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Population Health Section Director (213370)

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

Posted: Jul 09, 2024


Job Description

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has a Population Health Section Director opening in Topeka. This position is hybrid.

The Population Health Strategies Section Director provides oversight of programs assigned to the Population Health Strategies Section within the Bureau of Health Promotion. This includes directing and coordinating the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, School Health Profile surveys, and other programs as assigned. This position is responsible for directing grants management tasks such as developing grant applications and reports, monitoring progress, preparing, and maintaining work plans and budgets, managing staffing, and completing other deliverables outlined by the funder for assigned grants and cooperative agreements. A significant level of program development will be required. Additionally, this position provides leadership for use of public health data. Applicants should be familiar with data dissemination best practices, processes for gathering and developing public health prevalence and risk factor data, and the production of data documents for professionals and the public. Preferred qualifications include experience with large survey data collection, knowledge of school systems, and the ability to facilitate successful partnerships with school districts for school-based data collection.

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

Provides oversight of programs assigned to the Population Health Section. Directs and coordinates the Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System, YRBS, School Health Profiles surveys and other programs as assigned. Oversees and directs grants management tasks such as developing, monitoring progress, and reporting for proposals, work plans, budgets, staffing, and evaluation for assigned grants and cooperative agreements. This will include significant level of program development (e.g., interpreting funder expectations, establishing internal and external collaborations, developing in-house protocols, setting timelines, training staff, directing work plan implementation, instigating quality improvement activities, and establishing criteria for performance monitoring and evaluation) for school-based data collection. Ensures funder deliverables are met. Routinely meets with, secures approvals from, and coordinates with the Senior Epidemiologist and Director for YRBS, BRFSS, MCH, and Chronic Disease Epidemiology for data aspects of assigned programs. This includes strategies for data collection and management, data sharing, data interpretation and use, and program evaluation. Maintains communication with federal and private funders and works with bureau and agency leadership on long-term funding options for provision of local/regional data. Ensures internal and funder deadlines and targets for performance measures and processes (e.g., routing for approvals) are met. Maintains relationships with temp agencies and school districts to ensure programs maintain adequate pool of interviewers for BRFSS and sample for school-based surveys.

Directs and maintains advisory functions to problem-solve and implement solutions to financial, policy, and informational barriers to data collection, develop content for program surveys, increase data use, and understand emerging data needs. Includes development of School-Based Data Collection Coalition which will advise and provide guidance on the establishment of the YRBS to KDHE and overcoming barriers to data collection in schools (e.g., YRBS, School Health Profiles, KCTC). Develop and maintain communication with bureau and agency leadership, and coalitions. Collaborates with bureau leadership and other program staff (e.g., PHHSBG Program Manager) to lead and maintain advisory groups and coalitions as required by assigned programs. Requires coordination across multiple bureaus (e.g., BFH) and the bureau’s chronic disease and injury programs, including program epidemiologists. Develops and maintains productive relationships with other state agencies (e.g., KSDE, KDADS) and external partners (e.g., KUMC, Alzheimer’s Association, school districts, Kansas Association of School Boards, Greenbush Education Service Center, KAHLD). Builds capacity within the section to support community needs assessments. Seeks opportunities and resources for survey-based data collection through new modules or surveys (e.g., Youth Tobacco Survey), and other data collection methods.

Minimum Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in the Sciences, Public Health, Healthcare Administration, nursing, or related field. Experience may be substituted for education as determined relevant by the agency.

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.

  • Master’s degree in the Sciences, Public Health, Healthcare Administration, nursing, or related field.
  • Two years of experience working in a supervisory or leadership role.
  • Expert knowledge in survey design, sampling, and analysis methods.
  • Expertise in conducting population health risk surveillance.
  • Basic knowledge of program evaluation methodologies and data analysis.
  • Basic understanding of Public Health Data Systems and/or Electronic Health Records.
  • Able to collaborate with public/private partnership development and maintenance.
  • Understanding of evidence-based public health and data-driven decision making.
  • Software expertise: SAS, SPSS, Win-CATI, CAST.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to relate to a variety of people.
  • 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
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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

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Contact Information

[email protected]


Salary Range

$ 66,518.40 to 75,150.40