Director, Nutrition Division
State of Massachusetts
 Boston, MA

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition (BFHN), is seeking a seasoned professional with expertise in public management, nutrition science, and maternal and child health to lead the Nutrition Division. The Nutrition Division promotes the health and well-being of individuals and their families in Massachusetts by providing quality nutrition education, nutritious food, and access to health and human services in a positive environment across the Commonwealth. The Division provides services that are responsive to diverse cultures and works in collaboration with the public health and human services community to link clients to coordinated, comprehensive services.

The selected candidate will oversee a mix of state and federally legislated and funded programs, including: the Women, Infants, and Children's Nutrition Program (WIC), the Growth and Nutrition Program (G&N), the PKU Food and Formula Program, the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Initiative, and the Farmers' Market Nutrition Program partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.

The Director reports to the BFHN Director and is a member of the BFHN senior management team. The Nutrition Division staff is comprised of five units (Operations; Nutrition Services; IT; Policy, Marketing, and Training; and Administration and Fiscal) based in three locations (Boston, Framingham, and Northborough).

The Director of the Nutrition Division functions as the Director of the WIC Program. This position will work closely with the Northeast Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA/NERO) and be required to travel nationally to represent the Massachusetts WIC Program.

Duties and Responsibilities (these are a general summary and not all inclusive):

  • Provide effective oversight, leadership, design, and implementation of Nutrition Division Programs and initiatives including the WIC Nutrition Program, the PKU Food and Formula Program, and the Growth and Nutrition Program.
  • Promote effective working relationships with numerous service providers at the local program and community levels to ensure on-going communication about cost effective delivery of nutrition services and management of resources.
  • Manage and monitor the Division budget to ensure adequate resources, effective and balanced expenditures, and quality services to participants;
  • Oversee service provider contract development and monitoring.
  • Direct, monitor, and evaluate staff activities to ensure consistency with Division objectives.
  • Establish quality and efficiency standards in all areas of responsibility and ensure that these standards are measured and reviewed on an ongoing basis.
  • Oversee Division staffing needs including professional development.
  • Ensure hiring practices conform to DPH and state personnel policies and goals, as well as federal requirements for WIC Program staff.
  • Participate actively in Bureau senior management regarding strategy, policy, communications, organization, program operations, planning, monitoring, and reporting to ensure cross-Bureau, Department, and other state agency program coordination and collaboration.
  • Maintain a sound working relationship with USDA/NERO on WIC Program management, programmatic, and fiscal matters.
  • Foster development of direct reports through timely feedback and facilitate the ability of staff to achieve highest level of professional growth/performance.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in Public Health, Public Administration, Nutrition and Dietetics, or other relevant degree is strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of nutrition policy and principles of prevention for health and nutrition-related health problems, including issues impacting pregnancy and positive birth outcomes, breastfeeding, and infant/child nutrition and health.
  • Ability to interpret and apply federal and state laws, regulations, policies and procedures relevant to the Division's target populations.
  • Knowledge of basic policy and project management principles including program policy development, analysis, evaluation, program planning, needs assessment, and program evaluation methodologies.
  • Ability to build and maintain robust working relationships within the Department, other state agencies, federal agencies, and external stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of the WIC Nutrition Program and the federal and state laws, policies, and procedures as they relate to the WIC Program.
  • Proven supervisory and management skills, with the ability to motivate a diverse workforce and embrace diversity as a strategic advantage.
  • Demonstrated skill in problem solving, consensus building, conflict resolution, advocacy, and team building.
  • Proven ability to communicate clearly, concisely, logically, and accurately in written, verbal, and visual formats.
  • Demonstrated capacity to coordinate numerous competing and complex projects simultaneously to successful completion.
  • Confidence working in a fast-paced and evolving environment with high level of scrutiny.
  • Proficiency with the use of Microsoft Office products including Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook.

About the Department of Public Health:

The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth. We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities.

DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific diseases and conditions and offer services to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We also develop, implement, promote, and enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor health status and manage vital records including births, marriages and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work closely with local boards of health and community partners to identify and solve public health problems.

Total Compensation:

As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:

  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium
  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans
  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs
  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance
  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan
  • 11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time
  • Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities
  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options
  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs
  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Pre-Hire Process:

A tax & background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Human Resources Division prior to the candidate being hired.

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.

For questions regarding this requisition, please contact Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1-800- 510-4122 Ext. #2


Applicants must have at least (A) six (6) years of full-time or, equivalent part-time, professional, administrative, supervisory, or managerial experience in business administration, business management, public administration, public management, clinical administration or clinical management of which (B) at least two (2) years must have been in a supervisory or managerial capacity or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and substitutions below.


  • A certificate in a relevant or related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required (A) experience.

II. A Bachelor's degree in a related field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required (A) experience.

III. A Graduate degree in a related field may be substituted for three (3) years of the required (A) experience.

IV. A Doctorate degree in a related field may be substituted for four (4) years of the required (A) experience.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.