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Health Program Manager - Oral Health

We are currently seeking a full-time Health Program Manager (de facto State Dental Director) for the Idaho Oral Health Program (IOHP). This position is located in the Division of Public Health in the Bureau of Community and Environmental Health in Boise, ID, and is eligible for telecommuting. This position is based out of the Central Office in downtown Boise, Idaho. Applicants may choose to work from the office in Boise or apply to telework from within Idaho. If telecommuting is requested and approved, travel to Boise will be required on occasion when needed to work in the office or attend in-person meetings and training.
The IOHP is a federally funded program that works with partners throughout the state to ensure all Idahoans are free from oral disease, enjoy optimal oral health, and have access to oral healthcare. Applicants should have strong oral and written communication skills, strong attention to detail, proven project and time management skills, experience as a manager, and strong public health evaluation experience.

The purpose of the Idaho Oral Health Program (IOHP) is to promote and support public-private partnerships to work collaboratively toward a shared vision for oral health through:

  • delivering prevention services and expanded access to affordable dental care;
  • assessing and monitoring dental disease rates;
  • using evidence-based strategies to promote best oral health practices and policies;
  • delivering and coordinating community disease prevention programs, such as school-based dental sealants, fluoride varnish, silver diamine fluoride, teledentistry, oral health screenings, and community water fluoridation programs;
  • building collaborative partnerships through strategic facilitation to promote programs and policies; and 
  • assisting in developing an adequate oral health workforce. 

The oral health of Idahoans is becoming more critical. This position works collaboratively with partners to increase the recognition of oral health, especially through the lens of health equity and health disparities. The successful candidate should be passionate about helping people, leading innovative approaches, and guiding data collection to strengthen efforts.

This position may require some in-state and out-of-state travel to facilitate local and statewide meetings, trainings, and conduct site visits. The position requires an individual with skillful facilitation, relationship, and partnership-building skills.

Benefit Information:

Our generous benefits package increases the total compensation of a full-time (benefits eligible) Health Program Manager making $29.75/hour to an estimated $41.76/hour.

We offer a competitive benefits package to eligible employees which includes:
  • excellent medical, dental and vision insurance-employee only coverage for PPO $65/month for medical and vision & $11.00/month for dental 
  • generous vacation and sick leave accrual beginning as soon as you start 
  • 11 paid holidays a year 
  • paid parental leave
  • participation in PERSI - one of the Nation's best state retirement systems (the state currently contributes 11.94% of gross wages to an employee’s PERSI account)
  • multiple savings plans, optional 401K, and optional 457
  • basic life insurance for employee and family 
  1. employee covered at one times annual salary
  2. spouse covered at $10,000
  3. child covered at $5,000

This announcement will be used to fill the current vacancy only. If you have previously applied for Health Program Manager and wish to be considered, you must reapply under this announcement. Previous scores will not be used.

Example of Duties
  • Plans, develops, and implements goals, objectives and activities for the state Oral Health Program
  • Collaborates with oral health champions and stakeholders across the state to facilitate, convene, and build partnerships to achieve a shared vision for oral health 
  • Provides technical assistance and serves as a liaison with other agencies and organizations to adhere to the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors' State Oral Health Program Competencies 
  • Provides public health expertise as it relates to oral health to community partners and the public 
  • Coordinates program and grant evaluation activities at the state and national level 
  • Develops and manages grants and prepares federal and state grant reports
  • Develops and monitors program budgets, reporting instruments, and systems 
  • Translates program information and analytic findings into user-friendly materials for providers, patients, and the public 
  • Partners with organizations such as the Idaho Oral Health Alliance, Idaho State Dental Association, Idaho Dental Hygienists' Association, and others to identify ways to improve oral health outcomes 
  • Partners with the Idaho Oral Health Alliance to coordinate strategic planning for the development and maintenance of the Oral Health State Action Plan/Oral Health Improvement Plan
  • Partners with Idaho Public Health Districts to provide community-based oral health programs
  • Develops and negotiates subgrants and contracts with state and local agencies to advance oral health program goals and objectives
  • Coordinates activities with other state agencies working to address oral health and chronic diseases
  • Enhances surveillance of oral health data by identifying data sources, improving data reporting, and presentation through a data dashboard.
  • Increases comprehension and improves epidemiologic understanding of the oral disease burden in Idaho

Minimum Qualifications
You must possess all the minimum qualifications listed below to pass the exam for this position. Click on the Questions tab associated with this announcement for the details regarding minimum qualification requirements. The Supplemental Questions on the application are the exam questions. If it is a written answer, please make sure you answer each question with enough detail to determine how you meet the requirements. Do not put “See resume” as your answer to written questions. Answer each written question thoroughly. Failure to do this may result in not passing the exam and disqualify you from being considered for this position.

  • Considerable knowledge of: health program needs assessment and program development, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Experience: developing and implementing or managing public health programs; coordinating health services or public health programs with various agencies and organizations; providing health program consultation to organizations and programs; evaluating health related educational materials; writing grant proposals. 

Supplemental Information

Below are additional qualifications. They are not required, however, having the minimum qualifications and the education and/or experience below will increase your score. Please answer each item below with enough detail to determine you meet each requirement to receive extra credit.

  1. Good knowledge of oral health care industry. Gained by at least one year of oral health care experience or licensure as an oral health care professional.
  2. Experience managing budgets. Gained by at least two years of experience managing budgets from different sources, including budget development and justification.
  3. Experience managing grants or subgrants. Gained by at least two years of experience managing grants or subgrants with government, public and private healthcare agencies. 
  4. Experience in data collection and evaluation. Gained by completing at least one upper-division college class (or higher) in data collection and evaluation methods, or at least one year of experience in a job where data collection and evaluation were a substantial amount of the job duties. 
  5. Education. Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree preferred, in Public Health, Environmental Health Science, or related field.

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Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources at (208) 334-2263.

Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.