Marion County Health Department Director
Florida Department of Health - Ocala, FL

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The Florida Department of Health is seeking an experienced public health professional to serve as the lead public health official of the Marion County Health Department. This position serves over one of the 67 County Health Departments in the State of Florida. Responsibilities include the direction, supervision, and evaluation of a wide variety of health programs including, but not limited to, environmental, nursing, chronic disease, preparedness and response, dental health, family planning, communicable disease, and vital statistics. Preference will be given to those candidates with a senior leadership background and executive management experience. The position requires extensive experience in the management, and administration of public health programs, knowledge and experience in essential public health services, demonstrated knowledge of health policy issues, experience in public speaking, and working with elected officials, governmental bodies, community partners, and the media. Applicants should demonstrate knowledge of fiscal and budget management, human resource management, community outreach, and must be committed to providing the highest quality of service to the people of Marion County.

Must be a physician that currently holds, or eligible for, a Florida Medical license (Chapters 458 or 459, Florida Statutes). Preference will be given to a public health professional with a Master's degree in Public Health or other health sciences, or extensive public health experience. A qualified candidate is a senior executive with a passion for public health, has extensive knowledge, and experience in core public health principles and practices. In addition to a commitment to effective management, team leadership, sensitivity and cultural awareness for diverse populations, and community outreach, demonstrated capacity for leading an organization through a continuous quality management process including directing, budgeting, assessing, planning, implementing, evaluation, monitoring, and a demonstrated capacity for public health advocacy. This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or the People First Service Center (1-877-562- 7287). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation. Applicant information provided as a result of this advertisement may be open to a public records request as allowed by Florida Statutes. All information submitted, including your application and responses to qualifying questions, is a public record unless otherwise exempted by law. Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website: If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended, or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement. The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system. E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility. Special Note: Incumbents will be required to perform emergency duties before, during and/or beyond normal work hours or days. Interview will be offered to the most qualified applicants and may be held in a public forum or open meeting format. The interview panel may consist of Department of Health staff, County Health Department staff, representatives of community partner organizations and representative(s) of the Marion County Commissioners. No telephone interviews will be offered. All interviews are to be conducted face to face in Marion County, Florida or in Tallahassee, Florida. Any travel required to attend an interview will be the responsibility of the applicant.

Organization Description:
The Florida Department of Health is responsible for the health and safety of all citizens and visitors to the state. As a public health agency, the Florida Department of Health must monitor the health status of Floridians, diagnose and investigate health problems, and mobilize local communities to address health-related issues. The Florida Department of Health develops policies and systems that support health goals, enforces laws and regulations that protect the health of all residents and visitors, link people to needed health care services, and provides services where necessary to increase access. The Florida Department of Health also provides specialized assistance to pregnant women, and infants and children with special health care needs, licenses and regulates health care practitioners, and provides medical disability determinations. The county health departments are responsible for assessing, maintaining, and improving the health and safety of the entire community and all populations within the county as part of the Florida Department of Health. The Marion County Health Department is located in Ocala, Florida and provides services to families, individuals, and visitors of all ages in the county including to: • Prevent epidemics and the spread of disease • Protect against environmental hazards • Prevent injuries • Promote and encourage healthy behaviors • Respond to disasters and assist communities in recovery efforts • Assure the quality and accessibility of health services The Marion County Health Department employs approximately 185 full time staff with an annual budget in excess of $12.2 million. Staff consists of a wide variety of professional and paraprofessional staff provides services within the above program areas. These include Board Certified Physicians, Dentists, Registered Nurses, Advanced Practice Nurses, Dieticians, Epidemiologists, Social Workers, and various other health care professionals including environmental and disease intervention specialists.

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