Sr. Director of Epidemiology

GPTEC · RAPID CITY, South Dakota
Department GPTEC
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor

Job Summary:
The Senior Director of GPTEC plans and directs the GPTLHB’s tribal epidemiology center. The Senior Director is responsible for grant writing and implementation, providing leadership, management and technical assistance to program staff, establishing program goals, managing department budgets, and ensuring overall compliance and success of the GPTEC programs.

Essential Functions:
Essential duties include but are not limited to:
• Representing GPTEC within local, regional, and national spheres.
• Writing grants to expand GPTEC’s and GPTLHB’s funding and public health project and service portfolios.
• Overseeing grant implementation and evaluation activities, and ensure grant deliverables are met.
• Managing departmental budgets and ensure fiscal responsibility.
• Leading the development of educational and promotional campaigns, materials, and web content.
• Presenting on a variety of topics to and communicating with tribal, regional, and federal stakeholders, decision-makers, and partners to further GPTEC's goals and objectives.
• Supervising staff in their contributions to project management, activities, and deliverables.
• Other duties as assigned

Program Management
• Manage, direct and coordinate a variety of related programs.
• Supervise and provide direction to a large multi-disciplinary staff; interview and hire staff; evaluate performance on a regular basis and implement disciplinary action as needed.
• Provide overall direction of projects and activities; provide oversight of quality assurance activities and review and approve work performed by consultants and contractors.
• Oversee and/or administer a variety of grants from diverse funding sources with individual and unique requirements.
• Provide for the sound management of department resources; oversee program budgets according to GPTCHB policy and funding agency requirements.
• Identify and apply for funding opportunities consistent with the mission of the GPTCHB.
• Lead and provide oversight for the writing, submission, and dissemination of all required continuation, renewal or first-time grant applications and reports.

Public Health Leadership
• Lead the department in short and long-term planning.
• Expand and/ or obtain new funding in line with tribal public health priorities.
• Interpret public health policies, impacts and objectives for staff.
• Ensure projects use appropriate public health methods and design interventions; translate and disseminate study findings and issue public health recommendations to tribal health officials.
• Represent GPTCHB at state meetings, conferences, committees and other appropriate forums; confer with local, tribal, state and federal officials on public health issues; meet with advisory boards, committees, the public and the media on community health matters.
• Present periodic reports and information on the department programs to tribes, Indian Health Service, state, university, federal and local entities, as well as other regional and national Indian organizations.
• Develop and maintain open lines of communication between GPTCHB and a wide range of stakeholders.
• Provide assistance to program staff on technical issues related to public health research including project management, regulatory compliance and budgeting.
• Must comply with federal laws and regulations as required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
• Performs related duties.

Professional Behavior
• Effectively plan, organize workload and schedule time to meet the demands of the position.
• Work in a cooperative and professional manner with OHC and GPTCHB staff.
• Treat Great Plains tribes and collaborators with dignity and respect.
• Utilize effective verbal and written communication skills.
• Advance personal educational development by attending training sessions and seminars as appropriate.
• Exemplify excellent customer service with tribal stakeholders, health board colleagues, program partners, service recipients, visitors and guests.
• Foster a work environment of wellness, courtesy, friendliness, helpfulness and respect.
• Relate well and work collaboratively with coworkers and all levels of staff in a professional manner.
• Consistently demonstrate respect for and acceptance of differing capabilities, cultures, gender, age, sexual orientation and/or personalities.
• Maintain and ensure organizational privacy and confidentiality.
• Handle crisis and tolerate stress professionally.
• Be self-directed and take proactive initiative to assist others.
• Resolve issues with other departments and coworkers without direct supervision if needed.
• Exercise flexibility to alter plans/routines when situations require and continue to perform without projecting stress/frustration that would adversely affect the work environment.
• Promote an alcohol, tobacco and drug-free lifestyle.
• Embrace modes of appearance and attire that reflect a professional presence.
• Adhere to GPTCHB policies and procedures.
• Other duties as assigned by the Supervisor


• Knowledge of the grant writing.
• Knowledge of various funding agencies.
• Knowledge of budgeting and financial management principles.
• Knowledge of the structure, functions and operations of GPTCHB departments.
• Knowledge of computers and job-related software programs.
• Knowledge of local, state and federal laws and regulations applicable to area of responsibility.
• Ability to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner.
• Ability to meet deadlines.
• Ability to research, synthesize large amounts of information (technical, legal, financial, and anecdotal) and communicate clearly the key information.
• Ability to inspire respect and trust; mobilize others to fulfill the vision; provide vision and inspiration.
• Ability to support and commit to OHC and GPTCHB policies and procedures.
• Ability to supervise, evaluate, coach, and develop staff.
• Ability to work with personal computer and utilize a variety of software applications, including email.
• Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
• Ability to prioritize and shift priorities in a changing environment.
• Skill in employee management and supervision.
• Skill in critical thinking, deductive reasoning and decision making.
• Skill in researching, compiling and analyzing information.
• Skill in creating and facilitating trainings and materials
• Skill in prioritizing and planning.
• Skill in use of personal computer and a variety of job related software applications.
• Skill in interpersonal relations.
• Skill in oral and written communication.

Work Environment/Physical Demands
The characteristic demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.

The work is sedentary. Typically, the employee sits comfortably to do the work. However, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying of light items, such as papers, books, or small parts; or driving an automobile. The employee must be able to read, write, speak and hear.

The environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, meeting and training rooms, requiring use of safe work practices with office equipment, avoidance of trips and falls, observance of fire regulations and traffic signals. The work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Local and moderate out-of-town travel is required.

• Master’s degree in public health or related field and three (3) years of relevant experience; or a bachelor’s degree in public health or related field and five (5) years of progressively responsible relevant experience is required.
• Five (5) years of management or supervisory experience is required.
• Three (3) years of grant management and/or administration is strongly preferred.
• Must maintain a current SD driver’s license, proof of insurance, and a clean driving record.
• Must successfully pass a criminal and background check, and a pre-employment drug screen.

The GPTCHB is a tribal organization which follows tribal preference laws. It is our policy to give preference to qualified Indian/Tribal candidates over qualified non-native candidates in hiring decisions, if all other qualifications are equal.

Employment is contingent upon the outcome of all required criminal background checks.

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  • Location
    RAPID CITY, South Dakota
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Manager/Supervisor