Research Scientist Epidemiology with NY State Dept of Health; open until filled.
About: This position will serve as Director of the state's comprehensive Tobacco Control Program, consisting of 20 staff and an annual budget of $42 million. The Director will provide leadership, guidance and direction to the Tobacco Control Program, including the development, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of effective tobacco control and public health interventions; implement the program's strategic plan; and ensure that strategies and actions are in place to achieve program and Departmental tobacco goals and reduce youth and adult tobacco use. This position will develop policy recommendations; work to establish best practices in tobacco control; oversee and direct program evaluation efforts; and provide open and consistent communication to the program's staff and contractors regarding program goals, objectives, policies, and procedures. The Director will collaborate with other areas of the Department to advance tobacco control activities; will facilitate the development of cross-program and intra-Department collaboration and initiatives; will serve as a liaison to the state Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Advisory Board and advocacy and stakeholder groups engaged in tobacco control activities; and represent the Department on tobacco-related work groups, task forces and consortia. The incumbent will be responsible for adding to the scientific knowledge base of tobacco control by adhering to scientific protocols as the tobacco control program is implemented and evaluated. This position will oversee preparation of grant applications, budget documents and program reports related to tobacco control, and perform other duties as assigned. The incumbent will serve as a member of the Division of Chronic Disease Prevention's management team.