The work involves responsibility for overseeing the overall performance of a Health Department program or initiative involving multiple partner agencies and community linkages. This is a broad classification to designate all positions within the Onondaga County Health Department which have responsibility for program development, coordination and management, inclusive of duties involving health and human service provision, community relations and networking, educational promotion, media development, program outreach, funding, budget forecasting and planning, tracking and targeting populations, statistics, recruitment and training of staff, etc. Independence and initiative are exercised by the employee in this class, within the guidelines of the policies and procedures established by the Commissioner of Health and the New York State Department of Health. Supervision is received from an administrative superior who reviews work through conferences and meetings. Supervision may be exercised over a number of employees, which may include professional, paraprofessional or clerical staff, depending on the size and nature of the program and the funding sources and levels. Certain assignments made to employees in this class will require reasonable access to transportation to meet field work requirements made in the ordinary course of business in a timely and efficient manner. Does related work as required.




Coordinates the study, collection and evaluation/analysis of data related to the program/initiative for policy development, quality assurance/quality improvement efforts, performance management, and as required for NYS and Federal granting agency reporting.

Supervises, evaluates, directs and distributes work assignments to Program/Initiative staff, contracted staff and multi-agency contributors.

Responsible for collecting, compiling and analyzing all work deliverables and necessary reporting from all sub-contracted and partner agencies.

Writes grants and multiple reports required by Program/Initiative funding sources, including developing and implementing goals, objectives and activities of the Program/Initiative, as well as monitoring the Program/Initiative budget.

Establishes policies and procedures for implementation of the Health Program/Initiative.

Interprets local, State and Federal policies and regulations that may impact the Program/Initiative; works with Health Department staff and community partners to disseminate policy decisions to the public.

Develops and implements presentations for groups and organizations locally, statewide and nationally.

Prepares, and supervises the development and coordination of, training seminars and opportunities for staff and/or community partners.

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.

Participates in public health preparedness activities as trained and assigned.




Thorough knowledge of the principals, practices and techniques of public health administration.

Thorough knowledge of current public health issues, problems, and concerns relating to specific health programs and initiatives (position dependent, to include: Maternal Child Health/Lead, Healthy Homes, Environmental Health/Chronic Diseases, Health Equity).

Thorough knowledge of the principles and application of interactive solutions to ensure health equity and/or reduce health disparities.

Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of grant writing.

Good knowledge of the techniques of public administration in the areas of budget, personnel and management.

Good knowledge of the principles and practices of public relations and public health education.

Ability to gather, analyze and draw conclusions from data, obtain data and present it in a logical, concise manner, both verbally and in a written narrative format.

Ability to work effectively with a large professional staff, public officials, civic groups, community agencies and other interested parties.

Ability to supervise, motivate and evaluate a number of employees in separate program and service areas.

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.






  1. 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, health administration, social work or a closely related field and three (3) years of professional-level work experience, or its part time equivalent, in public health, public administration or social work, at least one (1) year of which must have involved the administration of a public health program.





01/2019 Date of Original Composition