Job posting for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Director of Violence and Injury Prevention

Title: Director of Violence and Injury Prevention

Organization: Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Summary of Position

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking an experienced public health professional to provide strategic and visionary leadership for the Division of Violence and Injury Prevention within the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention (BCHAP).  With a staff of 18 and a total budget of over $28M, the Division of Violence and Injury Prevention (DVIP) and its programs work to prevent injuries and violence, and to promote and provide effective response systems for those impacted.  The terms “violence” and “injury” encompass a number of issues that include child and youth violence, gun violence, public health approaches to public safety, suicide and self-inflicted injury, and unintentional injuries such as drowning, suffocation, sports injuries, fire and burn injuries, motor vehicle crashes, older adult falls, and poisonings. These programs/initiatives are structured into three major units:  Injury Prevention and Control Program (focusing on unintentional injury), Suicide Prevention Unit, and the Child and Youth Violence Prevention Unit. DPH is seeking a strong leader to help coalesce, align, and synergize DVIP and DPH’s violence and injury prevention programs for a systemic approach to prevention, intervention, and healing centered approaches.

While violence and injury are significant health risks for all Massachusetts residents, they constitute the number one cause of mortality and morbidity for Massachusetts residents age 1-44. DVIP and its programs have a particular focus on those groups most affected. Strategies for preventing and responding to violence and injuries vary widely and include: changing social norms that tolerate injuries, violence and victim blaming; creating safer physical environments; positive youth development; developing and enforcing policies, best-practice guidelines, and legislation; racial equity framing and assuring cultural competency and accessibility in all programming; and conducting research and analyzing data in order to improve programs. The ideal candidate promotes creative and collaborative problem-solving to advance the charge of the Division and Bureau, possesses and operationalizes a strong racial equity lens, and works to ensure alignment with the mission and priorities of the Department of Public Health. 

BCHAP acknowledges the history of structural racism and its impact on health.  We are committed to improving the quality of life for all Commonwealth residents while eliminating the inequities that threaten the lives of communities of color who are disproportionately impacted by violence and injury, and experience worse outcomes. Structural racism also negatively effects healthy development of children and youth.  The Division Director will actively lead their team to apply this framework to all aspects of their work.

The Division Director serves as a member of the senior staff of the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention, working with colleagues and the Bureau Director to implement the Bureau’s management agenda and assist in providing strategic direction and leadership in its work. The Division Director represents and often serves as the spokesperson for the Department on commissions, coalitions, governmental task forces, policy-making bodies, advisory boards and public meetings. 

Responsibilities

Leadership & Collaboration:

  • Provides overall leadership and management to the Division including integration and coordination of DVIP activities, ensuring alignment and synergy across programs.
  • Provides vision and leadership across violence and injury prevention programs for the development of a systemic approach to prevention, intervention, post-intervention, and healing centered approaches. 
  • Leads with understanding of social determinants of health and a commitment to health equity, particularly racial equity, and racial justice.
  • Offers leadership at state and community level; Division Director will represent the Bureau Director and Deputy Director at a variety of advisory groups and other settings.

Systems Design, Program/Policy Development & Implementation:

  • Assesses, prioritizes, designs, implements, and improves high-quality comprehensive programs and policies across a continuum that includes upstream prevention, systems redesign, and direct services.
  • Fosters creative program planning to leverage resources.

Staff Development & Management:

  • Demonstrates commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Supports and empowers managers to develop strong teams, including performance appraisal, employee coaching/training/development, and performance management. Supports managers in a unionized environment.

Health Equity:

  • Provides leadership to change policies and systems to address health inequities and racial justice and insure the inclusion of a social determinants of health framework.

Qualifications

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Applicants must have at least (A) six (6) years of full-time or, equivalent part-time, professional, administrative, supervisory, or managerial experience in business administration, business management, public administration, public management, clinical administration or clinical management of which (B) at least two (2) years must have been in a project management, supervisory or managerial capacity or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and substitutions below.

Substitutions:

I. A certificate in a relevant or related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required (A) experience.

II. A Bachelor’s degree in a related field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required (A) experience.

III. A Graduate degree in a related field may be substituted for three (3) years of the required (A) experience.

IV. A Doctorate degree in a related field may be substituted for four (4) years of the required (A) experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least six (6) years relevant management experience in Public Health or related field.
  • Master’s level training in public health, public policy, health assessment or a related field.
  • At least four (4) 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.
  • Exceptional leadership and communication skills with experience establishing strong relationships and strategic partnerships with diverse internal and external constituents, stakeholders, and groups.
  • Proven record of success related to violence and injury prevention in program development, policy analysis and development, and project management. 
  • Knowledge and experience addressing several of the following public health areas: child and youth violence, gun violence, suicide and self-inflicted injury, and unintentional injuries.
  • Strong understanding of social determinants of health and a structural analysis of social determinants of health that impact individuals’ ability to be healthy.
  • General understanding of, and commitment to, health equity, including racial equity, and the role of race on health inequities.
  • Ability to promote creative and collaborative problem-solving to advance the charge of the Division and Bureau, while ensuring alignment with the mission and priorities of the Department of Public Health, EHS and the Commonwealth. 
  • Strong knowledge of the workings of state government including budgeting and legislative processes, as well as knowledge or experience with the federal funders of programs in the Division, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), among others is desirable.

Salary: 71,272.50 – 134,186.80 Yearly

To Apply

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