectively solve problems.



The physical and work environments described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these functions.


Physical Environment:

  • The duties of this job include physical activities such as stooping, kneeling, standing, reaching, walking, lifting and/or move (up to 20 pounds), grasping, talking, hearing/listening, seeing/observing, and repetitive motions.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance and peripheral vision; depth perception; and the ability to adjust focus.


Work Environment:

  • Works primarily in an office setting.

Due to the volume, scope, size of staff and nature of public service this office provides, full-time regular attendance is essential.

Vacancy Number: GECOHEALTHDIR3172017

Open Date: 3/17/2017 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: