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Commissioner of Public Health

Location: Rochester, NY
Title: Commissioner of Public Health
Deadline: Until Filled
Salary: $191,218 - $264,690 annually
Agency/Dept.: Public Health

Description of Duties

This is the lead administrative and medical position at the Monroe County Department of Public Health and is responsible for planning, directing and administering local public health programs based on a Community Health Assessment and Municipal Public Health Services Plan approved by County administration and the New York State Department of Health.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the direction of the Medical Examiner, Communicable Disease Prevention and Control including Clinic Services, Office of Vital Records, Public Health Emergency Management and various grants while enforcing state and local health laws, regulations and standards and ensuring department compliance with the above.  The employee reports directly to, and works under the general supervision of the Monroe County Executive.   General supervision is exercised over an extensive staff of administrative, technical, medical and clerical personnel.  Appointments have a six (6) year term.  Does related work as required.

This high-level administrator directs the workforce of the Monroe County Health Department as well as establishing and implementing policy and county-wide mandates regarding all health issues.

Minimum Qualifications

New York State Codes, Rules, and Regulations (NYCRR) Title 10 Sanitary Code Section 11.11 Qualifications.

(A) A commissioner of health of a county, or a city having a population of 50,000 or more and having an established department of health, shall be a physician who is currently registered to practice medicine in New York State and possesses two years of experience in administrative practice that demonstrates that the candidate possesses the knowledge and skills to administer public health programs including workforce and budget management, effective communications, effective establishment and implementation of policy or business goals, and compliance with legal requirements and: 

(1) Certification by the American Board of Preventive Medicine; or

(2) A master's degree in public health from a regionally accredited or New York State-registered college or university that demonstrates the core competencies of a master’s in public health (Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Health Policy and Management, and Social and Behavior Sciences) or a master’s degree in a related field from a regionally accredited New York State-registered college or university.

(B) All appointments to the position of commissioner of health must be approved by the State Commissioner of Health.

(C) Candidates who do not meet the education or experience requirements of this section may be conditionally approved by the State Commissioner of Health for an appointment of two years, with an opportunity for two additional one year conditional renewals. Final approval of these candidates shall be contingent on satisfactory progress in meeting a public health education or experience plan developed in conjunction with and approved by the State Commissioner of Health.


Must be a United States citizen per the State Sanitary Code qualifications for local Commissioners of Health and Public Health.

If you are appointed, additional outside employment will not be permitted.

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