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Assistant Director

Sociomedical Sciences

Assistant Director

  • 533417
  • Medical Center
  • Sociomedical Sciences
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Jan 20 2023
  • Grade 104
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: $65,900-$82,500
The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Position Summary

The Region 2 Public Health Training Center (R2PHTC) was first established in 2014, and refunded in 2018 and 2022, through funding opportunities from the Health Resources and Services Administration. Its primary objective is to support the governmental public health workforce by conducting ongoing training needs and assets assessments, developing, and evaluating high-quality distance training to address identified needs, and supporting a limited number of MPH student field placements and faculty-student collaborative projects in local health departments (LHDs) and select federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Reporting to the Principal Investigator/Director, the Assistant Director is responsible for overseeing and monitoring all aspects of the day‐to‐day administrative, financial, and operational activities of the R2PHTC.  

Healthy People 2030 “Public Health Infrastructure” objectives identify a skilled and diverse public health workforce that is fully prepared to identify and address major health problems and issues as essential. There is a repeated, demonstrated national need for a better-prepared public health workforce. This together with the movement toward national accreditation of all public health departments challenge the skills and abilities of the public health professionals currently employed in governmental public health agencies. To deliver the essential public health services in an effective, efficient, and high-quality manner that meet community needs and expectations, public health professionals need to master new information and approaches. The 10 Regional Public Health Training Centers (PHTCs) around the country play a pivotal role in developing new and innovative ways to provide training and education to the current and future public health workforce.


  • Serves as the point person for all subject matter experts and community based training and technical assistance partners
  • Oversees and executes submission of all required financial reports, progress reports, and annual narrative and program data reports to funder.
  • Creates annual budgets and monitors all expenses for the Central Office located at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health (MSPH) and its community based training partners/technical assistance providers/consultants located in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Ensures optimal productivity of community based training partners/technical assistance providers/consultants work plans to meet R2PHTC objectives.
  • Convenes and manages activities of R2PHTC Steering Committee and Advisory Committee including maintaining appropriate documentation for all meetings.
  • Oversees all distance training offered by the Central Office, community-based training partners, and consultants.
  • Organizes MSPH-specific deliverables including: monthly webinar series, live and archived lectures, presentations and events, computer-based training modules, student field placements, and faculty-student collaborative projects.
  • Co-designs and implements impact evaluation tools for Center trainings, student field placements, and faculty-student collaborative projects with R2PHTC Director and/or Evaluator.
  • Conducts regular workforce training needs assessments in collaboration with community-based training (CBT), technical assistance (TA) partners, and State and Local Health Departments in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Participates actively in activities of the Public Health Learning Network for the 10 Regional PHTCs (e.g. committees and workgroups, Regional PHTC network conference calls and meetings)
  • Manages graduate student workers to 1) execute the Center’s communications, outreach, and marketing plans, 2) evaluate and make ongoing recommendations for the Center’s communications, outreach, and marketing plans, 3) report continuing education credits to the appropriate education credentialing bodies, 4) analyze evaluation data for the center’s existing programs, and 5) analyze data related to various technical assistance projects in the region.
  • Prepares grant proposal, gathering and formatting information, writing drafts, and obtaining approvals from R2PHTC Director and regional partners.
  • Writes abstracts and delivers national presentations.
  • Other related duties as needed.

Essential Functions:

Oversee, coordinate, and manage all activities that work toward PHTC objectives and plans, and participate in related meetings. (30%)

Identify and coordinate with Subject Matter Experts and Instructional designer to deliver distance training offered by the Center (15%)

Prepare for submission of competitive grant proposals. (10%)

Prepare required financial reports, progress reports, and annual narrative and program data reports for submission to funder. (10%)

Maintain budget and track expenditures throughout the fiscal year. (10%)

Identify and manage student research assistants on various ongoing projects. (10%)

Participate actively in meetings and activities of the Regional Public Health Training Center Network. (10%)

Other projects as assigned. (5%)

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent and at least 3 years related experience including fiscal and administrative experience with related federal agencies, plus experience in clinical or community-oriented health care. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. Certified in Public Health (CPH) and/or Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). Previous managerial experience.

Other Requirements

Excellent oral/written communications, interpersonal, organizational, and computer (MS Office, Google Drive, DropBox, SPSS, HTML, webinar platforms such as Livestream, Zoom Conferencing, GoToMeeting) skills required. Experience in public health training and education and content development preferred. Experience in federal grant writing and management preferred. Public health marketing and communications experience a plus. Ability to monitor project’s budget is essential. Must be detail-oriented and able to work independently

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.

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