The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), a national organization representing nearly 3,000 local health departments (LHDs) nationwide, has an immediate opening for a Director of Preparedness.

General responsibilities include programmatic and operational oversight for projects impacting national health security at the local health department level. Specifically, responsibilities include providing technical oversight to strategic planning, evaluation, budget development and staff management to a multi-million dollar portfolio for projects supporting local health department preparedness.

This is a highly professional position that involves frequent collaboration with fellow staff, constituent committee and board members, funding agencies, partner organizations and local health departments. The work of this position requires the exercise of discretion, sound independent judgment, and a high level of accountability. This position also requires excellent planning, interpersonal, and writing skills.


The Director organizes and manages a significant piece of NACCHO’s programmatic portfolio, including the supervision of staff members at the Senior Program Analyst, Program Analyst and/or Program Assistant levels. The Director develops the processes and programs required to implement the unit’s strategy and manage the resources of the team – both financial and human. They are accountable for the effective day-to-day operations and results of the unit and develops and implements initiatives to ensure results are attained and quality standards are met.

Positions at this level typically report to a Senior Director and require advanced knowledge and experience in an area of specialization and well as significant management capabilities. Incumbents generally have five or more years of experience in their discipline and a Masters Degree.


  • Visionary Leadership – Displays passion and optimism; Exhibits confidence in self and others, thereby inspiring respect and trust; Provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates, motivating positive performance across the team; Accepts feedback and mobilizes others to fulfill the organizational vision; Provides appropriate recognition to others on the team.
  • Project Management ā€“ Ensures successful completion of unit or program activities; Develops unit or program goals, and activities; Ensures alignment of unit or program work with programmatic requirements and NACCHOs goals.
  • Business Acumen – Considers and understands business implications of decisions; Displays orientation to business development and unit sustainability; Demonstrates knowledge of market and competition; Aligns work with strategic goals; Seeks to improve processes, products and services to meet customer and organizational need.
  • People Management – Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement whenever feasible; Takes responsibility for subordinates’ activities; Makes self-available to staff; Provides regular and constructive performance feedback; Develops subordinates’ skills and encourages growth; Continually works to improve his/her own skills in leadership and management.
  • Budget Management – Obtains financial information from within and outside of an organization for relevant guidance or other information related to unit; Reviews and evaluates the financial data and makes decisions as appropriate; Prepares budget based on direction from budget and finance; Uses guidelines for establishing effective budget objectives; Collaborates across the organization to leverage unit resources and sustain unit activities.
  • Change Management – Develops workable implementation plans; Communicates changes effectively; Builds commitment and overcomes resistance; Prepares and supports those affected by change; Monitors transition and evaluates results; Adaptable and responsive to the changing work environment.
  • Strategic Thinking – Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; Understands organization’s strengths and weaknesses; Analyzes market and competition; Identifies external threats and opportunities; Adapts strategy to changing conditions.
  • External Engagement ā€“ Represents local public health interests, NACCHO, and relevant projects/activities to national, state, and local audiences; Identifies, fosters, and maintains relationships with key stakeholders and potential funders; Liaises with stakeholders at the local, state, national and international level as relevant.
  • Diversity – Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Promotes the value of diversity; promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.
  • Human Resources – Understands and demonstrates knowledge of HR concepts, principles, and practices to determine workload projections and competency gaps to align human capital needs with organizational goals; Understands and demonstrates knowledge of performance management concepts, principles, and practices related to planning, monitoring, rating, and rewarding employee performance.


Bachelor’s degree in relevant professional field with a minimum of 8-10 years relevant work experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience, including a relevant certification. Master’s degree and/or certification in a relevant field preferred.

  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures or government regulations.
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers and the general public.
  • Spreadsheet and Word Processing software experience required.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

HIRING SALARY RANGE: $87,500 – 9$97,500

SELECTION PROCESS: We only accept applications that follow the electronic process. No phone calls please. This position is subject to background screening. Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and complete the online application, with salary requirements to: PN-38 Director of Preparedness, using the following link:


NACCHO offers generous benefits plan including but not limited to 13 days of sick leave annual leave allowable accumulation up to 225 hours, and paid vacation leave, as well as other types of leave. NACCHO benefits include a generous health, dental, and vision plan, 5 percent of base salary contribution to 403(b) plan, (not a matching contribution); paid short and long term disability plan and paid term life insurance.

At NACCHO, our commitment to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action seeks to ensure a work environment free of discrimination and harassment.

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