Public Health Branch Chief


Recruitment #230510-1578MP-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 Branch Chief. This is an exciting and dynamic leadership position which oversees the Healthcare Quality and Safety Branch (HQSB). See below for additional information on this great opportunity!

Some telework opportunities may be available depending on 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!
  • Be in a dynamic leadership role
  • Oversee approvimately 175 professional and support staff
  • Ensure high quality and safe health care
  • Provide care for everyone throughout Connecticut

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 HQSB is a branch of the Connecticut Department of Public Health which includes the Facility Licensing and Investigations Section, Practitioner Licensing and Investigations Section and the Office of Emergency Medical Services and provides oversight for all of healthcare licensing and investigations, including, but not limited to more than 1,800 facilities and nearly a quarter-million health practitioners and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals. The (HQSB) plays an integral role in ensuring safe and quality healthcare, as well as ensuring a safe and competent workforce for Connecticut’s consumers.  The HQSB participated in critical activities during COVID-19 and continues to monitor infection control activities as it relates to licensed healthcare facilities and licensed practitioners.

Selection Plan

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This position may be subject to Federal requirements for COVID-19 Vaccination Immunization.

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 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 managing a large or complex operation responsible for healthcare regulation and enforcement.
  • Experience building multi-sector coalitions and consensus among stakeholders with varied priorities/perspectives.
  • Experience with developing, implementing and evaluating healthcare policy, laws, regulations and licensure procedures.
  • Experience evaluating healthcare trends and setting policy and organizational direction to address those trends and enhance public health and safety.
  • Experience leading and managing public health response to emergent or crisis situations.
  • Experience managing large (multi-million dollar) budgets.


  • 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.