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Assistant Commissioner of Health Systems


Working Title: Assistant Commissioner of Health Systems 

Job Class: Assistant Commissioner Health 

Agency: Health Department 

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers Date Posted: 01/07/2023 

Closing Date: 02/06/2023 

Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) 

Division/Unit: Executive Office / Assistant Commissioner of Health Systems 

Work Shift/Work Hours: 8:00AM - 4:30PM 

Days of Work: Monday - Friday 

Travel Required: Yes-up to 25% 

Salary Range: $52.57 - $75.21 / hourly; $109,766 - $157,038 / annually 

Classified Status: Unclassified 

Bargaining Unit/Union: 220 - Managerial Plan 

FLSA Status: Exempt - Executive 

Telework Eligible: Yes 

Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities: No 


Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans. The work you’ll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota. 


Job Summary 

As a leader in the Minnesota Department of Health, the Assistant Commissioner of Health Systems manages and directs the operations of this bureau, which includes oversight of the Health Policy and Health Regulation divisions and the Office of Medical Cannabis. This requires a mission-driven, experienced individual who will embrace the vision and guidance for the agency and administration-wide policy initiatives. Responsibilities include, though are not limited to: 


Provide managerial and administrative direction to bureau division directors and other staff to implement agency programs, align activities with strategic priorities, ensure a positive work culture with maximum efficiency of operations and effective use of resources. Cultivate and promote an inclusive work environment for all with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusivity. Leads Bureau in efforts to identify and implement strategies that improve public health systems. Counsel and advise the Commissioner on bureau related issues to support executive decisions that are aligned with MDH goals and objectives. Facilitate and oversee health equity efforts within the reporting divisions. Facilitate cross-divisional and interagency work to ensure collaboration occurs within the department of health and between state agencies. Design and direct the development of legislative proposals and initiatives and coordinate legislative activities within the bureau, including testifying before legislative hearings. Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with external stakeholders so that mutual needs and concerns are met. Participate in MDH management as a member of the agency’s leadership team to develop a performance management strategy and strategic direction for the agency. Effectively managing staff working in a hybrid environment. 




Minimum Qualifications 

Previous professional experience must demonstrate: Qualified applicants will be reviewed by hiring manager on an ongoing basis until posting closes. 


Experience managing a statewide, regional, or national health program, including health care delivery and payment systems, and health equity strategies Ability to articulate programs and policies of the administration to varied clientele both within and outside the department, including experience drafting new legislation, policy, procedures, and rules. Thorough knowledge of the theory and practice of public and business administration and the practical uses of strategic planning Expert skill in negotiation; conflict resolution; strategic, short range and project planning; time management; cost-benefit assessment; technical and program evaluation; written and oral communications; and budgeting. Leadership and delegation skills to effect desired changes within the organization. Technical expert knowledge sufficient to plan, organize, direct, implement and explain complex programs and practices. This includes broad knowledge of human services issues, delivery systems, funding mechanisms and roles and authorities of federal, state and local government. 


Preferred Qualifications 


Five (5) years managerial experience, managing major health programs and operations, including strategic planning and directing the work of managers and professional staff. Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Public Health, Public Administration, Health Care Administration, Public Policy, Epidemiology, Microbiology, Medicine, Nursing, or a closely related public health field Experience responding to media requests, public meetings, orally or in writing and be skilled at-risk communication, with the ability to respond nimbly during interviews, public meetings and other spontaneous 


Additional Requirements 


This position requires successful completion of a background check. 


Application Details How to Apply Applicants must apply to the MN Careers website Job ID 61733. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email For additional information about the application process, go to


If you have questions about the position, contact Ann Ward at or 651-201-4650. If you are an individual with a disability and need an accommodation for an interview, you may contact the Department of Health ADA Coordinator at


About Health Department


Come work for one of the best public health systems in the nation and you will contribute to our mission to protect, maintain, and improve the health of all Minnesotans. We are working hard to achieve our vision for health equity in Minnesota, where all communities are thriving and all people have what they need to be healthy. 


Why Work for Us 


Diverse Workforce We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota. 


A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found: 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency’s mission 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule 


Comprehensive Benefits 


Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include: 


Public pension plan 

Training and professional development 

Paid vacation and sick leave 

11 paid holidays each year Paid parental leave 

Low-cost medical and dental coverage 

Prescription drug coverage 

Vision coverage 

Wellness programs and resources 

Employer paid life insurance 

Short-term and long-term disability 

Health care spending and savings accounts 

Dependent care spending account Tax-deferred compensation 

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 

Tuition reimbursement 

Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota. 




Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply. 


We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email and indicate what assistance is needed. 

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