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Date: Feb 10, 2021

Location: OKEECHOBEE, FL, US, 34972

The State Personnel System is an E-Verify employer. For more information click on our E-Verify website.

Requisition No: 311083 

Agency: Department of Health


Position Number: 64051297 

Salary:  $95,000 - $115,000 

Posting Closing Date: 03/08/2021 

Florida Department of Health


Open Competitive

Okeechobee County

$95,000 - $115,000




The Florida Department of Health is seeking an experienced public health professional to serve as the lead public health official of the Florida Department of Health in Okeechobee County. This position leads one of the 67 County Health Departments in the State of Florida. Responsibilities include the direction, supervision, and evaluation of a wide variety of health programs including, but not limited to, environmental health, chronic disease, preparedness and response, family planning, communicable disease, and vital statistics.


The position requires extensive experience in the management and administration of public health programs, essential public health services, health policy issues, public health advocacy, and working with elected officials, governmental bodies, community partners, and media.  Applicants should demonstrate knowledge of fiscal and budget management, human resource management, information systems, and a demonstrated capacity to lead an organization through a continuous quality management process.



A qualified candidate is a senior level executive with a passion for public health and prevention with extensive experience in core public health practices and principles. The candidate will have a commitment to effective management, team leadership, decisiveness, and community engagement.  The candidate in this role must demonstrate superior leadership, cultural and interpersonal skills. This position requires extensive knowledge and use of quality management tools and methods.


A preferred Director candidate is a physician that currently holds, or is eligible for, a Florida Medical license (Chapters 458 or 459, Florida Statutes) and extensive public health experience. The salary range for a Director candidate is $125,000 to $150,000 annually.


A preferred Administrator candidate is a public health professional with a Master's degree in Public Health or other health sciences, or a Master’s Degree and extensive public health experience. The salary range for an Administrator candidate is $95,000 to $115,000 annually.



The Florida Department of Health is responsible for the health and safety of all citizens and visitors to the state.  As a public health agency, the Florida Department of Health must monitor the health status of Floridians, diagnose and investigate health problems, and mobilize local communities to address health-related issues.  The Florida Department of Health develops polices and plans that support health goals, enforce laws and regulations that protect the health of all residents and visitors, and link people to needed health care services.  


The Florida Department of Health in Okeechobee County provides services to all residents and visitors and is responsible for assessing, maintaining, and improving the health and safety of the entire community as an essential part of the Florida Department of Health. This position will be responsible for an annual budget of approximately $2.7 million and 29 full time staff.


The Florida Department of Health in Okeechobee County is located in Okeechobee, Florida. The Florida Department of Health in Okeechobee County provides services to families, individuals, and visitors of all ages in the county, including to:


• Prevent epidemics and the spread of disease
• Protect against environmental hazards
• Prevent injuries
• Promote and encourage healthy behaviors
• Respond to disasters and assist communities in recovery efforts
• Assure the quality and accessibility of health services


A wide variety of professional and paraprofessional staff provide services within the above program areas.  These include Board Certified Physicians, Registered Nurses, Advanced Practice Nurses, Dieticians, Epidemiologists, Social Workers, and various other health care workers, and disease intervention and environmental specialists.


This is executive level work planning, directing, or coordinating activities in medicine and health services in hospitals, clinics, public health agencies, or in administrative health functions.


Please be advised:

Florida DOH is an Equal Opportunity Employer/ Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.  Only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers will be hired. 


This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. Any misrepresentations or omissions will disqualify you from employment consideration. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check.

Applicant information provided as a result of this advertisement may be open to a public records request as allowed by Florida Statutes.  All information submitted, including your application and responses to qualifying questions, is a public record unless otherwise exempted by law.

Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS.  For more information, please visit the SSS website:


If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida.  Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended, or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.

The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system.  E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.

Incumbent may be required to work during or beyond normal work hours or days in the event of an emergency.  Emergency duty required of the incumbent includes working in special needs or Red Cross shelters, or to perform other emergency.  Duties including, but not limited to, responses to or threats involving any disaster or threat of disaster, man-made or natural..

Interviews will be offered to the most qualified applicants and these interviews may be held in a public forum or open meeting format.  Interviewers may consist of Department of Health staff, County Health Department staff, representatives of community partner organizations and representative(s) of the Board of County Commissioners. Interviews may be conducted face to face in either Okeechobee or Tallahassee, Florida, or via Microsoft Teams. Any travel required to attend an interview will be the responsibility of the applicant.


You will be asked to answer the following qualifying questions after you've submitted your State of Florida application.  **NOTE:  All responses provided to the qualifying questions for this vacancy advertisement must be verifiable on your State of Florida employment application.


Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation with more than 1.5 million service men and women.  The Florida Department of Health (department) is committed to serving members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families by encouraging them to apply for vacancies that fit their area of knowledge and/or expertise.  Through the Departments VALOR program, which expedites licensing for military veterans, the Department also waives initial licensing and application fees for military veterans who apply for a health care professional license within 60 months of an honorable discharge. These initiatives help ensure that the transition from military service into the workforce is as smooth as possible and reflects our appreciation for the dedication devoted to protecting our country.

To obtain revised and updated information on Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements, click here

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

Nearest Major Market: Okeechobee