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City of Portland - Director of Health and Human Services

Start Date: November 19, 2023 | End Date: February 29, 2024
County: Cumberland County
Job Type: Other


Health and Human Services Department

The City of Portland is looking for a Health and Human Services Director to join its leadership team helping to run Maine’s largest and most complex municipality.  Portland’s HHS Department includes the only municipal public health division in Maine; a social services division that includes three shelters, general assistance and rep payee program and other support services; a long-term care facility; and elder affairs division.  The Director reports to the City Manager, and is supported by a Deputy Director, four division heads, as well as administrative staff, including an HR liaison, financial staff, and support staff. In total, the HHS Department has an FY24 operating budget of $56 million with 406 FTEs, made up of full time, part time, and per diem staff. 

The ideal candidate for our organization possesses a thorough knowledge of modern developments in the health and human services field. They thrive on challenges, demonstrate enthusiasm for the work, and have a high level of compassion and a desire to serve the community. With a high degree of professionalism and proven leadership abilities, they effectively motivate and manage people and projects, even with limited resources. They work collaboratively as part of an interactive team, seeking collaboration with other City departments, staff, and external stakeholders to achieve group goals. Their exceptional ability to manage all aspects of municipal budgets allows them to seek additional resources to maximize their impact. 

The right candidate will have significant experience as a senior executive in the field of healthcare, social services, or public administration, with a strong preference for candidates that have significant experience addressing the challenges associated with serving unhoused populations. 

Please review our brochure for additional information on the City of Portland, the Health and Human Services Director role, and expectations. 

Non-Union position – Grade E83 - The starting salary range is $125,857 - $145,905, annually depending on skills and experience, and the full salary range is up to $159,460.  The City of Portland prides itself on its outstanding benefits, and collegial and mission-driven work environment. 

Accepting applications until the vacancy is filled.  

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City Benefits

Permanent employees receive a generous benefits package that includes paid holidays; employee health insurance; sick and vacation leave; optional life, dental, vision and income protection insurances; choice of retirement plans; and tuition reduction program with the University of Southern Maine and Thomas College.   


The City of Portland is strongly committed to diversity in its workforce.

Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply.

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer.


For questions contact Human Resources by email at or 207-874-8624. 

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