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Director, Justice & Health Equity

University of Massachusetts Medical School
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Under the general direction of the Senior Director of Operations or designee, the Director of Justice and Health Equity oversees strategic design, implementation, operations, training and evaluation of health equity efforts in the context of the Health and Criminal Justice Program’s population health initiatives.  Develops, evaluates and directs the implementation of program-wide strategy, policy and systems to ensure compliance with the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) and Public Safety and Security (EOPSS). Provides guidance on justice and health equity objectives within the Health and Criminal Justice business lines; coordinates and evaluates delivery of human service, public health and health care services.

The Director will directly support program-wide strategic initiative on health equity for justice involved populations. Responsible for guiding the design of and implementing this strategy. An integral part of this role is to foster strong relationships and advocacy with key leadership within local, state and federal executive agencies and other community partners, as required. In addition, an important part of this role is ensuring strong coordination and collaboration across internal departments and stakeholders. This role is pivotal in building and executing a Medicaid strategy to ensure expansion of Medicaid services with an emphasis on addressing health disparities for justice involved populations. Serves as the subject matter expert who will work collaboratively with our clients and other key stakeholders.



  • Serving as liaison, coordinates and collaborates with Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Department of Correction, Department of Youth Services, Parole Board, Probation Services, as well as county sheriffs’ offices and the Massachusetts Sheriffs Association on initiatives to impact health disparities at a population level. 
  • Ensures that efforts addressed at improving health equity, reducing disparities, and improving cultural competence are designed collaboratively with our Executive State Agency partners to have a collective impact for the population and that lessons learned are incorporated into future decision-making.
  • Collaborates on initiatives requested by Mass Health to help improve services that are accessible to those that have been justice involved so they may improve community tenure and decrease recidivism. 
  • Formulates strategies for the evaluation and continuous quality improvement of systems, policies and operational processes related to inclusion and equity to health care for underserve populations including those reentering the community post-incarceration.
  • Assesses organizational needs and develops and implements management tools and operational processes to assure appropriate, equitable and high-quality delivery of human service, public health and health care services to all.
  • Provides consultative input and strategic direction to HCJ, EOPSS, and EOHHS leadership in operationalization of the state Medicaid services for justice involved populations including attention to: leadership; institutional policies and procedures; data collection and analysis; community engagement; language and communication access; and cultural competence, for both program services as well as operational functions such as operations, care delivery, communications and training. Provides information, resources, education, training, coaching and technical assistance to support implementation.
  • Develops strategies, resources, partnerships and initiatives to address disparate health and human service needs and to promote diversity, inclusion and equity across social determinant of health domains in collaboration with key administrators across state agencies, and regional, local and community partners for effective community engagement across HCJ program areas.
  • Supports coordinated business development strategies with a strong emphasis on program health equity and justice efforts.
  • Drives projects to meet goals and objectives for long term success and sustainability
  • Build internal and external expertise driving best practice and innovation
  • Provide effective and timely communication and elevate critical risks to program leadership
  • Leads the development and implementation of the program’s health equity initiatives, consistent with the vision, mission and values of the organization.
  • Ensures the integrity of the UMass contractual relationship through close coordination with our clients and other key stakeholders
  • Protects the ideals of the program, the wellbeing of the populations served and the interests of UMMS and aids in the advancement of UMMS as a leader in correctional and institutional medicine


  • A bachelors degree or equivalent experience, including at least 5 years correctional healthcare experience.
  • Relevant experience working with state and federal government entities.
  • Strong working knowledge of Mass Health and coverage as it relates to incarcerated or detained individuals.
  • Strong knowledge of correctional healthcare delivery systems and their policy development
  • Experience with reentry initiatives with individuals who were incarcerated
  • Demonstrated experience working with complex organizations. 
  • Ability to multitask on large projects with multiple deliverables.
  • Set clear priorities, goals and expectations and provide timely, constructive and balanced feedback in holding staff members accountable
  • Delegate effectively, empower team members and flex style when faced with diverse teams; understand and effectively manage complex group dynamics and diverse perspectives
  • Holds self and others accountable for measurable, high- quality, timely and cost-effective results 
  • Demonstrates flexibility in response to changing environmental priorities
  • Supports other team members by prioritizing and altering daily routines to complete assignments
  • Participates in cross functional teams and works effectively with employees from diverse backgrounds
  • Produces a consistently high volume of work that also meets quality standards
  • Applies effective interpersonal and problem-solving skills when responding to clients
  • Treats all internal and external clients with respect and courtesy
  • Understands the needs and expectations of diverse clients and anticipates how to fulfill them
  • Demonstrates cultural sensitivity and competence when interacting with clients, fellow employees, and guests
  • Takes personal responsibility applying proactive, solution focused approaches in responding to client needs
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Realize Your Opportunities – A Career at UMASS Medical School

Inside Workings at UMASS Medical School

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), the Commonwealth's only public medical school, is proud of our role in serving the people of Massachusetts. Although, its the inside workings of UMMS that makes the difference.

