Job Posting for DPH: Assistant Commissioner and Director of Office of Population Health

Title: Assistant Commissioner and Director of Office of Population Health

Organization: Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Brief summary of the position: 

The Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking a dynamic and innovative administrator for the role of Assistant Commissioner and Director of Office of Population Health. This newly created, dual role will serve as the Assistant Commissioner for DPH and report directly to the Commissioner, as well as serving as the Director of the recently formed Office of Population Health (OPH). The applicant will fill a much needed leadership role overseeing, directing and facilitating the coordination of activities and initiatives among the offices of Population Health; Health Equity; and Data Management and Outcomes Assessment.


Leadership and Administration:

  • Serve as part of the Commissioner’s executive leadership team while providing knowledge and expertise in areas of health equity and population health; propose policy recommendations
  • Engage and communicate with DPH Bureaus and Offices, other Health and Human Services agencies, municipal, and private research and evaluation experts
  • Develop and launch effective communication strategies, grant opportunities, work flow design, and champion process improvement initiatives to build support for the mission of population health
  • Organize and align Bureau-level leadership teams throughout the agency to connect key issues, strategic advantages, and the value of data to drive and prioritize public health initiatives
  • Provide support to develop and recommend best practice approaches for Bureau and Office programs through strategic examination of statistics and outcomes
  • Foster development of staff through timely feedback and use of appropriate Human Resource policies to facilitate the ability of staff to achieve highest level of professional growth/performance
  • Establish and maintain training opportunities for continuing education in the field of population health management
  • Coordinate team meetings with all reporting staff to share information and ensure alignment within the Department
  • Develop work plans and other assessment tools to assist in team management and solicit feedback from the leadership team

Data Collection and Analytics:

  • Cultivate agency systems for data sharing and communication of policies and standards, such as a data warehouse, Cancer Registry, Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) and other internal controls
  • Analyze health and health care needs by leading and coordinating regional initiatives based on data to improve health, achieve high quality and cost effective care
  • Collaborate with the Office of Health Equity on utilizing data to define health disparities and the impacts of the social determinants of health in order to improve overall health equity
  • Collaborate with the office of Date Management and Outcomes Assessment to utilize and assemble applicable data, measureable health outcomes and indicators, and predictive analytics to inform decisions; Ascertain key areas to (re)invest resources
  • Identify and evaluate the role of population health while applying data to drive critical programming decisions, public health impact, and target resources to address health needs
  • Recommend program initiatives, modules or modifications using hotspotting tools to maximize use of resources and efforts devoted to improving health and reducing health inequities
  • Determine outcome of data to statewide strategies for performance assessment, management and overall quality improvement; Monitor metrics and analytics across the agency


  • Ability to establish credibility and be decisive; recognize and support organizational priorities;
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of population health, public health service delivery and the frameworks of health care systems within and outside of a clinical setting;
  • Demonstrated ability to engage partners and a solid understanding of the formal and informal processes of individuals and groups collaborating;
  • Capacity to develop and implement effective stakeholder strategies and to promote a culture of partnership, transparency and inclusion;
  • Exceptional management, leadership, communication, strategic planning, project management, visionary, and interpersonal skills;
  • Skilled in analyzing and succinctly articulating difficult and often complex situations in an effective manner, while presenting these complexities with an eye towards the development of strong recommendations and prescriptive conditions;
  • A strong understanding of Quality Improvement or Performance Management for use in program development and implementation;
  • Critical thinking skills, using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems;
  • Record of managing a team of professional staff including, senior level directors; Ability to lead, inspire and empower demonstrating confidence and executive presence;
  • Thoroughness, independence and excellent written and oral communication skills; and
  • Proficient usage of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

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