IDPH HIV section chief position open for applications


Closing date and time:  8/28/2019 at 11:59 PM Central Time (US & Canada)



The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is seeking an energetic and motivated leader to manage the HIV/AIDS Section.   As a member of the Division of Infectious Diseases, the successful candidate will oversee a Section of approximately 55 staff, an estimated $100 million dollar budget and three core functional areas of Prevention and Surveillance, Care and Planning.  The Section Chief is integral to the Getting to Zero Illinois plan and approach, working with stakeholders, community-based organizations and those impacted by the HIV epidemic in Illinois.


25% -  Plans, develops, directs, monitors and evaluates the Department's statewide program for the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS, including implementation of the program goals, objectives as well as the formulation and implementation of program policy.

20% - Serves as full line supervisor:

  • Assigns and reviews work
  • Provides guidance and training to assigned staff
  • Counsels staff regarding work performance
  • Reassigns staff to meet day-to-day operating needs
  • Establishes annual goals and objectives
  • Approves time off
  • Adjusts first level grievances
  • Effectively recommends and imposes discipline, up to and including discharge
  • Prepares and signs performance evaluations
  • Determines and recommends staffing needs

15% - Organizes and coordinates the goals, objectives and activities of the HIV/AIDS   Section on an Intra­-agency or inter-agency basis:

  • Maintains liaison with the U.S. Public Health Service, Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, Health Resources and Service Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies that relate to the achievement of program objectives.
  • Supervises the presentation and transmittal of reports concerning morbidity assessment and overarching accountability process as required by federal grants.

10% - Plans, prepares and administers the program budget:

  • Includes the preparation of federal grant applications and the fiscal accountably process for general revenue funds and federal categorical grant funds.

10% - Administers statewide program to provide epidemiological services (surveillance and seroprevalence), prevention services, direct services which includes the AIDS Drug Assistance program and the Housing for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS and the training unit:

  • Administers the preparation and submission of  reports for administrative approval.

5% - Supervises the preparation of or prepares directly, Departmental responses to proposed legislation:

  • Interprets effect of proposed legislation on program
  • Prepares rules and regulations pursuant to legislative intent.

5% - Delivers speeches and lectures before professional and lay groups.  Travels in performance of duties.

5% - Meets with community based organizations and advocacy groups to provide technical assistance and policy clarification regarding the state's positioning HIV/AIDS.

5% - Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.

Minimum Requirements:

  1. Bachelor's Degree
  2. Four (4) years progressively responsible administrative and management experience in public health
  3. Three (3) years of infectious disease epidemiological experience in HIV/AIDS


  1. Progressive administrative and management experience.
  2. Experience working with community-based organizations and collaborating with stakeholders.
  3. Experience planning, preparing, and administering applications and budgets for Federal and State funding.
  4. Governmental (Local, State, Federal, or Tribal) public health experience.
  5. Experience in policy development, including legislation and rulemaking.
  6. Master's degree or above in Public Health, Epidemiology, Nursing, or related field.
  7. Public speaking experience.
  1. Requires ability to pass a background check.
  2. Requires a valid driver's license.
  3. Requires ability to be on-call.
  4. Requires ability to travel occasionally.
  5. Requires ability to work at various times outside of normal office hours to meet deadlines.
  6. Requires ability to work overtime.
  7. Requires use of an agency-supplied mobile phone.
  8. Requires the ability to travel overnight occasionally. 
Work hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30-5:00 pm
Illinois Department of Public Health 
122 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL  60603

About the Agency:

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is tasked with the oversight of communities within Illinois to achieve and maintain optimal health and safety. With an annual budget of more than $600 million in state and federal funds, seven regional offices located around the state, three laboratories, and 1,100 employees, IDPH is more than equipped to fulfill its mission of protecting the health and wellness of the people of Illinois through the prevention, health promotion, regulation, and the control of disease and injury.



This position is an "ONLINE APPLICATION ONLY".  Apply to this position using the "Apply" link above.  

Previously submitted applications for open competitive list or a promotional list for this position will not be considered.  Only applications submitted "ONLINE", during the posting period, will be considered in the filling of this position.  Paper applications submitted for this position will not be processed and will be destroyed.

Applicant notification of interview: 9/6/2019
Interviews will begin: 9/11/2019





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