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Job Title: Communications Director - Bureau of Communicable Diseases
Job Number: 12952
Organization: Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Posted: 1/18/2024
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Health Communication
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Madison,  WI    USA
Compensation: Between $40.00 to $43.46 per hour
Position Description: As the BCD Communications Director, you will be responsible for the overall leadership, planning, development, and management for health education and communication functions in BCD. In addition, this position provides direction and supervision of the Health Education Unit personnel which includes making hiring recommendations, orienting new employees, providing training, counseling, or coaching to employees on performance, and disciplining as necessary. In this position, you can expect to coordinate and maintain contacts and relationships with other sections, bureaus, and external partners as well as local, regional, other state and federal government agencies.

More about the Health Education Unit:

The Health Education Unit provides public health education, communication, and technical assistance to support communicable disease surveillance, prevention, and outbreak response activities. The Unit develops statewide communication and educational materials for local public health staff, healthcare providers, and the general public across a wide variety of communicable disease topic areas, including: enteric, waterborne, vector borne, zoonotic, invasive bacterial, mycotic, sexually transmitted, vaccine preventable, and respiratory diseases, as well as tuberculosis and refugee health. The Unit provides technical assistance as well as ongoing training to local health departments, tribal health agencies, and healthcare providers related to communicable disease prevention and control. The Unit also provides health education and technical assistance in response to a wide range of communicable disease threats, serving as a core part of the epidemiologic team that conducts outbreak detection, investigation, and response.

Qualifications: Minimally qualified applicants will have all of the following:

Experience in a leadership or supervisory role (e.g., coordinating work activities, hiring, assigning, directing, evaluating work, completing performance evaluations, providing training, coaching, managing conflict, developing, and implementing policies and procedures, etc.). Experience creating, proofreading, and editing communication materials for a broad spectrum of audiences with diverse backgrounds and lived experiences. Experience with current trends in digital or social media. Experience creating, implementing, or overseeing programs in a communications or health education related field. Well-qualified applicants will also have one or more of the following:

Bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university in public health, health science, health communication, community health, communications, journalism, or related field. Experience working for a state or local government in a communications or health education role. Experience overseeing a team that generates communications plans, media responses, social media content, media campaigns, or educational materials. Experience working in the public health or communicable diseases field. Bilingual skills in Hmong or Spanish* *Note: If applicable the selected candidate will be required to complete a language assessment to receive the add-on pay described above.

Your letter of qualifications is limited to 2 pages. For a guide on developing your resume and letter of qualifications and what should be included in these materials, click here.

Organization Description: The Division of Public Health (DPH), protects and promotes health and well-being statewide. Working in partnership with our network of local and tribal public health partners, community- based organizations, schools, businesses, and more, we:

Use data, evidence, and research to monitor and diagnose health needs of entire populations and communities, and offer solutions to improve health outcomes. Convene partners, engage coalitions, and support a wide variety of programs and services that promote healthy communities. Develop and advance policies and programs that make good health possible wherever you live, work, or play.

At the heart of our work is our vision for a healthier Wisconsin and our mission to prevent and protect against health problems, and promote positive health outcomes for this generation and the next.

Within the Wisconsin Division of Public Health, there is the Bureau of Communicable Diseases (BCD) which is responsible for surveillance, control, and prevention of more than 70 reportable communicable diseases. In addition, BCD staff routinely provides education, outreach and assistance to local health departments, health care providers, and citizens. BCD routinely collaborates with federal agencies, community organizations and academic institutions.

Closing Date: 4/19/2024
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Katie Rudnick ,  Communications Director - Bureau of Communicable Diseases
Contact Location:

Madison   WI  
Contact Location:
  Madison   WI  
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Contact Email: katie.rudnick
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