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Job Title: Deputy Division Director, Child Health
Job Number:
Organization: Tennessee Department of Health
Posted: 5/6/2017
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Public Health - General
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Nashville,  TN    USA
Position Description: Overview: This is an executive position responsible for vision and leadership of state public health systems and partnerships to promote the health of young children and their families. Particular experience in social determinants of health and health disparities is essential.

Duties: • Provide guidance to the Early Childhood, Perinatal and Newborn Screening, and Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs (CYSHCN) sections in the selection, evaluation, and implementation of evidence-based prevention strategies • Support local/regional health department staff in early childhood initiatives • Work with Division Assistant Commissioner and the Commissioner’s Office to reduce upstream risk factors for morbidity and mortality • Assist with preparation and review of grant reports and applications for responsible sections and for the Maternal Child Health (Title V) Block Grant as applicable • Present to local, regional, state, and national groups as requested on topics relevant to section work • Provide guidance in strategic alignment efforts around key public health priorities such as infant mortality reduction, transitions in care, lead surveillance, adverse childhood experiences, and social determinants of health • Provide coaching and mentoring to staff • Along with Early Childhood Section Chief, oversee federal and state funded home visiting partnerships, review of grant applications and reporting, and proactively respond to legislative inquiries • Along with CYSHCN Section Chief, oversee development of birth defects surveillance and case management system • Along with Perinatal Section Chief, oversee neonatal and perinatal service coordination and quality collaboration • Liaison with Departmental team working on electronic health record (EPI Project) to incorporate home visiting communications into the EPI work flow • Ensure evaluation of programs to demonstrate effective use of funds • Ensure equitable allocation of available funds to risk stratified groups or geographic regions • Develop public health capacity for effective strategic planning and funding utilization at the local level • Develop external statewide and national partnerships to collectively impact the health of children and families

Qualifications: Education: Masters or Doctorate of Public Health (preferred, experience with public health or community based experience may be substituted), Nursing, or Social Work

Ideal candidate: • Vision for systems approach to promoting health in early childhood • Extensive experience with public health or community-based systems • Extensive experience with grant applications and reporting • Experience in management of complex budgets • Experience is management of large teams • Experience in communications with media and high level stakeholders including governmental and community partners * Experience with early childhood programs such as home visiting and CYSHCN populations

Organization Description: Personnel Details: • Direct supervision of up to 8 staff (3 section chiefs, 3 senior epidemiologists, IT Specialist, nurse manager) • Ultimately responsible for team of 35 • Reports to Assistant Commissioner (Division Director of Family Health and Wellness)

Closing Date: 12/8/2017
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Morgan McDonald,  Assistant Commissioner
Contact Location: 710 Andrew Johnson Parkway

Nashville   TN  37243
United States
Contact Location: 710 Andrew Johnson Parkway
  Nashville   TN  37243
  United States
Contact Phone: 615-532-8672 
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How to Apply: Send CV and cover letter to Dr. Morgan McDonald at

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