Dakota CountyApple Valley 14955
Full Time

Bachelor's degree in Nursing, Public Health, or Community Health or closely related field.

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Deputy Director Public Health

Dakota County
Full Time 14955 Galaxie Ave # 286, Apple Valley, MN 55124, United States


General Description

POSTING TYPE: Open Competitive
DEPARTMENT: Public Health
HOURS: Full time
PREFERRED HIRING RANGE: $103,086 - $115,972/annually (Salary Grade 112)
FULL SALARY RANGE: $103,086 - $161,073/annually
LOCATION: Hybrid; telework and in-person at our Western Service Center in Apple Valley
CLOSE DATE: 4:30 p.m. on 10/2/2023

Come join us at Dakota County and "Be more". Dakota County employs over 2,000 skilled individuals whose talents and contributions makes Dakota County a premier place to live and work. The work County government does is unique. Dakota County offers important careers – the kind of careers that make a difference in people's lives. You will not be just another employee; you'll be a valued employee making a difference in the lives of Dakota County residents every single day. Will you be the next person to join us at Dakota County?

The PUBLIC HEALTH DEPUTY DIRECTOR serves as a senior leader on the Public Health Management Team and is responsible for providing leadership and oversight for client and family-based public health programs and initiatives. This position will apply a strategic and high-level perspective to assigned areas using specialized knowledge and supporting department supervisors and managers in accomplishing program, department, division, and county goals and objectives. Responsibilities include policy and program planning and implementation, budget management, supervision and personnel management, contract and grant management, and management of program operations and projects. In the absence of the Public Health Director, this position may assume duties and responsibilities for oversight of departmental operations. 

Location & Schedule
This hybrid position offers telework and in-person work at our Western Service Center in Apple Valley, MN, and department representation throughout Dakota County. Work is performed Monday through Friday during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).
 What You’ll Do
 As a Public Health Deputy Director, you will:

  • Promote a diverse, inclusive, culturally competent, and respectful workplace.
  • Represent the department in meetings with other governmental agencies, division, and community partners.
  • Promote the department, division and county’s mission and vision. 
  • Promote a culture that values excellence, innovation, collaboration, and one that empowers individuals.
  • Be an active leader in department and division strategic planning and accreditation processes.
  • Supervise a group of public health professional leaders
  • Monitor and analyze reports and work plans, including work/program output and outcome measures; prepare reports and grant proposals.
  • Develop budget recommendations and analyze, monitor, and control expenses at a department level.
  • Manage and oversee departmental grants.
  • Participate in the development and monitoring of service contracts and grants.
  • Participate as a leader in emergency preparedness training, exercises, and responses.

Minimum Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree in Nursing, Public Health, or Community Health or closely related field
  • Master’s degree in Nursing, Public Health, or Community Health or closely related field
  • Five years or progressive supervisory and management experience in Public Health or closely related organization


  • An equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Previous Governmental Public Health Experience


  • License as a Registered Nurse
  • Registration as a Public Health Nurse in Minnesota
Duties & Responsibilities

These examples do not include all possible tasks in this work and do not limit the assignment of related tasks in any position of this classification. Regular attendance according to the position's management approved work schedule is required for all positions.

1. Provide direct supervision and consultation to Public Health Supervisors and Managers. Assure effective personnel management, including staff development, performance management, disciplinary action, and relationships with collective bargaining units.
2. Provide oversite in the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of assigned Public Health programs and policies. This includes delegating program management responsibilities to supervisors, assess program/service outcomes, participate in community health needs assessment and planning processes, and program and grant reporting.
3. Develop and manage program and personnel budgets, delegate budget monitoring and analysis responsibilities to supervisors to assure service revenues are maximized and budget projections are met.
4. Provide leadership that supports Public Health accreditation with an emphasis on performance management processes and measurements.
5. Oversee the development and management of purchase of service contracts and other contractual agreements.
6. Assure comprehensive orientation of new staff to public health programs, departmental and professional standards, which include individual, community, and system levels of practice.
7. Supervise and manage personnel including delegation of responsibilities, providing work direction and guidance, overseeing work products, building a team, and managing staff performance issues.
8. Represent the Department, Division, and County at local, regional, and state levels through work groups, task forces, collaborative initiatives, and other capacities.
9. Develop budget recommendations. Analyze, monitor, and control program expenses and revenues. Implement budget modifications as directed.
10. Collaborate with State Health and Human Service agencies, medical and health systems/personnel, other Public Health units, Community Services, County departments, community agencies, and communities to increase awareness of Public Health programs and resources and to coordinate integrated service delivery.
11. Participate in the development and monitoring of purchase of service contracts.
12. Represent the Department and County to the public and to internal and external groups and organizations.
13. Provide a lead role in emergency preparedness trainings, exercises, and responses.
14. Provide a lead role in department budgeting process and management.
15. In the absence of the Public Health Director, may assume duties and responsibilities for oversight of departmental operations.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: All the above duties are essential functions.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities and Work Environment

