Director, Office of Community Health Workers

  • Full Time
  • Boston

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Director, Office of Community Health Workers – (2100075J)

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), Bureau of Community Health and Prevention, Office of Community Health Workers, is seeking a dynamic and self-motivated professional to provide strategic vision and leadership as the Director of the Office of Community Health Workers (OCHWs). The Director of OCHWs provides content expertise on advancement of the CHW workforce, including supporting implementation of Massachusetts CHW certification, and provides overall leadership on efforts within DPH to promote the CHW workforce, through both program and policy initiatives. These include convening key internal and external stakeholders, including sister agencies like MassHealth, to build consensus and provide technical assistance on these and other critical markers in the advancement of the CHW profession. The Director will supervise a team of staff and oversee vendors who provide services and ensure completion of deliverables for a variety of grant funded programs.

The OCHWs team acknowledges the history and persistence of structural racism in the United States and its impact on health, including on chronic disease outcomes. The Director will provide a structural analysis of systemic and historical racism and the resulting health inequities and apply this lens to the work of the OCHWs. Success in this work will rely on applying a structural analysis of systemic and historical racism and the resulting health inequities to the work of the Office, tailoring Office activities to this analysis, and supporting reporting staff in also applying this analysis.

Duties and Responsibilities (these are a general summary and not all inclusive):

Oversee planning and implementation of CHW policy and program initiatives, including CHW certification efforts.
Maintain up-to-date knowledge regarding all public health issues related to CHWs with a particular focus on sustainable financing and effective CHW integration into teams.
Staff the Board of Certification for Community Health Workers and coordinate Certification support efforts within DPH (e.g., Bureau of Health Professions Licensure) and with sister agencies (e.g., MassHealth). Collaborate with Board Chair to inform development of agendas and ensure clear communication of Board decisions back to the workforce and key stakeholders.
Oversee strategic planning for the Office and coordinate with chronic disease plan efforts in the Division and Bureau.
Partner with sister agencies, such as MassHealth, and other internal and external partners to coordinate development of the CHW workforce including training, supervision, financing, and other workforce initiatives and policy decisions.
Collaborate with staff in the Office of Statistics and Evaluation to conduct workforce surveillance and evaluate impact of planned activities.
Support the Office in applying a structural analysis of systemic and historical racism and the resulting health inequities to the work of the Office, tailoring Office activities to this analysis.
Maintain and strengthen relationships with counterparts at other state health departments to support regional/national synergy.
Oversee compilation of all required progress reports, memoranda, etc. for funders, reviewing for completeness, accuracy, and content.
Supervise staff; complete annual EPRS in collaboration with staff and provide ongoing feedback in regular meetings.
Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated experience with the CHW workforce, CHW certification, and the evolving role of CHWs in healthcare delivery.
Demonstrated commitment/passion for implementing and fostering racial equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice into program planning and practice while addressing other social determinants of health.
Proven leadership, communication, strategic planning, visionary, interpersonal skills and collaboration including confidence and ability to effectively engage stakeholders in challenging and/or deadline-oriented situations.
Guidance and leadership to staff and internal and external partners to ensure they have a clear understanding of the integrative approach and how their work can enhance, and be enhanced by, the CHW workforce.
Minimum two years of experience working as a Community Health Worker in behavioral health, chronic disease, or a related field.
Strong understanding of social determinants of health and a commitment to health equity, particularly racial equity.
Demonstrated experience with the CHW workforce, CHW certification, and the evolving role of CHWs in healthcare delivery.
Demonstrated ability to supervise staff.
About the Department of Public Health:

The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) 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 abuse, 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.

More information can be found at: MA Department of Public Health​

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
12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time
Tuition Benefit 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 criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori

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 regarding this requisition, please contact the Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1-800- 510-4122 Ext. #2

 

Qualifications
MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:

 

Applicants must have at least (A) four (4) 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. An Associate’s degree in a related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience.

 

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

 

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

 

V. A Doctorate degree in a related field may be substituted for the required experience.

 

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

Official Title: Program Manager IV
Primary Location
: United States-Massachusetts-Boston-250 Washington Street
Job
: Unclassified
Agency
: Department of Public Health
Schedule
: Full-time
Shift
: Day
Job Posting
: Aug 26, 2021, 2:12:50 PM
Number of Openings
: 1
Salary
: 35,247.68 – 105,498.74 Yearly
If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Kevin Lovaincy – 6179095085
Bargaining Unit: M99-Managers (EXE)
Confidential: No

To apply for this job please visit massanf.taleo.net.