Section Manager, Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section

  • Oregon Health Authority
  • Portland, OR, USA
Full Time Program Management

Job Description


Close date: Open until filled

Salary: $6,751 to $10,442 monthly

Location: Portland, OR 

This position is open until filled. At the agency’s discretion, this recruitment can close at any time. 

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Public Health Division (PHD), Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention (HPCDP) section in Portland, OR, is seeking diverse candidates to fill the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Section Manager position. This position provides strategic leadership, mentorship, and management for the statewide data, policy, systems change, legislative analysis, and grantee program initiatives in HPCDP. 

The Oregon Health Authority strategic goal is to end all health inequities by 2030.

The OHA mission is helping people and communities achieve optimum physical, mental, and social well-being through partnership, prevention and access to quality, affordable health care. OHA’s work is organized into three broad goals: Improve the lifelong health of all Oregonians; increase the quality, reliability, and availability of care for all Oregonians; and lower or contain the cost of care so it is affordable to everyone. 

Most of this work may be temporarily performed remotely at an alternative worksite with full access to the needed operating systems and technology.  

What will you do?
As the HPCDP Section Manager, you will provide strong and supportive leadership that honors staff expertise while empowering staff to do their best work. In HPCDP, our collective work focuses on preventing risk factors for chronic disease, including substance use and addiction, and chronic disease self-management. This work is accomplished by increasing opportunities for all people in Oregon, no matter where they live in the state, to eat better, move more, live tobacco free, drink less alcohol, and take charge of their own health. Your experience as a leader and innovator, including addressing other issues, can help our section thrive. 

As a leader within OHA, your focus will be to advance the goal of eliminating health disparities and achieving health equity by 2030. The HPCDP Section Manager clearly communicates this vision to motivate other organizations and individuals to make health equity a reality. You will also communicate the vision internally to support staff working on policy and systems change and other public health strategies. The HPCDP Section has an approximately $44 million biennial budget. Much of this funding supports organizations and partnerships that reflect community priorities and context. You will engage and support a complex array of partners and policymakers, including state government partners, local public health, tribes, community-based organizations, and healthcare systems. 

In this position, you will:

  • Provide strategic vision, allocating resources and staff time toward improving the health of the populations most affected by chronic disease.
  • Lead, support, and mentor a dynamic group of professionals with content knowledge and experience that spans policy and systems change, cultural responsiveness, community engagement, surveillance and evaluation, and business operations.
  • Develop and integrate strategic initiatives to reduce chronic disease and achieve health equity using an anti-racist framework.
  • Assign and monitor the work of section personnel directly and through teams to meet programmatic and strategic public health goals and objectives.
  • Develop and monitor program budgets and assure grant objectives are met.
  • Inform strategic priorities by evaluating program, policy, and initiative quality and effectiveness. This includes reviewing reports and data and conferring with staff and partners.
  • Assure appropriate training, technical assistance, and development opportunities are available for staff, grantees, and other partners.
  • Collaborate and coordinate complex and large-scale program activities and initiatives with all levels of agency staff, individuals, groups, and organizations. Support staff who are also managing complex projects and programs.
  • Interact with policymakers and represent HPCDP’s strategic vision with other state, federal, and municipal agencies.
  • Ensure data, reports, and strategic information are available, accessible, and transparent to the public.
  • Lead change management and continuous quality improvement processes to modernize the structure and culture of a large section with myriad funded partners and allies.
  • Contact Cyndi Phipps-Roman at to request the position description. 

What are we looking for?

Minimum Requirements

  • Four years of management experience in a public or private organization related to public health which included responsibility for each of the following: a) development of program rules and policies, b) development of long- and short-range goals and plans, c) program evaluation, and d) budget preparation;


Three years of management experience in a public or private organization related to public health which included responsibility for each of the following: a) development of program rules and policies, b) development of long- and short-range goals and plans, c) program evaluation, and d) budget preparation;


45-48 quarter hours (30-32 semester hours) of graduate level coursework in management.

NOTE: In the "Work History" section on your application, you must clearly describe your experience in each of the a), b), c), d) areas listed. Failure to provide this information may result in eliminating your application from further consideration.

Requested Skills 

  • Preference will be given to applicants with at least five years of experience as a manager or leader of a team coordinating or administering multiple programs and budgets with complex systems. Relevant experience includes public health, social services, community health or service delivery, or any combination of experience and education equivalent to seven years of experience managing or administering multiple programs or initiatives in public health, community health, or a health care setting.
  • Experience promoting a culturally competent and diverse work environment that embraces differences of opinion; supports various work styles; and elevates alternative thinking, innovation, and practice-based
  • Experience with community-based approaches that elevate practice-based evidence alongside (and sometimes in place of) evidence-based practices to eliminate health disparities.
  • Well-versed in principles and practices of racial justice, health equity, anti-racist approaches, authentic leadership, and transformational leadership, or willingness to engage in these critical approaches.
  • Experience supervising, coaching, and supporting staff to monitor large budgets and grants. Ensuring quality contract administration to advance strategic vision and priorities.
  • Demonstrated experience engaging leadership and holding them accountable to advance health equity.
  • Demonstrated experience remaining flexible and supporting staff in evolving or ambiguous situations. This includes monitoring staff workloads, work-life balance, and wellbeing.
  • Demonstrated experience building and maintaining strong internal and external relationships using emotional intelligence, trauma-informed solutions, or another person-centered leadership style.
  • Experience navigating systems that require input from many stakeholders, including ability to build and maintain relationships with partners from various sectors. Key partners will include federal, state, and local agencies; other divisions and programs; sovereign tribal nations; public and private healthcare systems; community organizations and coalitions; and other private and public sector entities.
  • Ability to clearly communicate a unifying vision and goals to eliminate chronic disease disparities and achieve health equity for all Oregonians. This includes the ability to articulate next steps and motivate others to join in collective action.
  • Demonstrated experience with cultural responsiveness, authenticity, and transparency in all communications.

How to Apply 

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Contact Information 

Cyndi Phipps-Roman



Public Health Administration

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree


$6,751 to $10,442 monthly

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