Company: Massachusetts Department of Health

Job description:

The Director of the Injury Prevention & Control Program works closely with the Division Director and is a leader in the Division of Violence and Injury Prevention. The Program Director is responsible for the overall direction of program and policy activities, budget oversight of relevant accounts, supervision of unit staff, and extensive collaboration with key stakeholders. The Program Director manages the program’s budget, assuring that spending plans are prepared, contracts are in place, and spending is occurring according to all requirements. This responsibility includes oversight of federal grants and assuring that grant goals are met, and that spending is in compliance with federal requirements and budget approval. The Director will serve as the Department’s primary expert on unintentional injury issues and develop collaborative relationships with internal and external partners serving in leadership positions on a number of statutory bodies, and primary responsibility for convening and leading a number of key multidisciplinary injury prevention stakeholder groups.

This position has supervisory responsibilities for key professional staff and will be responsible for assessing the Unit’s work, assigning staff responsibilities, and helping staff to develop work plans to meet developing needs and priorities.

The Bureau of Community Health and Prevention and the Division of Violence and Injury Prevention 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 Unit Director will actively lead their team to apply this framework to all aspects of their work.

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

Advises the Division Director on significant and strategic policy and program opportunities, particularly those that will address disparities/health inequities.
Develops and implements intervention strategies, both programmatic and in policy, with focus areas of childhood injury, older adult falls, poison prevention, and transportation safety.
Ensures the unit meets all programmatic grant goals and requirements; leading the drafting of grant-related written materials including reports to the funding agency; and working with the IPCP’s epidemiologist to assure the appropriate evaluation of activities.
Acts as Project Investigator for the unit’s multi-component grant from the Centers for Disease Control known as the Core State Injury Prevention Program (Core SIPP).
Oversees and supports staff in fulfilling grant deliverables, carrying out activities guided by the unit strategic plan, and completing other projects as needed.
Manages contracts including those with the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Poison Center at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Provides oversight of the unit budget, including decision making regarding funding initiatives.
Develops and implements a comprehensive injury prevention strategic State plan that will guide the work of IPCP in the coming years.
Works collaboratively with other staff and initiatives within the Division of Violence and Injury Prevention

Preferred Qualifications:

Knowledge of principles and practices of public health policy and management.
Demonstrated knowledge of methods and techniques used in the collection and analysis of data and demonstrated experience in applying data analysis to injury and violence surveillance and program data sets, including the ability to analyze and determine the applicability of data (or lack of data) and to draw meaningful conclusions.
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 and how they relate to injuries.
Demonstrated ability to effectively manage numerous projects simultaneously.
Experience with budget management; contract management.
Experience supervising professional staff including helping staff to develop work plans that appropriately prioritize activities, providing critical and supportive feedback, and assisting in managing significant workloads.
Grant-writing and reporting experience.
Demonstrated knowledge of management and supervision principles and practices.
Demonstrated ability to exercise sounds judgement in politically sensitive situations.
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

Pre-Hire Process:

A tax & 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.

If you require assistance with the application/interview process and would like to request an ADA accommodation, please click on the link and complete the Reasonable Accommodation Online Request Form

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



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.


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.

Comprehensive Benefits

When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future.

Want the specifics? Explore our Employee Benefits and Rewards!

Executive Order #595: As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption.

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

The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don’t meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role.

Official Title: Program Manager V
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Boston-250 Washington Street
Job: Unclassified
Agency: Department of Public Health
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day
Job Posting: Mar 7, 2023, 9:29:48 AM
Number of Openings: 1
Salary: 75,653.45 – 116,423.94 Yearly
If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Sandra Semedo – 6173524250
Bargaining Unit: M99-Managers (EXE)
Confidential: No
Hybrid Work Eligible: Yes

Job type: Full Time

Fully remote: Hybrid

Salary range: 75,653.45 – 116,423.94 Yearly

Location: Boston, MA


Subscribe to MASSterList

Start your morning with MASSterList’s chronicle of news and informed analysis about politics, policy, media, and influence in Massachusetts. Plus, get an inside look at Beacon Hill’s hottest new job postings.