Public Health Program Manager

Pima County Government   Tucson, AZ   Full-time     Social Service
Posted on March 31, 2024
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5373 - Public Health Program Manager I (REACH Program)

Salary Grade: 14

Pay Range
Hiring Range: $60,487 - $72,584 Annually
Full Range: $60,487 - $84,682 Annually

Salary offers are based on the candidate's equivalent experience and internal equity with other employees within the same job classification.   

Are you passionate about serving your community and making a difference in people’s lives?

The Pima County Health Department is a team of dedicated professionals working to support the health of our diverse community. We’re looking for someone who can look to improve the health of Pima County residents in the areas of nutrition, physical activity and early childhood.

We are in search of a Public Health Program Manager I to serve in this grant-funded position as the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant program manager. The REACH grant, funded through September 2028, focuses on the implementation of culturally appropriate, evidence-based strategies to address a wide range of health issues among communities experiencing health disparities. The REACH program will focus on food and nutrition security, safe and accessible physical activity through improvements in the built environment, as well as nutrition and physical activity related to early care and education settings.



(Work assignments may vary depending on the department's needs and will be communicated to the applicant or incumbent by the supervisor.)

  • Develops program goals, objectives, policies and procedures and establishes short- and long-range program performance plans subject to management review;
  • Manages and administers program activities and evaluates program effectiveness and success;
  • Develops, negotiates, monitors, and administers contracts, intergovernmental agreements, and/or financial and service agreements for the program managed;
  • Monitors program contract compliance and takes corrective action as required;
  • Performs as a program representative within the community, delivers informational news releases, serves as a program contact person and participates in community awareness activities;
  • Develops and maintains effective working relationships and coordinates program activities with other county departments, public and private agencies, organizations and groups to promote the program and its goals;
  • Analyzes federal, state and local legislation and ensures program compliance with applicable regulations and policies;
  • Directs organizational and management studies for the purpose of identifying problems and alternative solutions to the problems;
  • Develops, writes and administers the program's annual budget, prepares program-related financial forecasts and identifies funding sources to support program activities;
  • Reviews and analyzes routine and special reports detailing the status and/or success of the program, prepares recommendations and/or initiates corrective action;
  • Evaluates management problems and makes decisions regarding the proper course of action;
  • May supervise the activities of county staff and evaluate performance;
  • May make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors regarding program objectives;
  • May direct the preparation and submittal of proposals and grant applications;
  • May access or maintain specialized databases containing program-specific information to review information or generate reports.

Knowledge of:

  • principles and procedures of public administration, management, and program planning, development, and evaluation;
  • federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations;
  • principles and practices of budgeting, accounting, purchasing, contracting and financial management;
  • contract and grant application preparation, negotiation and administration;
  • community agencies, organizations and resources;
  • data and statistical analysis techniques and application to planning studies and projects;
  • principles and techniques of effective communication to include written composition and public speaking;
  • applications of automated information systems.

Some positions within this classification require knowledge of program-specific terminology, principles, practices and procedures.
Skill in:

  • planning, developing, evaluating and managing programs and projects;
  • preparing and administering budgets, grants and contracts;
  • researching, analyzing and reporting data;
  • presenting, explaining and interpreting program goals, objectives, policies and procedures to the public;
  • directing staff and planning, organizing and coordinating program activities;
  • communicating effectively;
  • establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with service groups and organizations;
  • establishing, reviewing and modifying procedural and technical guidelines to enhance program effectiveness;
  • use of automated information systems to maintain or produce data.


Minimum Qualifications

(1)  A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a program-related field, as defined by the appointing authority at the time of recruitment and four years of professional level experience in coordinating, monitoring, administering or managing program or specialized work unit activities. 

(Relevant professional level experience and/or education from an accredited college or university may be substituted.)


(2) One year of experience with Pima County as a Program Coordinator.

Qualifying education and experience must be clearly documented in the "Education" and "Work Experience" sections of the application. Do not substitute a resume for your application or write "see resume" on your application.

Preferred Qualifications: (Be specific in describing your experience in your application. Ensure the descriptions provided illustrate your competencies, specifically addressing the required and preferred qualifications.):    

  1. Bachelor’s degree in public health, transportation planning, public administration, or related field.
  2. Minimum one (1) year experience in program management, preferably in a multi-divisional or matrixed organizational structure.
  3. Experience engaging and collaborating with diverse stakeholders including communities impacted by social, structural, economic, educational, health, or other disparities.
  4. Minimum one (1) year experience in facilitating policy-based coalitions, building or leading community-based partnerships.
  5. Experience in/knowledge of urban/transportation planning principles and methods including best practices in urban street design, e.g. traffic calming, public transportation, pedestrian/bicycle facility design or understanding and working on efforts to improve the built environment.