Recruitment #1912-4127-001


Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is an urban hub bursting with energy. Milwaukee provides a casual sophistication – big city appeal without the big city hassles. We are accessible and affordable, and our residents are welcoming. Milwaukee has evolved through the years, bringing together its unsurpassed old world charm with a breathtaking Art Museum, top-flight arts and cultural attractions, professional sports, lakefront festivals, recreational opportunities, and great restaurants.


The Health Strategy Director will provide leadership and expertise to advance community engagement, systems improvement, and policy strategies leading to the successful realization of the overall mission and goals of the Milwaukee Health Department (MHD). The Director works directly with department partners and clients to seek out new projects, engage the community in the department’s work, and provide expert advice. The Director serves as the department’s public health advisor for various community-level initiatives and represents the agency at community events and meetings.

Essential Functions

Strategy and Engagement

  • Lead and direct designated community teams/coalitions, coordinate all activities, staff and volunteers associated with the projects (e.g., identify issues, convene stakeholders, facilitate group planning processes, solicit community input, perform literature searches, identify best practices, and coordinate all project-related research).
  • Serve as a liaison for the department to the community and to other stakeholders.
  • Develop and implement timelines and schedules for department planning and assessment processes that assure active involvement of staff and/or community stakeholders.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of the City of Milwaukee’s Community Health Assessment, Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) and departmental strategic plan.
  • Utilize best practice methodologies in a manner consistent with national public health accreditation standards in all assessment and planning activities.
  • Oversee the administration and operations of the Health Strategy Division, which includes Public Health Strategists who advance system and policy level change to advance health equity.
  • Identify new community project opportunities that advance the mission of the MHD and address emerging community needs.

Systems Improvement and Policy

  • Manage, coordinate, evaluate and support department-wide activities that result in improvements to existing structures and systems to maximize program and administrative performance (e.g. performance management, quality improvement, strategic planning, and accreditation).
  • Facilitate change and improvement in the organization and public health practices.
  • Provide support to department divisions with identifying, developing and advancing policy interventions to improve public health including social determinants of health.
  • Provide analysis of public health policy with particular emphasis on the social determinants of health and achieving greater health equity.

Partnership and Resource Development

  • Collaborate with other public health professionals in the development of local and regional strategies to improve the health of Milwaukee and advance health equity.
  • Develop and sustain partnerships with community-based organizations and academic institutions to maximize public health impact.
  • Monitor local, state and federal grant opportunities, and evaluate proposals for alignment with the department’s mission.
  • Write proposals/grant applications to foundations, corporations and government agencies as appropriate; maintain relationships with foundation and corporate donors.
  • Collaborate internally and with other public health professionals to develop local and regional policy stances, including fact sheets, white papers, periodicals; and updates; to improve the health of Milwaukee and advance health equity.

Supervision and Project Management

  • Manage, direct and supervise multiple staff to ensure work products are of high quality and completed in a timely manner.
  • Directly supervise Health Strategy team members, including delegating assignments, providing guidance, reviewing work products, providing feedback and conducting performance evaluations.
  • Develop and implement the Department’s Community Health Improvement Plan, Strategic Plan, and Systems improvement projects, and develop relationships with community partners.

Reasonable accommodations requested by qualified individuals with disabilities will be made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

Minimum Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree in public health, public policy, public administration, health administration, urban planning or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.
  2. Five years of professional experience in public health policy or public health programming related to the essential functions outlined above.
  3. Valid driver's license at time of appointment and throughout employment.
  4. Possession of a properly insured vehicle at time of appointment and throughout employment.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may also be considered.

IMPORTANT NOTE: College transcripts are required and must be received by the application period closing date. Transcripts should be attached to your online application. Applications without transcripts attached will be considered incomplete and will be rejected. Student/unofficial copies are acceptable; however, your transcript must be legible and include your college/university name, your name, the degree completed (if applicable) and the date completed.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a related field as described above.

Knowledges, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Knowledge of public health research and evaluation.
  • Ability to operate programs within budget and contribute to the development of program budgets.
  • Ability to provide information for development of contracts and other agreements for programs and services.
  • Knowledge of performance management systems for program and organization.
  • Ability to gather information and contribute to developing options for policies, programs and services.
  • Ability to examine the feasibility and geographic implications of policies, programs and services.
  • Ability to use public health informatics to develop, implement, evaluate, and improve policies, programs and services.
  • Ability to use qualitative and quantitative data to determine the factors affecting the health of a community.
  • Ability to use performance management systems for development of contracts and other agreements for programs and services.
  • Ability to assess future consequences and trends accurately to create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports and legal documents.
  • Knowledge of mathematics and the ability to make accurate calculations relative to statistical and quantitative data.
  • Knowledge and ability to work with computer applications, including database, project management spreadsheet and word processing software. 


  • Ability to direct organizational efforts to achieve and maintain the organizational mission and vision.  
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently apply management principles related to the development and implementation of the department’s performance management system and processes.
  • Supports diverse perspectives in developing, implementing and evaluating policies, programs and services that affect the health of a community.
  • Ability to coach and mentor direct reports.
  • Ability to foster relationships with individuals and organizations to improve the health of a community.
  • Leadership, supervisory and training skills; ability to assign duties, set performance standards, provide guidance and training, monitor work in progress, evaluate performance and make hiring recommendations.
  • Knowledge and interest of current trends and best practices in the field of discipline.
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle multiple and changing priorities.


  • Ability to effectively engage and present information to top management, public groups, board of directors, media and legislative bodies.
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence and policies.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, staff and the general public.
  • Ability to convey thoughts clearly, concisely and accurately, both inside and outside the organization.
  • Ability to build and maintain good working relationships with a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary staff, the public, various City of Milwaukee Officials and other agencies.
  • Ability to work cooperatively, effectively and fairly with coworkers and citizens whose backgrounds may differ from one’s own.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to respond quickly and efficiently in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to represent the department with professionalism, honesty and integrity.
  • Highly motivated, self-directed and well organized.

Current Salary

The current salary range (1GX) $66,435-$93,010 and the resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $68,428-95,800. Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to approval.

The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program that includes the following:

  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program
  • Onsite Clinic Services
  • Onsite Employee Assistance Program
  • Alternative Work Schedules
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Paid Vacation
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Leave and other paid leaves
  • Flexible Spending Arrangement
  • Commuter Value Pass

For full details of the benefits offered by the City of Milwaukee, please visit

Selection Process

THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: education and experience evaluation; written, oral, or performance tests, or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations reserves the right to call only the most qualified candidates to oral and performance examinations. Oral examinations may include written exercises. Selection process component weights will be determined by further analysis of the job.

INITIAL FILING DATE - The examination will be held as soon as practical after Friday, February 7, 2020. Receipt of applications may be discontinued at any time after this date without prior notice. However, recruitment may continue until the needs of the City have been met. Qualified applicants will be notified of the date, time, and place of the examination. Unless otherwise required by law, the City of Milwaukee will not provide alternative test administration. The applicant is responsible for attending all phases of the job selection process at the time and place designated by the City of Milwaukee.

Additional Information

  • APPLICATIONS and further information may be accessed by visiting,
  • If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or
  • The Department of Employee Relations is located at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St., Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202


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The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.