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Job Title: Director, Office of Infectious Disease
Job Number: DOH4267
Organization: Washington State Department of Health
Posted: 10/22/2018
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Public Health - General
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Olympia,  WA    USA
Position Description: Reporting to Assistant Secretary for the Disease Control and Health Statistics Division, the Office Director for the Office of Infectious Disease is responsible for planning, coordinating, and directing all activities of the Office of Infectious Disease. This position provides the vision and leadership to plan, develop, implement, administer, and evaluate statewide infectious disease control efforts. These efforts support the agency's strategic plan, comply with state and federal laws and regulations, and ensures the appropriate use of resources. The Office Director leads the Office of Infectious Disease (OID), which consists of three programs: the OID Prevention Section, HIV Client Services, and the OID Assessment Unit. This position establishes the goals and priorities of the OID to achieve maximum results in alignment with the priorities of the division, agency, and Washington's governmental public health system. The Office Director is responsible for a staff of 75 (5 direct reports) and for a biennial budget of approximately $100 million. The mission of the Office of Infectious Disease is to provide statewide leadership, support, and policy development in the areas of infectious disease detection and control. This work is accomplished in close cooperation with local health jurisdictions, health care providers, non-governmental agencies, and members of advisory and planning groups. The Disease Control and Health Statistics Division is a community health partner using innovative methods to provide quality health information, vital records, and assessment services for taking public health actions, developing public health policy, and conducting assessment activities to improve the health of the people of Washington.

Opportunities & Challenges:

-- Washington has had a strong history of addressing HIV/AIDS since the 1980's. Governor Inslee issued a proclamation to end AIDS in Washington. Identifying and reducing HIV stigma is needed to accomplish the end AIDS goals. The new Director will have a leadership role as the agency requests legislation to modernize the existing laws and address HIV stigma.

-- The new Director will develop and lead the transformation of information technology systems to modernize our disease surveillance data systems. For example, this office is in the middle of replacing legacy data systems with modern, flexible and cost-effective solutions.

--The Office continues to look at data differently to engage with populations with higher rates of infection to address health disparities and deal with stigma with HIV and drug use. The new Director will provide a leadership role in this important work.

-- Monitoring the spread of communicable and infectious diseases are foundational services to protect the health of all Washingtonians. The new Director will be involved in helping move forward proposals in the legislature to help expand HIV, STDs, and Hepatitis C surveillance and disease investigation work.

APPLY HERE: bs/2236139-0/office-director-for-the-office-of- infectious-disease-wms-band-3-doh4267

Qualifications: What we're looking for: Success in this position requires a team player, defined as having a driving passion for the work, bringing humility to their job and people interaction, and who listens and understands how their words and actions affect others. Our ideal candidate is a transformative leader comfortable with innovation and ambiguity, who is able to problem-solve complex policy and operational issues, lead system and process improvements, create meaningful partnerships and work collaboratively to meet shared objectives as well as create a climate where people are motivated to do their best. A leader who supports and empowers staff when making tough decisions, who is willing to address difficult issues and say what needs to be said, and who recognizes the values that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization.

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: 1/22/2019
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Contact Name: Zach Covington,  Director, Office of Infectious Disease
Contact Location:

Olympi   WA  
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