Executive Director

Organization: Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center
Salary: A highly competitive salary, negotiable depending on qualifications, plus an excellent benefit package will be provided.
Close Date: Open Until Filled

Job Description:

Lake County, population 680,000, is located between Chicago and Milwaukee on Lake Michigan. The County covers 470 square miles and offers an outstanding blend of urban, suburban and rural communities, most experiencing rapid growth. Lake County is ranked in the top 10 counties in the nation in median household income. Lake County government is ICMA recognized, has triple A bond ratings by Moody's and S&P and employs approximately 2,800.

The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center is a combined agency comprised of the Countyís state-certified public health department and the Lake County Community Health Center which provides primary care services under a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) status. The Health Department is governed by a 12-member Board of Health. The separate Lake County Community Health Center Governing Council oversees planning and direction of operations for the Community Health Center. A unique intergovernmental agreement joins the Governing Council and the Board of Health.

The combined organization employs nearly 1,000 staff and has a budget of $71 million. It operates from thirty locations throughout the County and administers 60 separately funded programs in five service areas: behavioral health, community health, environmental health, primary care and administration.

The Department enjoys a reputation in the State of Illinois and nationally for progressive initiatives and active involvement in critical health and societal issues. The Department is among the top 6 percent of 2,864 local health departments nationwide by population served, financing and workforce. It has earned JCAHO accreditation in the Primary Care and Behavioral Health services areas and received the prestigious Samuel J. Crumbine Award in 1999 for the Environmental Health Food Program. It is expected that the new Executive Director will actively participate to build upon the Departmentís reputation and influence.

The Executive Director is appointed by both the Board of Health and the Governing Council. The current Executive Director is highly regarded and is retiring after fifteen years as Executive Director and a total of twenty-eight years with the agency.

Requires the equivalent of a Masters degree in public health, administration or related field combined with five years of progressive executive-level management experience, preferably gained in a comparable public health department. Must be a self-starter with strong management, leadership and interpersonal skills, a collaborative style, an ability to earn respect and trust quickly, be an adept advocate locally and in Springfield and Washington, DC, and have a proven ability to get things done.

A highly competitive salary, negotiable depending on qualifications, plus an excellent benefit package will be provided.

This search is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2008. To be considered, please send your cover letter and resume without delay to:

Robert E. Slavin, President
3040 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite A-1
Norcross, Georgia 30071
Phone: (770) 449-4656
Fax: (770) 416-0848
E-mail: slavin@bellsouth.net

Lake County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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