Title: Medical Health Officer
Department: Health Updated: 02/2018
Division: Public Health FLSA Status: Exempt
Bargaining Unit: CANUE Wage Range: Not Available

This is the primary medical and administrative professional position serving the local health department.  The Health Officer/Medical Director is responsible for the protection of the public’s health through the establishment and maintenance of basic public health services. The Health Officer/Medical Director works with considerable freedom of professional and administrative action, subject to administrative direction and major policies established by the Michigan Department of Community Health and the County Board of Commissioners acting through the advisory Board of Health and County Administration.  The Health Officer/Medical Director shall be responsible for developing and carrying out medical policies, procedures, and standing orders and for advising the department’s administrator and the department’s administrative staff on matters related to providing public health services.


·         Primary responsibility is the administration of the local health department with authority and responsibility to protect health, prevent disease and disability and further improvement of the public’s health. 

·         Act in accordance with the Michigan Public Health Code and Administrative Rules.       

·         Bringing medical specialty judgment to bear upon the development of Health Department program planning, implementation, policies, procedures, priorities and evaluation methodologies.

·         Represent and act as principal spokesperson for the St. Clair County Health Department. 

·         Provide leadership during a public health threat or emergency. 

·         Interpret and communicate health data and information; identify priorities and emerging disease trends and; mobilize and educate the community on health problems.

·         Meet regularly with the Advisory Board of Health, to provide them current status and information on the provision of public of health in addition to those matters that deal directly or indirectly with the prevention, containment, and/or control of disease, including treatment and medical rehabilitation.

·         Keep the Board of Health, county administration, the medical community and other interested parties advised on current and proposed legislation as it has, or may have an impact on public health and private medicine.

·         Represent the interests of the Board of Health in regional and statewide organizations and projects that may affect the health services in St. Clair County.

·         Chief medical consultant for all public health programs. 

·         Responsible for the development, review and approval of standing orders, clinical protocol and procedures as well as providing guidance in the provision of medical services by the department. 

·         Carrying out such specific public health related clinical duties as may be agreed upon.

·         Maintaining medical liaison with community physicians, when possible and other health personnel, institutions and organizations insuring that whenever feasible, these have an opportunity to be involved in the development and/or implementation of public health programs.

·         Mandatory participation in orientation and training for basic public health emergency preparedness and response concepts.

·         Other duties as assigned.


The Director/Health Officer works under the general supervision of the County Administrator, the Advisory Board of Health, the County Board of Commissioners in accordance with the Michigan Public Health Code, MCL 333.2431.


Directs a team of multidisciplinary public health professionals and support staff whose goal is to continually and diligently endeavor to prevent disease, prolong life, and promote the public health through organized programs. 


·         Licensed to practice as a physician and surgeon in Michigan.

·         Possession of a Master’s degree in the field of Public Health or considerable experience and training in the field of public health medicine.

·         Manage and direct departmental operations, including budgeting, strategic planning. Knowledge of and interpret applicable federal, state and local regulations. Develop, apply and explain department and County procedure and policies. Plan and coordinate work staff activities, prioritize, instruct, set deadlines, objectives, measure success, and make recommendations and resolve issues. Methods of research, planning, conducting and implementing major studies or projects. Design and recommend new forms, reports or procedures. Ability to understand and work in complex data processing system, analyze data and exercise sound financial judgment. Analyze administrative problems, evaluate alternatives and implement sound solutions. Prepare and present reports, speeches or training programs to groups. Provide training and guidance in handling difficult or complex problems or resolving escalated complaints or disputes. Work independently with limited direct supervision. Coordinate activities with other departments.

·         Writing, reading, mathematical principles; proficient computer skills-Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook; exercise sound judgment and decision making in accordance with policies and procedures; ability to research and problem solve independently; knowledge of County operations and functions; ability to prioritize and time manage; handle stressful situations, provide effective and friendly customer service; support the County's mission and values; ability to think critically where necessary.    

·         Knowledge or understanding of basic administrative tasks: operate standard office equipment; document management; prepare and maintain records, various correspondences and reports; answer general inquiries and refer as necessary; answer telephone calls, process mail, order supplies/equipment; prepare meeting agendas, attend meetings, record/transcribe/distribute minutes; entering, transcribing, recording, storing or maintaining information in written or electronic form with speed and accuracy; maintain calendars, arrange meetings, schedule rooms and equipment as necessary.             

·          Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently with management, co-workers and clients; obtain and communicate accurate information; apply common sense understanding to complex instructions and respond accordingly;  communicate complex ideas through graphs, charts, presentations, reports or other professional correspondence.



·         Ability to demonstrate predictable, reliable, and timely attendance.                 

·         Ability to read, write & communicate in English; follow written and verbal instruction and understand basic mathematics and figure checking.              

·         Ability to interpret and apply procedures, rules, technical information, instructions, manuals to complete tasks accurately and on schedule.                                     

·         Ability to learn from directions, observations, and mistakes; and apply procedures using good judgment.                                                                        

·         Ability to use discretion and maintain sensitive and confidential information.     

·         Ability to work independently or part of a team; ability to interact appropriately with others such as County officials, employees, vendors and the general public.

·         Ability to work under supervision, receiving instructions/feedback, coaching/counseling and/or action/discipline.                                            

·         Adaptability to change in the work environment, managing competing demands and ability to deal with frequent changes, delays or unexpected events.

·         Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services including customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction

·         Proficient skills using Microsoft Office programs including, but not limited to: Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook required.  Proficiency may be tested.

  • Prior to starting employment, the candidate must complete a satisfactory background check.  The background check is understood to encompass all forms of pre-employment screening, including but not limited to: drug screen, physical, criminal background, driving record, sex offender registry, education, training and licensing verification, employment history, credit check, and professional and personal references.
  • Must possess a valid State of Michigan operator license and maintain this license throughout employment in this position.

·         Required to report to duty when called upon in the event of a Public Health Emergency regardless of declaration.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job with or without accommodations.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:

·         Speak to others to convey information effectively.

·         Read, interpret and understand procedures, rules, technical information, instructions and manuals.

·         Hear and understand information presented through spoken words and sentences.

·         Specific vision requirement includes close vision, distance vision, color and depth perception.

·         Use hands to operate a computer, handle materials and operate equipment.

·         Push or pull carts, reach with hands and arms forward, above and below shoulder level.

·         Lift, move or carry objects, equipment and supplies weighing up to 25 pounds.

·         Sit, bend, stoop, crouch, crawl and kneel in an ergonomically correct manner.

·         Stand and walk, climb stairs.

·         Normal office hours are from 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.

·         Generally works in a normal office environment.

·         The noise level in the work environment is moderate with many interruptions.

·         Due to the nature of the work hours may include overtime, evenings or weekends.

·         Position may require frequent travel for training, various County departments and community events.

·         The employee frequently works in areas where universal precautions and confrontation avoidance techniques are required, and is occasionally exposed to risk from bodily fluids or client actions.


Disclaimer: The statements contained in this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job requirements or duties performed.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.




It is the policy of St. Clair County not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability that does not prevent performing essential job functions or because he or she is a protected veteran.