County Health Officer

Multnomah County | Portland, Oregon 97214

Salary Range: Call for details
Date Posted: March 13, 2023
Opportunity Code: 32489


Join community-focused Multnomah County in this innovative opportunity to serve as their new County Health Officer in beautiful Portland, Oregon!  

The Position

  • The County Health Officer will be responsible for the planning, design, and participation in collaborative efforts to address the community public and will lead public health policies and programs within Clackamas, Washington, and Multnomah counties. 
  • Candidates will ideally bring extensive experience/knowledge pertaining to infectious diseases, behavioral health, and population health to ensure they will be equipped to handle current communicable issues including homelessness, infection outbreaks, and gun violence crises. 
  • The leader in this position will develop, administer, and monitor budgets while developing budgetary recommendations and adjustments while coordinating the finalization of budgets to ensure timely submission.  
  • This leader will review and analyze local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and compliance protocols to ensure that the county is adhering to all implemented standards, best practices, and trends.  
  • The County Health Officer will plan, develop, and provide didactic education programs for county medical staff/health providers and will provide clinical supervision and training for physicians, nurses, medical students, and residents throughout the community. This will include continued education pertaining to health issues, infectious diseases, and hazard trends within the community. 
  • Seeking a hands-on leader who will be willing to provide direction, guidance, and leadership to physicians, nurses, and other staff members while advising on complex concerns and communicable issues within the community.  
  • The County Health Officer must hold a high level of cultural competency, empathy, and understanding towards the community and will portray a strong level of adaptability while creating strategic plans to efficiently handle any ongoing issues throughout the community. 
  • Candidates must be experienced/comfortable with public speaking to ensure that they will be able to effectively provide transparency to elected officials, staff, and members throughout the community regarding any public health crises that are in effect. 
  • This role will be responsible for providing medical care to patients within assigned public health programs and will serve the community by answering after-hour calls, handling public health emergencies, and will serve in an emergency management response capacity. 


  • Active Oregon MD and/or DO medical license is required. 

The Organization

  • The Multnomah Health Department strives to provide a wide array of services for members of their community while closely analyzing, monitoring, and acting upon current trends, regulations, and crisis throughout Multnomah County and surrounding counties. 
  • Multnomah County offers many health services including testing, behavioral health, health inspections/licensing, infection control, nutrition, and community health programs to members of their community. 
  • The Multnomah Health Department is equipped to advance health equity, protect vulnerable community members, and promote health and wellness throughout a multitude of programs including Primary Care, Medical Examiner Program, Emergency Services, Environmental Health, and Corrections Health Services. 
  • Equipped with a full team of qualified leaders, the Multnomah Health Department includes elected officials, skills physicians, nurses, and community volunteers. The Health Department is composed of a wide variety of departments including Corrections Health, Public Health, Operations, Financial & Business Management, Behavioral Health, and Integrated Clinical Services. 

The Community 

  • Portland, the largest city in the state of Oregon, hosts a population of more than 600,000 individuals.
  • It boasts a reputation for manicured parks, eclectic nightlife, fine micro-breweries and distilleries, and nature that cuts right into the city.
  • The temperate climate provides residents and visitors with warm, dry summers and cool, rainy winters, making it an ideal location for the avid outdoorsman.
  • Packing an impressive array of theaters, museums and botanical gardens, Portland has created a name for itself as a culturally rich destination.




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