Job Opportunities

The Ashland County Health Department has the following openings:

1.Health Commissioner /Health Department Administrator

Ashland County Health Department

Job Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

Be the primary representative of the department in the community and keep the public informed in regard to all matters affecting the health of the District.  Encourage all staff to collaborate with community representatives and organizations to meet the public health needs of Ashland County.

Budget, cost analysis and grant management. Prepare and manage all financial aspects of the department. Research, gather, compile data and create reports. Make reports monthly to the Board of Health, as well as periodic fiscal reports and annual reports.

Provides leadership and direction in Ashland County Health Department’s public health accreditation attainment and implementation.


Leads and manages staff and conducts annual performance evaluations of leadership team and ensures regular evaluations of all staff.


Secretary to the Board of Health - responsible for meeting agenda, annual schedule, minutes, and recommendations from the Board of Health

Oversee Human Resource responsibilities which include hiring, payroll, disciplinary action, paid leave accrual, management of ACHD personnel records.

Organize and facilitate the annual District Advisory Council meeting.

Coordinate response to public health emergencies (pandemic, health, and disease outbreaks) by working with other local, state and federal agencies along with leaders in the community.


Preferred - possess and maintain licensure in the State of Ohio as a physician, dentist, veterinarian, podiatrist, or chiropractor OR possess a master’s degree in Public Health or equivalent health related field. Required – Bachelor of Science degree in public health, another health field or business-related field. Experience within a health department is desired, but not necessary.

Experience with fiscal management and human resources necessary.



Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Please Send Resume and Cover Letter to:
 Ashland County Board of Health

Attn: HC Selection Committee
1763 St Rt 60

Ashland, Ohio 44805   or email by 4pm,  April 26, 2021



2. Ashland County Health Department has a full-time opening for a Public Health Nurse (PHN). The PHN participates in public health programs including immunizations, infectious disease control, services to children with medical handicaps, and selected grant-sponsored programs.

Hours:   Monday – Friday, 8:00-4:00.  Occasional evening and weekend hours.  This position is full time at 35.0 hours per week. 

Salary:   Commensurate with experience.  Ashland County Health Department offers a comprehensive benefit package including medical, vision and enrollment in Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, and paid time off for vacation, sick leave, holidays, and personal days.  

Essential Functions of the Position:

  • Infectious disease control and investigations
  • Pediatric and adult immunizations
  • Case management of children with chronic health issues as needed
  • Serve as a public health resource to the community
  • Independently practice within a broad scope of nursing
  • Provide support for accreditation activities

Minimum Experience/Qualifications: 

  • Qualified applicants must have a valid nursing license issued by the Ohio Board of Nursing
  • BSN preferred  
  • Prior experience in public health preferred
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and have reliable transportation
  • Must be able to provide proof of automobile insurance
  • CPR certified or may obtained after hire
  • Must successfully pass a background check
  • Must have ability to use computer applications, electronic medical records, and be proficient in MS Office products
  • Must have willingness to learn new skills, be adaptable/flexible
  • Must have excellent customer service skills, verbal and written communication skills
  • Must have excellent interpersonal relationship skills including cultural sensitivity

Please submit resume and cover letter to:

Shirley Bixby RN, BSN Director of Nursing

Ashland County Health Department

1763 State Route 60

Ashland, Ohio 44805

Resumes being taken until 5/14/2021 or until position filled.



POSITION DESCRIPTION: Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator MOST RECENT REVISION: March 8, 2021

Position Title: Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Employment Status: Full-Time Civil Service Status: Classified
Pay: Hourly/Salary per

Reports To: Health Commissioner Normal Hours: 8:00am-4:00pm FLSA Status: Not Exempt
Hourly Rate Range: negotiable

The Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coordinator is a grant funded position and is responsible for assuring all deliverables tied to the funding source are completed in a timely manner. The PHEP Coordinator will assure that all emergency preparedness plans are completed, kept current, are disseminated, and that staff are appropriately trained with regard to the plans and to appropriate NIMS capabilities to be able to execute the plans in the event of a public health emergency. The PHEP Coordinator is organizationally positioned within the Leadership and reports directly to the Health Commissioner

• Completion of a bachelor’s degree in a related field, plus previous experience in emergency response procedures and protocols, or an equivalent combination of training, education, and/or experience.
• Must have a valid State of Ohio driver’s license and remain insurable in accordance with the district’s insurance policy.

The following are examples only and are not intended to be all inclusive.
• Willingness to expand one’s knowledge base
• Willingness to participate in workforce development
• Willingness to participate in and/or lead agency-wide initiatives, including but not limited to the pursuit of national accreditation and participation in times of public health emergencies
• Willingness to assist staff and the public independent of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and/or socioeconomic status.

