Under the general direction of the Health Promotion & Chronic Disease Prevention (HPCDP) Section Director, Director I provides leadership and oversees the daily operations, policies, and budget of the Health Promotion Unit.

This Unit includes two branches: Obesity and Worksite Wellness Branch, and Community Health Workers and School Health Branch. Director I plans, assigns, and supervises the unit activities; establishes goals and objectives; develops and approves schedules, set priorities, and standards for achieving goals; and manages evaluation activities in alignment with the HPCDP section. Plans, implements, coordinates, monitors, and evaluates policies and procedures; and monitors compliance with them. Manages the Unit’s contracts and grants. Develops funding allocation methodologies, monitors expenditures, and provides budgetary oversight of the Unit. Provides guidance to staff regarding the contract and grant administration processes. Makes recommendations, on behalf of the Unit, to include in the HPCDP Section’s legislative appropriations request. Develops, reviews, and proposes legislative initiatives for the Unit. Represents the Unit at meetings, conferences, and serves on committees and councils. Assists HPCDP Section Director with various section level projects. Works under limited supervision of the HPCDP Section Director with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

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(30%) Provides leadership for branches and programs within the Health Promotion (HP) Unit. Oversees the establishment of strategic plans, goals and objectives for the two branches: Obesity and Worksite Wellness Branch, and Community Health Workers and School Health Branch. The HP Unit includes a total of five programs. Develops and/or approves schedules, priorities and program performance standards. Supervises professional and program staff members and conducts performance evaluations. Ensures that program planning, implementation, surveillance and evaluation are coordinated with the section programs as needed. Directs branch managers with the overall operations of the budgets, grant applications and contracts, grant reports, program implementation, and reporting.

(30%) Develops, implements, and evaluates the goals and objectives of the HP Unit and coordinates with the other unit within the Section to be consistent with the HPCDP Section’s goals and objectives. Develops, implements, monitors and evaluates standards, policies, and rules to support operations and to ensure compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. Works collaboratively with federal partners and seeks new opportunities to expand program activities. Develops and maintains statewide partnerships with external and internal stakeholders. Serves as Unit lead in supporting the councils and advisory committees served by its programs.

(25%) Serves as the HP Unit lead to coordinate with staff in the development of grants and contracts. Provides guidance to branch managers and ensures that staff follows agency procedure for submitting grant applications, interagency agreements, and requests for proposals and ensure progress through stages of approval for timely implementation. Monitors budget, invoices and expenditures. Provides technical assistance to section and agency leadership and other section programs on subject areas of the obesity, physical activity, nutrition, worksite wellness, community health workers, healthy communities, and school health.

(10%) Assists HPCDP Section Director with various section level projects. Works across other unit and branches in the section to coordinate and manage projects as assigned. Participates in reviewing and analyzing legislation related to HP Unit and HPCDP section, tracking legislative bills, identifying and writing legislative initiatives for the HP Unit programs. Serves as a Unit contact with bill analysis and implementation plans for the programs. May serve as a resource for legislators, other elected officials, governmental entities and the public at legislative meetings and assist the HPCDP Section Director.

(5%) Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency’s obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.