Job Posting for Town of Watertown: Director of Public Health

TitleDirector of Public Health, Public Health Department

Organization: Town of Watertown

Brief Summary of Position:

The City known as the Town of Watertown (population 33,849) seeks a highly qualified, skilled professional to join the management team as the Director of Public Health. Working under the administrative direction of the Town Manager and the policy direction of the Board of Health, the Director of Public Health performs a variety of leadership, supervisory, administrative and technical work in the supervision, coordination, implementation and planning of the town’s public, wellness and environmental health services. The successful candidate is responsible for the overall administration of the department and supervising department personnel ensuring compliance with the mandates of federal, state and local ordinances, regulations and Board of Health policies.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Prepares the department budget; assesses community public health needs to determine program development, implements health and education programs; oversees staff activities; directs and instructs staff on schedules, methods, standards of performance, rules and regulations, safety precautions and other matters. Supervises community health programs, wellness programs, and environmental health programs; reviews inspection reports to ensure compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations; acts as hearing officer on sanitary code violations, assists with preparation of court documents. Conducts research, prepares and provides documentation for Board of Health meetings. Coordinates and meets with environmental, community health and administrative staff; meets with federal, state and local public health officials. Knowledge of federal, state and local public health regulations; working knowledge of environmental and public health issues and current inspection and control procedures.


Master’s Degree in public health, environmental health, or a related field; five years of experience in public health administration; personnel and budget administration experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Must possess, or be able to obtain, certification as a Registered Sanitarian and/or a Certified Health Officer in Massachusetts within twelve months of appointment.

To Apply: 

A Town of Watertown application form is available at under Job Posting. An application with cover letter and resume is accepted by email;, fax 1-617-923-8195 or at the Personnel Office, 149 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

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