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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 275731-AS
Work type: Partial Remote, Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Engagement and Outreach

Job Summary:

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WDHS), through the School of Medicine and Public Health, is recruiting a Program Director to oversee and manage the day-to-day operations of the state's childhood lead poisoning and lead exposure prevention and treatment program. The Wisconsin Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) is a WDHS program that receives funding from both state and federal sources, and is mandated by state statute (Wis. Stat., ss. 254.15).

Under the direction of the Lead and Asbestos Section manager at WDHS, the CLPPP program director is responsible for ensuring that WDHS maintains a comprehensive surveillance, outreach and consultation program for active lead poisoning response and prevention in Wisconsin. The program director will oversee a multidisciplinary team of UW and WDHS staff. The program works with a variety of community-based and statewide partners to identify and reduce or prevent lead exposures, increase blood lead testing rates in at-risk populations, and ensure the delivery of program services statewide. The program incorporates best practices to address and reduce health disparities. This position will require travel within the State of Wisconsin and some out of state travel.

The program director develops strategy, policy, and protocol, and oversees the general day-to-day operations of the program. Responsibilities include: development, implementation, and coordination of the program's federal grant; oversight of the program budget and contractual services, including contracts with UW-Madison and local health departments; consultation and technical assistance to local health department partners, health care providers and partners, and other community and state level entities on issues related to childhood lead poisoning testing, response, and prevention. Works with WDHS section and bureau leadership on strategic planning as well as other broader department initiatives. Cultivates existing, and builds new, partnerships to ensure and grow the program's quality and effectiveness. Promotes stable and productive relationships between CLPPP and other section and bureau staff and ensures access to CLPPP services to diverse audiences and communities throughout Wisconsin. Incorporates a health equity lens into program activities to improve health outcomes for populations that are disproportionately impacted by childhood lead poisoning in Wisconsin.

SMPH is committed to being a diverse, equitable, inclusive and anti-racist workplace and is an Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Applications from Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) individuals, LGBTQ+ and non-binary identities, women, persons with disabilities, military service members and veterans are strongly encouraged.

Responsibilities: Assists in the development, supervision, and delivery of quality outreach programs. Maintains strategic partnerships to support growth and execution of programs. Promotes stable and productive relationships between the university and community. Supervises and trains staff.
  • 20% Directs long-range and short-term strategic plans and initiatives to further the growth of the outreach program
  • 15% Develops organizational and operational policies and procedures and monitors performance to ensure alignment with strategic objectives
  • 10% Exercises supervisory authority, including hiring, transferring, suspending, promoting, managing conduct and performance, discharging, assigning, rewarding, disciplining, and/or approving hours worked of at least 2.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
  • 25% Serves as the unit liaison to internal and external stakeholder groups providing organizational information and representing the interests of the unit
  • 10% Assists with developing and monitoring the budget
  • 10% Oversees the annual consolidated contracting process with local health departments
  • 10% Directs and reports on the state's childhood lead poisoning surveillance system
Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Master's Degree


Minimum Qualifications:
-Experience preparing reports, grants, contracts, news releases, or professional publications.
-Knowledge of or experience working in or with local or state government agencies.
-Experience collecting and using data to advance program priorities and improve health outcomes. This may include using data to define a health issue, set program goals, identify at-risk populations, make recommendations for changes to policies and procedures, support requests for funding, or evaluate program effectiveness.
-Experience working with a multidisciplinary team.
-Experience interacting with community groups or fostering dialogue with stakeholders
-Experience presenting to a variety of groups about health-related issues.

Preferred Qualifications:
-Two or more years of experience managing or leading projects or an outreach program. This includes fulfilling responsibilities such as grant and budget development and monitoring, contract oversight, federal reporting, or program planning and implementation.
-Experience working on children's health issues or extensive knowledge of agencies involved in children's health.
-Knowledge of or experience with social determinants of health or addressing and reducing health inequities.
-Knowledge of the effect of neurotoxins (such as lead) on child development and behavior.
-Extensive knowledge of the adverse health effects associated with exposure to lead in the environment, methods of determining exposure, intervention protocol, and medical treatment.
-Knowledge or experience in lead poisoning prevention programs.
-Knowledge of federal and state laws pertaining to childhood lead poisoning prevention.
-Experience providing statewide consultation on childhood lead poisoning prevention to partners such as other state agencies, local health departments, professional organizations, health-care providers, and the general public.
-Knowledge of the role of public health nursing and environmental investigations in childhood lead poisoning prevention and intervention.
-Knowledge in the use of computerized data surveillance systems to track disease patterns.
-Experience evaluating public health and environmental health programs, such as childhood lead poisoning prevention, and making recommendations for improving program effectiveness.
-Supervisory experience.

Skills & Abilities:
-Ability and willingness to travel occasionally (in Wisconsin and out of state).
-Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with diverse audiences (such as local health staff, federal and state partners, the media, and the general public).
-Ability to manage competing priorities

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

This position may require some work to be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location. Some work may be performed remotely, at an offsite, non-campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $78,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
The starting salary for the position is $78,000 but is negotiable based on experience and qualifications. Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and savings accounts; retirement benefits. Benefits information can be found at (

Additional Information:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. University sponsorship is not available for this position.

How to Apply:

At UW School of Medicine and Public Health, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you're excited about this role, we encourage you to apply. To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply Now" button. You will be asked to upload a current resume/CV and a cover letter briefly describing how you meet the minimum/preferred qualifications for the position.

You will also be asked to provide contact information for three (3) references, including your current/most recent supervisor during the application process. References will not be contacted without prior notice.


Brittany Huser
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Outreach Prog Assoc Dir(OE004)



Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


  The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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