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Director, Public Health Initiatives

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

This position will be open until filled. However, priority consideration will be given to those who complete the application process by 8/18/17.

Position Information

Position Details

Posting Number 17-00209-UP/FA Post
Position Title Director, Public Health Initiatives
Position Number 995819
Full-Time/Part-Time? Full Time
Summary of Responsibilities

The Director of the Center for Public Health Initiatives is the responsible leader for the Center. Leadership includes the delivery of high quality services that meet the needs and expectations of its partners. Developing the external relationships that are both helpful and necessary for the continued strength and future growth of the Center is expected. Center responsibilities include the development and oversight of dozens of projects with a range of complexities; developing project budgets and the overall Center budget as well as overseeing the expenditures; and providing development opportunities, support and supervision of the CPHI professional staff. The Center director is expected to be an active partner in the public health system in Kansas, regularly leading initiatives, with the team, and presenting at state and national conferences. Additionally, the director will serve on the Community Engagement Institute’s team of Directors, offering support to the further development of projects and opportunities for the full Institute.

Minimum Education
  • Master’s Degree in related field
Minimum Experience
  • Five years of experience providing Public Health services through state, local or tribal government, community-based and/or nonprofit organizations or academic public health.
  • Demonstrated success working independently in project leadership roles.
  • Demonstrated success in developing the relationships needed to obtain, deliver and renew a variety of funding streams.
Knowledge, skills and abilities
  • Ability to collaboratively work with internal and external partners.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to facilitate large and small groups.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Willingness and ability to travel regularly throughout the state.
  • Knowledge of the governmental public health system in Kansas and the US
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Project budget management experience
Required Licenses, Certificates & Registrations
Additional Information

All employees of Wichita State University are expected to support the WSU Vision, Mission and Values and foster an environment of diversity in culture, thought and experience.

Location WSU Old Town

Salary Information

Proposed Salary or Hourly Rate Dependent upon qualifications
Benefits Eligible? Yes

Position Description Information

Preferred Education
Preferred Experience
  • More than ten years of experience working with governmental public health, community-based and/or nonprofit organizations.
  • Advanced experience and/or training in an identifiable line of work (e.g. Leadership Development, Community Development, Public Health, Local/State Government).
  • Preexisting positive and productive working relationships throughout the Kansas Public Health system or a demonstrated ability to establish such relationships.
Regular Hours of Work 8-5 Monday - Friday
Environmental Factors

Normal working environments include working on-site in an office setting and externally in community settings.

Proposed Job Duties

Responsibility / Duty

Provide overall leadership for the Center, developing and implementing a strategic direction for growth. Maintain regular communication with Institute Executive Director to ensure such plans are consistent with Institute strategies.

Importance (E) Essential
Percentage 15
Responsibility / Duty

Ensure that all services provided by the Center are of high quality and meet partner expectations.

Importance (E) Essential
Percentage 10
Responsibility / Duty

Provide direct oversight to Center staff, ensuring that appropriate staffing exists to fulfill promised outcomes of various projects.

Importance (E) Essential
Percentage 10
Responsibility / Duty

Secure and maintain adequate funding to meet the obligations of the Center. Develop and monitor both Center and project specific budgets.

Importance (E) Essential
Percentage 15
Responsibility / Duty

Serve on the Institute’s Directors Team and provide guidance on organizational issues, specific projects, services, university relations, operations, budget, and personnel.

Importance (E) Essential
Percentage 5
Responsibility / Duty

Maintain and develop relationships with nonprofits, coalitions, government entities, foundations, and other potential funders and/or partners.

Importance (E) Essential
Percentage 15
Responsibility / Duty

Provide direct service on specific projects, especially when requested and/or when highly visible projects or partners are engaged.

Importance (E) Essential
Percentage 20
Responsibility / Duty

Develop new services and/or projects that are consistent with the Institute

Importance (E) Essential
Percentage 5
Responsibility / Duty

Other duties as assigned

Importance (M) Minimal
Percentage 5

Physical Demands

Physical Requirements - Physical Activity

Activity Vocal Ability
Frequency Daily
Activity Hearing
Frequency Daily

Physical Requirements - Weight Activity

Other Physical Requirements

Other Physical Requirements
Explain Physical Job Requirements


Requisition Details


Community Engagement Institute

Posting date 08/04/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled? No
Proposed Start Date 09/24/2017
Special Instructions to Applicants

This position will be open until filled. However, priority consideration will be given to those who complete the application process by 8/18/17.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this position?
    • Business publication or website
    • Education publication or website
    • Engineering publication or website
    • Fine Arts publication or website
    • Health Professions publication or website
    • Liberal Arts & Science publication or website
    • Veterans publication or website
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Community Voice
    • Insight into Diversity
    • Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Wichita Eagle
    • WSU Employee
    • Handshake
    • Other
  2. * I have at least a Master’s Degree in related field.
    • True
    • False
  3. * I have at least five years of experience providing Public Health services through state, local or tribal government, community-based and/or nonprofit organizations or academic public health.
    • True
    • False

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
Optional Documents