Maine CDC advertising for new Deputy Director but no outside applicants accepted

Dr. Nirav Shah, the director of Maine CDC, is advertising for a Deputy Director to oversee numerous key divisions of his organization.

AUGUSTA – The Maine CDC, which is housed within Maine DHHS, is advertising for a new Deputy Director and while person who lands the job will make $76,000 to $105,000 per year, the job does not require an advanced degree in public health or science. Despite the position being posted on several different websites for job seekers, members of the public are not allowed to apply, as the posting says, “Only Employees with Promotional Status in the Department of Health and Human Services May Apply.”

Maine CDC has faced skepticism and some criticism for the lack of transparency on some data in recent days, including a refusal to provide town-by-town data on COVID-19 cases as Maine trudges through a second full month under heavy restrictions.

The job posting, which was posted on ZipRecruiter, GlassDoor, EmployZone and JobRapido, says the Deputy Director, “will work collaboratively with the Director of MCDC in planning, directing and implementing MCDC programs and services. You will act of behalf of the Director as delegated and, as a member of the senior staff; develop, implement, and evaluate associated programs, policies, and resource allocations on an ongoing basis.”

Along with tracking state and federal legislative proposals and correcting program deficiencies along with other responsibilities, the person will also supervise division directors in: Public Health Nursing, Public Health Systems, Disease Prevention, Disease Surveillance, and Environmental and Community Health.

Among other programs the chosen applicant will supervise are Public Health and Emergency Preparedness; Data Research and Statistical Services; Rural Health and Primary Care; Maternal and Child Health; Chronic Disease Prevention and Control; Epidemiology Informatics; Maine Immunization Program; Central and Field Epidemiology; Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory; Health Inspection and Laboratory Certification.

But applicants are not required to have an advanced degree in one of the relevant fields, instead only calling for a ten-year combination of education and successful executive level leadership experience in a state public health agency.

The requirement that applicants be employees at Maine DHHS with “Promotional Status” further narrows the field of eligible applicants.

Applicants are being asked to submit their resume directly to Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah.

The job posting comes as lawmakers of both parties have expressed concerns that the Mills administration has not adequately informed them of developments or worked with them to develop adequate plans for the state during the pandemic.

Republican calls for the legislature to reconvene and remove Mills’ emergency powers in favor of a new plan crafted by lawmakers were refused by Speaker Sara Gideon and Senate President Troy Jackson. Jackson instead sent a letter to Governor Mills calling for a new reopening task force, which Mills has so far not created.

The job posting was open from May 4th to May 8th. The Deputy Director position will also offer health insurance, dental and retirement benefits according to the job posting, which can be viewed here.

The position is a Grade 36 “Confidential” position, which comes with different benefits package than regular state employees receive.

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