• Assumes responsibility for the planning and development of Ashland County Health’s Emergency Response Plan
• Assesses county needs and develops emergency response procedures
• Facilitates After Action Reporting (AAR) activities and related quality improvement plans
• Attends on-going training sessions and meetings related to emergency response
• Reviews, revises, and distributes changes to Ashland County Health’s Response Plan to the public, agencies, and officials as necessary.
• Conducts various emergency preparedness education and awareness programs for the public and community organizations (e.g., Fire Department, EMA Agency, Police Department, local businesses, etc.)
• Prepares and distributes education materials

• Receives and responds to questions and inquiries from program participants, the public, the media, etc.
• Assesses emergency response infrastructure needs under the emergency response plan (e.g., IT, computer, communication systems, protective equipment, etc.)
• Researches and evaluates vendor reliability and equipment quality
• Makes purchasing recommendations for equipment and services to be utilized in emergency response incidents
• Ensures that the proper materials and equipment is available for use in emergency response situations.
• Prepares and submits information necessary to maintain funding for health department bio- terrorism response activities
• Gathers expenditure and activity data for on-going report requirements
• Reviews information for accuracy and completeness
• Ensures that all reporting information is prepared and submitted in a timely manner.
• Assures 24/7 coverage for emergency response is available through Ashland County Health
• Demonstrates regular and predictable attendance.
• Meets all job safety requirements and all applicable OSHA safety standards that pertain to essential functions.
• Attends meetings, seminars, and conferences, and other job-related training sessions.
• Represents agency in the community.
• Responds to public health emergencies (human or natural disasters) or acts of terrorism in accordance with local, state and national response plans using the incident command system.
• Performs any and all other related duties as assigned or directed in order to promote, further, and ensure the effective and efficient operation of Ashland County Health Department.

The following are intended to guide ongoing professional development.
Analytical/Assessment Skills
• Describes factors affecting the health of a community
• Uses quantitative and qualitative data
• Describes assets and resources that can be used for improving the health of a community
• Contributes to assessments of community health status and factors influencing health in a community
Policy Development/Program Planning Skills
• Contributes to community health improvement planning
• Contributes to development of program goals and objectives
• Describes organizational strategic plan
• Gathers information that can inform options for policies, programs, and services
• Describes implications of policies, programs, and services
• Implements policies, programs, and services
• Gathers information for evaluating policies, programs, and services
• Applies strategies for continuous quality improvement
Communication Skills
• Suggests approaches for disseminating public health data and information
• Conveys data and information to professionals and the public using a variety of approaches

• Communicates information to influence behavior and improve health
• Facilitates communication among individuals, groups, and organizations
• Describes the roles of governmental public health, health care, and other partners in improving the health of a community
Cultural Competency Skills
• Describes the ways diversity may influence policies, programs, services, and the health of a community
• Recognizes the contribution of diverse perspectives in developing, implementing, and evaluating policies, programs, and services that affect the health of a community
• Addresses the diversity of individuals and populations when implementing policies, programs, and services that affect the health of a community
Community Dimensions of Practice
• Describes the programs and services provided by governmental and non-governmental organizations to improve the health of a community
• Recognizes relationships that are affecting health in a community
• Suggests relationships that may be needed to improve health in a community
• Supports relationships that improve health in a community
• Collaborates with community partners to improve health in a community
• Engages community members to improve health in a community
• Provides input for developing, implementing, evaluating, and improving policies, programs, and services
• Uses assets and resources to improve health in a community
• Informs the public about policies, programs, and resources that improve health in a community
Public Health Sciences
• Describes the scientific foundation of the field of public health
• Recognizes limitations of evidence
• Describes evidence used in developing, implementing, evaluating, and improving policies, programs, and services
Financial Planning and Management Skills
• Describes the structures, functions, and authorizations of governmental public health programs and organizations
• Describes government agencies with authority to impact the health of a community
• Adheres to organizational policies and procedures
• Contributes to development of program budgets
• Provides information for development of contracts and other agreements for programs and services
• Operates programs within budget
• Uses evaluation results to improve program and organizational performance
Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills
• Incorporates ethical standards of practice into all interactions with individuals, organizations, and communities
• Describes public health as part of a larger inter-related system of organizations that influence the health of populations at local, national, and global levels

• Describes the ways public health, health care, and other organizations can work together or individually to impact the health of a community
• Participates in professional development opportunities

The following are among the metrics that will be used to evaluate the performance of the PHEP Coordinator.
• The Emergency Operation Plan is current.
• Staff are appropriately familiar with the plan.
• Staff have the appropriate levels of NIMS / ICS training.
• Grant deliverables are submitted on or before schedule.
• Ashland County Health is appropriately integrated with other response partners in the community.

Please send resumes to: Ashland County Health Department, PHEP Selection Committee

1763 State Route 60, Ashland, Oh 44805 by May 14, 2021


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