Skills Critical to Success

  • Comprehensive knowledge of public health principles and practices, and knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, regulations and policies pertaining to public health.
  • Ability to organize, supervise, and manage the work of professional and administrative personnel, including delegation of responsibilities and performance management.
  • Ability to build and support competent, effective work teams to achieve public health goals.
  • Ability to inspire others to achieve results and to support and encourage others to develop their knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Ability to create and support effective working relationships within and between work units, departments, divisions, and external organizations to collaborate effectively.
  • Ability to lead departmental and community needs assessment and planning processes.
  • Ability to apply complex problem-solving techniques.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to make independent, quality decisions and exercise sound judgment.
  • Vision: Makes the vision shareable, tangible, and operational by everyone in the department.
  • Budget Performance & Financial Mgmt.: Identify strategies for determining budget priorities based on federal, state, and local financial contributions, thoughtfully forecasts potential budget shortfalls, and develops/implements appropriate oversight and auditing procedures to ensure adherence to fiscal policies, and problem solves budget issues.
  • Employee Development and Supervision: Establishes training plans for each direct report, ensures best practice training for staff in department, and participates in mentoring and peer review or coaching opportunities.
  • Performance & Project Management (Outcomes/Impact): Engaged in a least 1 new process improvement initiative in calendar year. Establishes key outcomes that are measurable for program areas in department, monthly data analysis on programmatic outcomes in key identified areas of practice, and actively uses data to influence management decisions.
  • Adaptive Leadership: Participates with staff and other managers to identify key values and shared vision as guiding principles for service implementation and operational integration. Leadership style is adapted to current needs of department, and is timely, responsive, and considerate to all management and staff within the department and division.
  • Teamwork: Works respectfully & effectively with managers and leadership within department, division, and creates a work environment amongst direct reporting staff that encourages and proves impactful outcomes through teamwork and supports inclusion, equity, and diversion.
  • Analytical & Assessment Skills: Identifies sources of data and information and demonstrates quantitative and qualitative applications and identifies gaps in data sources and recommends solutions.
  • Customer Services: Leads in the design and delivery of services where the consumer remains the responsibility of the organization and recognizes community linkages and relationships among multiple factors impacting services.
  • Professionalism: Practices personal and professional accountability, creates an environment in which others are setting expectations and holding each other accountable, and demonstrates active involvement in professional organizations that pertain to role.
  • Administrative Management: Successfully runs the day-to-day operations of the department/section, returns phone/email messages, ensures county policies/safety/rules/procedures are followed, helps managers and staff problem solve issues, performs appropriate decision making, follows through on projects and work product is consistently of high quality.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed under a hybrid model with telework, in a county office building, or throughout Dakota County. Work is primarily sedentary; it is usually accomplished while incumbent is comfortably seated at a desk or table. Work is typically performed in an adequately lighted and climate-controlled office. There is some walking and some travel to meetings and conferences away from the regular place of work. Items carried typically include light objects such as briefcases, notebooks, work papers, and data printouts.
Who We Are
Dakota County is Minnesota’s third-largest county and home to more than 400,000 residents. Our motto is “Be More,” and we strive daily to achieve excellence in public service, focusing on four values: Service, Integrity, People, and Innovation.
Dakota County aims to create an environment that is welcoming and inclusive of diverse people, backgrounds, and experiences. Our goal is to have a workforce reflective of the communities and individuals we serve. We promote an equitable and culturally aware work environment where everyone can be their authentic selves.
  • Comprehensive and affordable medical, dental, vision, and other benefits
  • Excellent work-life balance
  • Generous paid time off (accrual rate starts at four weeks per year)
  • Twelve paid holidays each year
  • Pension with a generous employer contribution
  • Ability to work from home some of the time
Selection Process
  • You submit an online application that includes supplemental questions
  • We assign you a score based on your qualifications 
  • Top-scoring candidates are referred to the hiring manager for interview consideration
  • We conduct background and reference checks before hiring

Dakota County Employee Relations
Main Number 651.438.4435 (contact 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday)