Public Health Division Director

County of Sonoma

Public Health Division Director
$151,316 - $183,958/Annually*

The Department of Health Services seeks a skilled professional to lead the Public Health Division!

Starting salary up to $183,958/year, a cash allowance of $600/month, and a competitive total compensation package!*  

What We Offer

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $1,700 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
About the Position

The Department of Health Service is in search of an exceptional public health professional with a proven track record of success to serve as its Public Health Division Director, which focuses on the day-to-day administration of a large and complex division.
The Public Health Division Director understands the value and benefit of population-based, preventative and educational approaches to the Department’s diverse range of Public Health services and programs and will further the division’s service goals to improve access to integrated prevention-focused health.  They will work to strengthen the focus on chronic disease prevention, healthy growth and aging, and foster cross program collaboration and multi-sector shared outcomes for a healthy Sonoma County. The Director ensures the core functions and essential services of public health are considered and sustained within the division’s programs and services.
Reporting to the Director of Health Services, the Public Health Division Director will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Public Health Division under policies and guidelines established by the Director of Health Services, as well as local, state and federal statutes. Duties of the position also include:
  • Directing, organizing, and coordinating the activities, programs and functions of the Division.
  • Providing oversight for the development of the Division budget, required reports, financial plans, statistical analysis, and for reviewing and analyzing legislation and determining effects on divisional procedures and operations.
  • Evaluating and supervising division staff, directly or through subordinate managers.
  • Serving as a policy advisor and subject matter expert for all programmatic functions of the Division, including program design, program operations, and performance measurement and outcomes.
  • Coordinating and managing public health service contracts and administering resources for public health services to community groups and agencies.
  • Conducting strategic planning for multiple programs and collaborating closely with other departmental programs.

What You Bring

The Public Health Division Director must possess a big picture understanding of public health programs, and the ability to work across systems of care in order to promote collaboration and coordination. The ideal Public Health Division Director will also be a creative visionary and strategic thinker who:
  • Understands the roles and strengths of the Public Health care community, and will foster relationships within the department and with its community partners in order to advance a shared vision.
  • Possesses the drive and leadership abilities needed to advance County goals, and effectively and efficiently manage and grow the Division.
  • Analyzes services using an equity perspective with a desire to serve the most vulnerable population, with a dedication to supporting the social, ethical, and cultural values of the community.
  • Is a diplomatic communicator, with excellent oral and written communication skills, including persuasive report writing and presentation abilities that move audiences to engagement and action.
  • Uses evidence-based best practices informed by data to advance the department's strategic priorities.
  • Is an outstanding manager of performance, taking responsibility for improving the effectiveness of others and enabling the competent growth of others.
  • Uses a collaborative approach to working with the other Divisions of Health Services and community partner organizations.

About the Department

The Department of Health Services is a large, complex department of 582 full time equivalent positions, with an operating budget of $280 million, consisting of three divisions: Administration, Public Health, and Behavioral Health. The Department’s revenue sources include State and Federal funds, fees and reimbursements for services and county General Fund. 

The Department's Executive Leadership Team, reporting to the Director, includes: two Assistant Directors; Health Officer; Chief Financial Officer; Compliance Officer; Behavioral Health Division Director; and Public Health Division Director.

The Department’s mission to, “promote, protect and ensure access to services to support the health, recovery and well-being of all in Sonoma County” are achieved through the following operating principles:  
  • Act as leader and collaborative partner with residents, service providers and other stakeholders to support initiatives that improve community health.
  • Foster work environments that promote professionalism, diversity, mutual respect and productivity.
  • Use data and evidence-based practice to plan, implement and evaluate programs, establish clear goals and desired outcomes.
  • Assure that employees and community stakeholders have access to information and opportunities for input and engagement.
  • Obtain and maximize the use of financial resources to assure the successful accomplishment of goals.
  • Recruit and maintain a highly skilled workforce and continuously develop capacity of employees to advance the department’s mission and assure ongoing, high-caliber leadership.

Use a flexible, multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving and program design, utilizing collaboration and partnerships to foster innovation and effectiveness.
*Salary is negotiable and benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. For more information, including minimum qualifications, & to apply, visit, or call 707-565-2331. The County of Sonoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity and are committed to having a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. Apply by 10/11/21