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Austin, TX (Pop. 950,700) Exciting opportunity to join a high performing, collaborative executive team dedicated to the provision of state-of-the-art public health services in one of the most dynamic cities in the country! The City of Austin is a world class city and is seeking a progressive, visionary medical doctor/public health professional to serve as the Medical Director for Austin Public Health and Health Authority for Austin and Travis County.

The City of Austin understands that relocation may be difficult at this time. The City will be flexible with respect to relocation.


This vibrant and dynamic city tops many lists for business, entertainment, and quality of life. One of the country’s most popular, high-profile “green” and culturally rich cities, Austin was recently selected the number one Best Place to Live in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report). In 2016, Forbes named Austin the city most likely to prosper over the next decade on their America’s Cities of the Future list, and the City of Austin ranked in the top ten on the Forbes list of America’s Best Employers for 2017.

The Medical Director/Health Authority reports to the Director of Austin Public Health and, by statute, is responsible for clinical oversight of medically related services rendered by more than 300 licensed health department professionals. Please note the following about this highly responsible position:

  • The Medical Director/Health Authority must possess knowledge of public health preparedness and response and will collaborate with internal and external partners on current and emerging public health issues, ensuring that the Greater Austin area is prepared, protected, and informed on important public health matters. Partners include the Travis County Medical Society, neighboring county health authorities, public safety leaders, elected and appointed leaders in the City of Austin and Travis County and partners at the local and regional medical schools. This position is a key member of the City’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness efforts.
  • The Medical Director/Health Authority must possess well developed communication skills and provide leadership in advising local physicians and the medical community on communicable diseases and other public health concerns. The Medical Director/Health Authority is the face of all public health issues and must present an informed and trusting presence in the media.
  • The Medical Director/Health Authority ensures that all medically related activities in the department are performed in accordance with the applicable license, regulatory, and accreditation standards, including consistent quality assurance standards.
  • The Medical Director/Health Authority must be an ethical, collaborative servant leader who is skilled at building relationships and energized by working cross functionally with the City of Austin and a diverse, multi-cultural group of internal and external stakeholders. The Medical Director must possess and exhibit cultural competency and cultural humility and be committed to developing and maintaining the public’s trust.

Candidates must be licensed to practice medicine in Texas and hold a current Department of Public Safety registration certificate for controlled substances. Candidates must have graduated with a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from a college or university accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and possess a board-certified specialty. Candidates will ideally possess a master’s degree in Public Health or related field and are expected to have six years’ experience in public health or related field, of which four years were in a progressively responsible supervisory/management/leadership capacity.

The annual salary range for the Medical Director/Health Authority is $185,000 – $195,000 +/- DOQ. Placement within the approved salary range will be dependent upon career experience and qualifications. This position is considered open until filled. To ensure consideration, candidates should apply at once. To apply, candidates must submit a comprehensive resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to Interested candidates should apply early in the process for optimum consideration. Candidates may contact the recruiter, Heidi Voorhees, President of GovHRUSA at

This recruitment incorporates existing rules and regulations that govern public sector recruitments in the State of Texas. In accordance with public disclosure/open record laws, information submitted for consideration may be made available to the public upon request by interested parties.

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