Location: Buchanan County/Independence   Company name: Buchanan County Public Health   Job type: full-time

Public Health Director


At will position appointed by and reports to the Board of Health. Director is responsible for monitoring public health functions, supervising department services and administrative duties, along with enforcing federal, state and local public health regulations as defined by Iowa Administrative Code. Responsibilities include public health practice in all areas of disease prevention and health promotion, which includes direct work in areas of communicable disease, environmental illnesses, health and wellness initiatives, and emergency preparedness.


 Supervises/evaluates the work of staff; effectively recommends action related to selection, performance review, scheduling and discipline; administers personnel and related policies/procedures.

 Maintain an understanding of conducting Core Public Health Functions and Essential Services, and performs these services and/or functions when warranted.

 Directs/supervises preparation/administration of the departmental budget/strategic plans; assures proper allocation/accountability for expenditures of funds. Seek opportunities in obtaining additional funding through grant awards and third party reimbursements, and maintain reporting for such funding.

 Takes an active role in various health related professional organizations and agencies, attend trainings, conferences and workshops, etc. to keep current and up-to-date with continuing education , local, state and federal laws and regulations relating to public health.

 Lead and assist in public health aspects of emergency planning for Buchanan County including developing and maintaining Public Health Emergency Preparedness Plans for the department.

 Represents the Department by attending seminars, conferences, and other meetings, and by giving speeches before groups such as civic and community organizations, schools and clinics to promote awareness in disease prevention and wellness programs.

 Initiates quality assurance in weak areas as it pertains to Public Health, following through until the process is complete.

 Maintains a knowledge base of all department programs to facilitate program growth, efficiency, and appropriateness of services, and leadership in program coordinators.

 Researches and develops yearly budgets to coincide with department revenues and expenditures.

 Seeks opportunities to obtain additional revenues through grant awards and third party reimbursement and assures funding reports are completed and submitted to maintain eligibility.

 Meets regularly with the Board of Health to review budget status, department services, and current legislation regarding public health issues.

 Works with department heads and other courthouse employees, business associates, suppliers, the general public, and medical community in a proficient and professional manner.

 Reports observed or suspected instances of child or adult abuse pursuant to mandated requirements. Assists staff to report when warranted.

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Applications and job description can be obtained through the Buchanan County’s website at www.buchanancounty.iowa.gov or from the Buchanan County Public Health Department at 1210 1st Street West, Independence, IA.

Submit your completed application, cover letter, resume and a signed job description to the Buchanan County Human Resources Office at 210 5th Ave NE Independence, Iowa 50644 or email documents to Buchanan.Application@co.buchanan.ia.us Place “Public Health Director Application” in the subject line.

Applications with cover letter, resume, and signed job description will be accepted through April 15, 2024, at 3:00 p.m. or until an eligible candidate is located. Buchanan County is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

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