COO Profile

The Prince George’s County Health Department (PGCHD) is one of the largest Departments within Prince George’s County Government. With an annual operating budget of $95 million, the PGCHD employs over 500 people, and contracts for more than $70 million in community-based services.

The PGCHD carries out traditional and mandatory public health functions such as: health promotion and prevention; inspection of food businesses; promote improved environment quality; promote pedestrian safety; HIV prevention, disease control, chronic disease prevention, population health management, community health services,  research, and surveillance; tuberculosis (TB) prevention and treatment; emergency preparedness; and analysis of community public health data. PGCHD is supported by central administrative functions, including finance, human resources, communications, information technology, assessment and planning, and compliance.  The PGCHD is committed to providing quality health care and public health services to all Prince Georgians, regardless of immigration or insurance status.

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The Position Description

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) is an executive level position directing the operations function of the delivery of health services.  In collaboration with the Health Officer this position will ensure that the mission of the Department is carried out in accordance with the strategic plan objectives throughout the Service Areas.  The position has full line management responsibility for planning, developing, and implementing work programs, communication expectations and evaluating the achievement of established objectives, and for effectively managing human, finance, and capital resources. PGCHD is one of the largest Departments in Prince George’s County Government with over 500 employees and a $99 million annual budget.

This position will be responsible for the comprehensive planning, fiscal oversight, and successful and efficient operations of the organization’s major support divisions including: Finance and Contracts, Facilities, Human Resources, Information Technology, Assessment and Planning, Communications, Compliance, Public Health Preparedness and Safety. In addition, the COO will have secondary oversight of the divisions of Environmental Services, Family Services, Health and Wellness and Behavioral Health. This position reports to the Health Officer, and will function as Deputy Health Officer.

The successful candidate will be a seasoned leader with a robust track record in financial, fiscal and operational management in the public sector; possess outstanding executive and team leadership skills; strong presentation and public speaking skills; and the ability to foster a collaborative working environment and strategic vision that encourages innovative thinking to advance public health in Prince George’s County. In collaboration with the Department’s executive team, the position will be key in advancing the ideals the Department strives for optimizing:  health impact, equity, workforce, financial stewardship, service experience, and safety and security.

Under the direction from the Health Officer, the Chief Operating Officer performs the following duties:

  • Directs the organizational structure, policies and procedures, staff assignments, service levels, and administrative systems for the Department (i.e. Finance and Contracts, Facilities, Human Resources, Communications, Information Technology, Compliance, Public Health Preparedness and Safety, and others as assigned); required to accomplish the Department’s mission and objectives in an effective and efficient manner;
  • Directs the development, implementation, and allocation of resources for optimal organizational performance;
  • Directs the identification and analysis of opportunities for service enhancements; coordinates change management and project management for assigned functional areas;
  • Oversees Information Technology for the Department, and works with the Health Officer to execute Departmental priorities and plan for future needs;
  • Oversees the development and implementation of the Department’s capital and operational budgets; leads data-informed budget and expenditure decisions;
  • Oversees fiscal activities to ensure expenditures adhere to the approved budget; meets compliance requirements; ensures expenditures are fiscally prudent, and are in alignment with the Department’s mission and strategic priorities;
  • Oversees the development of the Department’s organization plan and capital plans;
  • Oversees Human Resources within the Department, including hiring, retention, workforce development, and issues pertaining to labor and civil service;
  • Works with the Prince George’s County Department of Human Resources to oversee the development and successful implementation of an organizational hiring plan;
  • Consults with the County’s executive staff regarding the activities of the assigned functional areas, and coordinates with other County departments in addressing service needs;
  • May represent the Department before or provide information to County Council, boards, committees and representatives from federal, state and local agencies, organizations, and the media;
  • Oversees departmental participation in centralized County service initiatives and/or multi-agency capital planning efforts;
  • Oversees departmental communications efforts and coordinates with the County media efforts;
  • Oversees analyses of legislative changes at various levels of government, as related to Department finances and other areas of oversight, and coordinates local legislation with the County Executive and County Council;
  • Oversees assessment and planning including epidemiology, accreditation, quality improvement, local health improvement coalition;
  • Oversees and coordinates Public Health Emergency Preparedness;
  • Oversees and coordinates compliance, including responses to departmental audits, and corrective action plans; chairs the Department-wide compliance committee;
  • Supervises development and implementation of policies, goals, and objectives, and ensures the enforcement of all applicable laws, ordinances, and regulations for the department, including those relating to safety of clients and employees; and
  • The Chief Operating Officer performs other related duties as assigned.


The ideal candidate will possess a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Public Administration, Public Health Administration, or  equivalent  field, plus four (4) years of supervisory or executive capacity in public agency or hospital administration, managerial experience in multiple functional areas (e.g. Finance, Contracts, Facilities, Human Resources, Information Technology, Compliance, and Safety).  An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

(1)   Knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration with particular reference to management concepts and techniques, resource allocation, and budgeting.

(2)   Knowledge of procurement, contract management, and human resource management.

(3)   Knowledge of applicable Federal, State and County laws, regulations, and policies affecting health services related issues.

(4)   Knowledge of principles and techniques of analysis, evaluation, and high-level interagency coordination, negotiations, and conflict resolution.

(5)   Skill in identifying, analyzing, and evaluating information concerning highly complex and often politically sensitive health and human services related issues.

(6)   Skill and ability to manage Department programs, set priorities, communicate expectations, anticipate problems, develop contingency plans and monitor achievement of broad programmatic goals, objectives, and quality standards.

(7)   Skill in interpersonal relations and ability to work tactfully and effectively with elected/appointed officials, union representatives, employees, supervisors and managers, and community and business organization leaders.

(8)   Ability to lead, inspire, motivate, evaluate and counsel subordinate supervisory staff and to delegate responsibility to them, as appropriate.

(9)   Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, in a clear and concise manner.

(10)   Ability to attend meetings and perform work assignments at locations outside the office


The ideal candidate will have:

  • At least 10 years of experience serving in financial and/or fiscal management.
  • Experience with large budget planning/fiscal management systems.
  • Experience working in organizations focusing on increasing equity, including equity-related outcomes.
  • Experience working in complex systems with multiple competing priorities.
  • Experience in change management methods, such as Lean.


For immediate consideration, please submit a cover letter detailing your experience and your resume to: To assist with internal sorting, please only include your name (Last, First) in the subject line. This position is open until filled.

Prince George’s County offers a competitive total compensation package. The salary for this position is $98,590 – $191,813.

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