The Opportunity: Health Officer
The Health Officer serves as Chief Medical Officer for the Snohomish Health District with responsibility for the control and prevention of disease. The Health Officer may provide similar services to other local health jurisdictions under shared services agreement(s) between Snohomish Health District and those local health jurisdiction(s). Under policy direction from the local Board(s) of Health, the Health Officer is responsible for and empowered to enforce the provisions of RCW 70.05.070, RCW 70.58.020 and other applicable state laws.
Strong innovative leadership and active collaboration with a wide range of strategic partners and stakeholders is required to address public health issues in a rapidly changing environment. The Health Officer is required to help identify priorities and emerging trends in public health, communicate health data and information in a variety of settings, and assist with planning for and response to bioterrorist and other public health emergencies.
The Health Officer is also expected to work closely and communicate regularly with the medical community and other community groups (e.g., the North Sound Accountable Community of Health) to build credibility for public health. The Health Officer will often act as spokesperson and media contact, in coordination with the communications personnel for the local health jurisdiction. Advisory groups appointed by the Board(s) of Health work with the Health Officer and other staff to provide two-way communication with the Board(s) of Health regarding public health issues.
Our Ideal Candidate:
Monitors emerging health trends for proactive public health advocacy
Is knowledgeable of epidemiology, clinical activities, infectious diseases, and environmental health inspection, enforcement and regulations
Builds collaborative relationships and establishes rapport with others such as colleagues, partners, stakeholders, staff, and elected officials
Demonstrates cultural competency via sensitive, effective and professional interactions with persons from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial, ethnic, and professional backgrounds, persons of all ages and lifestyle preferences
Considers ambiguity as an opportunity rather than an obstacle
Understands issues from multiple viewpoints and with political savvy to effectively address matters
Can manage paradox by combining seeming opposites such as being seen as balanced despite conflicting demands of a situation
Thrives under pressure, whether it’s collaborating with regional or state partners to meet short deadlines, extensive research on emerging trends for a last minute media release or acting swiftly in the event of a public health emergency
Shows flexibility and adaptability in difficult or unpopular instances
Works well as part of an inter-disciplinary team, understands own role as contributor on a team, values team relationships, and works at making the relationship function well
Appropriately and effectively leverages resources, using tact and discretion, to gain cooperation of others to address public health issues
Is skilled in consensus building, policy analyses, and informed debate
Excels at clearly and concisely adapting complex information into verbal and written communication to effectively meet the needs of the audience
To be Considered
Review the position posting at www. snohd.org. Interested candidates can apply by submitting an application, cover letter and resume or Curricula Vitae via mail or email as follows:
Snohomish Health District, Attn: Human Resources, 3020 Rucker Ave., Suite 306 Everett, WA 98201