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Job Title: Assistant Secretary, Division of Prevention & Community Health
Job Number: DOH4173
Organization: Washington State Department of Health
Posted: 8/7/2018
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Public Health - General
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Olympia,  WA    USA
Position Description: About the Position The Assistant Secretary reports to the Chief of Staff and serves as a member of the Agency Leadership Team. The Assistant Secretary works directly with the Secretary and members of the agency executive team on high-level policy and strategic issues. They are responsible for the vision and leadership of the Prevention and Community Health Division which includes four offices, over 200 staff members, a diverse set of partners and a wide range of programs and projects to improve the health of individuals, families and communities in Washington. The division oversees a broad portfolio of services and works extensively with state, local, tribal and community partners to improve the health of Washingtonians. The biennial budget for the division is $636.1 million, including $396.3 million in federal funding. Here are a few examples of the innovative work the division is currently engaged in: -- Marijuana use prevention and education in the context of being a state that has legalized non-medical marijuana use.

-- Inter and intra-agency collaboration to implement health systems transformation in the context of Healthier Washington.

-- Addressing and monitoring inequities in health outcomes through partnerships, data systems and culturally tailored programs. Ensuring health equity is an important part of all programming and policy work.

What "Health Equity" means to the division:

-- Adapting and tailoring public health programs to specific populations.

-- Taking a "health in all policies" approach that includes a focus on the social and structural determinants of health.

-- Investing funds at the local level into community- driven initiatives that focus on policy, environmental and system changes to improve health for everyone with specific effort given to closing disparity gaps and improve health equity.

The Division has four offices: Office of Family and Community Health Improvements, Office of Immunizations and Child Profile, Office of Nutrition Services and Office of Healthy and Safe Communities. All of these offices have innovative work underway and passionate leaders and staff supporting this work. The division's core work includes:

-- Preventing disease and promoting health at every stage of life by implementing policies, systems and environmental changes with a focus on health equity. Using a whole person approach to helping make the healthy choice the easy and less expensive choice in homes, communities, workplaces, health care settings and schools. -- Working to protect people from vaccine-preventable disease, promoting policies and systems that increase the number of people who are healthy at every stage of life and partnering with the health care system for improved access to quality services. -- Providing leadership and oversight to immunization promotion and vaccine management, nutrition services and WIC clinics and retailers, chronic disease prevention programs, tobacco prevention, maternal child health programs and family planning clinics and services. -- Creating opportunities for people with limited resources to make healthy nutrition choices. We support healthy eating, breastfeeding, access to healthy foods and physical activity. -- Fostering and promoting collaborative partnerships across the public health system. -- Effectively translating science into community-based practice. -- Promoting increased efficiency of core business activities. -- Implementing methods that ensure responsiveness to customer needs, including timely response to customers and constituents. -- Seeking to increase the Prevention and Community Health Division's workforce diversity.

Qualifications: Success in this position requires that one be a team player, defined as having a driving passion for the work, bringing humility to their job and people interactions and having excellent people skills. We are looking for someone that is able to prioritize and manage many competing demands, delegate to their team while supporting and growing that team, enjoys working in an innovative, nimble environment and believes that collaboration and partnership are key strategies to successful outcomes. Equally important is being able to successfully problem-solve complex issues and effectively work with other agency leaders on cross-cutting interventions and solutions. We are looking for someone that loves a challenge, takes calculated risks within our authorizing environment, is prepared to recover quickly from a mistake and move forward and thrives on fast-paced work. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, leadership and positively improving health outcomes for all people.

Organization Description: Washington State Department of Health (DOH) works with federal, state, tribal, and local partners to help people in Washington stay healthy and safe. Our programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide education to help people make good health decisions and ensure our state is prepared for emergencies.

Closing Date: 11/7/2018
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Zach Covington,  Assistant Secretary, Division of Prevention & Community Health
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Contact Location:
Contact Phone: 3602362406 
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Web Address: PO Box 47905
How to Apply: APply Online:

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