Applying To: Director of Health and Hospitals - City of St. Louis

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  • Minimum: $119,626.00
  • Maximum: $188,058.00

Appointment may be made at a rate within the salary range based on qualifications.

Nature of Work

The Director is responsible for the supervision and coordination of all activities of the Department of Health and Hospitals.  The Director shall appoint the Commissioner of Health who shall be in charge of the Division of Health.  There is a Board of Health appointed by the Mayor who shall advise the Director on matters relating to public health; examine all proposed public health rules and regulations and transmit its conclusions and recommendations to the Director.  There is also a Board of Hospitals. This Board shall advise the Director on matters relating to hospitals.  The Boards shall meet together upon the call of the Director.  Additionally, the Director effectively interacts with all forms of media outlets for the purposes of educating the public and encouraging healthy behaviours and lifestyles. The Director is accountable for evaluating staff and program effectiveness, and allocations for the department.  The Director reports to the Mayor.

The Department of Health and Hospital's mission is to assure a healthy St. Louis community through quality public health services and partnerships by providing continuous protection, prevention, and promotion for the public's health. Those public health services include the following ten essential departmental functions:

  • Monitoring health status to identify community health problems. 
  • Diagnosing and investigating health problems and health hazards in the community. 
  • Informing, educating, and empowering people about health issues. 
  • Mobilizing community partnerships to identify and solve health problems. 
  • Developing policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.  
  • Linking people to needed personal health services and assuring the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable. 
  • Assuring a competent public health and personal healthcare workforce. 
  • Evaluating effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services. 
  • Researching for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems. 

The Department is comprised of the following Bureaus:

  • Communicable Disease: Which includes HIV/AIDS Care, Education, Planning, TB Control, Surveillance and Intervention Services.
  • Environmental Health: Which includes Animal Care and Control, Community Sanitation, Food and Beverage Control and Vector Control Services.
  • Women, Children and Adolescent Health: Which includes Asthma, Lead Testing, Smoking Cessation, School Health and other family health programming and services.
  • Health Promotion, Education and Marketing: which includes two sections, Nutrition Services and Public Information. The division creates and disseminates culturally specific educational materials, conducts health promotion and education activities in the community, and develops traditional and web-based marketing campaigns for the Department's health initiatives. 

Learn more about the Director of Health and Hospitals Position

Minimum Qualifications

The City's Charter requires that the Director of Health and Hospitals shall be a licensed practitioner of medicine and surgery and a graduate of an accredited school of medicine or shall have completed graduate work in a accredited school of public health to the level of a Master's Degree in Public Health or have been certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and Public Health. The Director also shall have had at least three years experience in the practice of medicine or shall have had at least three years experience in public health work, with at least two years of such experience in a responsible administrative capacity.

Desirable Qualifications

Advanced working knowledge and experience in the following areas is highly preferred:

  • Environmental health.
  • Sexual health.
  • Behavioral health.
  • Women’s health.
  • Child and infant health.
  • Epidemiology.
  • Racial and ethnic disparities in health.
  • Program development and evaluation.
  • 5-10 years of full-time progressively responsible experience in an executive-level administrative position in either a public health agency or public health work.
  • Experience working with the Public Health Accreditation Board.
  • Experience in applying and managing large, multi-year federal, state, and local grants.
  • Experience building, maintaining, and expanding partnerships with external and internal agencies and organizations.
  • Experience working with public policy at the local and state levels.

Residency Requirement

The City's Charter requires that persons employed on a full time basis by the City to reside in the City.  Persons may apply for employment with the City regardless of their residency.  Persons who do not reside in the City of St. Louis at the time of application must take up residence in the City within 120 days of employment.


Applications can be submitted on the Internet.  Visit the City web site at  The last date for filing an application is September 28, 2018.  After completing the Employment Application, all qualified applicants should send their cover letter and resume to: City of St. Louis Department of Personnel, 1114 Market Street, Room 700, St. Louis, MO  63101, Attention: Recruitment and Examination Manager.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of St. Louis does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, disability, sex or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status or retaliation.  Merit principles assure quality and equal opportunity.

Last Date For Filing Application Is September 28, 2018

Examination Components and Their Weights

O.C. M9014
August 21, 2018

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