Injury Prevention Program Director & Section Manager - State Program Administrator Manager Principal, St. Paul, Minnesota

Employer Minnesota Department of Health
Created 11/20/2023
Reference 11444741
Job type Full Time
Country United States
State Minnesota
City St. Paul
Zip 55164
Salary Competitive
Job Details

Working Title: Injury Prevention Program Director & Section Manager
Job Class: State Program Administrator, Manager Principal
Agency: Health Department
  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers.
  • Date Posted : 11/18/2023
  • Closing Date : 12/08/2023
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit : Minnesota Department of Health
  • Division/Unit : Health Promotion & Chronic Disease/ Injury & Violence Prevention
  • Work Shift/Work Hours : Day Shift/ 8:00am-4:30pm
  • Days of Work : Monday - Friday
  • Travel Required : Yes. Up to 25%.
  • Salary Range: $43.94 - $63.02 / hourly; $91,746 - $131,585 / annually
  • Classified Status : Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union : 220 - Managerial Plan
  • FLSA Status : Exempt - Executive
  • Telework Eligible : Yes
  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities : Yes

Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

The work you'll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

Job Summary

Help play a meaningful role in the health of Minnesotans by managing the work of the Injury and Violence Prevention Section (IVPS) in the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease (HPCD) Division at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). A dynamic individual with a passion for public health and related policy and programs that affect how injury and violence prevention policy, programs and practices are implemented and evaluated, is sought to join the IVPS team as the Injury Prevention Program Director and Section Manager.

Responsibilities of the role will include, but are not limited to:
  • Leading development of program policy, planning and implementation.
  • Providing expert advice and representing the agency with the legislature, governor's office, other state agencies and partners on injury and violence prevention issues.
  • Budgetary oversight.
  • Supervision of 6 direct reports and guidance to a 70+ person section.
  • Designing and leading epidemiologic studies and programs that assess the incidence, prevalence and preventability of unintentional injury, violence, and disability.

This position is telework eligible for applicants who reside in Minnesota. Position location will be determined by the top candidate and will be based out of a Minnesota Department of Health district office. Over the calendar year and during legislative session, the position has requirements to be in person for various meetings or hearings in St. Paul. The position telework schedule will be based on the business needs of the unit and supervisory discretion.


Minimum Qualifications

To facilitate proper crediting, please ensure your resume/application clearly describe your experience in the areas listed below and indicates the beginning and ending month and year for each job held. Only applicants whose resumes clearly demonstrate fulfillment of each of the minimum qualifications will be considered for this position .

Four years of experience in public health injury and violence prevention policy and programs. Experience to include all of the following:
  • Implementation and evaluation of programs and policy.
  • Oversight of budgets and administration of appropriate funds.

Demonstrated leadership experience. Demonstrated leadership experience may include any of the following:
  • Experience as a supervisor, team lead, lead worker, OR project lead.
  • Completion of a State leadership development program, such as Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) or Senior Leadership Institute (SLI).
  • Completion of a similar or equivalent leadership development program through another organization.
  • A paid or unpaid position leading a program or chairing a committee, such as an Employee Resource Group (ERG). This experience must also include:
    • 1+ years of identifying issues, goals, and strategic actions
    • 100+ hours per year time commitment

A degree in public health, public policy, public administration, or related field may count towards professional experience as follows:
  • Bachelor's = 12 months.
  • Master's = 18 months.
  • Doctoral = 24 months.

Additional qualifications to be assessed at interview:
  • Communication skills sufficient to convey ideas, issues, and complex concepts in plain language.
  • Human relations skills sufficient to effectively work in an environment of multi-dimensional relationships (e.g., state agencies, legislators, industry, local units of government, patients).
  • Ability to apply effective critical thinking, analysis, problem solving, and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to quickly adapt approaches accordingly.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Advanced degree in public health, public Policy, public administration, or related field.
  • Experience in strategic planning, policy development, implementation, program evaluation and coalition building.
  • Knowledge of state public health system planning processes, and administrative structure.
  • Experience writing reports, publications, and memoranda sufficient to clearly communicate technical subjects to a diverse audience.
  • Experience conducting focused research to generate accurate data for program evaluation and legislative decision making.
  • Experience identifying and evaluating information and conceptualizing alternative solutions to complex issues and conveying them to diverse audiences.
  • Experience working in a high profile, fast-paced government program.

Additional Requirements
  • This position requires successful completion of a background check.
  • This employment does not require a valid driver's license, but it does demand occasional travel, which thecandidatewill be responsible for meeting.
  • The successful candidate under U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations must be able to accept workinthe U.S. by the day employment begins. The agency is unable to offer H-1B sponsorship.

Application Details

How to Apply

Within your application material, please clearly address how you meet all minimum qualifications and any preferred qualifications for this position and indicate the beginning and ending month and year for each job held. Incomplete applications may not be accepted.

Select "Apply for Job" at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email . For additional information about the application process, go to .

If you have questions about the position, contact Genna Anderson at .

To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Genna Anderson at .

About Health Department

Come work for one of the best public health systems in the nation and you will contribute to our mission to protect, maintain andimprove the health of all Minnesotans. We are working hard to achieve our vision for health equity in Minnesota, where all communities are thriving and all people have what they need to be healthy.

Why Work for Us

Diverse Workforce

We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.

A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:
  • 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency's mission
  • 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs
  • 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job
  • 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule

Comprehensive Benefits

Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:
  • Public pension plan
  • Training and professional development
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • 11 paid holidays each year
  • Paid parental leave
  • Low-cost medical and dental coverage
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Vision coverage
  • Wellness programs and resources
  • Employer paid life insurance
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Health care spending and savings accounts
  • Dependent care spending account
  • Tax-deferred compensation
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.


Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email and indicate what assistance is needed.

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