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Director, Office of Health Equity
Department of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts
Date Posted 01/24/2022
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Director, Office of Health Equity

Full Job Description

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking an experienced, highly motivated and equity-centered public health professional to lead the development and continuous improvement of health equity initiatives at DPH, with the goal of embedding health equity practices into everyday work. As a key member of the DPH senior leadership team, the Director collaborates with a wide-range of internal and external stakeholders to reduce structural barriers to health stemming from unjust social, economic, and structural circumstances that disproportionately affect racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse communities, people with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity, people of all gender identities and sexual orientations and other individuals served by DPH-administered health care and human services (priority populations). The Director will use evidence-based health equity principles and practices, with an emphasis on the equitable collection and reporting of data and community-informed community engagement, to influence systemic change. The incumbent reports directly to the Assistant Commissioner/Director of the Office of Population Health (OPH).

The Director will lead staff of the Department in understanding, promoting and integrating health equity principles, policies and practices in DPH program planning, implementation, and evaluation. The incumbent builds and manages relationships with leaders from DPH bureaus, offices, divisions/units, state agencies, healthcare providers, social services agencies, and community leaders to advance health equity as an essential function of the Department.

Health equity means everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. To achieve this, barriers to health must be removed — such as poverty, discrimination, and deep power imbalances. We must also remove their consequences, including lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care. DPH is deliberately and intentionally centering equity in public health work and embedding equity in public health program planning, implementation, and evaluation. Recognizing structural racism and other forms of oppression as a public health issue, DPH’s equity models, approaches, and tools allow staff to raise awareness of inequities, act, and create solutions to address inequities. By addressing these inequities, health outcomes will improve measurably across the Commonwealth.

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

Leadership & Policy Development

  • Manages key initiatives across the entire Department in collaboration with bureau and office leadership, to support the integration of strategies that address inequitable health outcomes for priority populations.
  • Serves as Principle Investigator for nearly $20 million dollar CDC Health Disparities Grant which is part of national initiative to address COVID-19 health disparities among populations at high-risk and underserved, including racial and ethnic minority populations and rural communities.
  • Collaborates closely with the other offices and divisions of the Office of Population Health to develop and align approaches to health equity practice.
  • Provides leadership for state and federally funded initiatives addressing health equity.
  • Proposes policy recommendations and processes for implementation and measuring outcomes.
  • Provides leadership for DPH COVID-19 Health Equity Advisory Group (HEAG) and the Interagency Health Equity Team (IHET).

Strategic Planning, Data Analysis & Policy Implementation

  • Engages DPH bureaus and offices, Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) agencies, municipal leaders, community residents, academic partners, researchers, and evaluation experts to identify, contextualize and interpret sound data to measure and monitor health inequities.
  • Leads the Department in health equity monitoring and improvement initiatives that are designed to reduce or eliminate racial, ethnic, and linguistic disparities.
  • Monitors and assesses DPH functions and capacity to ensure health equity for individuals across the state, including efforts to address health inequities across multiple program models and public health risks affecting priority populations.
  • Provides and coordinates training that addresses cultural humility, race, ethnicity, language, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and the social determinants of health.
  • Monitors the availability of interpreter services and other measures that increase access to services and care.
  • Provides subject matter expertise to guide ongoing development, implementation and evaluation of the Racial Equity Data Road Map

Outreach & Support for Community-Based Organizations

  • Oversees the development, establishment and operations of a Community Engagement unit within the Office of Health Equity to support the Vaccine Equity Initiative and other COVID-related prevention and mitigation efforts with an emphasis on priority populations including BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, people who are immigrants and/or refugees, indigenous communities, and people with disabilities.
  • Coordinates Department-wide efforts to promote health equity by strengthening the capacity among community-based service providers, through ongoing performance monitoring and engagement to ensure sustainability across provider systems and strengthening of community-based care delivery.
  • Models transparent and open communication that centers discussions around the experience of residents; demonstrate relationship building skills and ability to listen to and take direction from the priority population.

Staff Management and Support

  • Leads and oversees day-to-day operations of the Office of Health Equity (OHE) and office initiatives
  • Provides direct supervision to four OHE staff members
  • Oversees the hiring and training of new staff, develops effective communication tools and feedback mechanisms to provide support, motivation, feedback, and evaluation to team.
  • Develops work plans and other tools to assist in team management and solicit feedback from the leadership team.
  • Organizes team meetings and facilitates the ability to achieve highest level of professional growth, performance, and career advancement.
  • Assesses and prioritizes resources in OHE to accomplish OHE goals and objectives.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Exceptional leadership and communication skills with experience establishing strong working relationships and strategic partnerships with diverse internal and external constituents, stakeholders, and groups.
  • Visionary, results-oriented, collaborative relationship builder.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of management including planning, organizing, directing, motivating, controlling, and decision making in public health initiatives
  • Experience in service delivery to communities of color, people experiencing homelessness or housing instability, people with disabilities and people who identify as LGBTQIA+.
  • Ability to provide leadership to change policies and practices 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 commitment to health equity, particularly racial equity, and racial justice.
  • Experience and familiarity with the principles, practices, and techniques of organizational behavior and supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability in supervising and supporting staff, including performance appraisal, employee coaching/training/development, and performance management. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
  • Ability to coordinate the efforts of others in accomplishing assigned work objectives in accordance with health equity priorities.
  • Capacity to exercise sound judgment; establish and maintain harmonious relationships within the Department and with EOHHS and external partners.

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 inequities.

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.

Learn more about our important work: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/office-of-health-equity

and https://www.mass.gov/service-details/about-the-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 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 Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.

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) six (6) 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 two (2) years must have been in a supervisory or managerial capacity or (C) 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 (A) experience.

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

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

IV. A Doctorate degree in a related field may be substituted for four (4) years of the required (A) experience.

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.
Official Title: Administrator VIII
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Boston-250 Washington Street
Job: Administrative Services
Agency: Department of Public Health
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day
Job Posting: Jan 21, 2022, 11:14:07 AM
Number of Openings: 1
Salary: 48,478.04 - 146,350.39 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 - 6179379947
Bargaining Unit: M99-Managers (EXE)
Confidential: No
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