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American Indian Program Specialist (Planner Principal State)

Company: Minnesota Department of Health
Location: Saint Paul
Posted on: April 3, 2024

Job Description:

Job Details

Working Title: Program Specialist
Job Class: Planner Principal State
Agency: Minnestoa Department of Health

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 04/02/2024
  • Closing Date: 04/16/2024
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: MDH/MAPE (214)
  • Division/Unit: Office of American Indian Health
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Days of Work: Monday - Friday
  • Travel Required: No
  • Salary Range: $30.55 - $45.02 / hourly; $63,788 - $94,002 / annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Telework Eligible: Yes, applicants residing in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, or South Dakota.
  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities : Yes
    Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

    The work you'll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

    Job Summary

    The American Indian Program Specialist exists in the Office of American Indian Health (OAIH) in the Health Equity Bureau to coordinate and manage multiple OAIH grant programs with Tribal governments and urban American Indian organizations in Minnesota. Grant programs and funding cycles are dynamic and evolving. Current OAIH grant programs include American Indian Special Emphasis Grant, Foundational Public Health Responsibilities Grant, Tribal Public Health Infrastructure Grants, Urban Health Equity Grant, and Tribal Block Grants. These funding programs are related to planning core public health functions and work to reduce disparities among populations disproportionately affected by health inequities. American Indian communities include Tribal governments, urban American Indian agencies, and their staff.

    Primary responsibilities will include:
  • Provide consultation, guidance, and support to OAIH Grantees individually and as part of the OAIH grants team
  • Provide grant administration for funded American Indian grantees, so that grantees are successful in achieving grant outcomes
  • Work closely with Health Equity Performance & Research team to facilitate Indigenous evaluation and research strategies across grant programs
  • Work closely with Tribal Public Health Systems Specialist and technical assistance contractor to facilitate grantee access to technical assistance providers that meet their identified needs to strengthen effective core public health functions
  • Establish and maintain a respectful working relationship with grantees and other partners to enhance grantee performance, improve state relations with grantees and build grantees' capacity to advance health equity
  • Perform duties as requested for the Office of American Indian Health, Health Equity Bureau, and MDH.


    Minimum Qualifications

    Three (3) years of advanced public health experience working with Tribal or urban American Indian health organizations performing the following work:
    • Experience with State grant-making requirements and regulations
    • Experience working with or for Tribal communities
    • Translating technical information into plain language for a variety of audiences.
    • Budget tracking utilizing finance management programs and/or other related programs.

      A bachelor's degree in Public Health or a related field can substitute for one year of experience.

      A master's degree in Public Health or a related field can substitute for 18 months of experience.

      Preferred Qualifications
      • Bachelor's degree in public health or related field.
      • Lived experiences in Minnesota Tribal Nations and/or Urban American Indian Communities.
      • Lived experience evidence, practice-based evidence, evidence-based practices and best practice strategies to increase healthcare access and improvements in Tribal nations.
      • Organizational structure, methods and procedures of MDH, as well as departmental decision-making processes and policies sufficient to expedite projects and communicate appropriately with internal clients.
        Additional Requirements

        Successful completion of a background check is required for this position.

        Application Details

        How to Apply

        Select "Apply for Job" at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email . For additional information about the application process, go to .

        If you have questions about the position, contact Katie Crowley at katie.crowley or 651-201-5984 .

        To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Katie Crowley at katie.crowley .

        About MDH

        Come work for one of the best public health systems in the nation and you will contribute to our mission to protect, maintain and improve the health of all Minnesotans. We are working hard to achieve our vision for health equity in Minnesota, where all communities are thriving, and all people have what they need to be healthy.

        Why Work for Us

        Diverse Workforce

        We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.

        A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:
        • 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency's mission
        • 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs
        • 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job
        • 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule
          Comprehensive Benefits

          Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:
          • Public pension plan
          • Training and professional development
          • Paid vacation and sick leave
          • 12 paid holidays each year
          • Paid parental leave
          • Low-cost medical and dental coverage
          • Prescription drug coverage
          • Vision coverage
          • Wellness programs and resources
          • Employer paid life insurance
          • Short-term and long-term disability
          • Health care spending and savings accounts
          • Dependent care spending account
          • Tax-deferred compensation
          • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
          • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
            Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.


            Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

            We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email and indicate what assistance is needed.

Keywords: Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul , American Indian Program Specialist (Planner Principal State), Accounting, Auditing , Saint Paul, Minnesota

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