This is not a clinical or direct-service position.
This position is open only to current Colorado residents.
This is a term-limited position and funding cannot be guaranteed beyond September 29, 2023.
Be BOLD and make a real difference...
Do you have a passion and drive to apply your talent to create a better Colorado? Are you looking for a career that provides you with opportunities to improve the world around you? The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is seeking diverse individuals from all backgrounds to apply for a fantastic position that makes a direct impact on improving the lives of Colorado citizens. Our mission is to protect and improve the health of Colorado's people and the quality of its environment.
If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Our tobacco-free campus offers free parking and is conveniently located near RTD bus lines, Glendale City Set, and the Cherry Creek bike path. In addition to a great location and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:
- Employee wellness programs and facilities
- Extensive internal professional development opportunities on a wide variety of subjects
- Bike to work programs, including access to storage lockers and bike racks
- Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the State system
- Strong, yet flexible retirement benefits including a choice of the PERA Defined Benefit Plan or the PERA Defined Contribution Plan, plus optional 401K and 457 plans
- Medical and dental health plans
- Paid life insurance
- Short- and long-term disability coverage
- 10 paid holidays per year plus generous personal time off
- Mentoring program with opportunities for mentors and mentees
- Tuition assistance for college level courses including Masters degree programs
- Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules
- And a variety of employee resource groups
Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, go to: http://www.tgslc.org/borrowers/public-service/
The Work Unit
The Prevention Services Division works with public and private partners across Colorado to improve the health of all Coloradans. Division professionals develop, review, implement and evaluate public health interventions proven to promote healthy living, prevent chronic disease, protect against injury and ensure access to health care and opportunities for a healthy lifestyle. The Division is committed to the professional development, collaborative effort and sustained wellness of its workforce.
The Violence and Injury Prevention – Mental Health Promotion (VIP-MHP) Branch exists to coordinate state and local efforts toward mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, and the prevention of death and disability in Colorado due to unintentional and intentional injuries through health policy, legislation, public awareness and education, training, assessments, and intervention programs. The VIP-MHP Branch recognizes racism as a public health issue and is expressly committed to addressing racial and other forms of equity and justice through all of its programs.
This position will coordinate suicide prevention initiatives related to health care system quality improvement measures related to the Zero Suicide framework. This position will provide technical assistance to grantees and stakeholders working on health care system improvements; collect and report performance measures to state and federal funders; and collaborate with other state injury and prevention programs in the VIP-MHP Branch. Experience in program coordination is required. This position requires strong organizational, facilitation, and communication skills and will be responsible for building and maintaining relationships at the community and state level in order to support the programs.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
- Six (6) years of professional experience in public health, the non-profit community, or a health-related field providing program coordination/support* or quality improvement guidance to community partners or health care systems, preferably in violence and injury prevention or mental health promotion. Program coordination/support includes providing training, consultation, resource development, and quality assurance checks to partners. This experience must be substantiated within the work history section of your application. The words, "See Resume" will not be accepted. In addition, part-time work will be pro- rated. (Substitution)
- Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in public health, psychology, sociology, social work, public policy, public administration or closely-related field; AND Two (2) years of professional experience in public health, the non-profit community, or a health-related field providing program coordination/support* or quality improvement guidance to community partners or health care systems, preferably in violence and injury prevention or mental health promotion. Program coordination/support includes providing training, consultation, resource development, and quality assurance checks to partners. (Minimum qualifications)
**This experience must be substantiated within the Work Experience section of your application. "See Resume" will not be accepted. In addition, part-time work will be prorated.
- A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in public health, psychology, sociology, social work, public policy, public administration or closely-related field A copy of your transcripts must be submitted at the time of application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. (Substitution)
The preferred experience, competencies and abilities are highly desirable for this position and will be considered in selecting the successful candidate:
- Prior experience implementing best practices for suicide prevention within a health care setting;
- Familiarity with suicide prevention best practices or expertise engaging in quality improvement initiatives for health care agencies.
- Demonstrated facilitation, organizational, and project management skills;
- Experience managing and writing competitive federal grants or Experience managing budgets and contracts to ensure adherence to program funding requirements;
- Strong attention to detail; ability to apply care, thoroughness, and high quality to every task using a concern for all areas and people involved.
- Outstanding skills and abilities in verbal and written communications;
- Ability to adapt a style to fit diverse audiences of varying technical levels, and at various levels within an organization, in groups and individual settings;
- Skills to synthesize complex research, data, or evaluation measures into understandable and usable resources.
- Critical thinking: ability and motivation to develop creative solutions to complex, interpersonal, process, and systemic challenges;
- Ability to dive into the work, navigate ambiguity, and accomplish tasks within established timeframes;
- Strong sense of professionalism, including a strong work ethic and reliability.
Conditions of Employment
- A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted as part of the selection process. Felony convictions or conviction of crimes of moral turpitude or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from being considered for this position. Conviction does not mean automatic disqualification and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Should your background check reveal any charges and convictions, it is your responsibility to provide the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Human Resources office with an official disposition of any charges.
- Must be willing and able to travel independently throughout the state up to 10% of the time including during inclement weather.
- This is a term-limited position and funding cannot be guaranteed beyond September 23, 2023.
Applicant Checklist:The following must be submitted by the application deadline.
- A completed State of Colorado application submitted online via governmentjobs.com
- Transcripts (if applicable);
- Supplemental questionnaire.
The Selection Process
- All applications that are received by the closing of this announcement will be reviewed against the Minimum Qualifications in this announcement. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications proceed to the next step.
- Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted based on merit and fitness through a comparative analysis process.
- Part of, or all of, the comparative analysis for this position may be a structured application review, which involves a review of the information you submit in your application materials by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) against the preferred qualifications.
- A top group, up to six candidates, will be invited to schedule an interview with the hiring manager.
E-Verify: CDPHE uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.
You must be legally eligible to work in the United States to be appointed to this position. CDPHE does not sponsor non-residents of the United States.
The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-692-2060, option 5.