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Big Cities Health Coalition Opportunities

Poison Information Specialist

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

The Bureau seeks to hire two Poison Information Specialists (Level II) to work in our NYC Poison Control Center (PCC).  The PCC is an emergency medical hotline that has been around for almost 70 years and responds to requests for assistance from both the public and health care providers for drug information or intentional and unintentional exposures to toxics.   The PCC also responds to information requests regarding a variety of issues including medication safety (interactions, indications for use, and disposal).  The PCC receives approximately 88,000 calls per year, and in order to assist with the requests we need our candidates to have a strong knowledge of pharmacology and pharmacokinetics. Candidates who are selected will get on the job training in the field of toxicology. For more information and to apply, see here and enter the job ID 405240 or 405202.

Senior Staff Advisor

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Reporting directly to the Commissioner of Health, the Senior Science Advisor will work to align public health goals with agency policies, programs, and operations through the assessment of relevant scientific materials in a timely manner.  They will advise on various emerging public health issues to inform program and policy decisions, which involves gathering, analyzing, and summarizing key scientific and public health literature and soliciting expert opinion.  The Advisor will help facilitate the ability of DOHMH to monitor and continuously improve upon various processes, activities and outcomes in order to ensure a healthier New York. Find out more about the role here and apply here.

Health Director

City of San Antonio

The City of San Antonio is currently recruiting to replace Dr. Colleen Bridger who was promoted to Assistant City Manager - find out more about the role and how to apply here. San Antonio (the 7th largest city in the US) is a progressive, public health focused city with both the Mayor's and the City Manager's Office looking to expand the use of a public health lens to address a variety of issues throughout the city. Some recent examples include using a public health approach to address ACEs, Gun Violence, Domestic Violence and mental health (including syringe exchange and opioid overdose prevention).

Questions about the position or the culture, feel free to give Colleen a call: 210-722-4237 or email: colleen.bridger@sanantonio.gov

Deputy Public Health Officer

County of San Diego - Health and Human Services Agency

The County of San Diego is seeking a dynamic leader with a passion for building healthy communities. This is a unique opportunity for a California licensed eligible physician to work for County of San Diego Public Health Services, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board.

The Deputy Public Health Officer represents and acts in the absence of the Public Health Officer in community and Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) activities; develops policies, procedures and protocols for County public health strategies and initiatives; ensures quality management of public health issues, including clinical services, in HHSA's centralized programs and regions, and in the community; collaborates in planning and service provision with related partners; coordinates with media staff to present public health information and community level statistics to the media and members of the community; assesses data obtained from the community to determine community needs and plans program needs and progress; supervises five Medical Directors and other staff; provides oversight over educational opportunities for students, professionals, and fellows; and, performs other related functions.  Find out more about the role and how to apply here.

Medical Director/Deputy Health Authority

Dallas County Health Department

The Medical Director/Deputy Health Authority directs the overall health activities of the department, and serves as a heath authority to protect the public health as mandated by law to prevent and control the spread of communicable diseases. They will occasionally serve as a physician for one or more public health programs, plan the direction of physician services with regards to policy and procedures, and work closely with the organizations, institutions, agencies, individuals and news media as assigned, with respect to appropriate release of health-related information. The Medical Director/Deputy Health Authority serves as an official of the state in relation to state laws and regulatory agencies, supervises physicians and serves as a Deputy Public Health Authority. They will control the spread of communicable diseases in the community through use of quarantine, if necessary, review and authorize Medicaid/Medicare reimbursements and perform other duties as assigned.  Find out more about the role and apply here.

Public Health Medical Director

City of Austin

The City of Austin is seeking a highly experienced and progressive Public Health Medical Director with a track record of innovative, high-level leadership, and excellent employee engagement to join the City’s diverse and high-functioning Austin Public Health Department. This position will serve under the Director of Austin Public Health and is responsible for clinical oversight of medical-related services rendered by Austin Public Health Department personnel. This position serves on the Director’s Executive Leadership team. The Austin Public Health Medical Director is a high-profile position serving a broad range of internal and external customers and stakeholders.  Find out more and apply here.

