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The Deputy State Health Officer is responsible for administering a health care program and managing the program’s service delivery, quality assurance, and administrative activities.

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Directs activities through supervisors and support staff by interviewing and recommending for hire, providing training opportunities, overseeing the scheduling and assigning of personnel, evaluating the performance of incumbents, reviewing supervisory evaluations, and resolving problems. Plans and directs the health care program format for a division or facility by conducting research to identify needs and issues, reviewing current operations, policies, and procedures, to define service delivery areas and determine staffing, equipment, supply, and other operating requirements, and preparing related budgetary and financial proposals. Determines program goals, objectives, and guidelines, develops and implements operating policies and procedures, evaluates program effectiveness, initiate corrective action, and provides technical direction and administrative support to program personnel. Manages the health care program though medical, professional, and technical staff responsible for various functions, including clinical, nursing, occupational, physical and speech therapy, pharmacy, and laboratory activities. Negotiates and monitors contracted agreements or grants, analyzes and resolves program and single case or service delivery problems, and prepares narrative reports of accomplishments or problems. Coordinates activities with other health care or related facilities by establishing staff, services, or equipment-sharing agreements, presenting program information to various groups, and participating in long-range planning and new project development sessions. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of supervisory practices and procedures. Knowledge of state budgetary, human resources, and purchasing procedures. Knowledge of the information and techniques to diagnose and treat injuries and diseases. Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. Knowledge of human behavior and performance, and the assessment of treatment of behavioral and affective disorders. Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis and treatment. Knowledge of business and management principles and practices. Ability to listen and understand information and ideas. Ability to communicate in oral and written form. Ability to establish comprehensive organizational systems and programs and to direct operations through subordinate manager. Ability to estimate cost, time, manpower, equipment, and materials required to support plans/operations. Ability to analyze the impact or effectiveness of current programs or proposed programs/services.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in business administration, healthcare administration or a related field; plus ten years of progressively more responsible experience in health care administration and delivery system, including five years in a professional managerial capacity.

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