Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Health Program Supervisor (35 Hour)

Recruitment #210928-7209HC-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health (DPH) is hiring! We are seeking a motivated and experienced individual to fulfill leadership duties in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response as a Health Program Supervisor. This position will report to the Public Health Services Manager and Section Chief in the Public Health Preparedness and Local Health Section of DPH. 

This Health Program Supervisor is a new federally funded position in the Public Health Preparedness and Local Health Section. This position will be responsible for supervising five regional coordinators, and spearheading public health emergency preparedness functions related to state and local public health responsibilities. This work will include development, tracking and reporting on cooperative agreement work plans, and staff work plans, as well as monitoring the operational readiness of the five Cities Readiness Initiative regions comprised of 64 local public health departments. This Health Program Supervisor will have the opportunity to further develop and maintain a standardized evaluation system for cooperative agreement work plan deliverables as they relate to both CDC ORR criteria and the State of Connecticut.

Discover the opportunity to:

  • Supervise staff in the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Unit within the DPH Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response
  • Develop and track work plans and performance measures for the CDC Public Health Emergency Preparedness cooperative agreement (grant)
  • Build and monitor public health emergency preparedness at the state and local level
  • Review and audit medical countermeasures (MCM) operational readiness review (ORR) submissions, and guide operational readiness in communities
  • Provide technical assistance and enhance local public health preparedness planning, operations, and exercises
  • Convene and attend regional meetings of public health preparedness workgroups and committees on a monthly and quarterly basis, and represent the agency at state and federal meetings
  • Act as a State Emergency Operations Center liaison, and DPH Emergency Command Center liaison during activations, and fulfill operations, planning, or logistics section roles during emergencies and disasters

The Mission of the Department of Public Health (DPH) is to protect and improve the health and safety of the people of Connecticut by assuring the conditions in which people can be healthy, preventing disease, injury, and disability, and promoting the equal enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, which is a human right and a priority of the state. 

DPH accomplishes this through the implementation of its Strategic Plan which outlines the actions that DPH is taking to accomplish its Mission.

Are you interested in joining our team as a Health Program Supervisor? We encourage you to apply today! This position is conveniently located in Hartford, CT. The work schedule for this position is typically Monday - Friday, 35 hours per week. Working on weekends, during inclement weather or during night hours will be required of this position as needed.

We offer a competitive benefits package, excellent health care, generous leave policies, retirement plan, and more! We also encourage a healthy work-life balance to all employees!

Selection Plan

The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.

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.  At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position. 

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Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process. 

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders  13F (3a) and 13G (3a) .

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Chelsea Moore at


In a state health program or project, this class is accountable for supervising professional staff in the implementation of one or more specific health programs for which this class retains full accountability.


The specific duties and responsibilities of this generic class vary widely, depending on the nature of the program and the point that it is at in the life cycle of the program. Typical examples of duties include the following: schedules, assigns, oversees and reviews work of staff; provides staff training and assistance; conducts performance evaluations; determines priorities and plans program work; establishes and maintains program procedures; develops or makes recommendations on development of policies and standards; acts as liaison with other operating units, agencies and outside officials regarding unit policies and procedures; prepares reports and correspondence; plans, organizes, directs and monitors implementation of one or more specific statewide health programs or projects retaining full accountability for program as functional manager of program(s); supervises or personally handles public relations; estimates costs of a program; develops a budget; controls and reviews expenditures; oversees and negotiates contracts and grants with subcontractors; negotiates and accountable for actively pursuing continuity of funding received by program; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of purposes, plans, objectives and programs of public health agencies including changing pattern of preventive medicine and environmental health; considerable knowledge of relationships between risk factors and incidence of health problems; considerable knowledge of changing aspects of social-medical philosophies; considerable knowledge of state and community organizations and programs involved in field of public health; knowledge of research and design methodologies; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; ability to analyze, evaluate and interpret data; supervisory ability.


Eight (8) years of professional experience in a health organization.


One (1) year of the General Experience must have been at the advanced working level in health care program administration, a health systems agency or other health care organization in at least one of the following areas:

1. grant writing or monitoring;
2. formal program planning, development, management or evaluation;
3. or program consultation.

For State Employees this is interpreted at the level of Health Program Associate.

Note: A health care organization is defined as a large multi-dimensional agency with responsibility for developing health programs.


1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in health education, hospital administration, public administration or public health may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
3. For State Employees one (1) year as a Health Program Associate may substitute for the General and Special Experience.


  • Experience leading and developing a team of public health professionals
  • Experience with building public health readiness, including the coordination of meetings with Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) regions to drive operational readiness statewide
  • Experience with developing or enhancing public health preparedness plans and operations in collaboration with partner agencies or in a large organization
  • Experience with Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) and medical countermeasures (MCM) functions and responsibilities, as well as familiarity with the state’s public health structure
  • Experience preparing grant-related work plans and budgets, and contracts language and deliverables including ensuring appropriate work assignments/work plan objectives, meeting grant performance measures, and evaluating outputs, and outcomes
  • Experience developing PHEP capabilities and completing the CDC’s Operational Readiness Review (ORR) performance measures
  • Experience or education with the incident command system (ICS) structure, national incident management system (NIMS)
  •  Experience acting in an ICS role in a command center in the operations, planning or logistics section roles during declared emergencies and disasters


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.