5612 Program Director, Missouri Health Disparities Initiative


TITLE Program Director, Missouri Health Disparities Initiative




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Director, Ozarks Public Health Institute (OPHI)


The Program Director, Missouri Health Disparities Initiative (MHDI) provides leadership, coordination, direction, fiscal management, and overall supervision of activities for the MSU MHDI Program. This includes building a community of practice, managing communications, coordinating and participating in implementing professional development, coordinating reporting requirements, and is responsible for regularly communicating with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) staff. The Program Director organizes and directs the MSU program team which includes the Deputy Director, Computer Programmer, Grantee Support Agents, Business Manager, and Graduate Assistants. The Program Director provides coordination, direction, and guidance for up to 50 DHSS grant awardees throughout the state working on MHDI including, but not limited to, local public health agencies as well as local community organizations across the state.


Education: A bachelor's degree in a health-related, natural-science, or other discipline closely related to the skills, duties and responsibilities described herein is required, and a master’s degree is preferred. An equivalent combination of years of experience and education may be considered for substitution of educational requirements.

Experience: At least five years or more of experience that demonstrates progressively increasing leadership responsibilities for program development, project management, budgeting, personnel management, fiscal management, and administration with accountable supervisory capacity with comprehensive management responsibilities is required. Leadership experience is required. Grant administration and reporting experience is required. Experience in a public health agency is preferred.

Skills: Effective oral and written communication skills are required. Effective interpersonal and organizational skills, particularly in planning, setting deadlines, and evaluating performance are required. Supervisory skills are required. Proven program development and management is required. Computer literacy is required. The ability to write concise program reports, including budget status and grant programs, is required. At least two years of recent experience with direct, diverse COVID-19 programming and response activity is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required. Experience in distance education, data analysis, and project development or administration is preferred.

Other: This is a grant funded position and continuation of this position is dependent on ongoing grant funding.


1. Ensures that the MHDI program operates in accordance with DHSS guidelines, and the specific goals, objectives, and activities outlined in the University’s grant agreement.

2. Ensures that the project is fully operational and meeting grant deliverables by serving as the primary liaison between the MSU MHDI Program and DHSS. 

3. Ensures timely MHDI grant support, communication, training, and reporting guidance between the MSU MHDI Program Office and the DHSS MHDI Funds Recipients.

4. Ensures that all state and federal reports are submitted in a timely fashion by establishing and maintaining a reports management system.

5. Provides leadership and direction for the daily operation, management, reporting, research, and communication of MSU MHDI Program operations to support the initiatives to address COVID-19 health disparities.

6. Assures accurate and effective administration of the MHDI Program activities to MSU Financial Services related to progress of grant initiatives, accountability measures, and project concerns, and assurance that grant and financial records are in compliance with federal and University guidelines.

7. Assures MSU MDHI Program Office support, response and training is coordinated, consistent, and accurate to all MHDI DHSS Funds Recipients.

8. Supports the design and maintenance of the MSU MHDI web site/newsletters.

9. Effectively manages the MHDI Program by ensuring that grant obligations are met in a timely manner, preparing and submitting all necessary MHDI reports and implementing and monitoring Funds Recipient records related to the MHDI grant project objectives.

10. Documents MHDI Program progress in achieving its funded objectives by coordinating evaluation of the projects reach and outcomes and assumes responsibility for the documentation of the technical assistance provided by staff.

11. Facilitates a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

12. Represents the MSU MHDI Program at appropriate meetings, both virtually and in person.

13. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, research, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development training, and attending training courses and/or meetings required by DHSS and supervision.

14. Contributes to the overall success of MHDI Program by performing all other duties as assigned.


The Program Director, Missouri Health Disparities Initiative is supervised by the Director, Ozarks Public Health Institute and supervises the Deputy Director, Missouri Health Disparities Initiative, full and part time staff, and graduate students hired by the MHDI Program.


APRIL 2022