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Assistant Commissioner of Health Protection

Company: Minnesota Department of Health
Location: Saint Paul
Posted on: April 2, 2024

Job Description:

Job Details

Working Title: Assistant Commissioner of Health Protection
Job Class: Assistant Commissioner Health
Agency: Health Department

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 03/29/2024
  • Closing Date: 04/18/2024
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Health Department / Health-Managerial
  • Division/Unit: Executive Office / Asst Commissioner Health Protection
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift / 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Days of Work: Monday - Friday
  • Travel Required: Yes - Up to 25%
  • Salary Range: $55.46 - $79.35 / hourly; $115,800 - $165,682 / annually
  • Classified Status: Unclassified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 220 - Managerial Plan
  • FLSA Status: Exempt - Executive
  • Telework Eligible: Yes
  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities : No
    Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

    The work you'll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

    Job Summary

    As a leader in the Minnesota Department of Health, the Assistant Commissioner of Health Protection you will provide executive leadership to the bureau, which includes oversight of the Environmental Health Division, Public Health Laboratory Services, and the Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Division. The Assistant Commissioner of Health Protection will also oversee the writing and dissemination of MDH's public health guidance and will assist in the coordination of MDH's emergency response to infectious disease outbreaks and emerging risks to health.

    This requires a mission-driven, experienced individual who will embrace the vision and guidance for the agency and administration-wide policy initiatives.

    Responsibilities include, though are not limited to:
    • Provide executive leadership to division directors and other staff to implement agency programs, align activities with strategic priorities, ensure a positive work culture with maximum efficiency of operations and effective use of resources.
    • Cultivate and promote an inclusive work environment for all with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusivity.
    • Leads bureau in efforts to identify and implement strategies that improve public health protection.
    • Ensures that the legal responsibilities are comprehensively understood and embedded throughout the bureau and reflected within the work being conducted and the decisions that are being made.
    • Counsel and advise the Commissioner on bureau related issues to support executive decisions that are aligned with MDH goals and objectives.
    • Facilitate and oversee health equity efforts within the reporting divisions.
    • Facilitate cross-divisional and interagency work to ensure collaboration occurs within the department of health and between state agencies.
    • Design and direct the development of legislative proposals and initiatives and coordinate legislative activities within the bureau, including testifying before legislative hearings.
    • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with external stakeholders so that mutual needs and concerns are met.
    • Participate in MDH management as a member of the agency's leadership team to develop a performance management strategy and strategic direction for the agency.
      This position is an unclassified appointment which serves at the pleasure of the appointing authority, which is anticipated to end on 12/31/2026. The position can end or be extended at any time.


      Minimum Qualifications

      Five (5) years of management and leadership experience in public health sufficient to plan, organize, and direct human and fiscal resources to achieve full productivity under changing circumstances including experiences in the following areas:
      • Direct or manage a statewide, regional, or national public health program including health equity strategies.
      • Articulate programs and policies of the administration to varied clientele both within and outside the department, including experience drafting new policy, procedures, and rules.
      • Apply practical uses of strategic planning and knowledge of the theory and practice of public and business administration.
      • Lead and delegate to effect desired changes within the organization.
      • Lead organizational risk management, auditing and compliance practices and procedures.
      • Plan, organize, direct, implement and explain complex programs and practices. This includes broad knowledge of health and human services issues, delivery systems, funding mechanisms and roles and authorities of federal, state, and local government.
      • Negotiate; resolve conflict; lead strategic, short range and project planning; manage time effectively; assess cost-benefit; perform technical and program evaluation; communicate strategically and effectively, in both written and oral communications; and budgeting.
        Preferred Qualifications
        • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Public Health, Public Administration, Health Care Administration, Public Policy, Epidemiology, Microbiology, Medicine, Nursing, or a closely related public health field
        • Previous executive or leadership experience, managing major health programs and operations, including strategic planning, and directing the work of managers, professional, and technical staff.
        • Experience in evaluating new legislation, policies, procedures, and rules and interpreting them to analyze organizational fiscal and policy impact.
        • Experience responding to media requests, public meetings, orally or in writing and be skilled at-risk communication, with the ability to respond nimbly during interviews, public meetings, and other spontaneous settings.
          Additional Requirements

          This position requires successful completion of a background check and employment reference check.

          Application Details

          How to Apply

          Select "Apply for Job" at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email . For additional information about the application process, go to .

          If you have questions about the position, contact Debra Biever at .

          To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Debra Biever at .

          If you are an individual with a disability and need an accommodation for an interview, you may contact the Department of Health ADA Coordinator at

          About Health Department

          Come work for one of the best public health systems in the nation and you will contribute to our mission to protect, maintain, and improve the health of all Minnesotans. We are working hard to achieve our vision for health equity in Minnesota, where all communities are thriving and all people have what they need to be healthy.

          Why Work for Us

          Diverse Workforce

          We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.

          A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:
          • 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency's mission
          • 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs
          • 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job
          • 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule
            Comprehensive Benefits

            Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:
            • Public pension plan
            • Training and professional development
            • Paid vacation and sick leave
            • 12 paid holidays each year
            • Paid parental leave
            • Low-cost medical and dental coverage
            • Prescription drug coverage
            • Vision coverage
            • Wellness programs and resources
            • Employer paid life insurance
            • Short-term and long-term disability
            • Health care spending and savings accounts
            • Dependent care spending account
            • Tax-deferred compensation
            • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
            • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
              Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.


              Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

              We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email and indicate what assistance is needed.

Keywords: Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul , Assistant Commissioner of Health Protection, Healthcare , Saint Paul, Minnesota

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