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CAREER OPPORTUNITY: Bureau Director, Bureau of Community Health & Prevention (Massachusetts DPH)

Thursday, May 24, 2018   (0 Comments)

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking an experienced, strategic, and visionary public health leader to join the DPH senior management team as the Director for the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention. The Bureau Director advances the mission and goals of the Bureau by managing all programmatic, policy, and operational functions; this includes strategic planning and advocacy for Bureau needs in Agency planning and goal-setting. The qualified candidate will possess the professional and managerial experience to lead the Bureau, 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.  

Bureau of Community Health and Prevention (BCHAP) Overview

BCHAP is responsible for a wide range of prevention activities that promote the health, safety, and well-being of all the people in Massachusetts. Utilizing a social determinants of health framework that recognizes the majority of our health is created outside of the healthcare setting, BCHAP’s programs and policies support individuals, communities, and organizations in four main areas: 1. chronic disease prevention and wellness, 2. violence and injury prevention and services, 3. access to quality health services, and 4. data analytics and outcomes assessment of disease and injury. BCHAP has a particular commitment to promoting equity in programs, policies, and services, and the Bureau approaches its equity work by leading with racial justice. BCHAP has 175 staff and a budget over $120 million, approximately two thirds of which is from state appropriations and a third from federal and trust accounts; the Bureau is responsible for approximately 700 contracts.

Overarching Areas of Responsibility & Preferred Skills:

The Bureau Director is responsible for leading work in the following areas:

  • Chronic disease prevention
  • Wellness & health promotion
  • Tobacco control and prevention
  • Oral health
  • Rural health
  • School health
  • Occupational health
  • Healthcare workforce
  • Sexual & domestic violence prevention & services
  • Child and youth violence prevention
  • Suicide prevention
  • Unintentional injury prevention
  • Sexual & reproductive health
  • Adolescent health & youth development
  • Health systems transformation

Department Leadership & Collaboration: Exceptional 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; director will represent the Commissioner as well as the Bureau 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, 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.

Quality Improvement, Evaluation & Reporting: Ability to interpret data as part of program design and quality improvement efforts, with a particular focus on prioritizing communities at greatest risk, aligning prevention and intervention strategies, establishing quality standards, results tracking, and evaluating outcomes.

Finance, Personnel & Operations Management: Experience working with large and complex budgets, maximizing resources and the ability to direct and oversee administrative functions, including finance, human resources, and IT services. 

About the Department of Public Health:

The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth. We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance use disorders, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities.

DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific diseases and conditions and offer services to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We also develop, implement, promote, and enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor health status and manage vital records including births, marriages and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work closely with local boards of health and community partners to identify and solve public health problems.

Total Compensation:

As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:

  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium 
  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans 
  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs 
  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance 
  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan 
  • 11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time 
  • Tuition Remission for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities 
  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options 
  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs 
  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities 
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Pre-Hire Process:

A background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Human Resources Division prior to the candidate being hired. Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines. Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website. For questions, please contact Health Human Resources at 1-800-850-6968.



Applicants must have at least (A) seven (7) 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 three (3) years must have been in a managerial capacity.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.  Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Please apply at MassCareers: 

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