Assistant Director of Infectious Diseases


Recruitment #240311-5736MD-001


Are you a Physician with experience leading work in surveillance, prevention, and response for infectious diseases?  Do you want to join the expanding field of Public Health and make a difference in the health and well-being of Connecticut residents? If so, read below and apply today!

The State of ConnecticutDepartment of Public Health (DPH), is currently seeking physician candidates with experience leading work in the public health response to infectious diseases and managing public health programs for the managerial position of Assistant Director of Infectious Diseases.  The incumbent will oversee two large programs: Epidemiology and Emerging Infections Program and Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Program. This role is also designated as the Deputy State Epidemiologist and will assist the Director of Infectious Diseases and State Epidemiologist in the control of communicable diseases in the state.

The programs this position oversees are busy and high profile within the Infectious Disease Section with major Public Health Emergency Preparedness responsibilities and routine responsibilities to conduct surveillance for and investigate outbreaks of illness for approximately 70 reportable infectious diseases and conditions. These programs have approximately 60 staff. These programs are more than 80% federally funded, primarily through two cooperative agreements with an annual budget of more than $14 million. This position will work collaboratively with the other parts of the Infectious Diseases Section including the HIV/STD/TB & HCV Programs and the Immunization Program.

  • PROGRAMS: Oversight of 2 programs: Epidemiology and Emerging Infections Program and Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Program
  • LOCATION: Hartford, CT 
  • SCHEDULE:  Monday - Friday, 40 hours per week. There may be opportunities for flex schedule, alternate work schedule, or teleworking, in accordance with State policies.
  • The opportunity 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
  • A Platinum Healthcare Plan, the nation’s best for state employees and dependents, according to a report by Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reform and article by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D., along with comprehensive benefit offerings
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings
  • Generous paid time off, including 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • A healthy work/life balance to all employees
  • State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service. Click here for more information.
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.

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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. 
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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In the Department of Public Health, Infectious Disease Section, this class is accountable for directing the Epidemiology and Emerging Infections Program for the prevention and control of infectious and other diseases.


  • Directs staff and operations of Epidemiology and Emerging Infections Program;
  • Coordinates, plans and manages program activities;
  • Formulates program goals and objectives;
  • Develops or assists in the development of related policy;
  • Interprets and administers pertinent laws;
  • Evaluates staff;
  • Prepares or assists in preparation of program budget;
  • Maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of program who might impact program activities;
  • Oversees grant preparation and monitoring;
  • Oversees field investigations/surveillance of infectious disease and foodborne, waterborne and institutional outbreaks of illness throughout the state;
  • Advises physicians, hospitals and local health departments on a variety of infectious disease issues;
  • Designs and implements special epidemiological studies, writes strategic and operational plans regarding infectious disease;
  • Drafts regulations and legislation and prepares written legislative testimony;
  • Educates the public, students, medical and public health professionals on infectious disease;
  • Precepts students in public health related fields;
  • Prepares scientific papers and reviews scientific papers prepared by staff;
  • Communicates with the media on public health issues;
  • Represents the agency on federal and state advisory groups;
  • Serves as a liaison regarding infectious disease surveillance and control to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;
  • Participates in the Incident Management Team;
  • Acts in the absence of the Director of Epidemiology;
  • 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 medicine and public health measures with special reference to prevention and control of infectious and other diseases;
  • Knowledge of principles of vital statistics;
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability in modern methods of investigation, study and control of diseases.


Two (2) years of experience in medical practice involving infectious diseases, preferably including public health work or in public health practice involving infectious diseases.


  • Experience with the microbiology and pathogenesis of reportable infectious diseases and conditions, including vector borne and zoonotic diseases, influenza and COVID-19, healthcare-associated infections, and antimicrobial resistance.
  • Knowledge of public health programs or surveillance systems focused on prevention and monitoring of infectious diseases.
  • Experience with staff oversight and supervision, including assigning and reviewing the work of staff; providing staff training; building and leading teams; conducting performance evaluations.
  • Experience with the presentation of data and analytic results in both written and oral formats.
  • Experience in program administration and management including experience: (1) developing and managing federal cooperative agreements or grants, budgets, or contracts; (2) developing policy or legislation.


  • Incumbents in this class must possess a license to practice medicine and surgery in Connecticut. A temporary permit may be granted for a period not to exceed one (1) year.
  • Completion of medical residency must be in internal medicine, pediatrics, family practice or preventive medicine.
  • Incumbents in this class must be willing to periodically undergo tests or immunizations for communicable or infectious diseases.
  • 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.