Public Health Executive Director

Lakewood, Colorado
Sep 01, 2020
Oct 01, 2020
Full Time

Public Health Executive Director Jefferson County, Colorado

Jefferson County Colorado Public Health

Vision: Healthy People, Healthy Places

Mission: Promoting and protecting health for all people across the lifespan through prevention, education, treatment, response and regulation.


The County:
Jefferson County, commonly called Jeffco, is the fourth most populous of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado. Jefferson County is located between the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains and the state capital, Denver. Jefferson County is one of the major metropolitan counties within Colorado. Twelve incorporated municipalities are located totally or partly within the county: Arvada, Bow Mar, Edgewater, Golden, Lakeside, Lakewood, Littleton, Morrison, Mountain View, Superior, Westminster and Wheat Ridge. Encompassing 773 square miles, with three-fourths of the area mountain land, Jeffco is home to over a half a million people.

The Department:
Public health is what we as a society do collectively to prevent illness and premature death and promote health in our neighborhoods and communities. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is a nationally accredited health department that serves all people in Jefferson County. The department is comprised of more than 180 employees across four divisions who work to address our county’s most pressing health issues — from food insecurity, to housing and homelessness, to mental health and substance misuse. By working together with the community, we help all people achieve the best health possible.

The Ideal Candidate
The Executive Director for Jefferson County Public Health is the statutory officer appointed by the Jefferson County Board of Health (BOH) to serve as the public health administrator of the organization and an advisor to the BOH and other elected and appointed officials. They are the chief public health officer for the community. The Executive Director must be a visionary leader for both staff and the community at large on all matters pertaining to the protection and promotion of health.

The Executive Director exercises the powers and duties outlined in the Colorado Revised Statutes, Title 25, Article 1. They are responsible for the implementation of the rules and regulations of the State and the Board of Health and are subject to other duties as assigned by them. They must be a fair, thoughtful and visionary leader for the department and the community.

Jefferson County is an ever growing and changing community, and the Executive Director is responsible for conducting periodic community health needs assessments and using this information to set community health improvement plans to meet identified needs. They will be well-acquainted with the public health system; have significant administrative and policymaking experience; advocate for the needs of the department; and work with community-based organizations and elected and appointed officials to affect change and implement effective health policy. The Executive Director will champion the JCPH Strategic Plan by encouraging staff and community partners to dedicate time and resources to prioritized efforts.

The Executive Director will be expected to model the values of JCPH and exhibit strong belief in the core principles of public health to their staff and colleagues. Communication will be key to the success of the Executive Director, and they will be an effective collaborator with staff of all levels and walks of life. They will express their accountability to staff by being transparent, rational, approachable and open to feedback. The Executive Director will recognize the foundations of the work we currently do and have done while fostering an environment of change, growth and innovation. They will value and uphold the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, and will prioritize sound data collection and evidence-based strategies in their vision and planning.

JCPH Values:
•    Respect
•    Equity
•    Collaboration
•    Trust
•    Innovation

The salary range for this position is $152,250 - $253,750 annually. The starting salary is based on qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.

In addition, Jefferson County provides an attractive and extensive executive benefits package including:

•    Health, dental & vision covered at 100 percent
•    Executive leave time-off benefits
•    Car allowance
•    Paid holidays
•    401(a) Retirement Plan
•    457 Deferred Compensation Plan
•    Term life insurance and AD&D
•    Short and long-term disability insurance
•    Flex Spending Account
•    Wellness program and on-site fitness centers
•    Tuition reimbursement
•    Organizational development and employee training programs

How to Apply
To be considered for this position, please apply through the Jefferson County jobs website at:

Be sure to include a cover letter and CV.

 Inquiries may be directed to Demetrius Parker, Talent Acquisition Manager, at

Important Target Dates:

Recruitment Opens....................................... Monday August 24, 2020
Recruitment Closes....................................... Sunday October 4, 2020
Interviews with Panel ................................... Early November 2020
Interviews with Staff, Public & Panel ......... Early December 2020
Target Decision Date .................................... Mid December 2020
Target Start Date........................................... January 2021

Jefferson County Colorado Public Health
645 Parfet St. Lakewood, CO 80215