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The City of Worcester is an EEO/AA Employer. Preference is given to Worcester residents.

If you wish to apply for this position, the deadline is Open Until Filled. Please note the following application options for this position:
  • Applicants are Encouraged to Apply Online
  • By Mailing to the Department of Human Resources, ATTN: DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 455 Main Street, Room 109, Worcester, MA 01608
    (If applying via US Mail, please include a completed Application Questionnaire & VSID)
Public Health
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Full Time
40 Per Week
$98,800 - $112,000 annually, commensurate with qualifications + $13,000 annual stipend


The City of Worcester seeks applicants for the position of Director to oversee and coordinate the daily operations of the Worcester Division of Public Health, the lead agency for the Central MA Regional Public Health Alliance. Under the direct supervision of the Health and Human Services Commissioner, the Director is responsible for the administration of the operating budget, grant management, contract execution, personnel matters, and the establishment and implementation of policies and standard operating procedures in accordance with local ordinances and regulations. In addition, the Director negotiates yearly or multi-year inter-municipal agreements (IMAs) with each participating community in the regional health district. Special projects such as Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) national accreditation, strategic planning, performance management, workforce development and integration of Special Commission on Local and Regional Public Health Recommendations. The Director sits on numerous local boards and coalitions, providing insight and direction to promote public health and health equity.


  • Working knowledge of the Division’s operations and services provided as well as municipal budgetary procedures and applicable local ordinances, State and Federal laws and regulations
  • Knowledge of health and racial equity, and commitment to anti-racism policies and practices
  • Knowledge of potential grant sources of funding and contract management in support of Division operations
  • Keen understanding of local and state regulations and codes (i.e tobacco, food, housing, nuisance, etc.)
  • Keen understanding of municipal government as it relates to policy, budgets and supporting boards and commissions
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent research and data processing skills and ability to prepare clear and concise reports
  • Proficiency with computers and proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint)
  • Policy development and implementation
  • Ability to work with community coalitions
  • Ability to effectively handle problems in the field and during emergencies; ability to think critically and problem solve
  • Ability to read and interpret and apply Federal, State and local laws and ordinances
  • Ability to interact effectively with disgruntled members of the public, local officials and other department personnel
  • Ability to work independently, exercise good judgment and make sound decisions
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse populations, organizations, and interests
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to conduct research, prepare grant applications, and to prepare detailed, accurate reports
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously in a detailed and organized manner in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to conduct research, prepare and submit grants, as appropriate
  • Ability to prepare and manage budgets and provide oversight of complex Division financials


  • Master’s Degree in Public Health or related field
  • Five (5) years of related work experience in Public Health or a related field, of which at least three (3) years are in a supervisory capacity
  • Demonstrated experience in working with diverse communities and a high degree of competency with health equity and/or anti-racist frameworks
  • Valid MA driver’s license and access to reliable transportation


  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, or related field
  • Ten (10) years of related work experience in Public Health or a related field
  • Five (5) years of prior supervisory experience

SALARY RANGE: $98,800 - $112,000 annually, commensurate with qualifications, full-time, exempt, with an excellent benefits package + $13,000 annual Regional Public Health stipend.

To apply, please visit: www.worcesterma.gov/employment or send resume and cover letter to: City of Worcester, 455 Main Street, Room 109, Worcester, MA 01608. Open until filled, applications received on or before FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2022 will receive preference. Preference is given to Worcester residents. The City of Worcester is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Direct inquiries to: City Hall, Human Resources, Room 109, 508-799-1030, HR@worcesterma.gov.

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