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

Title: Deputy Director

Organization: Massachusetts Department of Public Health

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 Department seeks an experienced, strategic, and visionary public health leader to join the senior leadership team of the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention (BCHAP) as Deputy Director of Healthy Youth and Violence & Injury Prevention. The Deputy Director advances the mission and goals of the Bureau by leading initiatives to address social determinants of health and programs related to the health of children and youth, and prevention of and response to interpersonal and community violence. This role also provides strategic focus, planning, development, and systems improvements needed to enhance the mission and performance for the whole Bureau as part of the team leadership structure. The qualified candidate will possess the professional, leadership 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 position oversees a budget of over $200M with 90 employees. The ideal candidate promotes creative and collaborative problem-solving to advance the charge of the 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, have less access to services, and experience worse outcomes. Structural racism also negatively effects healthy development of children and youth, as well as reproductive health. The Deputy Director will actively lead their team to apply this framework to all aspects of their work.


Policy and Program Planning & Evaluation

  • Provide strategic leadership and guidance on related policies and practices consistent with the priorities of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the Department, and the Bureau.
  • Interpret and ensure DPH policies and procedures are appropriately followed.
  • Advise the Bureau Director on significant/strategic policy and program planning initiatives.
  • Contribute to Bureau-wide systems planning to include asset mapping and needs assessment.
  • Establish relationships with partners to identify opportunities for collaborative effort to meet similar goals and visions.
  • Guide strategic planning on programs goals and objectives and provide leadership to Bureau-wide planning and goal-setting efforts.
  • Provide direction and communicate impacts and successes to decision makers and stakeholders.

Leadership, Collaboration and Staff Development

  • Provide advice and guidance to Bureau Director, Associate Commissioner, Deputy Bureau Director for Prevention & Wellness, Deputy Bureau Director for Operations and COO on policies and procedures and participate as part of the Senior Operations Team for the Department.
  • Lead with understanding of social determinants of health and a commitment to health equity, particularly racial equity, and racial justice.
  • Oversee recruitment and hiring of staff and ensure new staff are oriented to policies and procedures.
  • Partner with managers to oversee development of program budgets and coordinate their work with A&F Unit to ensure all budget-related issues are appropriately addressed.
  • Ensure compliance with grant requirements.
  • Provide staff opportunities for professional development to broaden skills in leadership as well as personnel and fiscal management.

Partnership Building and Consumer Relations

  • Serve as Department’s representative on state and federal advisory boards, committees, task forces, and commissions to provide content expertise in relative to the scope of programs.
  • Create and maintain effective working relationships with key public health stakeholders such as Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy, Jane Doe, Office of the Child Advocate, and other groups.
  • Facilitate collaborative planning among Division staff and across Divisions and work towards integrating activities to accomplish common goals.
  • Ensure appropriate internal and external formal requests and reports are prepared in a timely basis.
  • Oversee consumer requests are ensure that they are responded to in a timely manner.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum of seven (7) years relevant work experience in Public Health or related field (at least 3 in management).
  • Minimum five (5) years’ 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.
  • Master’s level training in public health, public policy, health assessment or a related field.
  • Ability to assess, prioritize, design, implement and improve high-quality comprehensive programs and policies with a racial justice lens across a continuum that includes upstream prevention, systems redesign, and direct services.
  • Capacity to foster creative program planning to leverage resources and partnerships.
  • Proven record of success in building and supporting health equity focused program development, policy analysis and development, and project management.
  • Demonstrated ability in supervising senior staff as well as commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Capacity to support and empower managers to develop strong teams, including performance appraisal, employee coaching/training/development, supporting managers in union environment and performance management.
  • Ability to lead system and operational improvements to improve effectiveness and efficiency of operations and teams.
  • Skilled in providing leadership to influence internal and external policies and systems to address health inequities and racial justice and ensure the inclusion of a social determinants of health framework.
  • Demonstrated understanding of social determinants of health and a structural analysis of the impact of race and racism on social determinants of health and individuals’ ability to be healthy.
  • 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.
  • Leadership and communication skills with experience establishing strong relationships and strategic partnerships with diverse internal and external colleagues, stakeholders, and groups.
  • Ability to demonstrate leadership at state and national level (candidate will represent the Commissioner as well as the Bureau Director at a variety of advisory groups and other settings).
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Teams, and Word.

Salary: 96,597.00 – 149,277.39 Yearly

To Apply

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