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DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
This is an important professional administrative position with responsibility to assist the Commissioner of Health in the planning, organization, direction and supervision of the public health program in Onondaga County. The work is performed in accordance with applicable New York State and local health laws, rules, ordinances and regulations and with the policies and objectives of the Onondaga County Health Department and as outlined by the Commissioner of Health. An employee in this classification has wide latitude in exercise of independent judgment and initiative in planning, developing, directing and coordinating services and functions of the County Health Program. Administrative supervision is exercised over diverse service programs involving a very large number of employees. Administrative direction is received from the Commissioner of Health in areas of policy implementation, and the review and approval of recommendations and implementation of same. The Deputy Commissioner of Health will act for and represent the Commissioner of Health in his/her absence. Does related work as required by the Commissioner of Health.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Under the direction of the Commissioner of Health, provides planning, organization, and direction for all elements of the Onondaga County Health Department, its programs and services, as well as the quality improvement process.
With administrative direction from the Commissioner of Health, provides direction to bureau directors/division directors and others as needed, to formulate, initiate and execute policies, programs and procedures.
Reviews, evaluates and initiates policies and programs and monitors program effectiveness and work methods by means of periodic reports and studies, organizational review, and works with bureau directors/division directors on recommendations for changes and revisions.
Acts as liaison to the community for programs within the Health department to collaborate on existing services and respond to new community needs.
Enforces Health department and County policies concerning personnel, contracts, purchasing and other services; prepares, oversees and administers program budgets; and performs other administrative functions as required.
Provides information for press release and acts as liaison for public communication functions, as directed by the Commissioner of Health.
Oversees physical operations of the department and manages functional issues related to the physical plant.
Utilizes appropriate methods for interacting effectively and professionally with persons of all ages and from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, lifestyles and physical abilities.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of public health administration.
Thorough knowledge of current public health problems, issues, diseases and public health factors in the community.
Good knowledge of the laws, rules, regulations and standards, (local, state and federal) which mandate or impact on public health or which effect community health programs and services.
Good knowledge of the principles and techniques of administrative supervision.
Good knowledge of organizational staffing patterns in a number of diverse programs involving a multitude of service areas.
Good knowledge of public administration techniques in the budgetary, personnel and management areas.
Ability to plan and implement new and innovative organizational methods to cut costs, improve services and meet the goals of the department.
Ability to collect and analyze diverse information of various division functions.
Ability to deal effectively with community groups, other health organizations, physicians, civic groups, etc. to discuss, research or implement community public health services or other issues of concern.
A) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Masterís degree in public health, science in public health, public administration or a closely related field, and two (2) years of professional level work experience, or its part time equivalent, in a supervisory capacity, in health services planning, health administration and/or health management, which must have included program analysis and policy development; or,
B) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelorís degree in public health science, public health, public administration or a closely related field, and four (4) years of professional level work experience, or its part time equivalent, in health services planning, health administration and/or health management, at least two (2) years of which must have been in a supervisory capacity.