Associate Director of Disease Prevention

Augusta, Maine, United States Full-time

Application closes: Nov. 22, 2019
Public Service Manager II
Opening Date: November 8, 2019

Closing Date:  November 22, 2019

Job Class Code: MA32
Grade: 32 (Confidential)
Salary: $64,001.60 - $87,859.20 / yr.
Position Number: 2031-2309


Agency information:

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provides supportive, preventive, public health and intervention services that protect the public health and assist our customers in meeting their needs.

 The mission for the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC), within which this position is located, is to develop and deliver services to preserve, protect, and promote the health and well-being of the citizens of Maine.

Job duties:

 As the Director of Disease Prevention, you will be providing leadership for programs charged with public health interventions to support healthier Maine people related to: maternal and child health; women, infants and children’s nutrition; chronic disease prevention and control; and tobacco and substance use prevention and control.  You will direct the integration and coordination of these diverse activities as necessary to implement program policies and initiatives in support of the goals of the Maine CDC.  You will provide strategic direction and oversight to multiple federal grants, as well as state funding lines.

 You will also:

  • Lead, plan, organize, and coordinate division operations, staff, contractors, and functions to establish and implement operational priorities and ensure defined objectives, policies, procedures and standards are maintained.
  • Assure the division is executing responsibilities and working toward achieving outcomes as they relate to the State Health Improvement Plan, grant award conditions and contractual agreements.
  • Ensure coordination of all division activities, both collective and program specific, through work with supervisors to ensure quality planning and implementation using a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to address prioritized public health issues.
  • Conduct division-wide strategic planning to align division and program efforts with national best practices, priorities or performance measures associated with available funding, and emerging needs within Maine.
  • Provide fiscal and administrative oversight of the division.
  • Provide contract management for the division’s workplan in the Maine CDC epidemiology services contract.
  • Develop and implement division policies and procedures.
  • Ensure collaboration throughout the division and across division/program areas of the Maine CDC and other offices of DHHS, as appropriate.
  • Provide staff development and supervise program staff including hiring, performance management, coaching, and personnel actions, as necessary.
  • Represent Maine CDC and DHHS on relevant committees and work groups as needed and appropriate.



 A twelve (12) year combination of education, training and experience comprised of an advanced degree in a public health related field of study, to include a minimum of six (6) years of professional experience in public health that includes significant program administration experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.  Strong leadership, communication, management, and supervisory skills are essential.


Preferred candidates will also have:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Knowledge and experience with chronic disease (asthma, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer) prevention
  • The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse group of internal and external partners
  • Knowledge and experience with grants administration and management, contracting, and budgeting.


For additional information about this position, please contact Denise Osgood, current Associate Director of Disease Prevention at (207) 287-4624 or Nancy Beardsley, Senior Administrator, Maine CDC at (207) 287-5674.


To apply, please upload a resume and cover letter with your application. In your cover letter, please explain what prior experience you have had with chronic disease prevention, leading a diverse team, strategic planning, and grant administration.

To request a paper application, please contact .

Value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement: 19.27% of pay   
Value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.31 biweekly

Value of State-paid Health Insurance*:

Level 1:  100% State Contribution = $461.75 biweekly (employee pays nothing)
Level 2:  95% State Contribution = $438.66 biweekly (Employee pays: 5%)
Level 3:  90% State Contribution = $415.58 biweekly (Employee pays: 10%)
Level 4:  85% State Contribution = $392.49 biweekly (Employee pays: 15%)
*The level of actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program as of July 1, 2019.


The Department of Health and Human Services is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.