Director of Public Health (Unclassified)

$111,956.83 - $166,142.80 Annually
90 W Plato Blvd (Saint Paul), MN
Job Type
Full Time
Job Number
Basic Function
Lead, direct and administer the programs and services of the Public Health Department.  Provide leadership in assessing community health needs and planning and implementing comprehensive public health services to achieve the department’s mission to protect and improve the health of people and the environment in Ramsey County and achieve health and racial equity. Develop, recommend and promote public health policy at a local, state and national level.  Serve as the local public health authority under Minnesota Statute 145A.  Lead interdepartmental and interagency efforts to improve county service integration and performance. The position reports directly to a Deputy County Manager and is assigned to the Health and Wellness Service team.

Public Health is part of the Health and Wellness Service team and the director will work to advance the service team's and county's vision, mission, goals, core values and strategic priorities.

An ideal candidate will possess the following competencies:

  •  Demonstrates substantial knowledge and understanding of race based disparities and the impact of these disparities on the development of a community, social justice, corrective justice, socio-economic statuses, and the affects to overall health and wellness of populations.
  • Demonstrates a personal passion for eliminating race based disparities and fostering a welcoming culture that engages the broad diversity of the community and ensures racial equity for populations engaged and served.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to and experience in creating a diverse, successful workforce in a large organization and respect for the diversity of customers and county employees, including individuals with a disability or whose first language may not be English.
  • Demonstrates a high level of integrity and strong ethics and values. Leads by example and displays honest and ethical behavior in all interactions, ensures that actions and words are consistent, and there is follow through on commitments.
  • Demonstrates an ability to set expectations, delegate responsibilities, trust the leadership and abilities of individuals on their team to achieve results, while being accessible to problem solve, provide counsel, and offer opinions and direction when necessary.
  • Ability to lead and drive organizational change.
  • Ability to objectively coach leaders and staff at all levels through complex, nuanced, and at times difficult issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish strategic direction aligned with organizational strategies.
  • Demonstrates an ability to effectively listen, speak, write, present, facilitate, interact in a persuasive manner, diffuse difficult situations and manage conflict appropriately with public and private individuals and groups. Ability to read an audience and adapt accordingly.
  • Inspire and empower staff; build a culture that drives forward purpose and goals with creativity and innovation at all levels.

If an internal candidate is selected, salary will be set in accordance with the personnel rules, i.e. promotion, transfer, or voluntary reduction.

To view or print a copy of the complete Ramsey County job (class) description for this job, go to: Job Descriptions. Once at this page, you can browse the alphabetical list of job descriptions.

This position will remain open for application until filled: applicants should respond promptly as initial screening of resumes will occur on May 17th, 2021. 

Examples of Work Performed
  1. Promote a diverse, culturally competent, and respectful workplace.
  2. Create and maintain the mission, vision and values of the county and assure that they are reflected in the department’s operations and are in alignment with the County’s  goals and strategic priorities.
  3. Direct the development of strategic goals and objectives and long range planning for programs and operations.  Establish measureable program outcomes and oversee the development of continuous improvement and quality assurance measures
  4. Lead interdepartmental efforts as a member of the Health and Wellness Service team to improve county service integration and meet the strategic goals and objectives of the team to strengthen individual, family, and community health, safety and well-being.
  5. Direct and manage all personnel operations in the department, including, hiring, supervison of staff, employee discipline, and performance management in consultation with the Human Resources Department.
  6. Direct the development and management of the department's operating budget including projecting funding levels, assessing existing and anticipated service levels, staffing needs, capital improvement plans, performance measurement systems, and program changes or requirements.
  7. Direct the county-wide community health assessment and planning process, implement and evaluate the required plans to meet the needs of residents, state and national standards and requirements, service team and county goals and objectives.
  8. Carry out the public health responsibilities as provided in the Joint Powers Agreement between the city of Saint Paul and Ramsey County.
  9. Collaborate with residents, private sector, public sector, non-profit organizations and other county departments to promote and achieve public health goals throughout Ramsey County.
  10. Meet with County Commissioners, the County Manager, Deputy County Manager and others as appropriate to provide information and recommendations for public health policy development and implementation.
  11.  Serve as the local public health authority under Minnesota Statute 145A.  Assure that the County Board meets the responsibilities and requirements of Minnesota Statute 145A (Local Public Health Act) and communicate public health matters to the board and the community.
  12. Lead and/or participate in local, state or national committees and organizations to represent the public health department, the health and wellness service team, and the county as a whole .
  13. Direct public health emergency preparedness and planning and lead and manage responses to public health emergencies or crises.
  14. Provide leadership for the Community Health Services Advisory Committee (CHSAC).
  15. Direct and approve negotiation of provider contracts to meet department needs.


(The work assigned to a position in this classification may not include all possible tasks in this description and does not limit the assignment of any additional tasks in this classification.  Regular attendance according to the position’s management approved work schedule is required.)


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15.


Minimum Qualifications

Education:  A Master's Degree in Public Health, Public Administration, Community Health, Environmental Health, Nursing or a related area of study.


Experience:  Five years of progressively responsible management and program administration experience in a public health related field including two years of experience in a high level management or administration position in the public sector.


Substitution:  A Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Community Health, Environmental Health or Nursing plus seven years of progressively responsible management and program administration in a public health related field including two years of experience in a high level management or administration position in the public sector.


Certifications/Licensure: None.


Exam/Screening Process Information
This is an unclassified*, at-will position, holding a confidential relation to the department head or elected official.  This position requires an open screening and selection process.  There is no exam for this unclassified, at-will position. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be forwarded to the department for consideration.

To Apply: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; applicants should respond promptly as the initial screening of application materials will occur on May 17th, 2021. Initial interviews of the best qualified applicants are tentatively planned for the week of June 7th.  Please complete an on-line application at Ramsey County Jobs and attach a resume and cover letter detailing your experience.

Criminal Background Checks: All employment offers are conditioned upon the applicant passing a criminal background check. Convictions are not an automatic bar to employment. Each case is considered on its individual merits and the type of work sought. However, making false statements or withholding information will cause you to be barred from appointment, or removed from employment.

E-Verify Participation: Ramsey County participates in the federal E-Verify program. This means that Ramsey County will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. If the Government cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, Ramsey County is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact DHS and/or the SSA before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment. Employers may not use E-Verify to pre-screen job applicants and may not limit or influence the choice of documents you present for use on the Form I-9.

Equal Opportunity Employer:
Ramsey County provides equal access to employment, programs and services without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex (except when sex is a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification), disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, public assistance or national origin.

Internal Candidates:  If an internal candidate is selected for this position, salary will be set in accordance with the Ramsey County Personnel Rules.

*Unclassified Position: Definition of Unclassified from the Ramsey County Personnel Act: Subdivision 1.  General.  "The appointing authority may discharge employees in the unclassified service with or without cause.  Employees in the unclassified service have no right to a grievance appeal from discharge or other disciplinary action under sections 383A.281 to 383.301. An employee in an unclassified position shall not have tenure but shall be entitled to all benefits associated with tenure such as vacation leave, sick leave, health insurance, and other benefits as determined by the county board.  

To print a paper application for this posting click Paper Application (Download PDF reader). You will need to print off this posting and also answer the supplemental questions associated with this exam and submit them if you complete a paper application.

If you have difficulty uploading your resume or cover letter you may contact Emily Chmel at:, or by phone at 651-266-2722 for assistance.

Ramsey County
121 East Seventh Place
Suite 2100
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55101
(651) 266-2700