5613 Deputy Director, Missouri Health Disparities Initiative


TITLE Deputy Director, Missouri Health Disparities Initiative




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Program Director, Missouri Health Disparities Initiatives (MHDI)


The Deputy Director, Missouri Health Disparities Initiative assists the Program Director, Missouri Health Disparities Initiative by providing leadership, coordination, direction, fiscal management, and daily supervision of activities, including building a community of practice, managing communications, coordinating and participating in implementing professional development, and coordination of reporting requirements. The Deputy Director assists in organizing and directing the MSU MHDI Program team which includes the Computer Programmer, Grantee Support Agents, Business Manager, and Graduate Assistants. The Deputy Director helps provide 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, humanities, 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 of experience in public health including responsibilities for program implementation, project management, budgeting, and personnel management are required. At least one of these years must be in a direct supervisory capacity with day-to-day management responsibilities. At least one year of recent experience with direct COVID-19 programming and response is required. Grant administration experience 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. Computer literacy is required. The ability to write concise program reports, including budget status, is required.  Experience in distance education and project development or oversight is preferred. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

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


1. Supports the Program Director to ensure 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 timely MSU MHDI Program Office grant support, communications, training, and reporting guidance between the MSU MHDI Program Office and the DHSS MHDI Funds Recipients are coordinated, consistent and accurate.

3. Ensures that all Fund Recipient reports are submitted in a timely fashion by establishing and maintaining a reports management system, and that all reports are in compliance with DHSS, and University guidelines.

4. Coordinates with the MSU MHDI Program Director to report MHDI activities to the MSU MHDI Program Team of Experts to support the initiatives to address COVID-19 health disparities.

5. Provides leadership and direction in the daily operation, management, reporting, research, and communications of MSU MHDI Program operations.

6. Supports effective communications by serving as a liaison from the MSU MHDI Program office to the DHSS MHDI Funds Recipients and supports the design and maintenance of the MSU MHDI web site/newsletters.

7. Effectively coordinates MSU MHDI Program grant obligations through preparing and submitting all necessary MHDI reports and implementing and monitoring Funds Recipient records related to the MHDI grant project objectives.

8. Documents MHDI Program progress in achieving its funded objectives by coordinating evaluation of the project.

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

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

11. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading and research, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development training, and attending training courses and/or meetings required by DHSS and/or as directed by the Program Director.

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


The Deputy Director, Missouri Health Disparities Initiative is supervised by the Program Director, Missouri Health Disparities Initiative and supervises staff and graduate students hired by the MHDI Program.


APRIL 2022