Job Posting for Mass Department of Public Health: Director of Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Title: Director of Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Organization: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Brief Summary of Position:

The Program Director will administer and manage all aspects of the Department of Public Health’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) and reports to the Bureau’s Deputy Director of Regulatory Programs. CLPPP has approximately 25 employees and contracts with community-based service and other agencies. The Program budget is approximately $4 Million.

Program planning and evaluation are fundamental functions of the Director. The Director coordinates with local, state and federal agencies on cross-agency activities, e.g., criminal code enforcement, deleading and lead-safe renovation policies and protocols, coordinating stakeholder groups, and convening the Governor’s Advisory Council. The Director evaluates data and available literature to develop primary lead poisoning prevention policies and activities.

The Director will be responsible for reviewing, developing, and enforcing regulations and policy in a complex environment of competing interests. The Director must ensure that all stakeholders are aware of the regulatory and policy changes and how these changes affect them, including: staff, vendors, the public and industry including property owners, realtors, bankers, the insurance industry, the medical industry, parents, local health departments and other state, local and federal agencies. The Director must also work with the department to ensure the safety of the workforce as they make home visits and comply with bargaining unit agreements.

The Department is experiencing a time of significant change; the Director should be experienced in leading an organization through a change management process and/or have knowledge of change management principles. A Master’s of Public Health or Public Administration is preferred, but not required. The ideal candidate for this position must be capable of dealing with several complex tasks simultaneously. Research and evaluation experience is an important component of the position. Sensitivity to the needs of diverse ethnic and cultural groups is essential.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Program Planning and Evaluation

  • Develop a strategic vision and staffing plan with input from Bureau Senior Leadership to ensure fulfillment of all federal and state requirements, program mandates, and Department goals.
  • Ensure regular review and improvement of standard operating procedures. Collect and analyze data, including childhood blood lead level and environmental information, to develop primary lead poisoning prevention policies and activities.
  • Ensure timely and appropriate resolution of cases and complaints.
  • Strategize and collaborate with local, state and federal agencies on cross-agency activities, e.g., Office of the Attorney General, WIC, Refugee and Immigrant Health, Office of Population Health, and Early Intervention to share data and develop policies to reduce lead poisoning.
  • Develop strategies that address health equity issues and maximize resources by prioritizing communities and populations with the greatest needs.

Personnel Management and Support

  • Provide managerial leadership to program staff that reflects Department and Bureau values and mission.
  • Oversee and support all program staff; provide objective and constructive feedback to individual staff, including staff in five separate locations.
  • Ensure staff training and professional development.
  • Recruit, train and evaluate program managers and senior staff.
  • Resolve personnel issues quickly and fairly.

Program Operations and Fiscal Management

  • Serve as a member of the Bureau leadership team.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of the staffing plan to ensure alignment of staff functions to program goals and mandates.
  • Assist with developing budgets for state appropriation, Lead Education Trust Fund revenues, and federal grants, and recommend funding and staffing to the BEH Bureau Deputy Director.
  • Prepare annual CDC grant and assist with DHCD and local community HUD lead abatement grant applications.
  • Ensure timely response to public records and media requests.

Regulation, Policy & Training

  • Develop policies, procedures, forms, and educational/training materials.
    Ensure adequate training, communication and dissemination of changes to stakeholders.
  • Oversee licensing and training for public and private sector lead inspectors.
  • Represent the Program at public events, including professional conferences and meetings; serve as primary media contact for Program-related information.

Systems Improvement

  • Lead team in designing, implementing and maintaining new database system that will be used for blood lead and environmental surveillance as well as case management activities.

Qualifications: 

  • Ability to develop and implement a strategic plan to achieve the goals and objectives.
  • Able to work in a fast-paced and evolving environment with high level of scrutiny.
  • Exceptional organizational and time-management skills.
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to build a skilled and effective team.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Analytical capability.
  • Knowledge of the principles of public health.
  • Fiscal management abilities and experience managing a union workforce.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with various stakeholder groups regarding the program’s policies and practices; these groups include professional organizations, press, public, etc.
  • Ability to write and communicate concisely, to express thoughts clearly and to develop ideas in a logical sequence.
  • Ability to coordinate the efforts of others in accomplishing work objectives.
  • Ability to maintain effective and harmonious work relationships with employees, professional groups and industry members.
  • Experience directing, managing and/or supervising multi-disciplined public health-related regulatory programs.

To Apply: 

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