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Assistant Director of Public Health - Sangamon County, IL, IL

Title Assistant Director of Public Health
Type PublicandEnvironmentalHealth
Date Posted 2022-05-18
City / Organization Sangamon County, IL, IL
Website Click here for more information or to apply
Email Contact resume@govhrusa.com

Sangamon County, IL (196,343) – The County of Sangamon is seeking a talented and experienced public health professional to serve as the Assistant Director of the Public Health Department.  Located in the geographical center of Illinois, Sangamon County lies roughly 1.5 hours from St. Louis, 3.0 hours from Chicago, and 3.5 hours from Indianapolis.  Springfield (population 114,394) is the county seat of Sangamon County and is also the state capital of Illinois. 

In addition to Springfield, Sangamon County is home to 29 other incorporated cities and villages.  The County is well-served with a variety of excellent transportations linkages including Interstate 55 and 72, US Highway 36, and numerous state highways. The County also boasts excellent freight and passenger rail service via Norfolk Southern and Amtrak.  The Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport located in Springfield provides commercial air service via American, United, Allegiant airlines with multiple daily flights to Chicago O’Hare and Dallas/Ft. Worth as well as regular service to Phoenix and Fort Myers. 

Sangamon County was founded in 1821 and is named for the Sangamon River which runs through it. Prior to being elected President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln represented Sangamon County in the Illinois Legislature. Sangamon County was also within the congressional district represented by Lincoln when he served in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Sangamon Public Health Department provides a comprehensive array of public health services.  It has an annual budget of $9.4 million and 96 full-time employees.  The department consists of the following seven divisions: Administration, Animal Control, Fiscal/Personnel, Maternal/Child Services, Clinic & Medical Services, and Health Education.  The department is overseen by the Sangamon County Board of Health which consists of seven (7) members, appointed by the County Board Chairperson, many of which are healthcare professionals.

The Health Department in Sangamon County is the 10th largest in Illinois and provides outstanding public health services to a population of well over 200,000. In addition to meeting the public health needs of Sangamon County, the Department also operates the public health department in nearby Menard County via a contractual arrangement.

The Director of Public Health, who is responsible for the oversight and management of all departmental functions, is appointed by the County Board and reports to the both the Board of Health and the County Administrator.   The Assistant Director is the second in command within the department and reports to the Director. The Assistant Director is involved in nearly all facets of the department and works very closely with the Director in the day-to-day management of the organization, as well with the formulation of policy and plans for the department. The Assistant Director has regular and frequent interaction with the Board of Health, other County departments, and several outside agencies.

Some of the major duties of the Assistant Director position include the following:

  • Assists in managing all operations and activities of the department.
  • Serves as the Acting Director as needed.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of policies and procedures.
  • Analyzes health statistics and information to determine community needs.
  • Prepares various reports and documents for submission to the Board of Health, the County Board, and the Illinois Department of Public Health.
  • Oversees and evaluates various programs and services of the department.
  • Supervises staff as assigned and is highly involved in union matters.
  • Assists in the recruitment, retention, and development of departmental staff.
  • Serves as the department’s FOIA Officer and HIPPA Compliance Officer

The Assistant Director must meet the Public Health Administrator qualifications as described in the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, Administrative Code, Title 77: Public Health, Section 600.310 Public Health Administrator. 

In addition to having at least five (5) years of hands-on work experience in the field of public health, the County is hoping to attract candidates with a master’s degree in public health.  A background in nursing and/or environmental health is also desirable.  The County is also hoping to attract candidates with strong interpersonal skills and ones that have experience in successfully managing and motivating employees.  The best candidates will have the ability to present ideas effectively both orally and in writing. They will also have a demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious relationships with departmental staff, other County employees, elected and appointed officials, other health agencies, the media, and the public.

The starting salary range for the position is $82,297 to $97,555 DOQ/E.  Sangamon County also provides its management employees with an outstanding array of fringe benefits including excellent health and dental insurance programs for the employee and qualified dependents at a very low cost to the employee.   Residency within Sangamon County is required within 6 months of appointment.

Interested candidates should apply online by 5:00 pm on June 17, 2022, with resume, cover letter, and contact information for five (5) work related references to www.GovHRjobs.comto the attention of Mark R. Peterson, Vice President, GovHR USA.  On-line application submittals are required. Please direct all questions about the position, the organization, and/or the selection process to Mr. Peterson at (847)380-3240 x121. The County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Job Post Expiration Date   2022-07-17

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