STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
CLASSIFICATION: CHIEF, PUBLIC HEALTH BUREAU
Class Code: 1909-28 Date Established: 05-14-87
Occupational Code: 7-4-1 Date of Last Revision: 12-28-01
BASIC PURPOSE: To administer statewide services in one of the Public Health Bureaus, including the research, planning, development, implementation and evaluation of various programs which involve funding, policy formulation and coordination between numerous public and private organizations.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Develops, defends and monitors policies which plan, establish, evaluate and modify operational procedures for various bureau areas and contracted agency functions.
· Plans for the optimum use of state and federal funds by developing both state and federal portions of the budget, defending budget needs, and maintaining fiscal controls.
· Analyzes proposals and negotiates contracts with service delivery agencies and providers of technical services.
· Interprets federal and state statutes, rules, regulations and policies to assure conformance with these requirements.
· Supervises professional, technical and support staff with responsibility for planning staffing needs, establishing procedures, and approving selection, assignment, performance evaluation and discipline actions of staff.
· Consults with state, regional and national specialists in related fields affecting program planning and, when necessary, defends the Division's related policies, goals and objectives.
· Attends state, regional and national meetings to present program initiatives and reports; testifies before the legislature on related matters as the agency's official spokesperson.
Skill: Requires skill in analyzing and interpreting data, policy and procedures OR in using equipment in order to arrive at logical conclusions or recommendations.
Knowledge: Requires logical or scientific expertise to resolve problems of a specialized or professional nature in a wide range of applications.
Impact: Requires responsibility for achieving major aspects of long-range agency objectives by planning short- and long-term organization goals, reviewing recommendations for procedural changes, and developing or revising program policies. Errors at this level result in incorrect decisions at an administrative level, and are detected subsequent to implementation in an overall evaluation process.
Supervision: Requires delegating supervisory or program responsibilities to subordinate managers, with overall accountability for hiring employees and approving program policies. The supervisor in this position assumes responsibility for an organizational unit, including developing long-range plans, analyzing staffing requirements, and formulating systemwide policies and procedures.
Working Conditions: Requires performing regular job functions in a controlled environment with minimal exposure to disagreeable job elements and little risk of hazard to physical or mental health.
Physical Demands: Requires light work, including continuous walking or operating simple equipment for extended periods of time as well as occasional strenuous activities such as reaching or bending.
Communication: Requires reviewing summaries and reports and making management level decisions to solve problems or to achieve work objectives as well as articulating and expressing those solutions and goals. This level also requires formal presentations of solutions and goals to employees and the general public to increase the responsiveness of the agency toward the demands of its client system.
Complexity: Requires evaluating a combination of wide-ranging job functions to determine work procedures, to solve problems, and to reach conclusions by applying analytical, technical, or scientific thinking. This level also requires planning policies and long-term strategies, drawing conclusions based on available criteria, and evaluating the effectiveness of program objectives.
Independent Action: Requires independent judgment in planning and evaluating work procedures and in supervising the development of professional, technical and managerial standards under administrative direction and according to broad departmental guidelines.
Education: Master's degree from a recognized college or university with major study in business, public administration or in public health.
Experience: Six years' experience in public health concerned with planning or management of health related programs with responsibility for administration, consultation or direct service to program users with at least three years experience as a program manager or supervisor. Each additional year of approved work experience may be substituted for one year of required formal education at the graduate level only.
License/Certification: Valid New Hampshire driver's license and/or access to transportation for statewide travel.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: For appointment consideration, Chief, Public Health Bureau applicants must successfully participate in a structured interview measuring possession of knowledge, skills and abilities identified as necessary for satisfactory job performance by this class specification. The structured interview is developed and administered, according to Division of Personnel guidelines, by representatives of the state agency in which the vacancy exists.
RECOMMENDED WORK TRAITS: Considerable knowledge of the theory and methods of health care management. Thorough knowledge of the principles of supervision, administration and systems management. Ability to prepare budgets and work within budget restraints. Ability to negotiate agreements. Ability to evaluate and analyze program effectiveness and resource utilization. Ability to speak before public groups and legislative committees. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with medical, other professional and administrative officials, governmental officials and the public. Must be willing to maintain appearance appropriate to assigned duties and responsibilities as determined by the agency appointing authority.
DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: This class specification is descriptive of general duties and is not intended to list every specific function of this class title.
Last Updated 05/10/02