Job Posting for Boston Public Health Commission: Director of Healthy Start Systems

Title: Director of Healthy Start Systems

Program: Child, Adolescent and Family Health Bureau

Organization: Boston Public Health Commission

Location: Finland Building, 774 Albany St, Boston 

Hours: 35 hours M-F, nights and weekends as required 

Brief Summary of Position

The Healthy Start Systems Division Director provides leadership and management oversight for overall implementation of two major and several smaller programs that support the health of pregnant and parenting young families in Boston. The Division has approximately 35 staff and an annual $5 million budget.

  • The Boston Healthy Start Initiative (BHSI), funded through a $1 million/year HRSA grant, aims to decrease the infant mortality rate for Black infants and support other improved birth outcomes. BHSI provides family partner services in contracted partnership with 5 prenatal sites and convenes the Community Action Network (CAN), a coalition of clients, residents and health professionals that works on broader systems change to support healthy birth outcomes.
  • Healthy Baby Healthy Child is a city-funded home visiting program including registered nurses, paraprofessional public health advocates and mental health clinicians who provide skilled nursing, education, case management, and resource coordination to pregnant women and parenting young families.
  • The Division also includes the Welcome Family Program funded by MA Department of Public Health, Healthy Start in Housing, the Father Friendly Initiative, and the BPHC Food Pantry.


  • Assure high-quality program operations. Develop, implement and monitor operational, workflow and data collection processes and procedures in collaboration with program managers.
  • Provide regular direction, support, supervision, and performance evaluation for program managers. Manage and assure timely hiring and supervision of staff. Recommend management and personnel decisions for promotion, transfer, assignment, and discipline of staff.
  • Work closely with Bureau Administrator to develop and monitor Division budgets and expenditures and to assure compliance with grant requirements and reporting. Oversee procurement, contract development and management.
  • Assure Division compliance with all BPHC policies and procedures, including for operations, personnel and fiscal processes. Develop policies and procedures to assure ongoing quality improvement efforts at both Division and program levels.
  • Work with the CAFH Bureau Director, BPHC Medical Director, staff and community stakeholders to set overall program direction. Lead planning and evaluation to assure that Division programs are relevant, effective, efficient, and based on evidence-based practices. Monitor local, state and national health data and resources to assure up-to-date knowledge of emerging issues and trends in maternal and infant health.
  • Collaborate with Bureau Director, Intergovernmental Affairs and other BPHC staff to guide policy development and advocacy around relevant issues. Contributes to city and state strategic initiatives for eliminating inequities in maternal and child health outcomes and supporting family health.
  • Works in a confidential capacity. Operates independently. Uses independent judgment and discretion to make decisions affecting the department and staff as it relates to unit operations/services and BPHC policy. Perform other duties as required.


  • Master’s degree in public health, nursing, social work, public administration, or related field and eight (8) years’ experience of increasingly responsible leadership in a relevant field required; OR Bachelor’s degree and 12 years of increasingly responsible leadership in a relevant field may be substituted; OR 16 years of increasingly responsible leadership in a relevant field.
  • Five (5) years’ experience supervising staff, preferably in a professional multi-disciplinary team setting, with preference for experience in a unionized workplace.
  • Experience managing health service programs within urban communities, particularly with racially, ethnically and culturally diverse populations.
  • Excellent leadership abilities, including team building and collaboration skills.
  • Knowledge of pregnancy, maternal, and infant outcomes and their risk factors strongly preferred.
  • Understanding of the role of racism and other social determinants in inequitable health outcomes.
  • Demonstrated commitment to addressing health equity.
  • Excellent writing, public speaking and analytical skills.
  • Ability to design and manage complex programs.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse community and other stakeholder groups.
  • Ability to interpret and apply public health data, including statistical and qualitative data, for needs assessment, program development, evaluation and community education purposes.
  • Ability to develop, monitor, and manage program budgets.
  • Ability to develop program implementation plans and timelines and to meet deadlines.
  • Familiarity with Boston neighborhoods and organizations a plus.
  • Available for out-of-state travel one or two times annually, as required by the funding agency.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Strongly prefer experience with federal grant management.

Additional Requirements

City of Boston Residency Required, A Criminal Offenders Records Information request must be completed for this position. However, a record is not an automatic bar to employment but is reviewed in relation to the job applied for., Any position that requires an advanced degree will be subject to education verification, The Boston Public Health Commission is an EEO Employer and all applicants meeting the minimum requirements are eligible to apply

To Apply

To apply, go to and search for Requisition #1026.