Laboratory Services Officer

City of Long Beach

The Laboratory Services Officer is an at-will management position that reports to the Physician Services Bureau Manager and manages the Laboratory Services Division. This position is responsible for the scientific and administrative direction of the Long Beach Public Health Laboratory to ensure effective and efficient services and compliance with established standards, rules, and regulations. The Division currently has a staff of 7, including a microbiologist supervisor.  Find out more and apply here.

Deputy Medical Director

Mecklenburg County Public Health

Mecklenburg County Public Health (MCPH) is seeking a highly motivated physician with strong clinical and public health experience to serve as the Deputy Medical Director for this large, innovative health department located in Charlotte, NC, serving a county population of more than one million people.  The Deputy Medical Director will work closely with the Medical Director and Assistant Health Director for Clinical Services to provide clinical oversight and leadership for all MCPH clinical services.  In addition, the Deputy Medical Director will play a key leadership role in the strategic planning and implementation of the Department’s overall goals and objectives, which includes creating a vision for the future of public health in Mecklenburg County.  Find out more about the role here.

Applicants can send their resume to lashonda.lucky@mecklenburgcountync.gov

Deputy Director

Boston Public Health Commission

The Deputy Director for the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) works closely with the Executive Director and the Senior Leadership Team to establish priorities and manage the on-going work of the Commission. The Deputy reports directly to the Executive Director and is expected to play a management role with all senior staff of BPHC, including Program Directors, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Property Management and Administration and Finance. The Deputy represents the Executive Director both within the BPHC and with outside stakeholders, including the Mayor's Office, Health and Human Services, and other department staff. The Deputy will supervise bureau directors and public health service center directors and will play a role in leading cross-bureau/cross-programmatic initiatives. Find out more about the role and how to apply here.

Chief Public Health Officer

Detroit Health Department

Appointed by the Mayor, the Chief Public Health Officer is responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating operations of the public health care programs, ensuring that essential local public health needs are met.  This position is also responsible for providing leadership to attain the goals and objectives of the department, protecting and promoting the health, well-being, and safety of all Detroiters. For more information, see here.

Medical Director

Detroit Health Department

The Medical Director is responsible for ensuring the adequacy, quality, care, efficiency and timeliness of health service delivery to residents identified in processes collaboratively developed by the Detroit Health Department and partners.  To read the full details about the role and to apply, see here.

Assistant Health Director, Population Health

Mecklenburg County Public Health

The Assistant Health Director for Population Health will work intensively with community partners to facilitate/convene collaborations and address public health priorities. This position will also be responsible for facilitating connections between the other Divisions and appropriate community partners to assist in accomplishing Departmental goals. Serving on the Executive Team of the Health Department, the Assistant Health Director for Population Health will work with the Health Director and the other members of the Team to provide cohesive, transformational leadership for the Health Department. This division includes oversight of Epidemiology, Policy and Prevention, and Community Engagement as core programs. For more information and to apply, see here.

Laboratory Director

Southern Nevada Health District

The Laboratory Director will lead, oversee, plan, organize, and direct the overall operation and administration of the Southern Nevada Health District public health laboratory which performs high complexity testing in support of public health surveillance, disease investigation, outbreaks and response activities. The director provides technical consultation to community physicians, commercial laboratories, hospitals and other public agencies on diseases of public health significance. To find out more and to apply, see here.

Laboratory Supervisor

Southern Nevada Health District

The Laboratory Supervisor will plan, assign, and coordinate the daily technical operations of assigned functional areas of the Southern Nevada Public Health Laboratory. Oversee the quality assurance activities of the laboratory including staff competency and proficiency testing programs. Perform standard and complex technical laboratory examinations in order to detect and identify microbial disease agents of interest to public health in the areas of microbiology, immunology, molecular and /or bioterrorism. To find out more and to apply, see here.