Job Posting for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Health Equity Manager

Title: Health Equity Manager

Organization: Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Summary of Position

The Office of Health Equity (OHE) under the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking experienced and dynamic professionals with passion for equity-driven community engagement to join the Office of Health Equity (OHE) within the Office of Population Health. The OHE acknowledges the history of structural racism and its impact on health. We are dedicated to eliminating inequities and improving the quality of life in historically marginalized communities by addressing immediate health related social needs and strengthening community safety nets.  Driven by the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations across the state, OHE is standing up a new OHE Community Engagement (CE) Unit that will address COVID-19 prevention and build community resilience in the long-term. This unit is a key component of transitioning the Vaccine Equity Initiative (VEI) into sustained locations within DPH infrastructure, and it will build on the lessons learned and resources from DPH’s emergency COVID-19 response initiatives.

To advance the mission of this new unit, the Health Equity Manager is part of the leadership team and contributes to policy development and strategic planning. The Manager works closely with the OHE senior team to implement the program launch process and design roles for the Community Engagement team they will onboard and oversee. In addition, the Manager oversees daily implementation of community-based technical assistance initiatives critical to eliminating health disparities in priority communities across the state and manages program evaluation efforts to measure program success. The incumbent leads a diverse health engagement team of Health Equity Strategists and Coordinators who provide collaborative and comprehensive community engagement for seven priority populations: Black/African American, Latino, Asian American & Pacific Islander, LGBTQ+, Tribal, and Immigrant and Refugee communities.  These engagement activities include but are not limited to technical assistance and trainings for community partners, dissemination of key resources, and providing a bidirectional communication channel from the community back to DPH. People with lived experience in these communities and/or in protected classes are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Health Equity Managers are an essential part of the Office of Health Equity and the Vaccine Equity Initiative, reporting to the Deputy Director, Office of Health Equity. The Managers provide leadership to the comprehensive community-based technical assistance initiative addressing the needs of priority population communities in the COVID response and other pressing health equity priorities.

Responsibilities

Leadership & Collaboration

  • Serve as a vital member of OHE leadership team.
  • Develop and facilitate population-based working groups across DPH, including other Bureau and/or Program Managers.
  • Propose funding recommendations to OHE Deputy and Director to ensure adequate resources are available to the community engagement team to meet the needs of the priority populations.
  • Develop comprehensive resources and provide technical assistance for DPH staff, health providers, and other external organizations for integrating health equity strategies and best-practices.

Capacity Building

  • Serve as a Health Equity management expert, building infrastructure to support the enrichment and professional development of the new team.
  • Support internal and external communications planning ensuring that key stakeholders are included and well informed, including providing expertise to internal committees and workgroups.
  • Develop and implement project management strategies and workplans.
  • Identify and address evaluation and analytical needs of the community engagement initiatives, in partnership with data team members within the Office of Health Equity.

Policy Development & Design Planning

  • Provide recommendations to the OHE Deputy Director in the development and implementation of health equity-related policies, protocols, strategic plans, goals and priorities.
  • Support content and promotion of Health Equity in State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP), DPH strategic plan, diversity plan.

Staff Management and Support

  • Manage, supervise, and support staff: goal setting, professional development guidance, and conduct performance reviews.
  • Implement a staffing plan to ensure alignment of staff functions to program goals.
  • Oversee the hiring and training of new staff and provide weekly supervision.
  • Coordinate team meetings with all reporting staff to share information and ensure alignment.

Evaluation & Reporting

  • Engage with senior leaders and teams to recommend strategies and short- and long-term measures for the program.
  • Oversee ongoing data collection, analysis, and reporting as related to internal and external Dashboards as well as other data reporting and acquisition initiatives. 
  • Conduct and develop report specific to Office needs, as well as, in alignment with grant-defined goals.
  • Monitor evaluation and analytical efforts and requests to ensure Office effectiveness and monitor community outcomes.

Qualifications

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Applicants must have at least (A) five (5) years of full-time or, equivalent part-time, professional, professional internship, administrative, supervisory, or managerial experience in business administration, business management, public administration, public management, clinical administration or clinical management or (B) 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 experience.

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

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

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 5 years of professional experience, preferably managing public health projects, programs, or teams.
  • Experience implementing grants to meet budgetary and programmatic goals.
  • Master’s degree in Public Health, Public Administration, Social Work, or related field.
  • Understanding of and demonstrated experience and commitment to health, racial, and disability equity, diversity and addressing social determinants of health, including systems of oppression.
  • Working knowledge and experience addressing the social determinants of health, embedding equity into policies and procedures, and understanding the tenants of anti-racism and social justice.
  • Ability to set, communicate and evaluate expectations and priorities, using performance management and quality improvement frameworks, such as PDSA, for community engagement and racial equity.
  • Experience working in a community engagement capacity and the ability to train others in engagement best practices.
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal, ability to communicate complex business information in a clear and compelling way.
  • Ability to anticipate and prioritize urgent items and use sound judgment to respond and enlist management appropriately.
  • Leadership and training skills with an ability to coordinate and influence team members
  • Competence in resolving problems/conflicts in a diplomatic and tactful manner; exercising discretion in handling confidential information.
  • Diplomatic, solution oriented, able to effectively communicate constructive feedback.
  • Proficient usage of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams and Outlook.

Salary: 60,846.34 – 114,141.11 Yearly

To Apply

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