Job Posting for The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH): Director, Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition

Title: Director, Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition

Organization: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Brief Summary of Position:

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking an experienced, dynamic, and strategic public health leader to oversee all administrative, programmatic, and operational needs for the Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition while ensuring alignment with the mission, goals and priorities of the Commissioner.  Through various funding sources, including state and federal grant mandates, the Bureau is charged with improving the health and well-being of women, infants, children and families in order to determine the health of the next generation and predict future public health challenges for families, communities, and the health care system.

As a member of the Commissioner’s senior management team, the Bureau Director is involved in strategic planning processes and advocates for the needs of the department as they relate to planning and goal setting.

About the Department of Public Health:

The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth. We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities.

Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Leadership & Collaboration
    • Advise the Commissioner’s senior team in deciding strategic, policy, program, legislative and political issues and prepare statewide position papers on the same.
    • Recommend program priorities, policies and strategies for the Bureau in alignment with Department goals.
    • As part of the Commissioner’s leadership team, represent the Bureau and the agency at meetings with a variety of stakeholders, interested parties, coalitions and public forums
    • Collaborate and communicate with EOHHS agencies, state and federal agencies, institutions and the general public.

    Systems Design, Program Development & Implementation

    • Design and implement program planning across the entire Bureau.
    • Establish policy setting processes; establish standards, program evaluation, performance management, quality improvement and surveillance processes.
    • Communicate priority program objectives; review and approve goals—prioritize annual program plans; implementation of management controls and coordination of program tracking and evaluation efforts.
    • Communicate and coordinate with other bureau directors to promote integration and maximum impact of all the department’s programs, across bureau and divisional boundaries.

    Staff Development & Management

    • Supervise and guide the Deputy Director and five (5) program directors/managers; conduct performance evaluations.
    • Provide general oversight of approximately 88 staff and directly supervise 5 program directors/managers.
    • Coordinate team meetings, mentor agency staff, foster and facilitate the ability to achieve highest level of professional growth, performance and career advancement.  
    • Develop effective communication tools and feedback mechanisms to provide support, motivation and feedback to leadership team; coordinate team meetings with all reporting staff to share information and ensure alignment.

    Finance & Vendor Management                                                                                             

    • Provide oversight, guidance and approval in the use and distribution of all funds, including: 14 Federal grants, plus portions of the MCH Block Grant; 3 state accounts, and 2 large ISAs.
    • Promote program improvement, innovation, and integration both within the Bureau and with appropriate programs within the Department.
    • Review and approves submission of accurate and timely reporting of program status to all major federal funders. 
    • Approve budgets (approx. $193 million) and review spending recommendations from the Deputy and Division leaders.
    • Ensure program directors are managing complex vendor contracts consistent with agency procedures including being the payer of last resort.

    Quality Improvement, Evaluation & Reporting

    • Ensure compliance with program measurement, monitoring and reporting requirements for Title V legislation, which directs States to conduct a comprehensive, state-wide maternal and child health needs assessment every five years to identify preventive and primary care service needs for pregnant women, mothers, infants, children, and children with special health care needs.
    • Develop at least one related evidence-based or –informed strategy measures to assess and demonstrate the impact of its State Title V strategies on the National Performance Measures.
    • Increase efforts that advance data collection and data analysis capacity to examine differences in access/quality/outcomes.

    Health Equity

    • Develop performance measures to track disparity patterns among populations served by HRSA and use the information for program development and/or improvement.
    • Develop strategies to assess and promote health equity, wellness, and reduce disparities.
    • Target investments and technical assistance toward communities and organizations that address the needs of vulnerable populations, and promote quality improvement activities that advance health equity.
    • Champion training initiatives and other activities that enhance staff competency in providing culturally and linguistically appropriate support to program staff. Ability to provide leadership to change policies/systems to address health disparities and racial justice.



Applicants must have at least (A) seven (7) years of full-time or, equivalent part-time, professional, administrative, supervisory, or managerial experience in business administration, business management, public administration, public management, clinical administration or clinical management of which (B) at least three (3) years must have been in a managerial capacity.

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