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FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham posted today, March 8, the Director of Health position,

“The City of Framingham, a vibrant and diverse community of nearly 70,000 residents, seeks an experienced professional for the position of Director of ublic Health. This is a management position reporting to the Mayor through the Chief Operating Officer and has accountability to the Mayor and to the Board of Health under certain statutory and administrative situations governed by Board of Health,” noted the City of Framingham in the job posting.

Health Director Sam Wong resigned from his post in December 2020.

The City of Framingham said he was on a leave of absence, but Wong took vacation time in January and February, and then the City of Framingham issued a press release on February 25 to say Wong will resign effective February 26.

Deputy Director Alex DePalo has been serving as Interim Health Director since December 31, 2020.

“The Director of Public Health is responsible for the direction, coordination, development and supervision of the public health needs of the community. The Director is a key position within the City who will develop and oversee programs, policies and budget preparation for the Department of Public Health,” stated the job posting.

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“The ideal candidate is a proven leader of public health programs and initiatives, accustomed to working closely with a seasoned, knowledgeable staff and exemplifying leadership through action. Candidates must have a thorough and proven knowledge of the principles, practices and current developments in public health administration; ability to effectively communicate through writing, presentation and other means with the general community as well as the City leadership. The Director will be a coalition-builder across and within various departments of the City and is skilled
at driving policy and program development through consensus,” stated the job posting.

“This is an excellent opportunity for the ideal candidate to shape the direction of public health in the City of Framingham for many years to come,” said the City of Framingham.

The salary range is $105,500 to $130,000.

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The Framingham Health Director:

  • Performs professional, supervisory, and technical work in developing, planning, managing, evaluating and providing for the public health needs of the community.
  • Plans and administers community health service programs, including prioritizing, monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of programs, developing and implementing plans to improve services.
  • Identifies and evaluates the need for new programs for prevention and control of health problems; recommends and coordinates operations to implement new programs or modify existing ones.
  • Oversees the implementation of Community Health Assessments, Community Health Improvement Plan, Strategic Planning, and other deliverables, lead up to and including Accreditation.
  • Collaborates with City leadership in applicable community and departments on identifying gaps in community health services.

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  • Participates in a variety of meetings, committees etc. regarding community health.
  • Coordinates regulatory analysis, educational outreach with regard to Hazardous waste sites, emergency response to natural and manmade disasters, and
    infectious/communicable disease outbreak investigation of an endemic and pandemic nature (e.g. Ebola, Measles, COVID-19, etc…)
  • Ensures proper expenditure of Departmental Budgets, including but not limited to, Grants, Tax Levy, Revolving, and Enterprise accounts.
  • Coordinates public health programs in the community and acts as a public health liaison.
  • Oversees the review, development, and implementation of policies, procedures, processes and guidelines in compliance with Massachusetts General Laws, Board of Health regulations, and City Charter and ordinances.
  • Advises the Mayor, Board of Health, and other City departments in all community/public health matters.
  • Complies, processes, researches and analyzes community health data and other information to identify trends and support programs.
  • Represents the Board of Health at interdepartmental City, regional, state and other forums/meeting
  • Required to attend training seminars and workshops in order to maintain current knowledge of public health service practices and regulations as well as to maintain required certifications/licenses.

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The health director supervises designated staff coordinating with the Chief of Community Health, four full-time employees, part time or per diem employees including: Public Health Nurse; Chief of Community Health; Community Health Worker, Community Intervention Specialist, Site Assessment Officer, Office Manager. In addition, manages Chief of Environmental Health and MA Registered Health Inspectors/Sanitarians. Hires, fires and disciplines direct reports.

Applicants should have a Master’s Degree in Public Health, Nursing or related field; Seven (7) or more years of progressively responsible professional level administrative experience in Public Health; supervisory experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Certified MA Registered Sanitarian and/or Certified Health Officer a plus. Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.