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Assistant Director of Prevention Services - Snohomish Health District

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Full-time position
Closing Date: April 8, 2018
Job #12360
Posted: March 8, 2018


NOTE: Position is open until filled with first review of applicants on March 20, 2018.  Top applicants will be invited via email to the first round of interviews for Monday March 26, 2018.

Under direction of the Prevention Services (PS) Division Director, incumbent develops and oversees the administration of policies, procedures, budget and work products in support of the daily operations of the PS Division. Incumbent supervises and coordinates the work of supervisors and/or project leaders, anticipates and plans for future work programs, and determines nature and scope of projects. Incumbent works with internal interdisciplinary team(s) and with community groups, agencies, businesses, and regional partners to address public health issues. Incumbent is a member of the PS Leadership Team and the Health District Senior Leadership Team. Incumbent participates as a member of the Incident Command Team in the event of an emergency. Incumbent participates in the 24/7 communicable disease after-hours rotation. In the absence of the PS Division Director, the incumbent serves as acting Division Director.

The incumbent exhibits managerial courage and exceptional leadership as a responsible decision-maker through strategic agility, innovation, and effective results. The incumbent represents and articulates the interests and priorities of the division and public health at a variety of venues with a wide range of audiences. The incumbent provides a broad view and understanding of public health and demonstrates ability to build and maintain effective teams within the division as well as support for other internal and external partners. The incumbent formulates and communicates goals and policies to subordinates. The incumbent routinely and consistently applies extensive knowledge of modern management techniques and concepts to situations involving administration, policy, and procedure development. 

Work is performed under long-range managerial direction established by and with the Division Director.  Incumbent has complete responsibility for their work, and work is reviewed by the Division Director for conformance to goals and objectives of the district and the division. 

Examples of Work Performed



  • Directs the operational activities of division programs such as Communicable Disease Control, WIC, and Maternal-Child Health.
  • Interprets and ensures compliance to Washington State laws for communicable disease investigations and reporting.
  • Works with the Division Director and division leadership to develop annual goals and objectives for the division and performs long-range planning.
  • In partnership with the Division Director, develops and oversees annual expenditure and revenue budgets and takes corrective action as needed; reports and addresses any variations from the budgets that will not be resolved within the fiscal year in a timely manner.
  • Designs and implements programs within approved budget; obtains grants as appropriate to fund ongoing or new programs; prepares contract work statements as appropriate and assumes responsibility for monitoring of all divisional contracts and grants.
  • Supports the Division Director in coordination of activities of the division with the activities of other divisions in the District and other community partners as appropriate.
  • Performs direct supervisory responsibilities of assigned staff in accordance with the District’s policies and procedures and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing; hiring; planning, assisting, directing, and evaluating work in progress and upon completion; appraising performance; communicating the need for corrective or disciplinary action to appropriate District personnel and, along with the Division Director, initiating or approving disciplinary action for division staff; addressing complaints; resolving problems; and approving/scheduling leave time.
  • Coordinates with the Division Director in the implementation of all personnel policies and collective bargaining agreements.
  • Oversees the coaching, mentoring, training, and performance evaluation of all division staff.
  • Reviews divisional program quality assurance and performance data regularly to ensure quality of service delivery; reviews staff productivity indicators regularly and ensures a high level of productivity; provides or supports accurate reports on division activities as requested.
  • Networks, collaborates, and maintains effective working relationships with state, regional, and local partner agencies including Washington State Department of Health, local health and social service agencies, and community partners.
  • Represents the District on local, regional, and state committees and work groups; acts as district spokesperson as needed.
  • Participates in a regularly assigned rotation for 24/7 after-hours communicable disease response.
  • Assists with investigation of any outbreak of disease or other unusual increases in illness.
  • Participates in and supports emergency preparedness and response activities, including preparedness for the division, agency, and community.
  • Oversees technology priorities and ensures adequate coordination and resources to meet customer and staff needs.
  • Maintains agency capacity for effective customer service, cultural competency, social equity, deliverable completion, and quality improvement.
  • Promotes a professional, supportive, and positive work environment.
  • Performs other duties as requested.



Education and Experience Required:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in public health, health services management, nursing, health education, or a closely related field.  Master’s degree from an accredited institution is preferred and may substitute for up to two years of the experience requirement. 
  • Experience: Five years progressively responsible work experience working in a public health or very similar agency, with at least four years in a management/supervisory capacity.

Or: In place of the above requirement, the incumbent may possess any combination of relevant education and experience that would demonstrate the individual’s knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above.

Licenses, Certifications and Other:

  • Nurses must have a valid Washington State Registered Nurse license.  
  • Valid Washington State driver’s license or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire and a driving record that meets the requirements of Snohomish Health District’s insurance carrier.
  • Background check pursuant to RCW 43.43.830.


Additional Information



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of theories, principles, techniques, and practices of public health.
  • Knowledge of principles and best practices in both individual and population-based public health.
  • Knowledge of finance and budgeting.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of management, including personnel, planning, program analysis, and evaluation.
  • Knowledge of current literature, trends, and developments in public health.
  • Ability to develop results-oriented goals and objectives and to plan, organize, coordinate, and manage assigned services.
  • Ability to inspire and motivate staff.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to effectively make complex decisions.
  • Ability to delegate responsibility.
  • Ability to provide leadership and to supervise and motivate staff in a manner conducive to efficient and effective work performance and positive morale.
  • Ability to exercise initiative, tact, discretion, and judgment in carrying out responsibilities.
  • Ability to display managerial courage through constructive messaging and appropriate actions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain constructive, effective working relationships with staff, District officials, colleagues, other professionals, and the public.
  • Skilled in establishing common ground to settle disputes effectively.
  • Skilled in communicating effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Skilled in anticipating relevant future trends and implementing strategies accordingly.

Job Location, Working Conditions and Equipment Utilized:
Work is performed in a variety of settings, such as an office and various community-based settings utilizing agency vehicles, telephones, audio-visual equipment, and other standard office equipment including a personal computer. The incumbent will generally work in an office setting or out in the community at various settings. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Work may include traveling to community organizations; other travel may include local or statewide for meetings and other forums. Travel is required to locations both in and out of the county, including some early morning and evening meetings, with potential for overnight travel.

May be required to stay at or return to work during public health incidents and/or emergencies to perform duties specific to an assigned response position. This may require working a non-traditional work schedule or working outside normal assigned duties during the incident and/or emergency.

Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure: Category II. Tasks typically do not involve exposure to blood, body fluids or tissues, but job may require performing unplanned Category I tasks.

Required Physical Traits:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions of the position.

  • Requires ability to drive an automobile and sufficient mobility to access various work locations.      
  • Requires manual and finger dexterity and hand-eye-arm coordination to write and to operate computers and a variety of general office equipment. Requires mobility to accomplish other desktop work, retrieve files, and to move to various locations.
  • Requires visual acuity to read computer screens, printed materials, and detailed information; specific vision abilities required by this classification include close vision, distance vision, and color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focuHow to Apply:

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