Job Overview:

The Tennessee Department of Health is seeking a dynamic, self-motivated, organized, and dedicated individual to serve as the Public Health Regional Director for the West Tennessee Region – providing executive management in all public health related programs and services throughout the region.

The West Region has an estimated population of more than 526,000 and consists of 19 counties. Within these counties are 21 health department clinic sites including 6 dental clinics and 11 counties providing primary care services, one of which is a Federally Qualified Health Center. The incumbent will be responsible for managing approximately 350 state and county staff and an annual budget of more than $31 million.

As the highest-ranking public health official in the West Tennessee Region, this individual will be responsible for the administrative and clinical operations within each county health department as well as the regional public health office.

Key responsibilities:

The Regional Director for the West Tennessee Region will work closely with the Assistant Commissioner of Community Health Services of the Tennessee Department of Health on regional operations which includes managing all public health and FQHC activities at the local and regional level. Programs offered throughout the region include but are not limited to the following: Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Family Planning, Immunizations, Primary Care, Emergency Preparedness, Clinical and School-Based Dental, Health Education and Promotion, Home Visitation, and Breast and Cervical Cancer. In addition to managing these programs, the individual in this position is responsible for ensuring all FQHC program expectations are met for continued federal funding for their one FQHC site.

Additionally, this individual will work with the Assistant Regional Director, County Directors, and Program Directors to provide overall guidance in program planning, development, and evaluation. This individual will supervise a multidisciplinary team, including six County Directors who are responsible for day-to-day operations of the 19 counties as well as various staff within the Regional Office, and will be responsible for monitoring staff productivity and clinic flow to assure the effective and efficient delivery of services. All county health departments are operated in partnership between state and county governments. As a result, this individual will work with County Mayors and County Boards of Health to assure the adequacy of public health funding and facilities.

Minimum qualifications:  

·         A minimum of 5 years of any professional public health experience; or experience involved in fiscal and personnel management in a public health setting.

·         At least 5 years of full-time supervisory work or managerial experience

·         Experience in project management (business, management, budgeting, and analysis)

·         Experience in quality and/or process and performance improvement

Education Requirements:

·         Hold a bachelor’s degree in Health, Public Health, Health Education, Public Health Administration, or another closely related field

Qualifications Desired:

·         Hold a master’s degree in Health, Public Health, Health Education, or Public Health Administration

·         Professional experience in healthcare organizations, public health, or health practice in Tennessee

To apply: Send resumes to pamela.bankhead@tn.gov

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee’s Workplace Discrimination and Harassment policy, the State is firmly committed to the principle of fair and equal employment opportunities for its citizens and strives to protect the rights and opportunities of all people to seek, obtain, and hold employment without being subjected to illegal discrimination and harassment in the workplace. It is the State’s policy to provide an environment free of discrimination and harassment of an individual because of that person’s race, color, national origin, age (40 and over), sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status or any other category protected by state and/or federal civil rights laws.

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