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PLANNER PRINCIPAL - STATE , Health

$ 23.30-$ 34.34 hourly, $ 48,650-$ 71,702 annually

Date Posted:   01/15/2014
Closing Date:   01/24/2014
Working Title:   Perf Improvement Consultant
Hiring Agency:   Health Department
Division/Bureau:   OPI/Quality Improvement
Location:   Freeman Building, St. Paul
Who May Apply:   Open to all qualified job seekers
Posting Number:   13HEAL000632
Employment Conditions:   Permanent, Full-time
Work Shift:   Day Shift
Days of Work:   Monday-Friday , 08:00 AM-04:30 PM
Travel Required:   no
Job Grouping:   General Administration
Classified Status:   Classified
 
Job Description:   This vacancy is located in the Office of Performance Improvement (OPI), Quality Improvement Unit.

This position exists to improve capacity and performance of Minnesota's public health system (partnership of state, local and tribal health departments) by developing and implementing plans and strategies to increase adoption and application of performance management and quality improvement principles and practices; and providing consultation and technical assistance to state, local and tribal public health leadership and staff on the integration of performance management and quality improvement principles and practices that leads to a culture of quality within Minnesota's health departments.

Responsibilities include:
Planning, implementing and evaluating plans and strategies to address gaps in Minnesota's public health system's performance of national public health standards and application of performance management and quality improvement principles and practices.

Providing consultation and technical assistance to state and local performance and/or quality improvement committees, executive level leadership, management, and staff on the use of performance management and quality improvement principles, practices and tools to address organizational issues, achieve programmatic goals, and improve processes.

Leading statewide and health department quality improvement projects and coordinating performance improvement initiatives, in collaboration with Minnesota Department of Health Quality Council and/or the State Community Health Services Advisory Committee's Performance Improvement Steering Committee.

Overseeing the activities of OPI staff, national expert consultants and contractors hired to provide expertise that supports public health adoption and application of performance management and quality improvement principles and practices.
Minimum Qualifications:   Bachelor's degree and two years of advanced professional experience in the planning, implementation and administration in the area of public health programs or related field.

Principles and practices of research and analysis techniques sufficient to formulate study design and methodology and to coordinate and direct work of consultants and interdisciplinary task forces.

Knowledge of planning principles, methods and techniques and ability to apply laws, rules and regulations sufficient to develop or assist in the development of statewide plans.

Considerable knowledge of and experience in strategic planning, policy development and implementation, program evaluation and coalition building.

Ability to review and evaluate technical reports and planning documents.

Ability to identify and evaluate information/data and develop policy and program management recommendations and to conceptualize alternative solutions to complex issues and convey them to diverse audiences.

Ability to write, edit and organize material from diverse sources to prepare comprehensive plans and communicate oral and written presentations for use within and outside the department.

Ability to develop techniques and procedures for accomplishing goals and objectives to design work plans for major studies and to direct their implementation.

Ability to organize and lead diverse internal/external stakeholder teams.

Requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes and heavy hand tools or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. Even though the weights being lifted may only be a negligible amount, a job is in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with a degree of pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.

Preferred Qualifications:   Knowledge of quality improvement tools, techniques, processes and their application in state, national and local public health settings.

Experience providing consultation, technical assistance or training.

Principles and practices of research and analysis techniques sufficient to formulate analysis design and to coordinate and direct work of consultants and interdisciplinary task forces.

Knowledge of planning principles, methods and techniques and ability to apply laws, rules and regulations sufficient to develop or assist in the development of statewide plans.

Considerable knowledge of and experience in strategic planning, policy development and implementation, program evaluation and coalition building.

Ability to review and evaluate technical reports and planning documents.

Ability to identify and evaluate information/data and develop policy and program management recommendations and to conceptualize alternative solutions to complex issues and convey them to diverse audiences.

Ability to write, edit and organize material from diverse sources to prepare comprehensive plans and communicate oral and written presentations for use within and outside the departments.

Ability to develop techniques and procedures for accomplishing goals and objectives, to design work plans for major studies, and to direct their implementation.

Experience with comprehensive planning and performance measurement within public health.

Knowledge of principles and practices of public health, including relevant state laws.

Ability to apply quality improvement, performance improvement and public health accreditation in public health.

Knowledge of project management principles and tools.

Ability to effectively lead and serve as a member of teams.

Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with a variety of organizations or groups.

Ability to facilitate communication, decision-making and problem solving.

Ability to analyze and interpret performance measurement data.
Selection Process:   The selection process is a resume-based, skill-matching process. All applicants who apply to this posting will be evaluated against the Minimum Qualifications stated above. If your skills match the required skills for this position, the department may contact you.

Recently Separated Veterans (RSV) - Effective July 1, 2009, legislation provides that the top five RSV applicants who apply and meet the qualifications for a vacancy be granted an interview. To qualify as a RSV, you must meet all of the following criteria: 1) have separated under honorable conditions from any branch of the armed forces of the United States; 2) have served on active duty for 181 consecutive days or more or for the full period ordered to active duty or have separated by reason of disability incurred while serving on active duty; 3) be a United States citizen or resident alien; and 4) have served in active military service at any time on or after September 11, 2001, as shown on your DD-214 form. To be considered under this legislation, you must: 1) meet all of the Minimum Qualifications identified in this posting; 2) meet all of the above RSV criteria; and 3) submit a copy of your DD-214 form by the closing date to health.jobs@state.mn.us or fax to 651-201-5779. Failure to submit your DD-214 form will affect your consideration for an interview under the terms of this legislation. Note that all vacancies will be filled in accordance with applicable union contract provisions.

Certain Disabled Veterans - Effective August 1, 2012, legislations provides state agencies with the option to appoint certain disabled veterans on a noncompetitive basis if you meet the following criteria: 1) meet service requirements and has verified service-connected disability rating of at least 30%; 2) provide qualifying documentation verifying the disability; and, 3) meet all of the Minimum Qualifications identified in this posting. To be considered under this legislation you must submit all documentation by the closing date to health.jobs@state.mn.us or fax to 651-201-5779.
How to Apply:   This position is open for bids and for all qualified job seekers simultaneously. This vacancy will be filled in accordance with applicable union contract provisions. Current employees of the Minnesota Department of Health who are currently in a Planner Principal - State, Health position and who are eligible to bid will be considered prior to filling the position via other means.

If you are interested in being considered for this position, please do one of the following by the closing date:

1) Submit your resume through the on-line Resume Builder at http://www.careers.state.mn.us/. You may copy and paste your existing resume or let the software create a resume for you. After you've completed your on-line resume, apply directly to this job posting (#13HEAL000632) by checking the "Apply for This Job" box and then clicking the "Apply to Selected Jobs" box at the bottom of the posting.

2) If you are unable to apply on-line via Resume Builder, submit your resume and a completed State of Minnesota Employment Application form to: Minnesota Management & Budget (MMB), 200 Centennial Office Building, 658 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55155. Please include this job posting number (#13HEAL000632) on your application. The paper application is available on the MMB website at http://www.careers.state.mn.us/ or by calling 651-259-3637.

Current State Employees: Please note that employment provisions (including but not limited to seniority and leave accrual) vary among the three branches of Minnesota State government. When considering a job with another branch of state government, you are highly encouraged to explore these differences. For assistance, please direct questions to your current or anticipated Human Resources office.
Contact for More Information:   Chelsie Huntley, (651) 201-3882/chelsie.huntley@state.mn.us.