Public Health Branch Chief


Recruitment #230608-1578MP-001


The State of ConnecticutDepartment of Public Health (DPH), is currently seeking a qualified individual for the position of Public Health Branch Chief

  • LOCATION: Community, Family Health and Prevention Branch
  • ADDRESS: 410 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT
  • WORK HOURS: Full-time, first shift, 40 hours per week
  • SCHEDULE: Typically Monday through Friday. Partial telework may be available depending on the needs of the agency and in accordance with policies. 
  • To work for a Forbes top company: ‘Forbes’ State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule;
  • We offer a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off, including 13 paid holidays per calendar year. 
  • We encourage a strong work/life balance for all state employees. 
  • We offer opportunities for professional and personal growth. 
  • We have limitless areas for you to perform relevant and significant work.
  • Improve the health of all Connecticut residents across the lifespan, especially mothers, infants, children, adolescents, and other vulnerable groups, by establishing opportunities that support healthy living habits through education, early detection, access to care and prevention of chronic diseases, injuries, and substance use.   
  • Provide strategic and operational direction to the Community, Family Health & Prevention Branch; and 
  • Lead the integration of several programmatic areas in the agency including the Primary Care Office, the Community, Family Health & Prevention Section including Chronic Diseases, Women, Infants and Children, Maternal Health, Injury and Violence Prevention, the Office of Oral Health and Primary Care, and Adolescent Health.
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.

The Community, Family Health & Prevention Branch focuses on improving the health of all Connecticut residents across the lifespan, especially mothers, infants, children, adolescents, and other vulnerable groups, by establishing opportunities that support healthy living habits through education, early detection, access to care and prevention of chronic diseases, injuries, and substance use.   

Selection Plan

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  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 Jensine Tran at


In the Department of Public Health this class is accountable for administering the programs and operations of a branch of significant size, scope and/or accountability for statewide initiatives.


  • Administers staff and operations of a branch;
  • Develops, implements and evaluates branch policies, goals and objectives;
  • Designs and develops branch programs and activities;
  • Implements new procedures and procedural revisions;
  • Determines appropriate staffing levels and directs management and coordination of staff;
  • Designs and implements performance review standards for branch staff;
  • Prepares branch budget;
  • Maintains contacts with individuals within and outside of branch who might impact policy or program activities;
  • Maintains continual intra-agency communication and cross-branch collaboration;
  • Determines quality assurance standards;
  • Advises Commissioner as to trends in health promotion, health delivery and health professional regulations through use of reports;
  • Testifies at legislative hearings, public hearings and in court;
  • Acts as a duty officer in department and responds to emergencies during non-working hours;
  • Speaks to professional and lay groups;
  • Leads the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
  • May be designated during a public health emergency to manage a variety of agency programs and operations within structure of the Incident Command System;
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of
    • and ability to apply management principles and practices;
    • and ability to apply relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations;
    • public health programs, policies and procedures;
    • current principles and practices of public health administration;
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communication skills.


Two (2) years of experience in a managerial or administrative capacity in an organization having programmatic and/or regulatory responsibilities for promoting or protecting public health.


  • Experience in a large and complex organization with responsibility administering programs for public health promotion and disease prevention in vulnerable populations
  • Experience evaluating public health trends, reviewing epidemiological and other programmatic reports to set policy and organizational direction to address those trends and enhance public health with an equity-focus
  • Experience administering and implementing large and complex federal grants, contracts and state funding that are subject to internal, state and federal financial and program compliance review
  • Experience communicating with a broad range of audiences and the media about public health initiatives and actions, through speaking publicly, delivering presentations, testifying at hearings, conducting meetings, webinars and teleconferences
  • Experience managing supervisors whose staff are responsible for delivering complex public health programs, projects and services


  • 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.