Job Description: The Program Specialist V serves as coordinator and team lead of the Texas Asthma Control Program (TACP). Performs highly advanced (senior-level) consultative public health and technical assistance work to plan, develop, and administer the activities of the TACP. Serves as a subject matter expert on asthma prevention and control. Establishes program goals and objectives and develops activities, schedules, priorities, and standards for achieving them. Cultivates and maintains internal and external partnerships to advance program initiatives. Works collaboratively with and provides technical assistance to other programs in the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section (HPCDPS) and the Texas Health and Human Services System, community organizations, and other external stakeholders to identify best practices, areas of potential synergy, and areas for improvement in policy, systems, and environmental change interventions to address the burden of asthma in Texas. Work also includes, but is not limited to, coordination of program activities, strategic planning, program implementation, budget accountability, grant management and reporting, and evaluation of program efforts. Develops contractor scopes of work and monitors activities, conducts quality assurance reviews, and provides technical assistance to contractors and stakeholders. Works with considerable latitude for use of initiative and independent judgment under minimal supervision of the Chronic Disease Branch Manager.
Essential Job Functions: Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.
(25%) Serves as coordinator and team lead for the TACP. Responsible for advanced programmatic work to support the planning, development, implementation, and strategic direction of the TACP. Prepares and monitors the program’s budget. Establishes long- and short-term program goals and objectives and develops work plans, schedules, priorities, timelines, and standards to achieve them. Program activities are guided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s EXHALE framework for comprehensive asthma control programs: 1) Education on asthma self- management (AS-ME); 2) X-tinguishing smoking and secondhand smoke; 3) Home visits for trigger reduction and AS-ME; 4) Achievement of guidelines-based medical management; 5) Linkages and coordination of care across settings; and 6) Environmental policies or best practices to reduce asthma triggers from indoor, outdoor, and occupational sources.
(25%) Convenes and facilitates the Texas Asthma Control Collaborative (TACC), a volunteer group of state, regional, and local asthma control stakeholders. Provides technical assistance for the startup and maintenance of regional asthma control collaboratives (ACCs). Works with TACC and other stakeholders to coordinate, improve, and stimulate multi-sectoral interest in asthma prevention and control. Maintains regular communication with local partners to provide and collect current information and resources on asthma prevention control initiatives.
(25%) Leads development, implementation, and maintenance of a statewide action plan for asthma control and provides technical assistance to regional ACCs on development and implementation of regional “road maps” to asthma control. Develops and maintains a comprehensive statewide communication plan and provides technical assistance to regional ACCs on development, implementation, and maintenance of their regional communication plans.
(10%) Monitors program contracts to include: 1) developing statements of work and performance measures; 2) monitoring performance measure progress; 3) ensuring timely submission of contract deliverables; 3) monitoring contractor budgets, invoicing, and expenditure of funds; and 4) conducting site visits as needed.
(5%) Works with the Chronic Disease Branch Manager in preparing reports, bill analyses, cost estimates, and responses related to legislative actions. Creates reports, briefings, fact sheets, summaries, and other information sources as requested. Prepares and presents information at meetings, conferences, and trainings. Responsible for required reporting in compliance with terms and conditions of federal funding. Ensures a high level of coordination with HPCDPS and Texas Health and Human Services programs and a high level of communication with branch manager, section director, and project stakeholders on progress and status of priority activities.
(5%) Collaborates with Chronic Disease Epidemiology (CDE) Branch staff on evaluation of program activities, TACC/Regional ACC activities, and implementation of the state and regional strategic plans. Coordinates with CDE on contractor performance evaluations and evaluation plans for federal awards.
(5%) Performs other duties as assigned, including but not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.
Knowledge Skills Abilities: Extensive knowledge of health promotion and chronic disease prevention principles. Extensive knowledge of public health program planning, implementation, evaluation, and monitoring and project management principles Knowledge of policy, systems, and environmental change strategies for asthma prevention and control. Knowledge of evidence-based community- based public health interventions, best practices, and current trends. Knowledge of partnership development strategies. Knowledge of health disparities and inequities. Knowledge of quality improvement practices.
Skill in assessing, planning, implementing, evaluating, and managing complex projects and initiatives. Skill in gathering and analyzing data for program decisions and writing reports. Skill in working with diverse groups and committees comprised of internal and external stakeholders. Skill in use of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, SharePoint, etc.). Skill in the use of general office equipment. Skill in effective verbal communication and public speaking. Skill in contract development, monitoring, and oversight. Skill in preparation of grant applications and reporting. Skill in group processes and facilitation.
Ability to work with diverse populations. Ability to gather, assemble, correlate, and analyze facts and information from multiple sources. Ability to identify and solve problems, coordinate activities, set priorities, and manage multiple deadlines. Ability to prepare reports, fact sheets, summaries of highly technical/scientific data, and information. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in a variety of formats. Ability to lead and work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team and with outside groups. Ability to plan and conduct productive meetings and facilitate groups with divergent opinions. Ability to work independently without close supervision. Ability to build relationships with internal and external stakeholders based on shared priorities.