Public Health Section Chief


Recruitment #230531-0564MP-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health is hiring!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking a qualified individual to join our team as a Public Health Section Chief. This position will lead and direct the Office of Health Equity. See below for additional information on this great opportunity!

Partial telework may be available depending on the needs of the agency and in accordance with policies.

State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive comprehensive benefits plan that includes:
  • Industry leading health benefits with medical and dental coverage
  • Generous paid time off, include 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings
  • Retirement healthcare offerings
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • A healthy work/life balance!
  • Develop collaborative relationships and identify best practices among public health partners, healthcare, community-based organizations and social service agencies to advance health equity and help eliminate health disparities
  • Improve the health of all Connecticut residents by working to eliminate differences in disease, disability and death rates among ethnic, racial and other population groups that are known to have adverse health status or outcomes
  • Ensure that health equity is a cross-cutting principle in all DPH programs, data collection and planning efforts
  • Recommending and advising agency leadership on policies, procedures, activities and resource allocations to improve health among racial, ethnic and other population groups for which there may be health disparities
  • Lead other staff, including epidemiologists and health program specialists, in coordination and collaboration between the Department of Public Health programs and community-based partners to eliminate disparities and achieve health equity

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
  • 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.

The responsibility of the Office of Health Equity is "to improve the health of all Connecticut residents by working to eliminate differences in disease, disability and death rates among ethnic, racial and other population groups that are known to have adverse health status or outcomes. Such population groups may be based on race, ethnicity, age, gender, socioeconomic position, immigrant status, sexual minority status, language, disability, homelessness, mental illness or geographic area of residence." 

Selection Plan

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To Apply:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • In order to receive educational credits toward qualification for this job posting, the institution must be accredited. If the institution of higher learning is located outside of the U.S., you are responsible for providing documentation from a recognized USA accrediting service which specializes in determining foreign education equivalencies to the recruiter listed on this job posting.
  • You must specify your qualifications on your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
  • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
Important Next Step Information for After You Apply:
  • 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.
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
  • Note: 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, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at
Connect With Us:
  • Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process.
  • Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment please contact Joseph K. Fried at, 860-924-7053.


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 staff and operations of large, multi-faceted health services programs at the section level;
  • Coordinates, plans and manages section programs and activities;
  • Develops, implements, communicates and evaluates section policies, procedures, goals and activities;
  • Interprets and administers pertinent laws and regulations;
  • Determines appropriate staffing levels;
  • Directs preparation of section budget;
  • Maintains contacts with individuals within and outside of section who might impact on policy, program or regulatory activities;
  • Determines quality assurance and performance standards for staff;
  • Obtains state and federal funds to maintain and implement programs;
  • 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;
  • Leads the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
  • Performs related duties as required.


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


Three (3) years of 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 experience is interpreted at the level of a Health Program Supervisor, Supervising Nurse Consultant, Child Care Licensing Supervisor, Epidemiologist 4, Environmental Protection Supervising Environmental Analyst, Supervising Environmental Engineer or Supervising Environmental Sanitarian.


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


  • Experience communicating with a broad range of audiences and the media about public health services through speaking publicly, delivering presentations, testifying at hearings, conducting meetings, webinars and teleconferences.
  • Experience leading and applying personnel management to supervise a workforce. 
  • Experience with project planning and implementation of health equity goals and objectives.
  • Experience managing productivity, defining expectations and coordinating programs while working with federal, state and local partners.
  • Experience evaluating health inequalities, reviewing health literature and data to guide policy and organizational direction to address those trends and advance health equity.


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


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.