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STATUS:Regular, Full Time
SALARY RANGE:$66,251.64 - $82,864.34
LOCATION:555 Towner
Washtenaw County Health Department envisions a healthy community where every resident has the opportunity to achieve optimal health and well-being.
Washtenaw County Health Department is committed to working with community members and partners to address the factors that influence health, including employment, education, housing, neighborhood, public safety, food access, air and drinking water quality, and health care. Our work toward health equity and social justice will be guided by the following principles:
  • We value all people equally.
  • We promote the improvement of living conditions in which community members are born, grow, reside, work, play, learn and age.
  • We strengthen partnerships with community members that aid in community empowerment through community capacity building, organizing, and mobilizing.
  • We name racism and other -isms as a barrier to health equity and social justice.
Under direction plans, assigns, directs, reviews, and evaluates the work of staff to provide for the delivery of a variety efforts designed to promote health equity within the department and in communities across Washtenaw County. Responsible for technical expertise, project management, and leadership related to the development, implementation, facilitation, and oversight of departmental health equity plans, practices, and evaluation. Under administrative direction of the Administrative Health Officer, this position will oversee and facilitate collaboration internally and externally to provide guidance and support to initiatives that address the root causes of health inequities. This work involves building relationships with community members who are most impacted by health inequities, implementing community-responsive initiatives that address the social determinants of health, and advancing the department's overall practices related to health equity and community engagement.
  • Applies ethical principles in accessing, collecting, analyzing, using, maintaining, and disseminating data and information.
  • Contributes to implementation of organizational strategic plan.
  • Communicates in writing and orally with linguistic and cultural proficiency (e.g., using age-appropriate materials, incorporating images).
  • Describes the concept of diversity as it applies to individuals and populations (e.g., language, culture, values, socioeconomic status, geography, education, race, gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, profession, religious affiliation, mental and physical abilities, historical experiences).
  • Collaborates with community partners to improve health in a community (e.g., participates in committees, shares data and information, connects people to resources).
  • Describes how public health sciences (e.g., biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, social and behavioral sciences, and public health informatics) are used in the delivery of the 10 Essential Public Health Services.
  • Adheres to organizational policies and procedures.
  • Incorporates ethical standards of practice (e.g., Public Health Code of Ethics) into all interactions with individuals, organizations, and communities.
The above statements are intended to provide general guiding competencies and are not an exhaustive list.
Essential Duties:

  • Develops, recommends, and implements goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards for departmental health equity initiatives and operationalizes health equity practices.
  • Plans, assigns, directs, reviews and evaluates the work of professional and support staff; recommends selection of personnel and trains them in work processes; interprets applicable federal and state laws and regulations and County policies to subordinates.
  • Provides leadership and staff support to community policy boards and committees, confers with board or committee members regarding program goals, policies and activities; implements department policies under applicable laws and regulations.
  • Builds partnerships with community leaders, residents, local neighborhood- and identity-based groups and coalitions.
  • Develops opportunities for training and technical assistance that support partners' efforts to initiate and sustain community-based health projects by connecting community and academic partners with areas of mutual interest.
  • Monitors and manages initiatives critical to achieving measurable outcomes for eliminating health disparities.
  • Represents the Health Department and the County in contacts with human service agencies, community groups, local officials, businesses, and others to locate and mobilize resources, encourage support for programs and positive community relations; makes presentations and responds to the media as required.
  • Conducts a variety of studies, analyzes information, evaluates alternatives, and makes recommendations; prepares narrative and statistical reports of findings; monitors legislation and professional developments for possible programmatic changes.
  • Ensures that multi-sectoral collaborations and community partners have access to resources and data needed to address underlying root causes of health inequity.
  • Collaborates with staff in multiple programs to utilize a health equity lens in collecting, analyzing, and interpreting community health data.
  • Works with the Communications Team and other staff to produce and disseminate local data and narratives that tell the story of health inequities in Washtenaw County.
  • Collects, analyzes, and presents data measuring the Health Department's progress in operationalizing equity and health equity related decision-making processes.
  • Leads community partners, community leaders and residents in dialogue to assess, document and collaboratively address relevant health concerns.
  • Train and continue to build health equity knowledge among Health Department staff, as well as provide technical assistance for staff and partner organizations to support the integration of health equity strategies and practices.
  • Support and nurture a performance-based culture of continuous improvement to support Departmental health equity efforts.
  • Provides technical advice and assistance to staff; resolves problems and makes specific suggestions for action.
  • Conducts regular best practices research and comparative analysis to ensure the Health Department's continued progress as a leader in health equity practices and outcomes.
  • Identifies emerging needs and issues and develops plans to address the issues.
  • Prepares budgetary and other analysis
  • Communicates programs and projects to multiple audiences, through concise reports, public presentations, digital media such as websites, and traditional press releases.
  • Develops job descriptions, hires and manages interns, as well as other assigned staff as identified to further project and program goals.
  • Maintains accurate records and files; prepares reports, records, correspondence and other written materials; ensures that reports are submitted to appropriate agencies and departments in a timely manner.
  • Performs other work duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of health equity and social justice concepts, practices, principles, and community health assessment planning frameworks and models.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and ability to apply and articulate a racial and health equity approach to their work.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of public health principles, practices, and policies.
  • Experience working in or with communities to advance health equity, including coalition building, developing community partnerships, and community engagement.
  • Ability to develop and operationalize effective diversity, equity, and inclusion frameworks.
  • Contributes to achieving and sustaining a diverse, inclusive, and competent public health workforce.
  • Leadership and training skills with an ability to coordinate and influence team members.
  • Strong communication, listening, and interpersonal skills and experience developing trust and building rapport with community members and groups.
  • Preparing clear, concise, and effective written materials; knowledge of research, data collection, analysis, interpretation, and report preparation techniques.
  • Program planning and evaluation methods, practices and procedures.
  • Ability to perform a variety of professional-level program and project management work without close supervision, including meeting critical deadlines; working effectively with various boards and community groups, including elected and policy-making boards and commissions; interpreting, applying, and explaining complex laws, policies, and regulations.
  • Principles and practices of community service program development and service delivery to varied populations.
  • Principles and practices of employee supervision, budget development and administration, including multiple budgets and varied funding sources.
  • Principles and practices of budget development and administration, including multiple budgets and varied funding sources.
  • Funding sources and community resources for support of health department programs and activities.
  • Setting priorities, coordinating multiple projects and meeting critical deadlines.
  • Using sound, independent judgment within established policy and procedural guidelines.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.
Duties require sufficient mobility to work in a normal office setting and use standard office equipment including a computer, vision to read printed materials and a computer screen and hearing and speech sufficient to communicate in person or over the telephone.
These requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.
Equivalent to possession of a Master's degree with major coursework in a social or behavioral science, nursing, public health, social work or a field related to the work.
Three (3) years of professional level in a public health, healthcare administration, or non-profit setting which has included experience in systems change, working in or with communities of color, low-income communities or other communities most impacted by inequities, and working with multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural, and multi-sectoral partnerships.
Successful applicants will have experience in both public health and in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and partnerships.
This class description intends to identify the major duties and requirements of the job and should not be interpreted as all-inclusive. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related duties other than those outlined above and may be required to specific job-related knowledge for successful job performance.


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