Director of Public Health

County of Santa Barbara

Director of Public Health
County of Santa Barbara, California

Annual Salary is dependent upon qualifications (DOQ), experience (DOE), and licensure:
$210,631 up to $250,680 – Non-Medical Doctor
$251,983 up to $300,171 – Medical Doctor (see employment standards for details)

The County of Santa Barbara seeks an inclusive, mission-driven, service-oriented, and visionary Director of Public Health to lead our health services programs that serve Santa Barbara County while overseeing 450 staff, five direct reports, and an approximate budget of $103 million. The Director will be an experienced administrative professional and relationship builder who has extensive experience in public health and has demonstrated experience overseeing and navigating multi-million-dollar, complex funding streams and primary care clinical service delivery. This leader will report to the County Executive Officer’s office and receive supervision from an Assistant County Executive Officer. They will address the needs of the whole county and continuously cultivate a culture that values diversity, equity, and inclusion and find ways to connect with marginalized communities and remove barriers to health care access. The successful candidate will be strategic and politically savvy and work as an exceptional advocate for those we serve. The ideal candidate will have an extensive understanding of clinic-based services, health services, best practice service delivery and trends, and improve programs with a “no wrong door” approach to program access and a “whole person care” approach to service delivery. Apply today to become a part of our County of Santa Barbara leadership team and help us achieve our mission to improve the health and well-being of our community through a wide range of health-related services.

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The ideal candidate will bring extensive experience as a public health professional, serve as a voice for the health care needs in our community, and be a creative and innovative problem solver. The candidate should also be forward-thinking, politically savvy yet a-political, and a collaborative executive partner and leader, who removes barriers, supports and empowers staff, and fosters an environment of respect. The ideal candidate will have a high level of emotional intelligence, demonstrate diplomacy, leverage the strengths of our community partners, and successfully build relationships with all groups within the community and across the County organization.