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Department of Health Services
Administrator; Division of Public Health 
Job Announcement Code(s): 20-02706

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INDEF AGENCY APPT-20.923(4) ESG 5 20-02706
    Administrator, Division of Public Health

Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
The salary will be up to $140,000 per year, depending on the qualifications, plus excellent benefits. The pay schedule/range is 90/05. Pay will be based on the compensation plan in effect at the time of appointment.
Jacqueline Strook, Human Resources Specialist-Sr.,
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Deadline to Apply:
The first review date will be Tuesday, December 22, 2020. The positions will remain posted until the needs of the department are met.
Assessment Information:
98415 -  002  INDEF AGENCY APPT-20.923(4) ESG 5 
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The Department of Health Services (DHS), is searching for a dynamic leader to serve as Administrator of the Division of Public Health. Reporting directly to the DHS Deputy Secretary, the Administrator will be a key member of the department's executive management team and will be committed to making meaningful change that will reverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities and create thriving, healthy populations in every corner of Wisconsin.

Where We're Located: DHS is located at 1 West Wilson Street in the heart of downtown Madison, near the State Capitol and along Lake Monona, with additional locations across the state. Work can be conducted remotely from home, but will need the ability to travel to Madison to work in the office as needed.

What We Offer: State of Wisconsin benefits include nearly 4 weeks of vacation, 9 paid holidays, ample sick time, a top rated health plan, an exceptional retirement plan, and multiple low-cost insurance options.

Position Summary:   

The Division of Public Health (DPH) is comprised of five bureaus (Aging and Disability Resources, Communicable Diseases, Community Health Promotion, Environmental and Occupational Health, and Operations), three central offices (Health Informatics, Policy and Practice Alignment, and Preparedness and Emergency Health Care), and five regional offices (Northeastern, Northern, Southeastern, Southern, and Western), and employs approximately 500 FTE staff.

The Administrator leads DPH and serves as an executive leader of DHS, serving as a fully engaged team member with the Office of the Secretary and the DHS executive management team to maintain strong linkages across the Department and state agencies in pursuit of health equity for all Wisconsinites. The DPH Administrator is appointed by, and serves at the pleasure of, the DHS Secretary. Depending on the candidate selected, this position may also serve in the dual role of Wisconsin State Health Officer.

The Administrator ensures that DPH successfully carries out its role in the fulfillment of DHS’s mission by providing overall strategic and operational leadership across the Division, in a manner that accounts for and operationalizes the integration of health equity and public health principles. Primary responsibilities of the Administrator include managing the DPH leadership team, setting division goals, and supporting DPH staff in their work to achieve them.

To successfully carry out the work of DPH, the Administrator is responsible for the establishment of open and positive working relationships with local and tribal public health agencies, acute- and long-term care partners, other state agencies, other public and private entities – especially partners outside of traditional public health/health care sectors that affect and/or are affected by policy related to the social determinants of health (transportation, housing, education, criminal/legal system, etc.) – and community-based organizations.

Special Notes:   

All applicants who may be appointed to this position will be required to allow DHS to conduct a background check to determine whether the circumstances of any conviction may be related to the job being filled.


Minimally qualified candidates will have:

  • Experience incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion principles and practices into an organization’s core values and functions.

  • Experience leading people, including setting a vision, organizing a team to execute on that vision, and holding people accountable for success.

  • Experience serving as a part of a team that collectively is responsible for advancing operational, policy, or program goals.

  • Experience using data and analysis to assess, determine, and communicate operational, policy, or program needs and performance.

  • Experience making leadership-level decisions that have demonstrably improved an organization’s performance or furthered its mission.

In addition, well-qualified candidates will have:

  • Experience applying principles of public health, communicable disease control, environmental health, emergency response, and/or other core public health specialty areas to policy development and/or implementation of programs or services.

  • Experience developing and implementing policies or programs designed to improve health and health equity.

  • Experience in a complex, highly regulated organization with a broad scope (e.g. statewide or nationwide).

  • Experience working in a public health, health care or governmental setting.

  • Experience developing and maintaining relationships with various internal and external stakeholders (e.g. organization or agency leadership, regulators, consumers/advocacy groups, elected officials, other governmental officials).

How To Apply:   

Click on the Preview Assessment link near the top of this announcement to view the qualifications that will be evaluated in the initial part of the selection process.

After you have previewed the assessment, interested applicants must apply via Wisc.Jobs. Click “Log In” to access your existing account or to create a new account if you do not already have an account. After you have logged in, click “Apply Now.” You will be asked to provide your personal information along with your resume and letter of qualifications (in a Word or PDF compatible format). To be considered, applicants must complete the online process. Failure to submit all required materials will result in an incomplete application and ineligibility for the positions.

Your resume and letter of qualifications are very important part of your application and are used during our evaluation process to determine your qualifications as they relate to this job. For suggestions on what to include when developing your resume and letter of qualifications, please click here. Candidates deemed eligible may be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact the HR Specialist on this announcement.

Note: Important communication regarding this recruitment will be sent via email.

Permanent classified state employees who are eligible for consideration must complete the application process to apply.

DHS is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer seeking a diverse and talented workforce. Veterans are encouraged to apply. For complete information on veterans' hiring programs that may benefit you, please visit the Employment Assistance Page on the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs' website.

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