This is a responsible administrative position involving the application of sound management principles and policies to the operation of the Division of Community Health. Responsibilities include management and oversight of staff responsible for health education, health assessment and health promotion programs.


An employee in this class manages and reviews current systems and procedures, and recommends additions and/or changes that will have a positive impact upon the department's budget, staffing, accounting and overall departmental operation. Considerable latitude is allowed in carrying out the primary directives of the organization. Assignments are received verbally or in writing from the Commissioner of Health. Work is reviewed through the submission of written reports and review of operational results. Supervision is exercised over a number of professional and clerical personnel. Does related work as required.




Provides technical and administrative direction for the Onondaga County Health Department's Community Health division, including health assessment, health education and health promotion programs.

Supervises the collection, analysis and interpretation of health assessment data in implementing and evaluating ongoing or proposed community health programs.

Oversees preparation of specific program budgets and fiscal documentation. Responsible for grants, contracts and operating budget management and oversight.

Provides administrative supervision to Health Department staff, including professional, paraprofessional, technical and clerical staff in a variety of Health Department programs.

Supports the Department on issues related to local health department accreditation, strategic planning, quality improvement and performance management.

Acts as a liaison with community groups and other governmental agencies on matters pertaining to community health.

Initiates and coordinates partnerships with various community organizations interested in promoting and improving health.

Provides consultation and guidance to Health Department programs in health education, health assessment, health promotion and disease prevention strategies.

Provides community leadership in the promotion of public health by serving as a community resource for education and information in the areas of public health programs and the availability of resources in health education.

Oversees the preparation of public relations and promotional materials for departments, programs and services, such as press releases, newspaper articles, radio and television announcements and social media.

Oversees the identification and preparation of new grant initiatives and renewals.

Provides grant management over multiple programs.

Participates in public health preparedness activities as trained and assigned.

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.




Thorough knowledge of community and public relations techniques.

Thorough knowledge of the principles and techniques of health assessment, promotion and equity .

Thorough knowledge of the social determinants of health and how these impact health outcomes.

Good knowledge of the principles and practices of public health administration in budgetary, personnel and management areas, including grant writing.

Good knowledge of current public health problems, issues and diseases prevalent in the community.

Good knowledge of public health strategies for the prevention and control of disease.

Good knowledge of the principles, application and techniques of public health surveillance, health assessment, research design and survey methodology.

Working knowledge of the principles and practices of administrative supervision.

Ability to effectively collaborate with community groups, news organizations, community-based organizations and the public.

Ability to supervise a large and diverse group of professional, paraprofessional and clerical staff in multiple programs and service areas.

Ability to organize and present ideas and recommendations clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.



Ability to assess the implication of research results for public health policy and programs, and to utilize best practices to support evidence-based programs where applicable.

Ability to act as a liaison, represent the Department and communicate effectively with the public, legislators, the press, outside agencies and other County departments.







Two (2) years of permanent, competitive-class status in the title of Director of Surveillance and Statistics.




A. Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a Master's degree in public health, public administration or a closely related field and five (5) years of professional-level work experience, or its part‑time equivalent, in public health, at least three (3) years of which must have involved the administration of a public health program.







12/2017 Date of Original Composition