Public Health Job Opportunities

Newborn Screening Program Manager

Deadline: February 14, 2020


The DHHS Public Health Division is seeking a motivated and self-driven professional to manage, plan and evaluate the Newborn Metabolic Screening and Early Hearing Detection programs to ensure effective implementation of program activities in the State of Nebraska.

Examples of Work

This position is responsible for management, oversight, planning, and evaluation of the Newborn Metabolic Screening and Early Hearing Detection and Intervention programs. As part of these duties, the position monitors a budget; issues contracts for services and monitors contractor’s performance and documentation; receives, develops, reviews and submits programmatic reports; processes invoices for payment after determining ability to pay; ensures fidelity to program, statutory, and regulatory requirements on the part of both the state and local entities, as well as recommends revisions for improved effectiveness; plans for and manages the resources to operate and maintain the programs; and plans for and coordinates the collection of data for reporting, planning, and evaluation purposes. In addition, this position supervises 3 professional FTE, 1 part time support FTE and 1 Program Manager FTE who in turn supervises staff. The Newborn Screening programs ensure that all newborns are screened appropriately and followed up as necessary for appropriate treatment. For blood-spot screening, fidelity to current processes and quality work ensure that over 30 rare inherited and congenital diseases are diagnosed and treated before mortality or morbidity can occur. Hearing screening is similar in that the program ensures that hearing issues are identified before significant development delays can occur in infants. The Program Manager position is critical for ensuring that systems are in place to provide services in a timely, efficient, and quality way.


Qualifications / Requirements

REQUIRED: Bachelor’s degree in business or public administration, social/behavioral sciences, education, health sciences, public health, law or related field and one year experience in program planning, implementation, budgeting, monitoring, evaluating, marketing a program or service and supervising/managing staff. Related coursework, training and/or education may substitute for the Bachelor’s degree on a year-for-year basis.

PREFERRED: Education and experience in nursing, health care or medical field; Skills in management/supervision and sufficient knowledge of metabolic/genetic diseases so as to assure appropriate policies and procedures are in place.

OTHER: Valid driver’s license or the ability to provide independent authorized transportation.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of the principles and practices of management; business and management principles including planning, budgeting, resource allocation and human resources; the principles of grant writing and grant administration; the techniques of research, planning and evaluation; work performance or other standards of development; program analysis/evaluation; policy development.

Skill in communicating to convey information so others will understand; performing quality assessment reviews and evaluating program effectiveness; identifying problems and developing options for solutions.

Ability to plan, assign, direct, and evaluate the work of subordinate staff; learn, apply, and interpret State and federal statutes and regulations relating to assigned program(s); learn, apply, and interpret agency policies and procedures relating to the assigned program(s); learn laboratory screening and diagnostic testing for the rare diseases screened, and medical information about effects of treatment for the rare diseases; develop and maintain effective relationships with program representatives and the public; apply instructions; implement objectives and performance goals; assess progress toward achievement of objectives and adherence with standards and/or policies; summarize program and administrative data/statistics into reports; formulate short term plans; manage time and workflow of oneself and that of others to meet deadlines; demonstrate professionalism.


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