Director, Health, Housing, and Human Services

Organization/Company Name: 
Clackamas County
Position Description: 

Clackamas County seeks an experienced, highly skilled individual with excellent leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills to lead the Department of Health, Housing, and Human Services (H3S), one of the County’s largest departments.

The mission of H3S is to provide access, coordination, healthcare, housing, and prevention services to individuals, families, and communities so they can experience inclusion, prosperity, and improved quality of life. The department is dedicated to ensuring healthy families and strong communities in Clackamas County and includes seven divisions: Behavioral Health; Community Development; Children, Family & Community Connections; Health Centers; the Housing Authority of Clackamas County; Public Health; and Social Services.

Reporting directly to the County Administrator, the Director of H3S provides department-wide executive leadership, manages organizational and operational effectiveness, develops and oversees the annual budget functions, conducts policy analysis and development, and provides leadership and support to division directors. The Director of H3S serves as a member of the county's Executive Management Team and is responsible for implementing policy direction by the Board of County Commissioners, under the operational leadership of the County Administrator.

One of the director’s key roles is establishing and maintaining positive working relationships with other government agencies and a wide range of community stakeholders. Finally, the Director is a board member of Health Share of Oregon, the state’s largest Coordinated Care Organization.



H3S has numerous and varied programs, committees, stakeholders, and funding sources creating a unique and challenging department to lead.

The Director needs a broad knowledge of health, housing and human services programs, a commitment to quality, and a participative management style.

The successful candidate will be in a high-profile position with the county. Our next director will need solid communication skills, sound judgment, and the ability to work collaboratively in a team-oriented environment. The director will need to be able to analyze complex problems and recommend solutions, as well as foster and maintain intergovernmental partnerships. Our director must have a track record of working successfully with elected officials, external committees, employee committees, union officials, employees, and local residents.

The County is seeking a director who understands the business of county government with deep expertise and experience in working effectively across multiple constituent groups.

The successful candidate will demonstrate political astuteness while remaining apolitical. They will have extensive knowledge of public policy and decision-making processes. The candidate should also be well-versed in community organization and public involvement principles.

This position demands a strong knowledge of public administration and the ability to operate in and enjoy working in a political environment.  In addition to executive management skills, experience with collective bargaining and union environments, budget and contract administration, the successful candidate will have demonstrated experience promoting an inclusive and diverse work environment.

All these traits contribute to a competitive candidate for this challenging and exciting opportunity.

Clackamas County is committed to building a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds and experience or those with lived experience to apply.

For detailed information and to apply online please visit our website.

This position will remain open until filled.  The first application review will be Thursday, July 22, 2021.  We reserve the right to close this recruitment at any time on or after that date.

Position Function: 
Position Type: 
Full Time
$ 144,646.39 - $ 195,270.65 annually (plus 6.27% deferred compensation and 6% retirement contribution)

Clackamas County proudly offers an attractive compensation and benefits package including competitive wages, annual cost-of-living adjustments, annual merit increases (for eligible positions), and a robust sick and vacation plan for regular status positions.

We encourage and support employee health and wellness by offering various benefits, including gym membership discounts, onsite fitness classes, an onsite Farmers Market, and annual wellness fairs. Our alternative care benefits allow you to customize your wellness needs to fit your lifestyle.

Attractive benefits package and incentives for full-time employees in Non-Represented Group 1 include:

Generous paid time off package, including:

16 hours per month of vacation accrual

10 paid holidays and one personal day per year

8 hours per month sick leave accrual (no limit maximum)

Employer-paid 6% PERS retirement contribution

Executive-level employees receive a county-paid contribution of 6.27% of base salary into deferred compensation (457)

A choice of Medical Plans with Vision and Prescription Drug Coverage from Kaiser or Providence

A choice of Dental Plans from Moda

Chiropractic Coverage and Alternative Care Benefit

Robust wellness programs, including gym discounts and wellness education classes

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offered through Cascade Centers

Longevity pay starting at five years of service

Required Qualifications and Experience: 

Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

A minimum of nine (9) years of relevant experience holding an executive position with a large human services, social services, housing, community development, public health, or health care organization or department.  Any relevant education that would likely provide the required knowledge and skills, may substitute for up to four (4) years of the required years of experience.

Experience with budget administration, cost analysis, and public funding sources and/or financing methods

Experience in working with elected officials/boards 

Proven track record of enhancing organizational performance through increases in operating efficiency, change management, and professional staff development

Strong strategic planning skills

Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively engage with the community 

Must pass a criminal history check which may include national or state fingerprint records check

Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment. 

2051 Kaen Road
Oregon City, OR 97045
Where Will Work Be Performed?: 
Same as the Employer Address
Application Email: 
Application Address: 
James Callahan
Clackamas County
2051 Kaen Road
Oregon City, OR 97045
Application deadline: 
Tuesday, July 27, 2021