Health Commissioner

Summit County Public Health

Summit County Public Health (SCPH) is a leader in Ohio in protecting and promoting the health of the entire community through high quality, innovative programs and activities designed to address the safety, health and well-being of people who live in Summit County. Through public and private partnerships, SCPH seeks to create a healthful environment and ensure the accessibility of health services to all.

SCPH has 175 full-time employees working in 22 operating units within four divisions:  nursing/clinical health, environmental health, family health and administrative/support services. In 2023, SCPH served more than 100,000 individuals. The annual operating budget is approximately $27 million with 58% funding from general revenue and 42% from grants. SCPH is accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board.

Summit County is located in northeast Ohio and has a population of 540,000. SCPH headquarters is in Akron, the county seat; there are four satellite offices. 

Career Opportunity:  Health Commissioner, Summit County Public Health, Akron, Ohio 

Summit County Public Health is seeking a dynamic, collaborative and experienced leader to partner with the Board of Health to implement the priorities of the 2023-2025 SCPH Strategic Plan: 

Key responsibilities include: 


Board Partnership

Community Engagement



Growing Resources

The ideal candidate will embody the core values of SCPH and bring leadership and strategic insights to the work through the following skills and characteristics: 

Education and experience:  Master’s degree in environmental science, public health, or related field. Ten years of experience in public health or related field; familiar with public health concepts, practices, principles and a minimum of five years supervisory experience. National Incident Management System (NIMS)/Incident Command System (ICS) 100, 700, 300, 400 and IC20.11 (Diversity Training) certification within six months of appointment.

Job Requirements:  Current valid driver’s license, automobile availability, and liability insurance coverage. Must pass pre-employment background check, drug and alcohol testing and credit check verification. This is a full-time position that requires the ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends as necessary. Occasional travel within Ohio required.

Compensation:  The salary range for the position is $148,000 to $172,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance and participation in the Ohio Public Employee Retirement System.  

Application:  Inquiries, referrals and cover letters/applications may be directed in confidence via email to: Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on March 1,2024. NOTE:  Prospective candidates should be aware that any applications or resumes submitted for this position are subject to the Ohio Public Records Act and may be disclosed.   


SCPH is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. Our human capital is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and organization's achievement as well. We embrace and encourage our employees' differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.

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