Assistant Director Health Services (school Health Division)

Fairfax, Virginia
$84,842.99 - $141,404.64 Annually
Aug 13, 2022
Aug 27, 2022
Full Time
Job Announcement

The Fairfax Health Department is the largest public health department in Virginia, serving 1.2 million residents from diverse ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds throughout Fairfax County, as well as the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church and the towns of Herndon, Vienna and Clifton. With more than 100 years of leadership in the field, we are committed to protecting, promoting and improving the health and quality of life for all in our community.

The Fairfax County Health Department is looking for a visionary leader to join their Executive Management team to help drive the transition from Public Health (PH) 2.0 to PH 3.0. This organizational shift in culture and philosophy requires an Assistant Director of Health Services who embraces change, is data driven, a strategic thinker and self-directed. This position provides programmatic development, implementation, planning and evaluation for the Division of School Health to assure successful achievement of the Division’s objectives and to support the agency strategic plan. Expectations also include policy development and implementation oversight for the programs under your direction. A focus on health equity and population health is at the core of the School Health Division.

The Assistant Director of School Health Division will be responsible for working collaboratively with counterparts in the Fairfax County Public School System and private schools to create a shared vision designed to promote the health and well-being of the populations served. Critical to this position is the ability to develop positive working relationships with other Health and Human Service agencies, Fairfax County and Falls Church Public School systems, and private schools demonstrating the ability to form alliances with traditional and nontraditional partners and partnering across multiple sectors and leveraging data and resources to address social, environmental, and economic conditions that affect health and health equity of populations served. This position will require critical thinking skills, the ability to analyze data from multiple sources, to identify public health trends, populations in need, gaps in services and then to serve as a Chief Health Strategist. Candidates must have experience developing, implementing, and evaluating the effectiveness of school health initiatives. This position will also be responsible for recruiting, hiring, onboarding and ongoing workforce development. Will be expected to develop, implement, and monitor program budgets, to include grant and MOA management

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position job description.)

Oversees development, implementation and planning for assigned programmatic area; provides direction, guidance and direct supervision to direct reports and leadership to managers and staff; leads change management and project management initiatives;
Participates as a member of the Health Services management team to assist in planning and coordinating service programs in the context of population health in order to ensure a comprehensive array of services are available to county citizens;
Plans, organizes, directs and manages the delivery of health services consisting of nurses, other professionals, community health and education services ensuring that County, state and federal requirements are met;
Assists Division Director in establishing goals, objectives and priorities for the division; develops performance management measurements and benchmarks; monitors progress and analyzes the program effectiveness in meeting the programmatic, division and agency objectives;
Oversees the development, data collection, reporting, and analysis of strategic objectives and performance measures in assigned programmatic area;
Ensures that programs and business operations comply with federal, state, and county laws, regulations and ordinances, accreditation standards and assures consistency throughout assigned programs;
Coordinates various program activities with other areas in Health Department, and ensures effective interface of programs across-division, other county departments, community partners, federal, state and local agencies;
Assists in the develop and implementation of standards, policies and procedures for the delivery of the County's public health nursing and education services;
Directly supervises program managers and coordinators in assigned area; coaches, develops, and evaluates the performance of direct reports;
Works in concert with division director, to examine and anticipate workforce needs; develops plans and strategies, utilizing county's workforce development framework and process;
Ensures compliance with licensure and practice requirements of the Virginia Nurse Practice Act;
Oversees division activities of training and orientation of supervisory, professional, paraprofessional public health personnel;
Assists in developing and managing assigned programmatic budget including expenditures, revenue, and contractual services;
Participates in the preparation of legislative proposals; prepares board items, and makes presentations to Board of Supervisors, business and community organizations, and other county departments, as appropriate;
Coordinates and collaborates with state, county, community and other human service organizations, on programmatic issues, as appropriate;
Communicates with the public and the media on programmatic and community issues under the direction of the Division Director and Director of Health;
Represents the Division Director in meetings with community and governmental representatives, as required;
Serves as member of Health Management Information System (HMIS) team, and coordinates HMIS training;
Studies and analyzes nursing records and reports to identify trends or problems and to evaluate effectiveness.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for "Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to")
Graduation from a college or university accredited by the National League for Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education with a master's degree in nursing, public health, healthcare administration or other health related post-graduate degree ; plus six (6) years of progressively responsible professional level experience in public health, community health, nursing administration, public administration or related field; to include two (2) years in a position of supervisory capacity.

Possession of current license to practice as registered nurse in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
AED - Required within 60 days
CPR - Required within 60 days
Driver's License

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a Child Protective Services Registry, a sanction screening, and a driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.
This position is considered "Emergency Service Personnel"

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.

At least seven years of progressively responsible experience in a senior level leadership role overseeing and/or managing public health programs. Extensive knowledge and experience in school health, public health, principles and practices of nursing, community health nursing, community health planning in a public health or healthcare setting. Thorough knowledge and application of principles and practices of preventive health care, communicable diseases and epidemiology. Experience promoting health initiatives designed to promote health equity. Experience developing health initiatives with a strong community engagement component. Ideal candidate will have exposure to school health, population health and health integration initiatives; experience supporting health care safety net systems. Proven ability to work independently and collaboratively across all staffing levels. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships. Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing. Proficient informatics skills and computer skills. Knowledge and experience in program development, budget development, and quality improvement.

Employee is required to walk, stand, sit, bend, kneel, climb stairs and carry equipment up to 25 pounds in weight as required for the position. Uses hands to grasp, handle or feel. Visual acuity is required to read data on a computer monitor. Ability to operate keyboard driven equipment. Ability to drive a vehicle. Position frequently communicates and must be able to exchange accurate information with others verbally and in writing. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview; may include practical exercise.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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