Public Health Specialist

EPA · Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin
Department EPA
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation $40,000 - $45,000

Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council is a non-profit organization formed by the Native American Tribes of Wisconsin.  We serve all WI tribes by providing administration of grant-funded programs either directly or with sub grants. Programs range from Child and Maternal services to Education to Disability and Elder benefits. Our Mission is: To Enhance the Quality of Life for all Native People.


Public Health Specialist

Position Summary:

The Public Health Specialist provides technical assistance, expertise, and consultation on issues of public health, health intervention strategies, and carrying out research and other projects to identify, define, and prevent disability, morbidity, and mortality associated with disease, injury, and related health issues. Working as a team member, under the direction of the Senior Epidemiologist/Program Manager, the Public Health Specialist provides assistance and support to Tribal Nations on important public health matters. Attendance as scheduled is an essential function of this position. Frequent travel is required to meet the needs of the position.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide various public health functions and assist the Tribes, Tribal Health Departments, and staff in the Indian Health Services (IHS) Bemidji service area.
  • Engage in public health practice with Tribal communities, organizations, and systems.
  • Research and identify appropriate evidence-based or promising practices for a variety of public health areas and disease topics.
  • Serves as a resource for technical information in existing public health information, scholarship, and practice, including innovations in the field.
  • Responsible for implementing projects or programs under the direction of the program manager including coordination of staff, contracts, and partner meetings.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relations with partners, advisory groups and committees to facilitate the implementation of all project goals.
  • Comply with established project(s) timelines and performance standards for overall program.
  • Identify potential problems and collaborate with staff to prevent or solve problems in project(s) implementation.
  • Track the day-to-day activities required to ensure project(s) tasks are completed on time, successfully, and in a manner consistent with the objectives and goals of the program according to the funding agency’s terms and conditions, if applicable.
  • Work closely with the program manager in the implementation of program scope and objectives as well as program monitoring. Assists in program or project evaluation, as appropriate.
  • Provide logistic support to other staff, partners, contractors, subcontractors, and participating Tribal organizations and communities in the performance of activities.
  • Able to synthesize disparate information and apply public health principles to complex health issues to identify potential approaches or solutions. Assists in data collection and management.
  • Communicate all requirements and commitments (both verbally and in writing) to the program manager, internal and external partners.
  • Make oral presentations to diverse audiences, both scientific and non-scientific.
  • React to requests for information from community partners and follow progression through to completion including written and oral responses.
  • Work with State public health staff and Indian Health Service staff to coordinate public health training and initiatives within Tribes.
  • Coordinate with Epidemiologists serving Tribes in the Bemidji area to produce regional data products, write semi-annual and annual reports, provide training, and coordinate program advisory committee.
  • Participate in projects as assigned by Senior Epidemiologist/Program Manager and the Epidemiology Center Director. Follow direction from senior staff and integrate perspective.


Additional Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participates in writing for grants and other funding proposals.
  • Engage in networking activities to ensure awareness of services available.
  • Assure that all services are delivered in a culturally sensitive manner.
  • Participate on various committees and workgroups outside and within the organization as deemed necessary and appropriate to the position and supervisor.
  • Attend all training sessions and meetings as scheduled.
  • Attend technical conferences and seminars to stay current on technological advances.
  • Perform other duties as necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this position.


This is a full-time opportunity working Mon-Fri 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM 40 hours per week with a work location in Lac Du Flambeau, WI. Limited travel may be required. This position has a starting rate of $40,000 - $45,000 with benefits including Annual/Personal Leave, Holiday Pay, Health, Dental, Life & AD&D, STD and LTD Insurance, FSA and 401(k) Retirement Plan. Background check and drug screen are required before employment.  Due to COVID-19, a period of self-isolation may be required if relocating to the area.


Working Relationships and Scope:

Reports directly to the Senior Epidemiologist/Program Manager; works independently with acquired experience. The supervisor assigns specific projects, sets deadlines, and provides assistance/guidance. Planning, coordinating, and execution of work is reviewed for accepted analytical methods, consistency, timeliness, and overall presentation and outcome. Daily contact with assigned program team members. Regular contact with all GLITC Epidemiology Center staff members. Frequent contact with employees throughout organization for the purpose of gathering and sharing relevant information.  Frequent contact with Tribes and Tribal Health Departments to obtain and provide information. Occasional contact with federal and state agencies for purposes of remaining current on various issues.


Performance Dimensions:

Supports mission of Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc.  Demonstrate a basic understanding of tribal customs, traditions, values, and beliefs; Quality, quantity, accuracy, timeliness and thoroughness of work performed; quality of communications and development of good working relationships with others internal and external to the Agency; honesty and integrity in the execution of all activities; customer satisfaction with services provided; maintain and comply with all Agency policies and procedures; reliability in reporting to work regularly and on time; soundness of business decisions made; maintain the integrity of confidential business information; stay current in field and utilize that information where practical.  Demonstrate a friendly and helpful approach and attitude to internal and external customers; professionalism; and commitment to the job.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

An equivalent combination of relevant education and/or training may be substituted for experience. Required: A Bachelor’s Degree in a discipline relevant to the scope of this position. Two (2) years of public health work experience, project implementation and monitoring. Knowledge of the principles and competencies of public health practice. This includes basic knowledge in the areas biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, communication and informatics, diversity and culture, biology, program implementation and monitoring, evaluation, and systems thinking. Preferred: Master’s Degree in Public Health or related field. Certified in Public Health (CPH) or Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES).  Experience working with Native American Tribal Health Departments, Tribal organization and/or not-for-profit agency. Ability to work independently and as a program team member.  Individual must possess: Excellent verbal and written communication skills; professional demeanor and appearance; problem solving skills; ability to manage time effectively; self-motivation skills; work effectively under pressure; ability to build positive work relationships with internal and external customers; ability to interact professionally with a wide variety of people; speak in front of groups.  Individual must be able to address a wide range of intellectual and practical problems, apply statistical calculations to findings, and the ability to compose complex business correspondence (reports, health profiles.)   Requires a high level of confidentiality.  Must possess valid driver’s license and/or reliable transportation with adequate insurance and ability to travel. 

**Only the most qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview. 

Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council (GLITC) is an equal opportunity employer applying Native American Preference as defined in Title 25, U.S. Code, Section 44-66 and 47, and fully subscribes to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity. It is the policy of GLITC to provide employment, compensation and other benefits related to employment based on qualifications of the job applied for, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, veteran status or disability, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law. As an equal opportunity employer, GLITC intends to comply fully with all federal and state laws and the information requested on this application will not be used for any purpose prohibited by law. Disabled applicants may request a needed accommodation from the representative of the Human Resource Department, PO Box 9 Lac Du Flambeau, WI 54538 or phone (715) 588-1069 or (800) 872-7207

Closing Date: Open until filled.

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  • Location
    Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $40,000 - $45,000