Job Posting for The Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Associate Director, State Public Health Laboratory Institute

Title: Associate Director, State Public Health Laboratory Institute

Organization: Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Brief Summary of Position:

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking an innovative and dynamic leader who will serve as the Associate Director of the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory (MASPHL). He/she will be responsible for providing day to day oversight and supervision to the Directors of the three (3) laboratory departments: Analytical Chemistry, Molecular Diagnostics and Virology, and Microbiology. Under the general direction and guidance of the MASPHL Director, our applicant will assist in strategic planning, establishing goals, and formulating laboratory policies, procedures, and objectives in support of various health/environmental programs in the prevention of communicable disease and other public health related illnesses.  

The Associate Director has considerable latitude for independent judgment and decision-making regarding laboratory operations. To be successful in this role, candidates should possess versatile leadership and have the ability to operate strategically to ensure the most effective and appropriate policies, procedures, and processes are established and implemented. This will be achieved so that the quality, timeliness and delivery of MASPHL services are conducted safely to protect employees and the public.


Applicants must have at least (A) five years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, supervisory or managerial experience in the particular specialty (i.e. scientific, professional, or technical) and (B) of which at least two years must have been in a managerial capacity. The above entrance requirements are to be used only for positions for which educational and/or experience requirements have not been established by the General Laws. Entrance requirements established for particular positions by law must be used.

  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, procedures and techniques of laboratory operations including chemistry, microbiology, serology, mycology, parasitology, virology, environmental and other testing
  • General understanding of laboratory quality control, statistical measurements and evaluation as well as the laws, rules and regulations governing the operation of a public health laboratory
  • Critical thinking skills, using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  • Familiarity with health/safety precautions and procedures applicable to a BLS 3 laboratory
  • Basic principles of management, including budgeting and cost-allocation
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise staff including performance appraisal, employee coaching/training/development, and performance management
  • Established resourcefulness in setting priorities, proposing new ways of creating efficiencies, and guiding investment in processes and systems
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of stakeholders and communicate complex information to various audiences
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, and proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including Excel, Outlook and Word

In the context of work in a BSL-3 environment the successful candidate must understand the following:

  • All Tier 1 Staff will undergo a security risk assessment (SRA), which includes signing a confidentiality statement, and renewal every three years
  • Working conditions include potential exposure to infectious agents
  • All Tier 1 designated staff who may be exposed to Tier 1 Biological Select Agents and Toxins (BSAT) must complete OSHA Respirator Medical Evaluation
  • Questionnaire (29 CFR 1910.134 Appendix C), be evaluated and determined able to wear a respirator before working in any HSLI laboratory (Tier 1, non Tier1and non SAT) that requires a respirator
  • All Tier 1 designated staff are subject to ongoing suitability assessment to ensure compliance with federal regulations regarding Tier 1 Select Agents. Failure to pass the SRA and/ or suitability assessment required for access to Tier 1 BSAT may be laid off if no other resolution is reached


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage the daily operations of a Biosafety Level 3 (BLS-3), 24-hour public health laboratory providing leadership, guidance, operational direction, planning and coordination of services
  • Provide coaching and supervision to laboratory directors applying scientific expertise; assure all services are relevant to public health and comply with state and federal regulations
  • Develop and implement new test methodologies for high-throughput testing of human, environmental, chemical, and veterinary specimens
  • Lead the evaluation, purchase, and execution of high complexity testing equipment applying laboratory expertise in coordination with laboratory directors and operations
  • Implement strategic direction and evaluate current/new laboratory testing capabilities and capacities for testing methods and equipment required to respond to public health crisis
  • Ensure and perform chain of custody and security clearance related issues as they relate to testing performed within the MASPHL; Prepare recommended strategies and plans in consultation with local, state and federal agencies
  • Establish plans and protocols in collaboration with scientists and staff in state/federal laboratories and academia to address possible crisis scenarios and incident response procedures
  • Coordinate with the MASPHL Director and other senior laboratory staff in the implementing and maintaining laboratory standards of quality assurance/control, handling, testing and reporting
  • Engage and communicate the role of the MASPHL with clinical partners, clinical and/or diagnostic medical professional organizations, community groups and other internal/external constituents


$48,478.04 – $131,894.52 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
Bargaining Unit: M99-Managers (EXE)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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