Job Posting for The Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Assistant Director for Policy & Research

Title: Assistant Director for Policy & Research

Organization: Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Brief Summary of Position:

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s (DPH) Bureau of Health Professions Licensure is comprised of the ten Boards of Registration and Certification, and the Drug Control Program and Prescription Monitoring Program. The Board of Registration in Nursing is seeking a detail-oriented individual to serve as the Public Health Nursing Advisor II. The selected candidate will provide consultation to the Board of Registration in Nursing and others on current and emerging trends in nursing practice, education, regulation, and medical error prevention. Moreover, the selected candidate will collect, maintain and analyze data and information for the development and implementation of regulations, evidence-based policies and outcome measures to promote public safety and plan, organize and direct work of multiple groups charged with public safety projects.


  • Preferred candidate will have achieved doctoral-level education, a Massachusetts license to practice as a Registered Nurse, of which at least four years must have been in an applied clinical or administrative capacity and previous experience in an administrative agency or in the regulatory field.
  • Advanced understanding of the principles and practices of health care professionals, including a broad knowledge of standards, standard development, and the legal aspect of health care professionals practice.
  • Effective administrative and organizational skills, with ability to manage several projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to supervise, including planning and assigning work according to the nature of the job to be accomplished, the capabilities of subordinates and available resources controlling work through periodic reviews and/or evaluations; determining subordinates training needs and providing or arranging for such training; motivating subordinates to work effectively; determining the need for disciplinary action and either recommending or initiating disciplinary action.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently review large quantities of information and to identify critical issues.
  • Ability to consistently exercise independent judgment, maintain objectivity, and be adaptable and flexible.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate in a collaborative manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate group process and enhance group outcomes.
  • Demonstrated computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Word Programs.
  • Broad awareness of current major influences on the nation’s health care delivery systems.
  • Ability to establish rapport with others, to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships, to deal tactfully with others, and to adjust to varying or changing situations to meet emergency or changing program requirements.
  • Follows written and oral instructions, and gives such instructions in a precise and understandable manner.
  • Communicates effectively in oral expression.
  • Exercises sound judgment and discretion in handling confidential information.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word programs along with data management and retrieval.

Applicants must have at least (A) four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience as a registered nurse in public health nursing or community health nursing work, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.


A Graduate degree with a major in public health nursing, community health nursing or public health may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required experience.

Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

Special Requirements: Current and valid registration as a professional Nurse under the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Designs and implements research projects as approved by Board.
  • Recommends research topics and projects relevant to Board mission and goals.
  • Performs literature searches and primary data collection from a variety of health care and regulatory resources.
  • Analyzes data and regulatory practices that impact public safety and the practice of health professionals.
  • Summarizes results of analyses and evidence-based research in formats such as charts, graphs, tables and text-based reports.
  • Communicates project findings and best practices identified to a variety of audiences.
  • Assists Board in developing public policy and innovative regulatory approaches based on evidence-based findings.
  • Supervisory duties include planning and assigning work, motivating direct reports to work effectively, controlling work through periodic reviews and/or evaluations; determining training needs and providing or arranging for such training; and determining the need for disciplinary action.


$78,729.30 – $131,374.88 Yearly

If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Engie Mota – 617-348-8471

As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve – but it’s more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:

  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium
  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans
  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs
  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance
  • Retirement Savings: State Employees’ Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan
  • 11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time
  • Tuition Remission for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities
  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options
  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs
  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

To Apply:

Please apply online here.

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