Assistant Commissioner – COVID-19 Mitigation and Testing Bureau – Health Department

at City of Baltimore, MD
Published September 22, 2022
Location Baltimore, MD
Category Default  
Job Type Full-time  


Class Description


Salary Range: $97,110.00 - $160,103.00

The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) is seeking an Assistant Commissioner for its COVID-19 Mitigation and Testing Bureau.

Founded in 1793, BCHD is the oldest health department in the country, with around 1,000 employees and an annual budget of $160 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.

This senior management position will lead a talented team responsible for overseeing the agency's COVID-19 Mitigation and Testing Bureau made up of the COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing, outbreak investigation, testing, call center, and administrative teams. The incumbent will also be responsible for liaising with the COVID-19 vaccination team, the agency's Acute Communicable Disease program, the Division of Aging and Care Services, the Chief Epidemiologist, and the BCHD Communications team to ensure consistency and collaboration in COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

The incumbent will report directly to the Deputy Commissioner for BCHD's Division of Population Health & Disease Prevention.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversees and manages the agency's COVID-19 Mitigation Bureau
  • Provides oversight and management to the response areas within the COVID-19 Mitigation and Testing program, including developing and implementing both short- and long-term plans to meet public health objectives to mitigate COVID-19 illness and outbreaks.
  • Provides executive leadership and direction to program directors within the bureau; delegates sufficient authority to subordinates to effectively manage the bureau's resources.
  • Responsible for budgeting and fiscal oversight of bureau operations including procurement and contracting.
  • Responsible for overseeing human resources including staffing and hiring
  • Responsible for ensuring compliance with grant requirements and state and federal regulations pertaining to COVID operations
  • Responsible for ensuring accurate and timely reporting as dictated by grant requirements and state and federal regulations for reporting epidemiologic and surveillance data
  • Provides regular updates to Deputy Commissioner for BCHD's Division of Population Health & Disease Prevention and BCHD's senior leadership to inform policy decisions and public health communication strategies to meet public health objectives to mitigate COVID-19 illness and outbreaks
  • Collaborates with epidemiology team and program directors within the bureau to monitor epidemiologic trends to inform programmatic operations.
  • Responsible for ensuring strong partnership and clear communication with external partners including Maryland Department of Health, Health Care Access Maryland, clinical, school and university partners and others.
  • Serves as agency lead in developing agency wide policies regarding readiness to respond to COVID-19 disease transmission and outbreaks including isolation and quarantine policies, temporary staffing adjustments, coordination of testing, and other policies and trainings.
  • Represents Commissioner or serves as Commissioner's designee for national and statewide committees as needed

Minimum Qualifications

  • Strong administrative and management skills. The position will directly and indirectly oversee approximately 150 employees.
  • Ability to consistently manage and meet deadlines; ability to take initiative and handle multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Professional demeanor and ability to effectively work with all levels of agency and City personnel, community partners, and the general public
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills required; must have ability to be both direct and diplomatic as needed, must lead through influence
  • Must be result and data driven and have demonstrated ability to lead people towards meeting organizational vision, mission and goals.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree (BA or BS) required; advanced degree in public health, social work, or healthcare management preferred.
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in a senior management role; 2 years of experience overseeing the activities of an operation or program (i.e., coordinating, directing, evaluating and monitoring activities); and a minimum of 3 years of experience involving the supervision of other employees. Infectious disease and epidemiology experience required. Previous experience in city, state and/or federal public health preferred.

Financial Disclosure: Under Sections 7-7, 7-8, and 7-9 of the Ethics Law outlines the City officials and employees who are required to file. Each year, the Ethics Board, in collaboration with City agencies and the Department of Human Resources, identifies required filers based on the Ethics Law's criteria.

These positions typically include:

As a general matter, the following public servants must file financial disclosure statements:
• Officials and many non-clerical employees of City agencies and instrumentalities (§§ 7-7 and 7-8);

o "Non-clerical" means any compensated public servant who is not employed solely in a secretarial, clerical, or custodial capacity.
• Members of most City boards and commissions (§§ 7-7 and 7-8);
• Individuals filling procurement, enforcement, and legislative liaison functions (§ 7-9);
• Individuals vacating any of these positions (§ 7-11).
• Individuals filling a vacancy in any of these positions (§ 7-12).
• Candidates for qualifying elected positions (§ 7-13).
• Designees of the Mayor and of the City Council President (§ 7-14).


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