Title: Public Health Nursing Advisor II, Assistant Director of School Health Services – Bureau of Community Health & Prevention
Organization: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Brief Summary of Position:
The Assistant Director of School Health Services is responsible for coordinating and facilitating program design and implementation of quality school health programs, demonstrating high standards of school health clinical practices, health education and innovative approaches to the delivery of individual, school and community-wide health services for school-age children and adolescents in Massachusetts.
The Assistant Director of School Health Services contributes to the development of programs to enhance leadership positions in school health services and works closely with local and regional public and non-public schools, community and public health officials, other Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) programs, regional consultants, health insurance providers, health providers, including mental health providers, and other state agencies such as the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, MassHealth, Departments of Mental Health, Children and Families, etc., in designing programs, policies and reimbursement strategies for school health services across the Commonwealth. The Assistant Director provides assistance in implementing strategies to reduce racial inequities and health disparities, and to link school health services with other formal health care providers.
Please note: possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator’s license and access to a vehicle is required for travel, which could be 25% of time for travel to school districts, training programs, regional and statewide meetings as assigned and needed.
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Develops strategies to assure the delivery of quality, evidence-based school health services in public and private schools across the Commonwealth.
- Provides consultation and technical assistance to school administrators, school nurses, health care providers, parents and others regarding comprehensive, coordinated school health services, including federal and state laws, statutes, regulations, scope and standards of nursing practice, and the implementation of prevention-based health education programs.
- Assumes a major role in the review, monitoring and evaluation (by site visits, regional meetings and other means) of MDPH grants and contracts specific to school health programs – school health programs, regional consultation programs, school health educational institute, etc. – to ensure compliance with the grant requirements and budgetary restrictions.
- Plans, implements and presents continuing professional development programs for school nurses and other school health personnel. These will include all programs related to the delivery of quality school health service programs, such as medication administration, physical screenings, mental health and substance abuse concerns, etc.
- Provides consultation and review of school nursing services including medication administration and applications for registration of delegation programs for medication administration in schools and other programs related to the safe delivery of medication in schools.
- Provides training and consultation and ensure evidence-based practices in the area of state-mandated screening programs for vision, hearing, postural, BMI, substance abuse, and others as determined by need.
- Identifies areas for evaluation, research and data collection for school health services in collaboration with the MDPH Office of Statistics and Evaluation, the School Health Evaluation Committee, and other local and state agencies to ensure quality data collection, analysis and surveillance.
- Provides consultation and assistance for continuous quality improvement projects as well as research related to advance the specialty of school health programs
- Participates in the ongoing continued development of school health electronic records, data collection and analysis per state regulations governing privacy and confidentiality of health information.
- Participates in statewide emergency planning initiatives, including pandemic planning.
- Provides consultation to other MDPH programs, state agencies and school systems related to special projects and funding for school health delivery programs.
- Provides consultation to school personnel on individual or group services for children with special health care needs in collaboration with MDPH supported specialists (e.g., MASSTART) and other clinical specialists.
- Confers with professional and civic groups, health care providers, school administrators and school health service personnel to analyze factors that affect the health status of school-age children and adolescents.
- Assists in policy development, including development of regulations that impact the delivery of school health services
- A Master’s degree in nursing, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) license (or eligible for licensure) as a school nurse.
- Ability to demonstrates strong leadership skills and professionalism in all areas related to implementation of job responsibilities, including presentation, public speaking and writing skills.
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First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.