The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) is seeking a Medical Director to work closely with the Executive Director and the Deputy Director, to establish priorities and manage the on-going work of the Commission. The Medical Director reports directly to the Executive Director and is a member of the senior leadership team.
The Medical Director is expected to support the Executive Director, Board, and staff in assessing the health needs of Boston’s residents and implementing the short and long term goals of the Commission. Also expected is ensuring a high degree of cooperation and communication between members of the staff on issues of mutual concern, especially in areas of clinical practice, policy development, new initiatives, and the execution of basic BPHC services. This position requires the incumbent to interact on a regular basis with the media, the business community, academic institutions, city departments, community residents, the state legislature, and city councilors for the purpose of explaining city programs and policies, particularly those involving medical or clinical issues.
Additional responsibilities may include: advising the Executive Director on medical policy issues for the city; overseeing and ensuring the quality of clinical and other direct service programs; reviewing BPHC reports, surveillance systems, research proposals, IRB requests and publications; serving as PI on various projects; serving as liaison to hospitals, public health schools, medical institutions and institutional review boards (IRBs); assisting with grant applications and securing funding for projects; reviewing relevant medical literature and applying it to public health practice; supporting and participating in community efforts/coalitions addressing health concerns; developing presentations and giving speeches at community, academic and city events on medical and public health topics.
The BPHC is seeking a candidate that can: establish and maintain effective working relationships with representatives of professional societies and health agencies at the local, state, and federal level to insure the compliance of the city’s various health programs with national and statewide guidelines and to advise on issues related to public and community health programs.; develop and implement plans for new initiatives, participate in and manage responses to public health emergencies and emerging public health issues. The Medical Director will supervise BPHC Bureaus and/or offices as directed by the Executive Director. Performs other duties as requested by the Executive Director.
The incumbent must possess an MD or DO and be licensed to practice medicine in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or eligible for licensure. An advanced degree in either public administration or public health from an accredited university or college is a plus.
A minimum of 5-7 years of experience in medicine/public health/health care positions is expected. Significant experience in public health program design and implementation is essential. The ability to lead and develop cross-disciplinary teams of skilled professionals. Experience in the public sector is required.
Content expertise on public health issues is critical, including but not limited to, knowledge of clinical aspects of public health issues, health equity, clinical quality improvement, primary care and health care financing. Knowledge of public health surveillance and health informatics is important. Superior written and verbal communications skills are essential. Experience working with the media is important. Experience as a Principal Investigator on federal grants is a plus.
Familiarity with Boston and public health assets and needs is a plus. Medical Director experience in a local health department of comparable size is a plus.
The Boston Public Health Commission, the country’s oldest health department, is an independent public agency providing a wide range of health services and programs. It is governed by a seven-member board of health appointed by the Mayor of Bosto?n?.
Public service and access to quality health care are the cornerstones of our mission - to protect, preserve, and promote the health and well-bein...g of all Boston residents, particularly those who are most vulnerable. The Commission’s more than 40 programs are grouped into six bureaus: Child, Adolescent & Family Health; Community Health Initiatives; Homeless Services; Infectious Disease; Recovery Services; and Emergency Medical Services.