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State of Massachusetts Rural Community Engagement Specialist in Boston, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Community Health and Prevention, is seeking a dynamic professional for a meaningful opportunity to support the State Office of Rural Health and the Division of Community Health Planning and Engagement as a Rural Community Engagement Specialist. This Specialist willprovide collaborative support, technical assistance, training, and facilitation of groups to support rural communities’ ability to address the impact of COVID-19 and build capacity for the rural component of the COVID-19 mitigation and prevention Bureau and Department-wide initiative. The incumbent will use rural-appropriate strategies, their knowledge of rural communities, and theMassachusetts Department of Public Health’s Healthy Community Theory of Change. The Specialist willfocus on improving community conditions through community engagement to change local policy and practices using an explicit rural community and racial equity lens. This Specialist will be expected to develop meaningful professional relationships and conduct program development that addresses the root causes of racial, ethnic, cultural, and geographic inequities specifically with rural communities and coordinate efforts across an important Department-wide Vaccine Equity Initiative. The Vaccine Equity Initiative aims to increase awareness and acceptance of COVID-19 vaccines, access to vaccination locations, vaccine administration rates, protection of unvaccinated populations, address immediate health related social needs, and strengthen community safety nets and support improvements in social determinants of health for long term recovery and resilience. _Duties and Responsibilities (These are a general summary and not all inclusive):_ * Build and maintain relationships with DPH staff and external partners supporting the needs of the rural component of this state and community-level initiative, including an external rural vendor, to meet goals and leverage existing rural expertise and build knowledge about how to implement practices that improve rural residents’ experience with social determinants of health (SDOH) in ways that address structural racism, long-term geographic disparities, and other underlying causes of poor health. * Serve as the rural health specialist and liaison among the various components of the CDC Health Disparities initiative and community based vaccination and COVID mitigation efforts including state level partners and staff, other Massachusetts based groups, and regional and national rural organizations. * Provide technical advice and support coordination of the day-to-day activities of rural vendor including but not limited to development of process to distribute funds to community-based organizations and development and implementation of training and technical assistance activities to build local capacity. * In partnership with vendor and other team members: o Determine and execute activities to build supportive relationships among rural communities engaged with the rural vendor and other programs that use DPH’s Healthy Community Change approach. o Create evaluation and communication plans to document the rural vendor’s impact and share tools, resources, and lessons learned that supports adoption of rural-based and rural-appropriate approaches and practices. o Provide trainings and technical assistance to build understanding of key concepts related to rural needs and activities (i.e., identifying and addressing structural drivers of inequities, leading with race and addressing structural racism, and geographic disparities using data to inform planning and implementation, engaging residents and sectoral partners in change, implementation of policy, systems, and environmental change strategies, etc.) o Conduct periodic landscape analysis to support continuous learning for the project team. * In partnership with other team members, develop the process to involve the MA Rural Council on Health in the CDC health disparities initiative and assist with the development of the BCHAP Community Advisory Council to include rural members. Support the development of relationships between Councils and BCHAP/DPH that ensures bi-directional support, trust, and communication in general and specifically to inform the rural vendors. * Coordinate regular project management and strategic planning team meetings of staff/programs engaged in relevant activities. * Maintain open and consistent communication with SORH, Division, and BCHAP leadership to ensure impact, tools, and lessons are being communicated. * Identify, develop, and maintain internal and external relationships with relevant stakeholders to ensure leverage of expertise and resources and keeping staff informed of approach, practices, and activities. * Collaborate as a member of the State Office of Rural Health, Health Care Workforce Center, to promote access to resources and services per identified strategic priorities. * Coordinate SORH contract processing, monitoring, and payment processes in collaboration with SORH Program staff, the Administration and Finance Division, and MDPH Accounting and Purchase of Services Divisions. * Coordinate operational systems and reporting databases to ensure SORH compliance with budget management, program monitoring, and reporting requirements. * Provide additional professional support to Unit activities. _Required Qualifications:_ * Knowledge of the principles and practices of human resource management including behavioral techniques, planning, forecasting, organizational development, etc. * Ability to assemble items of information in accordance with established procedures and prepare general reports. * Ability to determine proper format and procedure for assembling items of information. * Ability to follow written and oral instructions. Ability to give written and oral instructions in a precise, understandable manner. * Ability to communicate effectively in oral expression. * Ability to write concisely, to express thoughts clearly and to develop ideas in logical sequence. * Ability to maintain accurate records. _Preferred Qualifications:_ * Knowledge of, and experience, working in Massachusetts rural communities. * Demonstrated interest in, and understanding of, rural communities, rural health and human services organizations and the Massachusetts’ health and human service delivery system. * Knowledge of rural community resources, rural key stakeholders, and community-based efforts in Massachusetts. * Knowledge of social determinants of health and health equity and the role of structural racism in perpetuating health inequities. * Experience providing information, resources, technical assistance, and/or training to providers or the public. * Ability to provide strategic and technical assistance to organizations and community health leaders. * Ability to manage multiple tasks and needs in an organized manner.Ability to create and maintain detail-oriented project management processes and procedures (i.e., maintaining accurate records, tracking use of funds, providing status updates, informing planning). * Comfortable with group facilitation, public speaking, and acting as a spokesperson for a unit of state government. * Experience with coalition and/or collaborative partnership development. * Experience engaging community members, partners, and stakeholders in public health, chronic disease, or a related area. * Understanding of best practices for community engagement and relationship building, including but not limited to power sharing, transparency, and accountability. * Ability to assist with data collection (i.e., surveys, interviews), analysis, drawing conclusions, generating appropriate recommendations, and reporting information. * Ability to execute meetings, trainings and conferences (i.e., meeting logistics, agenda and meeting material development, preparing presenters, facilitating engagement, information exchange, and discussion). _About the Department of Public Health:_ The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth. We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities. DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific diseases and conditions and offer services to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We also develop, implement, promote, and enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor health status and manage vital records including births, marriages and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work closely with local boards of health and community partners to identify and solve public health problems. More information can be found at:* MA Department of Public Heal_th_ * _Total Compensation:_ As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including: * 75% state paid medical insurance premium * Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans * Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs * Low cost basic and optional life insurance * Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan * 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time * Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities * Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options * Incentive-based Wellness Programs * Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities * Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program _Pre-Hire Process:_ A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines. Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website. For questions regarding this requisition, please contact Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1-800- 510-4122 Ext. #2. First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. * * MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) three years of full time, or equivalent part-time, professional, administrative or managerial experience in business administration, business management or public administration the major duties of which involved program management, program administration, program coordination, program planning and/or program analysis, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below. Substitutions: I. A Bachelor's degree with a major in business administration, business management or public administration may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the-required experience.* II. A Graduate degree with a major in business administration, business management or public administration may be substituted for the required experience.* III. A Bachelor's or higher degree with a major other than in business administration, business management or public administration may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required experience.* Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed. *An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Job: Accounting and Finance* *Organization: Department of Public Health *Title: *Rural Community Engagement Specialist * Location: *Massachusetts-Boston-250 Washington Street Requisition ID: 210007DH

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