Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Public Health Section Chief

Recruitment #200506-0563MP-001



The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health (DPH) is recruiting for a Public Health Section Chief. This leadership position will manage key staff and operations in the areas of HIV, Sexually Transmitted Disease, Tuberculosis, and Viral Hepatitis Section. The Section works to improve the health of the population by preventing disease, providing healthcare support services among impacted individuals, establishing opportunities that support healthy living habits, preventing disease transmission and ultimately eliminating these infectious diseases. The Public Health Section Chief will be responsible for strategic, program and operational direction for critical statewide public health programs.

This is a full time, 40 hour per week position. The work schedule is typically Monday through Friday.

Selection Plan

This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules. In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.  

Due to the volume of applications anticipated, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be provided through your JobAps portal account. 

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience most closely meet the preferred requirements of the position.  Applicants invited to interview may be required to submit additional documentation, which supports their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. 

Please Note: You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system. 

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Deb Lyons at or 860 509-7180.


In the Department of Public Health this class is accountable for directing the design, development and implementation of multi-faceted health services programs of an assigned section.


Directs the staff and operations of large, multi-faceted health services programs at the section level; develops, implements, communicates and evaluates section policies, procedures, goals and activities; coordinates, plans and manages section programs and activities; interprets and administers pertinent laws and regulations; determines appropriate staffing levels; determines quality assurance and performance standards for staff; directs the preparation of section budget; obtains state and federal funds to maintain and implement programs; maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of section who might impact on policy, program or regulatory activities; develops and recommends changes to statutes and regulations; reviews and evaluates legislative proposals and reports on health issues; directs preparation of statistical studies and required federal reports; provides testimony at legislative hearings, the courts and public hearings; addresses professional and lay groups and prepares articles for publication on public health issues; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of principles and practices of public health with emphasis on public health administration of programs; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to interpret laws, regulations and statistical reporting data; ability to develop health policies.


Three (3) years experience in a supervisory capacity in an organization with programmatic and/or regulatory responsibilities for promoting or protecting public health.

Note: For State employees this is at the level of Health Program Supervisor, Supervising Nurse Consultant, Child Care Licensing Supervisor Epidemiologist 4, Environmental Protection Supervising Environmental Analyst, Supervising Sanitary Engineer or Supervising Environmental Sanitarian.


One (1) year as a Public Health Services Manager may be substituted for the General Experience.


  • Experience overseeing staff and operations of public health programs that prevent and control infectious diseases.
  • Experience managing and administering grants, contracts, and federal cooperative agreements.
  • Experience communicating with a broad range of audiences and the media about infectious diseases, through speaking publicly, delivering presentations, and conducting meetings, webinars, and teleconferences.
  •  Experience collaborating with healthcare partners and community-based organizations to prevent and control Tuberculosis, HIV, Sexually Transmitted Disease and Viral Hepatitis.
  • Experience reviewing epidemiological and other programmatic reports that are to be released to the public.


1. Incumbents in this class may be required to periodically undergo tests or immunizations for communicable or infectious diseases.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to undergo and successfully complete security background checks.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.