The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is currently seeking a Deputy Director of Health. This is an appointive, full-time, executive-level position within the Office of the Director. The position reports to the Director of Health and provides overall leadership for the operations and administration of Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. The Deputy Director serves as a valued member of the Leadership Team and is responsible for implementing the Strategic Plan and policy directives of the Director of Health. The Deputy Director has delegated authority to represent the Director of Health in their absence and as assigned.
The Deputy Director provides direct leadership for the Administrative Services team, which includes Health Equity, Communications, Human Resources & Risk Management, Business Technology, and Assessment, Planning & Development. The Deputy Director has operational oversight of the Business & Finance team.
In collaboration with the Director of Health and other members of the Leadership Team, the Deputy Director participates in short- and long-range planning and provides leadership for achievement of TPCHD’s Mission, Vision, and Values. In addition, this person will partner with the Director of Health, the Leadership Team, Board of Health Budget and Finance Committee, and the Business & Finance Director to develop and propose to the Board of Health the annual agency budget to carry out department programs and services.
The Deputy Director develops and manages the Administrative Services budget and effectively leads the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for each assigned service area. The Deputy Director provides sound leadership to staff and routinely evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods to ensure the proper service and staff levels are maintained.
Priorities Actively support our values-driven organization. Along with the Director of Health and the Leadership Team promote an equitable culture, encourage an environment of trust, nurture collaboration, and foster learning through growth and transformation. Actively lead and support the department’s effort to become an anti-racist organization. Take an active role in integrating into the agency; be present and visible while developing an understanding of the various programs provided through Environmental Health, Strengthening Families and Communicable Disease Prevention. Direct leadership for Administrative Services team of approximately 50 people working in areas of health equity, personnel management, labor relations, accounting, budgeting, records management, technology, communications, public relations, Board of Health relations, public health assessment and evaluation, business innovation, planning, quality improvement, government relations, policy development and community engagement. Support the agency and Director as the chief health strategist for Pierce County. Plan and lead policy initiatives at the local, regional and state level in alignment with the priorities established by the Director and the Board of Health. Lead the effort to develop and implement an integrated strategic plan, encourage effective collaboration, support sound decision-making, and drive business innovation and process improvement across the department. Drive stability and consistency in systems, policies, and procedures. Work to streamline processes and identify opportunities for efficiency. Support and advance the agency quality improvement culture. Ensure assessment, analysis, data, reports and planning activities support the agency goal of being the reliable, local source of public health data and information. Ensure this work meets the high standards of the Board of Health and the Director of Health and lays a foundation for informed policies and decisions. Establish a risk management strategy and develop subsequent plans and objectives that align with county, state, and federal statutes and regulations. Support the department’s public health emergency planning and response system and fill a senior leadership position during emergency response. Create contingency plans to manage crises. Ensure continuity of operations due to any emergency that impacts staff, financial, facility, information technology, or other business service infrastructure. Continue to support employee growth and development. Formalize training programs and create additional learning opportunities for leadership and management competencies with a focus on employee engagement, empowerment, and retention. Lead and support the integration of technology and business to yield a technology platform that is stable, safe, secure and sustainable. Collaborate across the department for organization-wide business technology strategies using software and tools that are accessible and effective to meet customer and organizational needs. The successful candidate for Deputy Director: Embraces the mission of Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, has a collaborative work style and sound administrative experience; Is creative, innovative, and brings a fresh, voice and perspective to the work; Is both detail-oriented and able to see the big picture; Has experience working collaboratively across sectors and disciplines to reach shared goals; Is a natural convener and servant leader; recognizes the importance of relationships and partnerships at all levels. Supports a values-driven organization and positively advocates for our evolving culture. Communicates effectively and clearly, actively keeps others well informed; Effectively uses humor to lighten the load and keep enthusiasm high; Brings strong executive leadership skills necessary for managing a complex environment; Understands the importance of building off a solid foundation and works to ensure infrastructure and service fundamentals are sound; Uses lean management and continuous improvement strategies to challenge the status quo; Identifies trends and problems and works to develop and implement best practices; Uses empathy and compassion to bring a sense of calm and stability while driving necessary change; Is an experienced leader who has managed administrative and operational functions; Has a proven history of developing strategy, setting goals, and providing clear expectations. Has robust finance experience and brings a high degree of comfort in working with local, state, and federal resources to manage diverse funding streams. Is a calculated risk-taker, with experience in risk management who can assess liability, mitigate risk, and utilize data to drive sound business decisions. Has broad experience in Human Resources and labor relations. Has a strong background in managing and empowering employees and believes in transparent communication; Is an approachable leader, who models behaviors expected throughout the agency, including collaboration, a commitment to high-quality work, and sound customer service.