Job Posting for the City of Worcester Health and Human Services: Deputy Commissioner

Title: Deputy Commissioner

Organization: City of Worcester Health and Human Services

Summary of Position

The City of Worcester seeks qualified applicants for the position of Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Health and Human Services. Under the supervision of the Health and Human Services Commissioner, the position will oversee and coordinate the daily operations of the Health & Human Services (HHS) Department which includes the Divisions of Human Rights, Elder Services, Public Health, Youth Opportunities, and Veteran’s Services. Responsibilities will include administration of the operating budget, grant management, contract execution, personnel matters, and the establishment and implementation of policies and standard operating procedures in accordance with local ordinances and regulations. The position will work in collaboration with the Commissioner, set strategic direction for the Department as a whole, provide resources and support to HHS Division Heads in achieving the vision of the HHS Department. Additional duties will include workforce development, performance management, and accountability plans for the Department. The Deputy Commissioner will identify and implement best practices to improve the overall health of the community, build community partnerships, and participate as a strong voice for working toward health equity and racial justice.

Bilingual and multilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the Division operations and services provided as well as municipal budgetary procedures and applicable local ordinances, State and Federal laws and regulations
  • Knowledge of potential grant sources of funding and contract management in support of division operations
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of health and racial equity
  • Commitment to anti-racism policies and practices
  • Budgetary preparation and oversight of complex Division financials
  • Excellent research and data processing skills and ability to prepare clear and concise reports
  • Policy development and implementation Ability to work with community coalitions
  • Understanding of municipal government as it relates to policy, budgets and supporting boards and commissions.
  • Ability to read and interpret and apply Federal, State, and local laws and ordinances
  • Ability to interact effectively with members of the public, local officials, and other department personnel
  • Ability to work independently, exercise good judgment and make sound decisions
  • Ability to think critically and problem solve
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse populations, organizations, and interests
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to conduct research, prepare grant applications, and to prepare detailed, accurate reports
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously in a detailed and organized manner in a fast-paced environment

Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, Business/Public Administration, or related field
  • Three (3) years of related work experience in public or a related field: OR
    • An equivalent combination of education, education, training and five (5) years of related work experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the required duties of the position will be considered in lieu of the above-mentioned requirements.
  • Prior employee supervisory experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience in working with diverse communities

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, Business/Public Administration, or Law Degree
  • Six (6) years of related work experience in public health field or administrative discipline
  • Three (3) years of prior employee supervisory experience
  • Experience with project management
  • Experience with health and racial equity work in the community
  • Experience with working effectively with the public and community members in a diverse and urban environment
  • Experience with community development and relationship building with community organizations and partners in a diverse and urban environment
  • Experience with creating and maintaining annual operating budget
  • Experience with grant administration and management

Salary Range: $85,500 – $131,572

To Apply

To apply, please visit: or send resume and cover letter to: City of Worcester, 455 Main Street, Room 109, Worcester, MA 01608. Preference is given to Worcester residents. The City of Worcester is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Direct inquiries to: City Hall, Human Resources, Room 109, 508-799-1030,

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