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Assistant Secretary - Washington State Department of Health

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Location: Tumwater, WA
Full-time position
Closing Date: unknown
Job #13085
Posted: October 1, 2018

The Assistant Secretary reports to the Chief of Staff and serves as a member of the Agency Leadership Team.  The Assistant Secretary works directly with the Secretary and members of the agency executive team on high-level policy and strategic issues.  They are responsible for the vision and leadership of the Environmental Public Health Division which includes four offices, over 200 staff members, a diverse set of partners and a wide range of programs and projects to improve the health of individuals, families and communities in Washington.  The division oversees a broad portfolio of services and works extensively with federal, state, local, and tribal partners to protect and improve the health of Washingtonians.  The biennial operating budget for the division (Download PDF reader) is $77.6 million and the capital budget is 200 million that supports drinking water system infrastructure improvement projects across the state.


Success in this position requires that one be a team player, defined as having a driving passion for the work, bringing humility to their job and people interactions and having excellent people skills.  We are looking for someone that is able to prioritize and manage many competing demands, delegate to their team while supporting and growing that team, enjoys working in an innovative, nimble environment and believes that collaboration and partnership are key strategies to successful outcomes.  Equally important is being able to successfully problem-solve complex issues and effectively work with other agency leaders on cross-cutting interventions and solutions.
We are looking for someone that loves a challenge, takes calculated risks within our authorizing environment, is prepared to recover quickly from a mistake and move forward and thrives on fast-paced work.  The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, leadership and positively improving health outcomes for all people.

The preferred candidate is a strong leader who maintains a strategic focus and can harness the expertise, knowledge, and passion of the division team and work with their peers in addressing agency priorities.  Preference may be given to candidates with the following education and experience: 
  • A Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree in an environmental discipline, public health discipline, Public Administration, leadership or similar field and six years of management experience.
  • Increasingly responsible leadership portfolio with demonstrated program, policy, budget and supervisory experience (preferably having supervised supervisors).
  • Demonstrated experience in the following:
    • Familiarity with and use of environmental and/or public health sciences, theories, and models.
    • Working with environmental public health, including technical and policy considerations and how they apply to a larger public health picture.
    • Successfully leading multiple, diverse programs and managers.
    • Working with governmental agencies and tribes.
    • Working with public health systems and understanding the roles of and relationships between state, local and federal environment and health agencies.
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