Position Available: Public Health Workforce Development Director – Region 1
This position is available through our temporary staffing agency, NC Alliance for Public Health Agencies. It is time-limited through June 30, 2024, with opportunity for extension as funds are available.
Location: Remote-work position
Some travel required on occasion as needed to complete required duties
Salary Range: $70,645 - $109,499
Salary based on qualifications and experience.
Hours: The hours for this position are generally 40 hours per week between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm; however, given the nature of this critical response effort, may require evening and weekend work
Closing Date: Open until filled
Job Description: This position will serve as the lead project manager for the American Rescue Plan Public Health Workforce initiative for public health workforce development with special focus on COVID-19 prevention and response in the context of building foundational capabilities in public health including assessment/surveillance, emergency preparedness/response, policy development and support, community partnership development, communications, organizational administrative competencies, and accountability/performance management.
This position is regional and will serve local public health departments in Region 1 which include: Transylvania, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain, Graham, Clay, Cherokee counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The position will collaborate closely with public health leaders and staff across the region to assess, plan, and execute action steps needed to carry out the vision of the region for improved foundation for public health actions, including COVID-19.
Nature of Work:
• This position will report to the Local Health Director of Transylvania County, the Region 1 Lead agency for the ARPA Public Health Workforce Initiative. Work will occur in a complex government structure engaging with the Regional Leadership Team on a regular basis.
• This position is one of 10 regional positions state-wide, who will form a community of practice to share ideas and learnings across regions.
• This role is responsible for supervising regional activities related to the ARPA Public Health Workforce Initiative. This requires working with colleagues at the local, regional, and state levels, as well as community partners, building consensus around priorities and goals, leading planning processes, and managing timelines and deliverables related to the Initiative, all while navigating a
complex institutional environment. The right candidate will be a leader, responsive and reliable team member, supportive colleague, excellent communicator, and clever problem solver. Supervision of staff and/or contract management is a key part of the work and will be dependent on the Region’s determined workplan.
• Clearly understand and articulate the goals and priorities of the ARPA Public Health Workforce Initiative to internal and external stakeholders withing the region.
• Represent the region’s ARPA Public Health Workforce Initiative leadership team as necessary in meetings or convenings.
• Ensure that the priorities of the CDC’s ARPA PH Workforce funding stream, COVID-19 recover, workforce strengthening and diversification, and health equity are embedded in regional planning and activities related to the grant.
• Ensure that grant-related planning and activities are aligned with the long-term goals of strengthening the foundations of public health (guided by the Foundational Public Health Services framework development by PHNCI)
Planning and administration
• Serve as the primary administrator for activities related to the ARPA Public Health Workforce Initiative in your region. This includes leading / facilitating planning and decision-making processes, with all LHDs in the region, related to how the region’s grant allocation will be spent, developing of the Regional ARPA Public Health Workforce Initiative Workplan, operationalizing all components of Workplan.
• Develop and manage RFA processes for services in compliance will local, state, and federal fiscal guidance
• Lead development of Regional Workplan for the ARPA Public Health Workforce Initiative. This Workplan will include the following components:
1. Budget (work and engage with the Transylvania Public Health Business Office in the management of a $1 M budget)
2. Hiring and Recruitment Plan
3. Training Plan
4. Regional Coordination Plan
Collaboration and partnership development
• Work with other regional programs (such as opioids and tobacco) and regional consultants to create a full map of regionally-organized resources and responsibility.
• Identify opportunities for collaboration and resource-sharing to increase efficiency and effectiveness of regional work.
• Support and build community partnerships at the regional level and identify linkages that can be helpful to local health departments with regard to COVID-19 response and recovery as well as building a stronger and more diverse public health workforce.
• Interact with NC DHHS Regional Liaison to ensure effective collaboration at the state and regional levels
Monitoring and reporting
• Fulfill state contract (Agreement Addenda) reporting requirements related to region’s allocation of the ARPA Public Health Workforce Grant, including monthly financial reports and quarterly programmatic reports, using SmartSheet
• Track spending and work proactively with Regional Leadership Team to manage challenges that arise with Region’s grant allocation ensuring it has maximum positive impact on strengthening the Region’s public health system
• Develop and measure progress against performance measures within Regional workplan (to include performance metrics related to Recruiting and Hiring, Training, and Regional Coordination)
• Work with Regional Leadership Team to troubleshoot and adjust course as necessary, in response to data yielded by performance monitoring
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• Knowledge of and experience in public health and executing work using foundational capabilities of public health
• Ability to apply effective leadership and management skills to complex needs
• Ability to effectively communicate across sectors, and collaborate to achieve shared goals and objectives
• Ability to manage priorities effectively
• Ability to effectively budget, track expenses and revenues using analytics and data resource tools provided
• Ability to organize and plan formal training programs
• Ability to manage, anticipate, recognize and respond to complex situations to include conflict resolution, decision-making and prioritizing
• Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, external partners, and the public
Minimum Training Requirements and Experience:
• Bachelor’s degree is required, master’s degree is preferred in public health or other relevant field of study
• The ideal candidate will have at least 3-5 years of experience of increasing levels of responsibility within a government agency, nonprofit organization or business, including experience representing their organization, initiative, or department in interactions with internal and external stakeholders