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Consultant Unit Manager (213004)

  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment
  • Topeka (Full-Time)

Posted: May 29, 2024


Job Description

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has a Consultant Unit Manager opening in Topeka. This position will provide direction to subordinate program staff within a unit who are responsible for specific activities and components of a complex, diverse state level programming model delivered in partnership with local agencies, families, and communities. Employ quality management principles with focus on customer expectation, continuous improvement, team building, coaching, and empowering employees. Recruit, train, and supervise professional staff. Conduct orientation, identify performance indicators and support training opportunities to strengthen skills, proficiencies, and/or satisfaction of personnel; determine, assign, and/or oversee and evaluate the work of program personnel in program implementation, planning, evaluation, collaboration, technical assistance, consultation, fiscal management, and regularly to study the effects of grant and action/work plans on policies, procedures, and health outcomes for Kansans. Provide leadership and guidance to ensure alignment of programs to support consistent and standardized approaches. Promote awareness of total quality management practices including a commitment to bring about positive organization change using processes, tools, education, recognition, and communication; foster teamwork using a disciplined problem-solving and decision-making approach.

Job Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:

Plan, organize, and direct activities and manage resources necessary to establish and maintain MCH programs and services. Engage in the creation, implementation, and evaluation of MCH programs including identifying goals and desired outcomes. Support development, implementation, and coordination of programmatic activities related to MCH work. Work independently and collaboratively with other agency staff, MCH organizations, state early childhood agencies, and other MCH programs to design, develop, implement, and manage programs, services, grants, contracts, and other related aspects. Administer, direct, and review program areas to meet organization objectives and goals. Analyze and interpret statistical data, reports, and determine areas requiring changes. Monitor internal procedures to insure fiscal integrity of program funds in compliance with regulations governing expenditures of such funds.

Coordinate programs, services, and other activities with internal and external partners to minimize redundancies and to align strategies and actions; collaborate with agency, bureau, and program contacts to assist in developing, planning, and completing reporting, assessment, and analysis activities; develop and maintain working relationships with agency, bureau, and state and community partners to remain current on key problems and emerging issues related to maternal and child health; represent the agency and bureau at maternal and child health meetings and events; contact and assist community, county, or inter-county groups in public awareness of program(s); actively participate as a member on national, state, or local committees to align priorities and activities related to program plans to ensure statewide coordination of maternal and child health efforts. Disseminate written guidelines and standards of care for the MCH services with reviews and revisions completed as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Two years of experience in planning, organizing, and directing the work of a department, program, or agency. Education may be substituted for experience as determined by the agency.


  • High School, GED

Licensing & Certification:

  • Valid Driver’s License – Incumbent is required to have and maintain a valid driver’s license when operating a state vehicle, a private vehicle, or a rental vehicle for the benefit of the State.

Preferred Qualifications

Any additional skills, experiences, or qualifications that would be beneficial, but aren’t strictly necessary.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Health/Administration, Family Studies, Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, or related field.
  • Master’s degree in Public Health/Administration, Family Studies, Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, or related field
  • Experience working with internal and external cross-functional teams.
  • Experience incorporating consumer voice to meet the needs of populations.
  • Experience working with maternal and child health populations, families, and consumers.
  • Two years of experience working with partners to develop priorities and goals, implement plans.
  • Grants management including fiscal management and action planning.
  • Ability to provide effective coaching, mentoring, and professional development.
  • Ability to maintain effective relationships with supervisors, subordinates, and partners.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Proofreading, editing, attention to detail.
  • Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access.

About the Position

  • Who can apply: Anyone (External)
  • Classified/Unclassified Service: Unclassified
  • Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm (Flexible schedules available)
  • Eligible to Receive Benefits: Yes
  • Veterans’ Preference Eligible: Yes

Employment Benefits

  • Comprehensive medical, mental, dental, vision, and additional coverage
  • Sick & Vacation leave
  • Work-Life Balance programs: parental leave, military leave, jury leave, funeral leave.
  • Paid State Holidays (designated by the Governor annually)
  • Fitness Centers in select locations
  • Employee discounts with the STAR Program
  • Retirement and deferred compensation programs

How to Apply

Specific instructions for applying, which might include submitting a resume, cover letter, list of references, or completing an online application.

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Contact Information

[email protected]

Salary Range

$ 25.70 to 26.43