Recruitment #2402-4054-001


As a member of the Commissioner of Health’s executive team, the Deputy Commissioner of Clinical Services is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Commissioner of Health.




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The Position 

The Deputy Commissioner of Clinical Services is responsible for all clinical and patient care functions of the Milwaukee Health Department (MHD).

The Department

Since 1867, the City of Milwaukee Health Department has served the residents of the City of Milwaukee, seeking to improve and protect the health of all who live, work and play within the City. One hundred and fifty years later, the MHD remains steadfast in this mission. As the largest local health department in the state of Wisconsin, the MHD serves nearly 600,000 residents through direct services, evidence-based programs, partnerships, and policy development.

The MHD has an annual budget of approximately $14 M (a total of $50M when including grants and other funding sources) and a multidisciplinary team of over 300 public health employees across four branches: Community Health, Environmental Health, Clinical Services, and Policy, Innovation and Equity.

For more information about the Milwaukee Health Department, please visit

Essential Functions

 Program Leadership       

  • Provide oversight of clinical programming and administration to the laboratories, sexual and reproductive health, immunizations, tuberculosis control and communicable disease programs.
  • Develop and maintain professional relationships with the local and state medical community; collect and provide pertinent clinical and public health information.
  • Serve as a liaison with the broader Milwaukee community on clinical and public health issues.
  • Serve as a liaison to various local, state, regional public health, medical and academic groups.
  • Collaborate with the management team in the formulation of public health policy and scope of service; provide leadership relative to community assessment and policy development at multiple levels (i.e., local, state and federal).
  • Provide guidance to other MHD programs, including maternal child health, laboratory services, environmental health, and communicable disease, surveillance, case management, reporting, and epidemiological investigations.
  • Develop and oversee contracts and subcontracts, including negotiating terms, drafting documents, authorizing payments and monitoring performance of contractors and subcontractors.       
  • Lead innovative approaches for improvement in public health practices and clinical services.
  • Direct research activities, including analyses of service impact on target populations, data collection, comparative analysis of various interventions, and ongoing surveillance of community health indicators, such as infant mortality, teen pregnancy and adolescent suicide rates.  
  • Evaluate, plan and develop standards for data collection and program measurement to inform program planning and budget preparation.      

Staff Management and Administration        

  • Hire, train, support, supervise and evaluate staff responsible for programs within clinical services.       
  • Help establish professional development programs for clinical health staff and policies, procedures and equitable performance standards, in collaboration with the Public Health Nursing Director and human resources.          
  • Approve student and intern program placement within the Clinical Services Branch.  
  • Participate as a member of the senior management team, working with, and advising, the Commissioner of Health.  

Community Leadership        

  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with other city departments, state and federal regulatory and funding agencies, medical providers, community-based organizations, advocacy agencies, and academic institutions to coordinate and consult on comprehensive city-wide efforts.         
  • Participate in community planning concerning health and social welfare.         
  • Act as spokesperson for all community health programs to the media as assigned. Represent the MHD and Clinical Services Branch programs at Common Council meetings.    
Grant Writing and Program Development        

  • Develop a mission-driven strategy for grant funding, areas of expansion and vision for the future.
  • Identify and research corporate, foundation, and governmental sources of funding for community health activities.        
  • Champion grant opportunities within the organization, and play a lead role in writing the grants, developing the budgets, and building new or existing projects through those grants.

We welcome qualified individuals with disabilities who are interested in employment and will make reasonable accommodations during the hiring process in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

Conditions of Employment

  • The incumbent must be willing and able to work outside standard business hours to respond to emergencies and to represent the department.
  • The preplacement medical requirements for this title include:
    • Physical
    • Audiogram
    • Vision
    • TB Test; annually throughout employment
    • Hep B Vaccine
    • Covid 19 Vaccine Confirmation
    • MMR Vaccine
    • Varicella Vaccine

Minimum Requirements

  1. Qualified to serve as the local health officer (Level III), as established by Wis. Stat. § 251.06 (1) (c).  Accordingly, qualified candidates must meet one of the following requirements:

A.    A master’s degree in public health, public administration, health administration or, as defined in rules promulgated by the department, a similar field and three years of experience in a full−time administrative position in either a public health agency or public health work.

B.     A bachelor’s degree and 16 graduate semester credits towards a master’s degree in public health, public administration, health administration or, as defined in rules promulgated by the department, a similar field and five years of experience in a full−time administrative position in either a public health agency or public health work.

