The Health Officer serves as Chief Medical Officer for the Snohomish Health District with responsibility as provided by statute and applicable laws, for the control and prevention of disease. The Health Officer may provide similar services to other local health jurisdictions under shared services agreement(s) between Snohomish Health District and those local health jurisdiction(s). Under policy direction from the local Board(s) of Health, the Health Officer is responsible for and empowered to enforce the provisions of RCW 70.05.070, RCW 70.58.020 and other applicable state laws. Duties require providing policy guidance and recommendations to the Board of Health and the provision of innovative leadership and active collaboration with a wide range of strategic partners and stakeholders to address public health issues in a rapidly changing environment.
The Health Officer is expected to apply to varied and complex work situations a thorough and complete knowledge of policies and procedures related to the practice of medicine, in addition to a thorough and complete knowledge of public health programs, policies, laws and regulations. The incumbent provides medically accurate, scientifically proven advice or guidance to the Board of Health, the Administrator, agency staff, the local medical community, internal and/or external advisory counsel(s), local, state, tribal and federal public health partners, the media, and the public.
Additionally, the Health Officer is required to help identify priorities and emerging trends, communicate health data and information in a variety of settings, and assist with planning for and response to bioterrorist and other public health emergencies. In coordination with communications personnel, the Health Officer will often act as spokesperson and media contact for the local health jurisdiction. The Health Officer is also expected to work closely and communicate regularly with the medical community and other community groups to build credibility for public health. Advisory groups appointed by the Board of Health work with the Health Officer and other staff to provide two-way communication. . Work may be reviewed for fulfillment of provisions set forth under state law for local health officers, as well as organizational and policy objectives, effect/advice, influence, and contribution to meeting the community’s needs.
Education and Experience Required:
Education: Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy degree and Master’s degree in Public Health (in accordance with RCW 70.05.051).
Experience: Five years’ experience as a licensed practicing medical provider and increasingly responsible experience in public health, epidemiology, infectious disease, preventive medicine or a related area.
Or: In place of the above requirement, the incumbent may possess any combination of relevant education and experience which would demonstrate the individual's knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above.
Licenses, Certifications and Other:
Experience with tuberculosis patient care, preferred
Current licensure to practice medicine in the State of Washington or the ability to obtain a state license by date of hire
Registration with the Drug Enforcement Agency for prescription of controlled substances
Valid Washington State Driver’s license or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire and a driving record which meets the requirements of Snohomish Health District’s insurance carrier
Background check pursuant to RCW 43.43.830
Internal Number: 20-002
About Snohomish Health District
The Snohomish Health District is an independent special purpose district created in 1959. It is the municipal corporation responsible for public health in Snohomish County, organized pursuant to the provisions of RCW 70.05 and RCW 70.46.
A 15-member Board of Health oversees all matters pertaining to the preservation of life and the health of people, including policy and budget development. All five Snohomish County Council members sit on the Board of Health, together with 10 city council members or mayors representing the cities and towns. Public meetings of the Board of Health are held monthly.
The Snohomish Health District provides a wide range of programs and services that protect and promote the public health with particular focus on preventing injury and disease. As government funding for public health has been reduced since the recession of 2008, we have worked to focus our programs and resources on public health essentials and community needs.