Job Posting for Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Deputy Director for Healthy Youth and Violence & Injury Prevention

TitleDeputy Director for Healthy Youth and Violence & Injury Prevention

Organization: Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Brief Summary of Position:

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking a dynamic and experienced public health professional dedicated to improving the lives of Massachusetts residents. The Deputy Director of Healthy Youth and Violence & Injury Prevention is a new position for an experienced, strategic, and visionary public health leader to join the senior leadership team of the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention. The Deputy Director advances the mission and goals of the Bureau by managing programs related to Injury and Violence Prevention & Services, Sexual Health, Adolescent Health & Youth Development, and School Health which includes strategic planning and advocacy for program needs in Bureau planning and goal-setting. The qualified candidate will possess the professional and managerial experience to lead the Bureau’s work in these areas, as well as the interpersonal and communication skills needed to support all staff in providing high quality, effective and efficient services. The ideal candidate promotes creative and collaborative problem-solving to advance the charge of the Bureau, while ensuring alignment with the mission and priorities of the Department of Public Health.

Duties & Responsibilities: The Deputy Bureau Director is responsible for leading work in the following areas:

  • Sexual & Domestic Violence Prevention & Services
  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program
  • Child and Youth Violence Prevention
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Unintentional Injury Prevention
  • Sexual & Reproductive Health
  • School Health
  • School-Based Health Centers
  • Adolescent Health & Youth Development

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Applicants that have 7 years relevant work experience in Public Health or related field (at least 3 in management).
  • Master’s level training in public health, public policy, health assessment or a related field, preferred.
  • Prefer candidates with at least 5 years of experience directing the planning, implementation, coordination, administration, monitoring and evaluation of a comprehensive health program or major initiative, with full responsibility for managing staff, resources and activities.
  • Knowledge and experience addressing several of the public health areas listed above.
  • Ability and experience to analyze policy recommendations and propose changes consistent with the public health role and mission as well as to develop and implement policy strategies.
  • Experience managing diverse staff.
  • An understanding of social determinants of health and a structural analysis of social determinants of health that impact individuals’ ability to be healthy, including race and racism.

Leadership & Collaboration: 

  • Leadership and communication skills with experience establishing strong relationships and strategic partnerships with diverse internal and external constituents, stakeholders, and groups.
  • Ability to demonstrate leadership at state and national level; deputy director will represent the Commissioner as well as the Bureau Director at a variety of advisory groups and other settings.

Systems Design, Program/Policy Development & Implementation:

  • Ability to assess, prioritize, design, implement and improve high-quality comprehensive programs and policies across a continuum that includes upstream prevention, systems redesign, and direct services.
  • Foster creative program planning to leverage resources.
  • Proven record of success in program development, policy analysis and development, and project management.

Staff Development & Management:

  • Demonstrated ability in supervising senior staff as well as commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Ability to support and empower managers to develop strong teams, including performance appraisal, employee coaching/training/development, supporting managers in union environment and performance management.

Health Equity:

  • General understanding of and commitment to health equity, including racial equity, and addressing social determinants of health.
  • Ability to provide leadership to change policies and systems to address health inequities and racial justice and insure the inclusion of a social determinants of health framework.

To Apply: 

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