Deputy Public Health Director

$119,520.00 – $165,000.00 Annually
MI 48226, MI
Job Type
Appointed-Directors-Discretion of Mayor/Leg Body
Health Department
Job Number

Under general direction of the Chief Public Health Officer, the Deputy Director, as a member of the senior leadership team, actively participates in the establishment of policy, strategic planning and management of the major program operations of the Detroit Health Department (DHD) divisions to ensure that essential local public health needs are met. This position provides executive operational oversight for division programs including Environmental Health & Food Safety, Health Education, Community Outreach, Health Services, Human Services, HIV/Aids and other programs as assigned. This Position assures the management of public health programs for the community including implementation of promotion initiatives across the department organizational units. This Position also executes sound preventive and educational programs which focus on community health and assist in the development of the vision, culture of the organization, strategic planning and management of program operations.

Examples of Duties
  1. Provides executive level direction on the development of the strategy and vision for goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for the Detroit Health Department.
  2. Develops and executes major programs for the promotion and protection of community health.
  3. Develops or directs the development of both annual and long range plans and program priorities for accomplishing the major public health services goals and objectives for reaching performance targeted agreed on with the Chief Public Health Officer.
  4. Perform a significant leadership role in strategic planning, service innovation, policy analysis, and system integration.
  5. Provide management and supervision of division directors, program managers and supervisors.
  6. Provides guidance to division directors in preparation and management of division budgets.
  7. Prepare for an act in emergency or disaster situations to address public health issues.
  8. Promote best practice program development and program implementation for divisions.
  9. Review data related to public health policy and trends to determine areas of strengths and weaknesses.
  10. Determine effectiveness of programs and services offered by the Health Department.
  11. Direct the identification, evaluation, and acquisition of resources for health programs and services including grants and funding.
  12. Coordinate the periodic review of local, state, and federal legislation and ordinances to assure current departmental policies.
  13. Represents the Chief Public Health Officer and Detroit Health Department as needed at city, public, professional and civic meetings as assigned by the Chief Public Health Officer.


Minimum Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in Public Health required.  
  • Minimum ten (10) years of professional experience working in complex organizational environments preferably including full time public health administrative experience.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be substituted to meet the education and experience requirement of this position.


  • Emerging issues and strategies related to public health programs and services.
  • Principles and practices used in operational management, government management, and applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Public health policy.


  • Working in a complex political environment.
  • Partnering with other departments and organizations to maximize the impact of public health initiatives.
  • Executive level communication both orally and in writing.
  • Strategic thinking and problem solving.


  • Define problems, research issues, and develop logical and practical solutions.
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate a large group of public health employees.
  • Organize work, set priorities, and meet deadlines.

Candidates considered for placement in this classification may be subject to a Criminal Background Investigation based on the requirements of the position
Completion of Emergency Preparedness training to include, but not limited to FEMA ISC 100, 200, 700 and 800 and others as required by department staff. To ensure standards for privacy, certification in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is required within 30 days of hire. Additional duties may be assigned. All Detroit Health Department employees are required to be on call during any designated local, state or national emergency, whereby, the Detroit Health Department is required to provide services for the citizens of Detroit, the State of Michigan or the United States of America.

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Analytical/Assessment Skills

  • Describes factors affecting the health of a community (e.g., equity, income, education, environment).
  • Integrates findings from quantitative and qualitative data into organizational plans and operations (e.g., strategic plan, quality improvement plan, professional development).
  • Assesses assets and resources that can be used for improving the health of a community (e.g., Boys & Girls Clubs, public libraries, hospitals, faith-based organizations, academic institutions, federal grants, fellowship programs).

Policy Development/Program Planning

  • Develops strategies for continuous quality improvement

Communication Skills

  • Ensures that the literacy of populations served (e.g., ability to obtain, interpret, and use health and other information; social media literacy) is reflected in the organization’s policies, programs, and services.
  • Communicates in writing and orally with linguistic and cultural proficiency (e.g., using age-appropriate materials, incorporating images).
  • Evaluates approaches for disseminating public health data and information (e.g., social media, newspapers, newsletters, journals, town hall meetings, libraries, neighborhood gatherings).
  • Conveys data and information to professionals and the public using a variety of approaches (e.g., reports, presentations, email, letters, testimony, press interviews).
  • Communicates the roles of governmental public health, health care, and other partners in improving the health of a community.

Cultural Competency Skills

  • Describes the concept of diversity as it applies to individuals and populations (e.g., language, culture, values, socioeconomic status, geography, education, race, gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, profession, religious affiliation, mental and physical abilities, and historical experiences).
  • Describes the diversity of individuals and populations in a community.
  • Recognizes the ways diversity influences policies, programs, services, and the health of a community.
  • Advocates for the diversity of individuals and populations being addressed in policies, programs, and services that affect the health of a community.
  • Takes measures to support a diverse public health workforce.

Community Dimensions of Practice Skills

  • Ensures that community members are engaged to improve health in a community (e.g., input in developing and implementing community health assessments and improvement plans, feedback about programs and services).
  • Ensures that community input is used for developing, implementing, evaluating, and improving policies, programs, and services.

Financial Planning and Management Skills

  • Ensures that programs are managed within current and projected budgets and staffing levels (e.g., sustaining a program when funding and staff are cut, recruiting and retaining staff).
  • Establishes teams for the purpose of achieving program and organizational goals (e.g., considering the value of different disciplines, sectors, skills, experiences, and perspectives; determining scope of work and timeline).
  • Motivates personnel for the purpose of achieving program and organizational goals (e.g., participating in teams, encouraging sharing of ideas, respecting different points of view.)
  • Oversees the use of evaluation results to improve program and organizational performance.

Leadership and Systems Thinking

  • Ensures continuous improvement of individual, program, and organizational performance (e.g., mentoring, monitoring progress, adjusting programs to achieve better results).
  • Advocates for the role of public health in providing population health services.


City of Detroit
Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
2 Woodward Ave ste 316
Detroit, Michigan, 48226