Division Director Health Department - School Health Division Director

Fairfax, Virginia
$89,740.77 - $149,568.02 Annually
Oct 16, 2021
Oct 23, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

This job opportunity is being re-announced. If you applied previously, you do not need to re-apply to be considered.

The Health Department of Fairfax County is a progressive public health leader providing services that promotes population health, protect public health and the environment, and ensure residents' access to health services and information. Developing a competent public health workforce is integral to the department's mission. The Health Department looks to enhance its workforce with a dynamic and innovative leader to fill the School Health Division Director position.

Under the direction of the Deputy Director for Medical Services oversees a dedicated focus to school health and the health of school communities in the Fairfax Health District through partnership with the private and public school systems and the communities they serve. Ensures a community focused, population health framework for in-school and out-of-school health needs and the determinants of health. Oversees the strategic and policy needs, programmatic development, implementation and planning of this division. Provides leadership, professional guidance, supervision and oversight directly and through an Assistant Division Director, for both professional and paraprofessional staff. Develops policies, procedures, processes and best practices in support of the School Health Division; develops performance measures and benchmarks; monitors progress and analyzes the division’s outcomes. Oversees and manages division finance, expenditures, budget, and contractual services. Participates in the preparation of legislative proposals and prepares board items; writes reports and makes presentations regarding school health service activities, programs, and public health trends to Board of Supervisors, community organizations and other county departments, as appropriate. Works in partnership with private/public schools leadership and works collaboratively with the Health Department SH Physician for medical oversight to implement the school health programs in FCPS and Falls Church City Public Schools (FCCPS). Serves in the role of Chief Health Strategist supporting multidisciplinary and multisector initiatives designed to address the public health issues related to school aged children and the communities in which they live.

Note: This position is considered an Emergency Service Personnel.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Extensive knowledge of the theories, principles and practices of nursing, community health nursing, public health and community health planning;
  • Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of preventive health care, communicable diseases and epidemiology;
  • Knowledge of public health practice in the fields of patient care, school health, population health and community health;
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration (including personnel, budgeting, accounting and management analysis) and the ability to apply them;
  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state and County public health laws and regulations;
  • Knowledge of current literature and new developments in public health, nursing practice and administration;
  • Knowledge of demography, statistics and research methodology;
  • Knowledge of the legislative and political process;
  • Ability to identify public health and nursing needs in the community;
  • Ability to function effectively as an interdisciplinary management team leader or member; Ability to analyze data and draw sound conclusions;
  • Ability to solve problems and resolve conflicts;
  • Ability to develop, coordinate and implement goals/objectives and strategically plan division- wide;
  • Ability to plan and evaluate a comprehensive community health programs;
  • Ability to develop, analyze, and review methods and systems for health services delivery;
  • Ability to coordinate and implement organizational, personnel and program changes;
  • Ability to plan, direct and coordinate the work of a large staff;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to provide effective leadership; develop others through coaching and mentoring
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, coworkers, elected or appointed officials, public and private-sector organizations, community groups, and the public.

Employment Standards

Graduation from a National League for Nursing accredited college or university with a master's degree in nursing, public health or related field such as healthcare administration, public administration, community development or business administration; Plus eight years of increasingly responsible full-time equivalent experience in nursing, public health or related field such as healthcare administration, public administration, community development or business administration, four of which must have been in an administrative capacity, including supervising professional staff in a public health setting.


At least eight years of progressively responsible experience in a senior-level leadership role in the field of School Health. Extensive knowledge and experience in public health, principles and practices of nursing, community health nursing, community health planning in a public health or school health setting. Knowledge and experience with process improvement and strategic planning; capacity to direct or lead multiple strategic efforts. Proven ability and experience in project management, partnership development and sustainability. Ability to demonstrate strong leadership, supervisory, and interpersonal skills; proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; effectively communicate, both orally and in writing; work independently with minimal direction.


Job is generally sedentary in nature, however, job entails walking, standing, sitting, climbing stairs, reaching and bending; uses hands to grasp, handle, or feel. Visual acuity is required to read data on a computer monitor. Incumbent must be able to operate keyboard driven equipment and computer. Ability to drive a vehicle. Position frequently communicates and must be able to exchange accurate information with others verbally and in writing. Employee may be required to lift or carry up to 25 lbs. occasionally. Generally works in an office environment yet may occasionally be required to perform job duties outside of the typical office setting. All duties are performed with or without reasonable accommodation.

The appointee to this position must complete a criminal background check, a check of the Child Protective Services Registry, a driving record check, a sanction screen, and a credit check to the satisfaction of the employer.

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated 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 religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.

Possession of current license to practice as registered nurse in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation - CPR (Required within 60 days)

AED (Required within 60 days)

Panel interview.

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 military 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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