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Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services

Open:  September 24, 2018

Close: Open until filled

Salary Range: Excepted Service 11 (ES11) $149,247 to $223,885)


This position is located in the Executive Office of the Mayor (EOM). The incumbent of this position serves as Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services (DMHHS) and is responsible for providing executive direction and administration of a wide range of complex and diverse health and human services and programs which are of high quality and responsive to individual and family needs of the citizens of the District of Columbia.

The Deputy Mayor serves in a recognized authoritative and advisory capacity to the Mayor on all matters pertaining to the District's health and human services strategies, systems and services. As Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, the incumbent has the responsibility for ensuring the implementation of programs and services through a network of line agencies, including:

  1. Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA)
  2. Department of Behavioral Health (DBH)
  3. Department on Disability Services (DDS)
  4. Department of Health (DOH)
  5. Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF)
  6. Department of Human Services (DHS)
  7. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS)
  8. District of Columbia Office on Aging (DCOA)

The District of Columbia is unique in that it provides programs and services normally associated with city, county, and state governments. The Deputy Mayor actively participates with the agency heads in the establishment of health and human services policies; in planning for the accomplishment of primary programs; providing advice concerning implications of major program decisions; and assuring coordination of overall health program planning and objectives with human services programs to assure outreach of income, medical and food assistance programs. 


Major Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Serves as the representative and spokesperson for the District's policy on health and human services. Represents the Mayor on committees, boards, agencies, civic groups, and official bodies, taking action as deemed necessary to effectively represent the District of Columbia, and to promote its interests, as it pertains to the Deputy Mayor's area of responsibility. 
  • Develops or directs the development of long-range plans for accomplishing major programs assigned to health and human services, considering such factors as District government and departmental mandates, the known wishes of the Mayor, departmental programming documents, and the constraints imposed by available resources. Develops program documents and systemized evaluation of health and human services program objectives and accomplishments to measure program achievements. 
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of plans and strategies to monitor, evaluate and assess the level and availability of health and medical services, and resources provided in the public sector and those facilities in the private sector, and assures that the services available and provided by the District of Columbia are comparable to those in the private sector both in terms of quality and cost. 
  • Assures ready accessibility to high quality human need services by all citizens and especially vulnerable populations, the disabled, theneglected andabused.  Assures effective management and cost-effective use of resources throughout those agencies associated with health and human services programs by means of final approval on key policies and decisions (resource allocation, manpower, contracts and procurement). 
  • Exercises the authority granted by state regulatory powers to set and enforce standards for quality and cost health and human services. Assures compliance of health and social programs with federal and state regulations and standards. 
  • Advocates major programs which should be initiated, curtailed, or discontinued. Determines, within established parameters, what financial and manpower resources should be allocated to assigned programs, and decides priorities and scheduling targets for major program milestones. 
  • Takes action to structure and staff the organizations; to establish delegations of authority; to prescribe internal operating policies and procedures; and to establish organizational objectives. Continually assesses the status of assigned programs and takes managerial action to provide for increased efficiency and effectiveness of operations; and to reduce costs, and to improve program coordination. 
  • Prescribes general rules and regulations intended to standardize and improve work procedures, promote better coordination of programs and policies, greater efficiency among staff, and better services to the public. Prescribes accepted standards of administrative practices to be followed; and assists the Mayor in formulating top level decisions. 
  • Keeps the Mayor advised of operating activities of subordinate agencies. Conducts fact-finding missions regarding various operating problems; and prepares analyses and evaluations, as appropriate. Based upon findings, makes recommendations to the Mayor on specific course of action to be taken; determines facts in each case and develops solution and/or alternate proposals; and assures that decisions are carried out by subordinate agency heads. 
  • Serves as a member of the Mayor's Cabinet, and as such participates to a considerable degree in the most significant Cabinet determinations. 
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the Mayor in furtherance of the Mayor's mission as Chief Executive of the District of Columbia Government. 



  • Minimum 5 – 10 years executive leadership, community affairs and public affairs experience.
  • Mastery of the mission, objectives, strategies and program goals of the health and human services agencies, in order to effectively and efficiently integrate support services with the broader objectives of the agencies. 
  • Mastery of the principles, practices and techniques of a public administration.  
  • Mastery of and experience in public relations, and promotion principles and techniques. 
  • Mastery of and skill in problem solving negotiation strategies, and project management to conduct in-depth research and analysis; and mastery of management skill and experience in planning, organizing, and directing team study work, and negotiating effectively with management to accept and implement recommendations. 
  • Mastery of a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods for the assessment and improvement of complex management processes and systems.
  • Mastery of customer services theory and practices, and business processes redesign practices. 
  • Superior oral and writing communication skills in order to develop presentations and prepare position paper; to coordinate projects with various professional and technical persons.
  • Ability to exercise judgment and discretion in devising, installing and interpreting departmental or citywide rules, regulations, policies or procedures; and to evaluate results and achievement of departmental objectives and to redirect efforts and priorities as needed. 
  • High degree of interpersonal skills to interact with a wide variety of high level officials in the District and Federal governments including, representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, members of the Council of the District of Columbia, and the general public.



There is a legal requirement that each new appointee to the Excepted and Executive Service either: (1) be domiciled in the District of Columbia at the time of appointment; or (2) establish District domicile within one hundred eighty (180) days of appointment.  The law also requires that Excepted and Executive Service employees maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment.  Failure to maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment will result in forfeiture of employment.


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