Program Director – Policy + System Change Network

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The Colorado School of Public Health | Center for Public Health Practice has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Program Director position.

The Program Director will be responsible for full oversight and leadership of the Policy and System Change Network program. The Program Director responds to all grant solicitations, writes and negotiates the solicitation, and manages grant funds. This position also oversees the hiring of skilled staff and contractors, coordinates the design and implementation of the training portfolio, supervises the delivery of policy technical assistance, aligns program services with the statewide strategic plan and local public health training and technical assistance needs and coordinates closely with leadership at the Colorado Department of Public Health

Professional Field:

Program Management, Training &Technical Assistance Expertise, and Public Health Policy

Supervision Received:

The position reports to the Director for the Center for Public Health Practice

Supervision Exercised:

This position will supervise staff and contractors who will collaborate in the design, implementation and evaluation of workforce trainings, policy technical assistance, and resource materials for the Policy and System Change Network.

Examples of Work Performed:

Provide leadership for the formulation of team policy positions, goals, objectives, and strategies on issues relating to tobacco control and marijuana prevention including those relating to health equity.
Help maintain and build upon the team’s reputation as a leader and good partner in public health policy.
Develop and monitor the team’s budget, working with staff to ensure that resources and strategic priorities are aligned.
Serve as representative of and spokesperson for the Policy and System Change Network.
Continue to build and support a cohesive, dedicated, diverse and highly effective staff;
Carry out all responsibilities in close coordination with the Center Director and carry out such other duties as assigned by the Director.
Oversee daily program operations including but not limited to: TA delivery, training development, collaboration with internal and external partners, and budget expenditure monitoring.
Enable colleagues to confidently deliver services to clients by providing strong resources and supporting guidance.
Direct and approve the design of trainings, both online and in person.
Manage all subcontracts and partnerships to coordinate objectives, timelines, deliverables and budgets.
Partner with the Center Administrator in all facets of contract and grant management – preparing documents for funders, preparing reports and deliverables for sub-contracts.


Minimum Requirements

A bachelor’s degree in public health, public administration, political science, social/behavioral sciences, physical sciences, nursing, healthcare, finance, accounting, business administration, business, or a directly related field from an accredited institution.
Substitution: A combination of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree on a year for year basis.
The position requires extensive, diverse, and progressively responsible experience at the management level, including direct supervision of professional staff, experience collaborating with a state and local public health agency, and experience developing training and technical assistance programs and resources that support local tobacco control policy campaigns.

Preferred Requirements

Master’s Degree in a relative field
5-7 years of professional experience in tobacco control or public health policy and program management that includes successful grant writing and program planning.
At least 3 years of experience providing tobacco control or public health policy training and technical assistance.
Experience in health policy, community mobilizing, and youth engagement.

Conditions of Work:

Ability to travel statewide for training and site visits.


Excellent written, oral and media-based communication skills. Demonstrated competence communicating with executive/senior leaders as well as staff.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.
Strong understanding of local government processes.
Strong strategic thinking.
Outstanding customer service skills.
Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance equity, diversity and inclusion.
Demonstrated grant writing abilities.
Demonstrated ability to satisfy contract deliverables.
Ability to be creative, resourceful, problem solver, self-initiated, flexible, collaborative
Project management, strategic planning, communication, networking, and advocacy skills.
Experience in public speaking and presentations.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary for this 100% full-time position has been established at $73,200 – $82,000.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the compensation at the time of posting.

The salary for the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, career field, education, and area of expertise.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.


Total Compensation Calculator:

This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package.  Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Excellence:

The University of Colorado | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. Please click here for information on disability accommodations:

The ColoradoSPH aims to build a diverse and representative academic community that recognizes the importance of social, economic, health, and environmental justice. We strive to promote equity, diversity, and to be a model of inclusive excellence.  As a tri-campus partnership, ColoradoSPH stands with academic, practice, and community partners nationwide to condemn racism, injustice, and inequity.

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Special Instructions to Applicants: 

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Application Deadline:  Applications will be accepted until finalists are identified, but preference will be given to complete applications received by May 31st, 2022. Those who do not apply by May 31st, 2022 may or may not be considered.

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