Job Posting for City of Lowell: Director of Health and Human Services

Title: Director of Health and Human Services

Organization: City of Lowell

Brief Summary of Position: Under direction of the City Manager, responsible for planning, coordinating, organizing, directing, administering and promoting all municipal activities relating to community health programs, for enforcing public health laws, ordinances, and regulations and human services.


  • Plans, develops policies and procedures for, coordinates, participates in, and directs all activities of the human services unit. This includes, but is not limited to, elderly, youth, consumer protection, disabled, intergroup relations, community organization and citizen participation, and a broad program of community health nursing services, mass immunizations, tuberculosis, well-child and other clinics, medical care, communicable disease and epidemic control, vital statistics, and the issuance of pertinent licenses and permits.
  • Plans, assigns, directs and reviews the work of a large staff of professional, administrative, inspectional, and clerical personnel. Plans and conducts in-service training and staff conferences.
  • Interprets, administers, and enforces public health laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations.
  • Coordinates municipal human services program activities with federal and state agencies, City agencies, community and non-profit groups, neighborhood groups, and the general public.
  • Promotes public interest in, understanding of, and recognition of the need for, community health and human services through published reports and articles, press and radio releases, and addresses to professional and lay groups.
  • Confers with responsible officials of state, federal, municipal, and community health and human services agencies to develop programs and services, and to discuss problems of community health and human services.
  • Supervises and participates in the preparation of annual office budget and report.
  • Provides advice and assistance to all municipal agencies on matters pertaining to health and human services programs.
  • Conducts regular staff meetings with health and human services staff personnel to receive periodic reports and to provide assistance on major administrative problems.
  • Performs related work as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 5-7 years of experience in public healthcare, municipal, or educational environment, or related work experience. Master’s degree in Public Health Administration, Nursing, Social Work or Education highly desirable or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

To Apply: Qualified individuals should send a resume, cover letter, and three (3) references to: Mary Callery, Human Relations Director, City of Lowell Human Relations Office, Room 19, City Hall, Lowell, Mass 01852. View full description, here

Deadline: 4:00pm  on March 3, 2016

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