Founded in 1793, BCHD is the oldest health department in the country, with nearly 1,000 employees and an annual budget of $150 million that aims to protect health, eliminate disparities, and ensure the well-being of every resident of Baltimore through education, advocacy, and direct service delivery. BCHD’s wide-ranging responsibilities include maternal and child health, youth wellness, school health, senior services, animal control, restaurant inspections, violence prevention, emergency preparedness, STI/HIV treatment, and acute and chronic disease prevention.
The incumbent in this position serves as Senior Director for External Affairs, reporting to the Chief of Staff who reports directly to the Commissioner of Health. The Senior Director for External Affairs is a key member of the BCHD's senior leadership team and will lead the Office of External Affairs, comprising the agency’s community engagement, legislative affairs, and public information/communications functions. The Senior Director for External Affairs is responsible for providing strategic leadership and operational direction over many of BCHD’s most critical interactions with the public and will also develop and strengthen new and existing partnerships to effectively broaden the reach of BCHD programs, services, and messaging.
Essential functions: 1. Serve as principal advisor to the Commissioner of Health and other BCHD leadership on health policy matters and external affairs initiatives; 2. Formulate and execute strategic communications, policy development, and community engagement plans to maximize impact with target audiences and increase stakeholder awareness, knowledge and understanding of BCHD initiatives and priorities; 3. Identify, develop, and strengthen program partnerships among key leaders in business, government, and philanthropic sectors for the purposes of raising awareness of BCHD programs and services and amplifying messaging in support of policies that advance the department’s mission; 4. Work closely with BCHD’s quasi-agencies to ensure close coordination of program development and collaborate on innovative programming in support of overarching community health improvement goals; 5. Coordinate with the Commissioner, Deputy Commissioners, and senior leadership staff on the development and execution of BCHD’s health policy agenda and strategic plan; 6. Evaluate results and impact of external affairs activities; report on developments, trends and attitudes regarding BCHD key initiatives and programs. 7. Other duties as assigned.
Successful candidates should have:
Proven managerial and administrative experience, preferably within a large public health organization;
Strong knowledge and understanding of relevant local, state and federal public health laws, rules and regulations, and the ability to interpret and apply them;
Ability to work within a pressurized, fast-paced environment while handling sensitive and confidential matters;
Excellent oral and written communication skills, with proven ability and experience in developing and/or interpreting materials on complex health issues for varied audiences;
A keen understanding of public health landscape and an ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies.
Bachelor's degree, master’s degree preferred, in public health, public policy, political science, communications, marketing or a comparable field with 7 or more years of experience in public affairs, strategic communications, or federal/state issue advocacy campaign experience;
Proven coalition-building skills and a successful track record in accomplishing major legislative, regulatory and policy agendas of similar size and complexity;
Demonstrated leadership and executive presence commensurate with the ability to effectively present complex subject topics, provide input to, and influence decision making at the C-suite level;
Solid project management experience, including overseeing a team and multiple deliverables.
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About Baltimore City Health Department
Founded in 1793, the Baltimore City Health Department is the oldest, continuously-operating health department in the country, with nearly 1,000 employees who aim to promote health and improve well-being of city residents through education, policy/advocacy, and direct service delivery. BCHD’s wide-ranging responsibilities include maternal and child health, youth wellness, school health, senior services, animal control, restaurant inspections, violence prevention, emergency preparedness, STI/HIV treatment, and acute and chronic disease prevention. Learn more about BCHD at http://health.baltimorecity.gov/. Follow us at Facebook, Twitter and our B'healthy in B'more Blog.