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Program Director- Policy & System Change Network

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University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

Colorado School of Public Health | Center for Public Health Practice

Program Director

Position: 669932 – Requisition: 23874

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

About the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a world-class medical destination at the forefront of transformative science, medicine, education and patient care. The campus encompasses the University of Colorado health professional schools, more than 60 centers and institutes, and two nationally ranked independent hospitals - UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital and Children's Hospital Colorado - that treat more than two million adult and pediatric patients each year. Innovative, interconnected and highly collaborative, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus delivers life-changing treatments, patient care and professional training and conducts world-renowned research fueled by over $650 million in research grants. For more information, visit

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The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty, and staff of diverse backgrounds.

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

Nature of Work

The Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) is a unique and collaborative graduate school that combines the collective expertise of three Colorado universities: the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz) in Aurora, Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins, and the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) in Greeley, Colorado. The Colorado School of Public Health is the only accredited school of public health in the Rocky Mountain Region, attracting top tier faculty and students from across the country, and providing a vital contribution towards ensuring our region’s health and wellbeing. The school’s faculty, staff, and students work together to reach underserved populations, share knowledge, and conduct innovative research and community service to actively address public health issues including chronic disease, access to healthcare, environmental threats, emerging infectious diseases, costly injuries, and more.

As the School of Public Health located within the University of Colorado on the Anschutz Medical Campus, we are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence in education and employment, by recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty, and administrative staff. We strive to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication, and understanding; and encourage applications from, racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities, and veterans, ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

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

Jobs in this career family provide general business operations of the organization or a combination of operational responsibilities covering multiple career families.  Functions include institutional research, statistical analysis, policy development and review, strategic planning and broad unit business operations such as parking and transportation services, risk management, childcare services, real estate and property management, retail services or job responsibilities that combine fiscal, HR and operational management responsibilities.

Program Directors are responsible for the ongoing leadership and oversight of a program or function, including the development of strategies and processes which contribute to the University and/or campus mission and accountability for services provided.  These positions typically do not supervise others.

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 field5-7 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, collaborativeProject 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.


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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.

Please click here to learn more about our equity, diversity, and inclusion commitment statement and plan to dismantle structural racism:

Click the following links to learn more about resources and community engagement opportunities at CU Anschutz through the following networks:

Job Category: Business Services
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Dec 2, 2021
Unposting Date: Jan 12, 2022, 10:59:00 PM
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