Job Posting for John Snow Incorporated: Technical Advisor – DPH’s Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund

Title: Technical Advisor

Organization: John Snow Incorporated for MDPH’s Wellness and Prevention Trust Fund

Brief Summary of Position:

JSI Research & Training Institute (JSI) seeks a full‐time consultant through June 2017 (contingent on funding extensions) to deliver services to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH)’s Prevention & Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF). JSI seeks highly motivated and dynamic individuals to assist MDPH in implementing an innovative health and wellness initiative. This first‐in‐the‐nation effort is part of a $60 million fund created by the Legislature and administered by the MDPH to help fight chronic illness and improve health outcomes on the community level while reducing health care costs.

The Technical Advisor role serves as the primary contact to guide and assist the funded programs in reaching their intervention goals over the next two years. The Technical Advisor will be one of three Advisors that are part of the PWTF TA team and will report to the Technical Assistance Team Manager.

There are three Technical Advisor positions open.

Responsibilities:

  • Partnership Support:
    • Serves as primary point of contact for at least three PWTF funded partnerships;
    • Provides oversight and technical assistance to partnerships on work plan and budget development, implementation, amendment and monitoring in collaboration with PWTF fiscal and evaluation teams;
    • Provides ongoing monitoring and assessment of partnerships’ implementation status to ensure benchmarks and other program requirements are met;
    • Conduct site visits with partnership staff, as needed;
    • Provides technical assistance to teams on implementation to meet benchmarks and refer them to relevant resources, as needed;
    • Supports efforts to sustain the local work of the partnerships and aids them in their communication efforts.
  •  Liaison to Condition‐Specific Learning Collaboratives:
    • Serves as the liaison to one health condition‐specific learning collaborative (falls, tobacco, or hypertension);
    • Provides assistance to at least one health condition‐specific learning collaborative related to development of tools and trainings to meet participant needs;
    • Collaborates with other condition‐specific learning collaborative leaders to ensure consistency and facilitate shared learning among the four collaboratives;
    • Identifies successes achieved and develops methods for disseminating them to other partnerships;
    • Identifies barriers to effective implementation of evidence‐based interventions and develops strategies to overcome barriers;
    • Engage with condition‐specific subject matter experts, as needed.
  •  General
    • Collaborate with other PWTF team members (Program Manager, TATeam Manager, Operations Coordinator, Evaluation team, e‐referral team, communications specialists, and administrative support staff) and condition‐specific collaborative leads to ensure program alignment and streamlined and consistent communication with partnerships;
    • Provide input to overarching program strategic planning and implementation;
    • Participates in national, regional and state meetings as requested;
    • Participates in program planning, report writing, and represents PWTF on various committees;
    • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: 

  • Exceptional project management skills and ability to be effective in a fast‐paced environment.
  • Background and/or experience in public health or other health environment.
  • Understanding of community partnerships.
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changes as the program/staffing evolves.
  • Exceptional communication skills and the ability to work with challenging people to build relationships while providing feedback.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with persons from a wide range of professional and educational backgrounds.
  • Ability to manage complex projects.
  • Ability to work with both programmatic and fiscal information.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize numerous ongoing projects.
  • Graduate degree in public health, community health or related field, preferred.
  • Knowledge or experience with one or more of the following priority clinical conditions (hypertension, elder falls, and tobacco) is preferred.
  • Understanding of the principles of Quality Improvement is preferred.

For more information about the PWTF, click here.

For more information about JSI Research and Training Institute, click here.

To apply:  Send resume and cover letter to: pwtfadvisor@jsi.com