National WIC Association

Operations Program Specialist

CDPH - WIC (Sacramento, CA)

This position supports the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) mission and strategic plan by advancing the health and well-being of California’s diverse people and communities. As an employee of the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Division’s Operations Branch, the incumbent supports the branch chief who leads two sections and a unit that include WIC’s budget and financial responsibilities, contract and business responsibilities, and workforce services. The incumbent works under the general direction of the Operations Branch Chief, Staff Services Manager III (SSM III). The Health Program Specialist II (HPS II) serves as a highly skilled health professional who is responsible for leading and collaborative planning, development, and coordination of complex management activities and projects to enhance and improve internal operations within the WIC Division. The incumbent works as a subject matter expert to research and gather information and data, evaluate alternative strategies, and provide management progress reports and recommendations in support of WIC operations and to implement initiatives intended to improve the quality of operation in the WIC Programs, Division, the Center for Family Health, and CDPH. This position requires the ability to think clearly, analyze problems of the organization and take effective action; work under pressure and time constraints; handle changing priorities; establish cooperative working relationships; clearly and effectively communicate both orally and in writing (includes acting as the lead writer for grant proposals and other programmatic technical documents); and demonstrate a high degree of initiative, independence, and analytical skills. In addition, this position monitors and evaluates contracts for compliance with health regulations, which includes oversight of the WIC estimate packages and USDA State Plan, ensures compliance with state and federally mandated activities within the WIC Division as well as coordinates and prepares responses to assignments and drills from executive management. Manage complex health programs or projects; and represent the department in dealings with local, State, Federal and private jurisdictions

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