Douglas County offers a generous benefit package including a defined benefit pension plan
Application deadline: April 23, 2021.
Douglas County has a unique career opportunity for a progressive, proven and visionary public health leader who is adept in promoting legislative items, building community connections and supporting staff.
Douglas County is home to approximately 575,000 residents with just over 1 million people in the greater Omaha area. The County is supported by a strong and highly engaged philanthropic community with donations of $694 million in 2019. The County is home to five Fortune 500 companies. Omaha, the largest city in the County, often appears on the Best Cities list for its high quality of life and low cost of living. The County contains five major health systems including two pediatric hospitals and two Federally Qualified Health Centers. The Healthcare infrastructure is robust and is one of a handful of communities boasting two medical schools, two dental schools, five nursing colleges, and the largest of the CDC’s Biocontainment Units in the United States. The Nebraska Biocontainment Unit provides first line treatment of people affected by bioterrorism or highly hazardous communicable diseases.
The Public Health Director is responsible for providing strategic leadership, oversite, and administration of the Health Department. The selected candidate would join an established, thriving organization supporting community stakeholders and committed to racial equity and justice. This includes directing a high-performance organization with a $15 million budget and a regular staff of 130.
The position requires a doctoral degree in Public Health or in Medicine or Community Nursing with a Master’s degree in Public Health AND a minimum of ten years’ experience in a large public health agency. Five years of senior management experience is preferred. The new Director must be a strong, racially conscious leader demonstrating political savvy, flexibility, and adaptability.
Douglas County is an equal opportunity employer – All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran or any other legally protected class.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: 8719
About Douglas County Nebraska
Douglas County, incorporated in 1854, forms part of one of the nation's major metropolitan areas along the Missouri River, with Omaha as its largest city. The county has a broad-based economy with strong trade, service, and manufacturing sectors, with many corporations headquartered in the county. This is the major insurance and telemarketing center of the United States. The employment base is diverse and employment remains stable. Douglas County's unemployment rate has consistently remained below the state and national averages.
The county operates under the board of commissioners-administrator form of government. Policymaking and legislative authority is vested in the Board of Commissioners, which consists of seven members. The Board of Commissioners is responsible, among other things, for passing resolutions, adopting the budget, appointing committees and hiring the county's chief administrative officer. The board is elected within their respective districts. Board members are elected to four-year terms, staggered, with three or four members elected every two years. The Chief Administrative Officer is responsible for carrying out the policies and resol...utions of the Board, for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the county, and for appointing the heads of county departments that do not have an elected official.