Job Opportunities- August 7th, 2015

OHA Tribal Affairs Director position:
Duties & Responsibilities
The Tribal Affairs Director functions as senior advisor to the OHA Director, Program Directors, and other OHA staff in the planning and implementation of the department-wide policies and programs that will develop mutually respectful and accountable working relationships with the nine federally recognized Oregon tribes.

The Tribal Affairs Director develops and provides training for OHA leadership and staff to ensure knowledge and understanding of the nine federally recognized Oregon tribes, including their unique histories and cultures.  The training will be developed in consultation with individual tribal representatives and shall include an overview of relevant OHA agreements with the tribes

The Tribal Affairs Director advises, consults, and problem solves with the Tribes, department programs, community partners, and others in tribal relationships and involvement in OHA programs.  Appoints, convenes, and manages work groups, as necessary, to facilitate implementation of Senate Bill 770, Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and other department policies and procedures related to tribal issues.

The Tribal Affairs Director acts as liaison to provide access and resource for Tribes and tribal members who have concerns, questions, ideas, or suggestions about OHA clusters and programs.  Identifies and informs the Director, Program Directors, and key staff of emerging issues, patterns of concern, and solutions to issues related to program or policy.

Job Opportunities: Oregon Healthiest State
Oregon Healthiest State has a strong commitment to equity and while we know we have a long way to go, we also know that as major investments and initiatives occur in Oregon, the more that individuals from communities of color can serve in leadership roles, the better we will do as a state in improving the health of ALL Oregonians.

With that in mind, I want to share with you that one of our partners, Cambia Health Foundation is bringing the Blue Zones Project to Oregon and they are aggressively recruiting team members in Portland to lead the statewide initiative.  I’d love for this opportunity to reach your network and would be grateful if you would pass it along.  As you may have heard, this work makes healthcare, community health, planning, and public health fun.  Similar to the work you are committed to, it works to builds a social movement based on the possibilities rather than the problems.   People can learn more by watching either/both of these TEDTalks: job postings can be found at this link: with a search for Oregon jobs using the keyword “blue”. They are hiring a state team that includes: Executive Director Program Manager Organization Lead Engagement / Marketing Lead These are great jobs and I strongly believe that with the right leadership this work can help improve equity and reduce disparities in Oregon.  Last note, they are moving very quickly so people should get applications in this week.

Exciting positions recently posted at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). The positions are Assistant Commissioner and Director of Policy for the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control in the Division of Prevention and Primary Care. The NYC DOHMH is the largest local health department in the United States and is known globally for its cutting-edge policy and programs. The Division of Prevention and Primary Care works to advance population health through supporting access to quality health services and introducing system changes that promote disease prevention and control.  Division initiatives include a diverse portfolio such as electronic health record implementation and clinical quality care improvement in medically underserved communities, Medicaid enrollment assistance and advocacy for overcoming barriers to health care access, and innovative nutrition and tobacco policy development and implementation.  We work to advance the Agency’s broader mission of addressing health inequities and improving the health of all New Yorkers, and pursue opportunities to model the integration of clinical and population health strategies.

The Assistant Commissioner and Policy Director are two high-level positions in the Division’s Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control. They offer exciting opportunities to lead and inform public health programming and policy. The Bureau spearheads programs and initiatives to reduce the burden of chronic diseases by addressing chronic disease risk factors, such as poor nutrition, physical inactivity and tobacco use.  The Bureau has created and implemented programs and policies with national and international impact, including policies to reduce youth access to tobacco; hard hitting tobacco and sugary drink media campaigns; a city-wide policy to incorporate Active Design principles into City construction projects; the creation of healthy food standards for City agencies; restricting trans fat use and posting calorie counts in restaurants; and the development of a national framework to reduce sodium in foods through the voluntary National Salt Reduction Initiative.

The City of New York and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene are equal opportunity employers committed to hiring a diverse workforce.   I encourage you to consider these positions and to distribute these postings widely within your networks. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions.  You can view the positions here: Director of Policy, Bureau of Chronic Disease and Tobacco Control and Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control and the attached job descriptions explain how to apply.


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