Health Commissioner

Canton City Public Health

Health Commissioner

Closes on 12/10/23

Salary Range: $84,870-$122,432

Employment with Canton City Public Health comes with an array of benefits.  We offer comprehensive health insurance, paid vacations, paid holidays, a retirement plan and sick time.

Applicants must apply online at  Applicants MUST submit a copy of their valid driver's license, college transcripts or degree, and any other pertinent licenses, certifications, or documentation, related to this position, with their application.

This is an open examination.

To be eligible for the position under this examination, all applicants must be a U.S. Citizen or possess a valid permanent resident card.

Job Description

Position Summary: Plans, administers, supervises and evaluates all public health programs and activities of Canton City Public Health.  The Health Commissioner’s duties include performing skilled, professional work in the planning, administering and performing of a variety of public health services in accordance with core public health functions and state and local public health codes.  Directs the personnel of Canton City Public Health in providing a variety of public health services.  Serves as the Chief Health Strategist (Public Health 3.0 model) and ensures delivery of Foundational Public Health Services and 10 Essential Public Health Services.  Manages a diverse public health staff and department budget. Reports to the Canton City Board of Health. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 
25%Mission/Vision: Ensures Canton City Public Health achieves its mission and vision.  Ensures that agency guiding values provide the foundation of all public health programs and services, committed to health equity, operate with accountability and are formulated on evidence-based practices.  Incorporates the Core Public Health Functions, Local Health Priorities, the Foundational Public Health Services and the Ten Essential Public Health Services into the practice of the agency.  Implements the health department objectives through the coordination and oversight of division directors and staff.  Provides expertise, leadership and direction to guide decision making.  Ensures advancement of health equity as a central focus of essential local public health services.

25%:Leadership/Management: Serves as the chief executive officer of the public health department. Supports a competent, diverse workforce and an inclusive organizational culture.  Recruits, provides or manages training for, and directly supervises staff; evaluates the performance of staff in accordance with established agency procedures.  Aids in the development and implementation of policies, procedures and training to promote improved performance and professional development of staff.  Cooperatively plans, develops and implements overall public health services and is responsible for the overall operation of the health department and its divisions.  Reviews existing programs for efficiency and economy, and implements necessary changes in response to changing population demographics and updates to state and federal laws, rules and regulations.

20%:Finance: Maintains oversight of financial management.  Develops, recommends and administers health department budget collaboratively with the division directors and the health department’s Fiscal Manager.  Monitors expenditures for compliance with budget mandates. Works closely with Canton City Council relative to budget and funding appropriations. Supervises grant development and administration, including billing, with the division directors and the Fiscal Manager.  Researches, finds and develops alternative funding sources.  Negotiates contract services and monitors contractor performance for compliance with program goals and contract provisions, both directly and cooperatively with the division directors and the Fiscal Manager.

10%: Ethics and Compliance: Safeguards the adherence to principles of the ethical practice of public health.  Assures compliance with external requirements, mandates, rules and regulations. Maintains agency accreditation status and conformity to Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) standards and measures.  Establishes and maintains monitoring and evaluation processes to ensure department activities follow state and federal mandates, agreements, policies and regulations.  Demonstrates agency accountability through performance management, quality improvement and workforce development.  Coordinates and supervises data gathering, evaluation, and reporting through division directors and staff. 

10% Community Liaison: Leads local public health system of partners to align resources to improve population-level health.  Coordinates Health Department functions with community, private, and public facilities and agencies.  Develops, manages and supports relationships with community partners, academic institutions, local and state-level agencies and public health professional organizations. 

5%: Spokesperson: Responds to legislative and media/press inquiries and contacts.  Prepares and gives public presentations.  Directs the preparation and distribution of press releases and reports by the public information officer and division directors.  Serves as Secretary to the Board of Health.  Serves as a trusted public health voice when speaking to the media.

5%: Advocacy: Advances the health department’s public health policy agenda by building relationships with local and state policymakers and legislators.  Has a close working relationship with local, state and federal agencies which provide technical assistance and support for public health services. 

Other Duties and Responsibilities: 
Emergency Response: In the event of a public health emergency, serves as incident commander/leader and connects department to local emergency operations.

Minimum Qualifications: 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 
Knowledge: Knowledge of best practices for provision of public health services.  Knowledge of applicable regulations, policies and procedures.  Strong knowledge of budgeting and finance.  Must be familiar with local public health laws/code and the extent of the use of authority in a public health emergency.  
Skills: Strong planning, organization and prioritization skills.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills.  Management and supervisory skills.  Exceptional interpersonal skills, diplomacy and tact.  Must possess skill in the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals, including Analytical/Assessment, Policy Development/Program Planning, Communication, Cultural Competency, Community Dimensions of Practice, Public Health Sciences, Financial Planning and Management and Leadership and Systems Thinking. 
Abilities: Ability to influence others across departments, directly or indirectly.  Ability to effectively use a variety of computer software programs.  Ability to exercise considerable tact and firmness in dealing with customers and the public.  Ability to work as a team member and team leader.  Ability to complete tasks within established deadlines.  Ability to effectively process and maintain files and prepare reports.  Must possess patience, flexibility and the ability to deal with ambiguity.  Must have commitment to health equity and public health, interest in advancing policies that promote and improve health outcomes and focus on strengthening local public health and public health infrastructure.  Ability to use systems-level analysis. 

Minimum Credentials: 

The following credentials must be acquired and maintained prior to initial hire:

The following credentials must be acquired and maintained. These credentials are not required upon initial hire but are required to be acquired after hiring within 6 months. 

Work Setting: The work setting is primarily in a typical office environment.  Requires frequent meetings with department personnel, other city departments and officials and members of the community.  Meetings will often occur outside of the department offices in the community.  Will require frequent adjustments to a typical work schedule to accommodate the needs of the community. Requires occasional travel outside of the area for training, meetings and conferences. 

Compensation: This is a Civil Service classified position.  Compensation is determined by the Board of Health compensation plan.  This position takes part in a pension plan from the Ohio Public Employment Retirement System.  Eligible for health insurance (medical, dental, vision, life), paid sick leave, paid vacation and paid holidays. 


Reasonable accommodation in accordance with ADA Compliance will be made available upon request to those qualified applicants in need of it, in order to achieve the essential job functions as described above.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for appointment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, political affiliation, age, type of disability, or any other non-merit factor.    

At the City of Canton, we are committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. 

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