City of Portland - Public Health Director


Health and Human Services Department - Public Health Division -

The City of Portland, Maine is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of Public Health Director, within the Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Public Health.  This position is responsible for the overall administration of the City of Portland’s public health programs, including development of program policy, assessment of community needs, and assessment of the available resources to meet these needs.  This leadership position requires responsibility for public health issues, financial management, long range and strategic planning for public health programs.  The Public Health Director is responsible for the promotion of the public’s health and emerging public health issues within the community and within City government.  This position establishes standard operating procedures, works within union contracts, supervises the selection of Division personnel and is responsible for the development and monitoring of the Public Health Division’s budget. 

Requirements:  Extensive experience in public health administration and management, with a master's degree in public health or a related field, a degree in business or public administration, or an equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the following skills and abilities:  Extensive knowledge on public health issues in policy arenas.  Financial management experience with multiple public and private funding sources and third-party payors.  Proven ability to work independently to achieve goals and objectives, and cooperatively with other service providers in program planning implementation.  Ability to effectively delegate responsibilities to Division staff.  Proven ability to write grants, develop contracts and negotiate financial arrangements to improve the public's health.  Experience effectively developing and promoting public health policy at all levels of government.  Excellent communication skills to promote public health issues, topics and programs and ability to articulate core functions to varied audiences.  Well-versed in the dynamics of organizational communication and practices and effective communication within the organization and in the community.  Ability to utilize technology in data collection, analysis and dissemination.  Active involvement in national, state and local public health professional associations.  

Necessary Special Requirements:  Must possess a valid Maine Class C driver’s license.  Must have and maintain a good driving record.  Offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of a satisfactory criminal background check.   

Salary range: $88,908 to $109,338 annually. 


Accepting applications until the vacancy is filled


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City Benefits -

Permanent, full-time employees receive a generous benefits package which includes 12 ½ 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. 


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. 

City Job Opportunities Website:


***COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate***     As a condition of employment, you must demonstrate proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to start of employment.  If you cannot get vaccinated due to a medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief, you may request an exemption as a reasonable accommodation.  Failure to provide proof of vaccination will result in your exclusion from employment with the City of Portland. 



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