Mission and Culture

  • We’re serious about our mission and about our people. 
  • Real World Impact - Our people get excited about our mission of real-world impact in health sciences education, research and public service.
  • International Prominence and New Opportunities - As this institution has grown to national – and international – prominence, we’ve found new opportunities to train tomorrow’s physicians, nurses and scientists,  discover causes of and cures for disease and help improve the quality of health care.
  • Deep Commitment - With our clinical partner, UMass Memorial Health Care, and our other teaching affiliates, we share a deep commitment to national distinction in patient care.
  • Valued Partnerships – UMMS partners with Commonwealth Medicine, the health care consulting arm of UMMS. Also, UMMS partners with MassBiologics in scientific collaborations, technology management and creating partnerships for the development of products for the benefit of patients.  These valued partnerships help us to provide services and programs to help meet our needs at UMMS and the public.
  • Proud Contributors - People at UMMS enjoy the feeling of going to work every day knowing what they do is truly important and worthwhile.
  • Complementary and Inseparable - These varied parts of our mission and culture are complementary and inseparable.                 


UMMS, the state’s first and only public academic health sciences center, educates physicians, scientists and advanced practice nurses to heal, discover, teach and care, with compassion.  UMMS is a world-class institution with opportunities to match. 

Competitive Compensation – UMMS offers salaries that are competitive with Worcester-area employers. When combined with our generous benefits, perks, and paid time off, many job seekers are surprised to find a total rewards package that matches or exceeds their current situation.

Targeted Hiring Process – At UMMS, there are actually multiple hiring processes for different segments of our workforce.  In nearly all cases, UMMS hiring process is decentralized, with qualified candidates screened and referred to an academic officer or manager with hiring authority.

24/7 Access to Employment Opportunities – iCIMS is our online job search and application system.  iCIMS is available 24/7 to provide you with a convenient and up-to-date view of the available employment opportunities across our campuses. Updates are made daily and include all faculty and non-faculty position listings from every school and department within the UMMS. When you identify a position you are interested in and qualified for, apply online. New opportunities become available frequently so it pays to check back often!


With outstanding benefits, competitive pay, extensive learning opportunities, and a stimulating and attractive work environment, UMMS may be exactly the employer you’ve been looking for.

• Superior Benefits - UMMS offers a wide range of benefits and perks that invite comparison with the best employers in the Worcester area – and with academic institutions anywhere. UMMS provides superior medical and dental coverage for you and your family, fully funded retirement plans, generous time off, a Tuition Assistance Plan – and much more.

• People Centered - UMMS is an employer, but it is also a community. Its comprehensive medical and dental benefits, retirement plans, and even paid holidays reflect an institution built around people, with a deep respect for their differences and needs.

• Commitment to Healthy Living - UMMS provides resources to help you balance work and life and encourages healthy living through great programs and discounts for fitness, physical activity, weight management, nutritional counseling and general wellness available through our health insurance plans.

• Breadth of Offerings - Above all, the breadth of UMMS offerings set the School apart and makes it an environment favored by all sorts of smart, career-savvy people.

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As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, UMMS recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.

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A History of Making Vital Improvements - UMASS Medical School Milestones

1962: Legislation establishes University of Massachusetts Medical School
1970: First medical students begin classes in Shaw Building
1974: First class graduates 16 MDs
1979: PhD program begins
1986: Graduate School of Nursing opens
1986: PhD program becomes Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
1994: Graduate School of Nursing initiates PhD program
1998: UMass Clinical System and Memorial Health Care merge to form UMass Memorial Health Care
2001: Lazare Research Building opens
2002: Campus Modernization begins on the University Campus
2004: Graduate Entry Pathway Program established at the Graduate School of Nursing
2005: PhD Program in Clinical & Population Health Research established at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
2005: Massachusetts Biologic Laboratories opens new manufacturing and filling facility in Mattapan
2006: Craig Mello, PhD, Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, is awarded the Medical School's first Nobel Prize. Dr. Mello shared the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Andrew Fire, PhD, of Stanford University, for their discoveries related to RNA interference.
2007: Michael F. Collins, MD, is named chancellor and Terence R. Flotte, MD, is named dean of the School of Medicine.  
2009: Groundbreaking for the Albert Sherman Center, a 500,000-square-foot research and education facility slated for completion in 2012.
2010: Ambulatory Care Center opens
2012: The Albert Sherman Center, a 500,000-square-foot research and education facility, completed and opens

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