Connect passion with purpose. The Georgia Department of Public Health is the lead agency entrusted by the people of Georgia to proudly protect lives and promote healthy lifestyles in diverse communities statewide. We are committed to the health of the population of Georgia as our work impacts past, present and future generations.

What we offer. Enjoy a generous benefits package that includes a flexible work schedule, unique training opportunities, engaging worksite wellness events, wellness breaks, lactation rooms, employee retirement plan, deferred compensation, 13 paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, dental, vision, long term care, and life insurance; in addition to telework opportunities depending on the position.

Make your mark in public service. As an accredited public health department, we’re seeking a highly qualified candidate for the position of Youth and Young Adults Program Manager within the Office of Healthy Behaviors, Chronic Disease Prevention Section.

Won’t you join us?

This is a grant-funded position.

Under the general supervision of the Team Lead, Georgia Tobacco Use Prevention Program, within the Chronic Disease Prevention Section, leads, organizes and oversees state and community-based policy, system, and environmental practices to eliminating tobacco-related disparities in Georgia.

Under broad supervision, this position provides technical assistance and training within a health care specialty, to community organizations/ partners in the area of tobacco prevention and control policies, and monitoring programmatic deliverables and budgets of contractors funded to address tobacco-related disparities. The position supports various chronic disease prevention groups to work collaboratively in an organized way to achieve reductions in the burden of chronic diseases in Georgia. This position also serves as the Agency’s subject matter expert for organizational, local and state level policy strategies and evaluates programs for compliance with state and/or federal guidelines. Plans, directs, and implements a specialty program. The development and management of efficient contract initiation and execution, budget, and communication processes is a major responsibility of this program manager. Reports directly to the Team Lead, Tobacco Use Prevention Program.

Job Responsibilities: 

  • Ensure execution of state and community-based strategies of the CDC Tobacco Control Cooperative Agreement.
  • Collaborates with state and community coalitions for program planning and identification of populations most affected by tobacco use and dependence and secondhand exposure.
  • Collaborate with appropriate team members to develop collateral materials (talking points, fact sheets, presentations, etc.) for the purpose of educating partners, stakeholders and elected officials regarding policy related evidence-based best practices and Georgia specific policy proposals.
  • Maintain subject matter expertise and knowledge of the most current data, trends and best practices as it relates to all areas of tobacco control.
  • Build relationships among multiple sectors of the community, such as housing, education, business, and planning.
  • Educate state leaders, decision makers, and the public about the burden of tobacco use and dependence and evidence-based strategies to equitably reduce this burden.
  • Support a local lead agency to plan and implement evidence-based culturally appropriate community interventions to prevent tobacco use, reduce SHS exposure, promote quitting, and reduce tobacco-related disparities.
  • Collaborate with CDC-funded programs within the agency with populations affected by tobacco-related disparities.
  • Build community capacity toward support of community tobacco prevention policy through the organization, growth, and maintenance of a grassroots community coalition to ensure an increase in community readiness for support of tobacco prevention legislation including city and county policies and voluntary efforts that support smoke free policies in public places.
  • Monitor and assess state and federal level health related policies, with a focus on tobacco policies.
  • Serve on the Asthma Control Program Environmental Workgroup, providing education and guidance to partners and other stakeholders regarding policy approaches to prevention of exposure to secondhand smoke according to CDC best practices.
  • Support operationalization of goals, plans, and objectives for effective administration of the Tobacco, Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change programming, smoke-free housing, and the smoke-free indoor air complaint line.
  • Works with community partners, including the tobacco-free coalitions, to create program sustainability within communities.
  • Serves as the Agency’s subject matter expert for organizational, local and state level tobacco policy strategies. As directed, represents the Section and Department in meetings with external stakeholders. Support or carry out training efforts to district and county health departments and other partners as it relates to tobacco-free environments. Create and provide training and written materials on tobacco-free environments and adopting tobacco-free policies.
  • Collaborate with GTUPP staff and partners on program evaluation tools, and program evaluation.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in a related field AND five years experience performing work related to area of assignment,
Master’s degree in a related field AND two years experience performing work related to area of assignment,
One year at the lower level or position equivalent.

Note: Some positions may require licensure.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum of two years of experience in program planning, implementing and evaluation of public health programs.
  • Three years of public health or five years of relevant experience in policy research, legislative policy or similar fields.
  • Experience in evidence-based programming through consultation, technical assistance, and training.
  • Experience managing coalitions.
  • Experience working with tobacco cessation and prevention programs.
  • Experience working with community youth and faith-based organizations.

About Georgia Department of Public Health

Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner and leaders encourages all employees to engage in regular wellness activities and to make lifestyle choices that promote health and well-being.

The use of wellness breaks during the workday is authorized to support this philosophy and assist employees in meeting their wellness goals. A maximum of 30 minutes in a given workday may be used to engage in wellness activities, generally in the form of two 15-minute breaks or one 30-minute break.

Employment Information

Current State employees are subject to State Personnel Board rules regarding salary.

DPH accepts educational credential recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and/or the US Department of Education (DOE) will be considered. DPH will contact educational institutions to verify degree, diploma, licensure, etc.

The candidate selected for this position may be subject to pre-employment drug screening and a criminal background check.

As an employee of DPH, in the event of an identified emergency you may be required, as a term and condition of employment, to assist in meeting the emergency responsibilities of the department.

If you require accommodations under the American Disability Act (ADA), email request by the closing date of this announcement to: DPH-HR@dph.ga.gov.

DPH is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or e-mail. All qualified applicants will be considered, but may not necessarily receive an interview. Selected applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for next steps in the selection process. Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification.

This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.

TO APPLY: In order to successfully apply for a position; the hiring agency requires interested applicants to complete the GA Department of Public Health’s Online Employment Application.

This job application can be found at www.dph.georgia.gov. Click on "About DPH" and then “Careers” and locate this position, click “Apply” and begin your application.