C.     A license to practice medicine and surgery under Ch. 448 and at least one of the following:

i. Three years of experience in a full−time administrative position in either a public health agency or public health work.

ii. Eligibility for certification by the American board of preventive medicine in public health or general preventive medicine.

iii. A master’s degree in public health, public administration, health administration or, as defined in rules promulgated by the department, a similar field.

iv. Notwithstanding pars. (i) to (iii), relevant education, training, instruction, or other experience that an applicant obtained in connection with military service, as defined in s. 111.32 (12g), counts toward satisfying the requirements for education, training, instruction, or other experience to qualify as a public health officer if the applicant demonstrates to the satisfaction of the department that the education, training, instruction, or other experience that the applicant obtained in connection with their military service is substantially equivalent to the education, training, instruction, or other experience that is required to qualify as a public health officer.

 2. Five years of progressively responsible experience in a clinical or public health setting, including program planning, policy development, community health assessment or administration, and management of staff.

3. Valid driver's license at time of appointment and throughout employment. Private Auto Allowance May Be Paid Pursuant to Section 350-183 of The Milwaukee Code.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may also be considered.

NOTICE: Please do not attach your academic transcripts to your application materials. The hiring department will verify candidates’ education as part of the background screening process prior to extending any job offers.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in public policy, public health or a related field from an accredited college or university. 
  • Certified Public Health Professional.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Knowledge of clinical aspects of public health issues that span all ages, multiple disciplines, and population served, including screening, risk assessment, risk reduction messaging, and chelation therapy of childhood lead poisoning.
  • Knowledge of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations for infant through adults.
  • Knowledge of the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) treatment guidelines for sexually transmitted infections.
  • Knowledge of screening and treatment for latent and active tuberculosis.
  • Knowledge of individual and population level drivers of pre-term birth and infant death.
  • Knowledge of the day-to-day logistics of health care service delivery and how that impacts the ability of clinicians and health care systems to implement recommendations of public health officials.    
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply health equity concepts and the social determinants of health to develop strategies to improve public health and set public health priorities.
  • Knowledge of grant application and monitoring practices.
  • Ability to formulate policies related to community health issues using prevention focused public health practice and applicable federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Ability to translate policy decisions into organizational and community programs and services.
Strategic Management/Organizational Leadership

  • Ability to lead and support community health assessments and community health improvement planning.
  • Ability to assess the organizational assets, resources and opportunities and to develop new organizational structures, systems and metrics that support accountability and efficiency in the delivery of public health.
  • Ability to maintain and oversee data management systems related to the evaluation of outcomes, expenditures and revenues.
  • Ability to make decisions and recommendations to further the public health of the community that are based upon research and known mitigation strategies.
  • Ability to identify and interpret emerging trends in public health and to provide information, analysis and interpretation to stakeholders and community partners. 
  • Ability to develop and implement strategic public health policies through effective delegation, persuasion and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to develop and implement performance management strategies and measures and to facilitate assessment and planning in order to promote individual staff accomplishments toward objectives, teamwork and organizational change.
  • Honesty, integrity, the ability to maintain confidentiality and responsible stewardship of City resources.


  • Strong communication, public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Written communication skills to craft policies and procedures, reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to effectively communicate medical and public health information to the variety of partners, including medical and public health professionals, elected officials, the media and the general public.

Relationship Building

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relationships with diverse stakeholders, including elected officials, representatives of City departments, community organizations and residents.
  • Ability to engage key partners in collaborative ventures, to develop partnering strategies and to develop strategic plans that involve the input and engagement of stakeholders.
  • Ability to ensure that the MHD has mechanisms for obtaining feedback and input from persons with diverse backgrounds and to ensure the consideration of the role of cultural, social and behavioral factors and in the accessibility, availability, acceptability and delivery of public health services.

Current Salary

The current salary range (1OX) is $117,464-$164,446 annually, and the resident incentive salary for City of Milwaukee residents is $120,988-$169,379 annually.  Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to approval.  

NOTE: Subject to Common Council and Mayoral approval, effective April 24, 2024, the new salary range (1PX) will be $125,201-$175,275 annually and the resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents will be $128,957-$180,533 annually. 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
  • Paid Parental Leave 
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program        
  • Onsite Clinic Services       
  • Onsite Employee Assistance Program       
  • Alternative Work Schedules        
  • Long Term Disability Insurance     
  • Group Life Insurance     
  • Tuition Benefits      
  • Paid Vacation        
  • 12 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

Screening for this position will be based on an evaluation of each applicant’s education, experience, and professional accomplishments, which should be detailed in a cover letter and resume.

  • Please email a cover letter and resume by: 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2024 to:
  • Please indicate “Deputy Commissioner of Clinical Services” in the subject line.  
  • Questions relative to the selection process may be directed to Lindsey O’Connor at 414.286.6406 OR

The City of Milwaukee reserves the right to invite only the most qualified applicants to participate in the selection process.

INITIAL FILING DATE: The selection process will be conducted as soon as practical after the deadline listed above. Receipt of application materials 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. The applicant is responsible for attending all phases of the selection process at the time and place designated by the City of Milwaukee.


EEO 101

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