Environmental Epidemiology and Surveillance Section Chief

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WI Department of Health Services

United States

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Environmental Epidemiology and Surveillance Section Chief


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Madison, WI, United States 


Health Care Services, Health Information Management

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Full time



Job Description:

The Section Chief is responsible for the overall management of the section including the supervision, development, implementation, and evaluation of complex section programs and oversees the administration of federal and state grants. The Section Chief holds supervisory authority for administration of several statewide programs, including: the Wisconsin Asthma Program, Environmental Public Health Tracking, Great Lakes Fish Consumption and NIOSH Occupational Health Surveillance Grant (including adult blood lead surveillance).  This position provides Bureau and section-wide leadership on issues relating to environmental and occupational epidemiology and public health surveillance, and routinely interacts with other state and federal departments/agencies, academic partners, local health departments and other local agencies, associations, organizations and the public. 

The complex functions of the section include: integration of program policies; development of federal grant applications for funding; involvement in the biennial budget planning and implementation process; development and standards for guidelines the section’s topic areas; and development, implementation and evaluation of program practices and policies. The Section Chief is responsible for the overall direction and supervision of all personnel, fiscal, procurement, strategic planning, and other management activities such as recommending hiring, orienting new employees, counseling/coaching employees on performance, and disciplining as necessary. The incumbent promotes, coordinates, and maintains contacts and relationships with other sections, bureaus, and external partners as well as local, regional, other state and federal government agencies.

Job Requirements:

Minimally qualified candidates will have

  • Supervisory or leadership experience performing duties such as leading a multidisciplinary team, reviewing work of others, hiring/disciplining staff, training, etc.

  • Experience applying the principles of epidemiology and public health surveillance.

  • Experience developing and implementing public health programs, protocols, and/or procedures.

  • Experience with strategic planning such as: development of goals and objectives; program work plans, staff resources, and prioritization; funding deliverables; program evaluation; and continuous quality improvement.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including presentation skills.


In addition, well-qualified candidates will have

  • Experience with public sector budgeting and/or federal procurement practices.

  • Experience with environmental public health surveillance principles and protocols. 

  • Experience with statistical evaluation and/or research techniques related to public health data and familiarity with statistical software such as SAS, SPSS, STATA or R.

  • Bachelor's Degree or higher in Environmental/Public Health, or closely related field.