Job Posting for Mass Department of Public Health: Medical Director, Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences

Title: Medical Director, Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences

Organization: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Brief Summary of Position:

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking a dynamic and innovative leader who will serve as the Medical Director (Chief of Service) of the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences (BIDLS).  He/she will provide clinical leadership to BIDLS, epidemiologic input to the State Epidemiologist, and consultation to other DPH departments, local health departments, and governmental agencies. The Medical Director provides clinical supervision and medical guidance in disease recognition, investigation and control, as well as interpretation and application of policies and procedures. The incumbent serves as an educational resource for professional and lay audiences while formulating disease prevention policies with intra-departmental and inter-departmental working groups and professional organizations.

The Medical Director contributes to the success of BIDLS by integrating performance improvement initiatives together with regulatory requirements, while supporting all goals and objectives. Modern management, planning, administrative skills and experience, including the ability to be flexible and available when needed, are a hallmark of this role.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide medical oversight, clinical supervision and serve as a clinical reference for the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences (BIDLS).
  • Develop and implement departmental goals, plans, and standards consistent with the clinical, administrative, legal, and ethical requirements/objectives of BIDLS.
  • Evaluate current procedures for adequacy of diagnosis, treatment, and epidemiologic investigation; oversee clinical activities and advise on epidemiologic matters.
  • Respond to infectious disease emergencies on a 24/7 basis as needed or required.
  • Analyze, review, and draft monographs, reports, and articles for publication in professional journals, textbooks and oversee production of public notifications, clinical advisories, and internal communications.
  • Prepare and deliver medical in-services, grand rounds, and lectures on infectious disease threats in hospitals, schools, and other institutions.
  • Serve as medical liaison with other governmental and professional groups, DPH bureaus, and a variety of local and state organizations.
  • Interpret general laws/regulations regarding infectious diseases of concern and advise health professionals and the general public on these issues.
  • Advise public information efforts around critical infectious disease issues and represent the Department when communicating to media.
  • Plan and monitor staffing activities, including hiring, evaluating, disciplinary actions, and continuing education initiatives; Create and foster an environment that encourages professional growth.
  • Engage and communicate the role of the BIDLS with clinical partners, medical professionals, organizations, community groups and other internal/external stakeholders.


  • Knowledge of diagnostic and treatment methods used in the field of medicine relative to the care of the physically ill as well as pharmacology/utilization of pharmaceutical and biological agents for the prevention or treatment of infection.
  • Capacity to adjust to changing situations to meet emergency or changing program requirements.
  • Proficient in medical research methods and techniques with the ability to diagnose, classify and treat physical disease and injuries.
  • General understanding of the factors, trends and problems in providing medical care services and emergency services under extreme circumstances.
  • Critical thinking skills, using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Ability to interpret documents such as patient profiles, medication orders, medical records, and X-rays and other diagnostic reports.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise staff including performance appraisal, employee coaching/training/development, and performance management.
  • Skilled in planning and conducting training/instruction in medical related matters to physicians.
  • 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, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word.

To Apply: 

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