• Full Time
  • Denver

Website Prevention Services Division (PSD) / State of Colorado

The Work Unit

The mission of the Prevention Services Division (PSD) is to improve the health, well-being, and equity of all Coloradans through health promotion, prevention, and access to health care. PSD works with public and private partners/stakeholders and funders across Colorado to improve the health of all Coloradans. Division professionals apply a population health and equity lens to their work, implementing evidence-based and informed strategies within a framework of performance management to optimize equitable health outcomes. PSD is committed to the professional development, collaborative effort, and sustained wellness of its workforce as a key component of achieving PSD’s core outcomes. We believe that all people no matter their race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, education level, age, language, religion, ability or geographic location-should have the opportunity to live healthy lives.

At the Prevention Services Division (PSD), we are guided by a core belief: that ordinary people working together can change history. Our organizational goal is to inspire people to take action, empower them to change their world for the better, and connect them so they can achieve more together than they can alone.

PSD consists of roughly 283 employees who partner with public and private partners across Colorado to improve the health of all Coloradans. Our team of professionals develop, review, implement, and evaluate public health interventions proven to promote healthy living, prevent chronic disease, protect against injury, and ensure access to health care and opportunities for a healthy lifestyle. The Division is committed to the professional development, collaborative effort and sustained wellness of its workforce. We believe that all people – no matter their race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, education level, age, language, religion, ability or geographic location – should have the opportunity to live healthy lives and thrive in their natural environment.

The Violence and Injury Prevention – Mental Health Promotion (VIP-MHP) Branch exists to coordinate state and local efforts toward mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, and the prevention of death and disability in Colorado due to unintentional and intentional injuries through health policy, legislation, public awareness and education, training, assessments, and intervention programs.

We are aware that many kinds of injury and violence share the same systemic causes: poverty and economic instability; lack of substance use treatment and mental health services; social norms related to violence; and a lack of social connectedness that affects us all and leaves too many youths unconnected or unsafe at school. As we seek to address these crucial issues, we commit to being responsive to the reality that structural racism intensifies each of them. The VIP-MHP Branch recognizes that racism is a public health crisis and is committed to improving racial and other forms of equity through all of its programs.

These systemic injustices and additional risk and protective factors are shared across many of the outcomes we address. Our work will continue until all Coloradans have the opportunity to live and have healthy lives, in a way that celebrates intersectional identities including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, education level, age, language, religion, ability, and geographic location. Collectively we all can work to achieve this goal by improving racial justice and other forms of equity through all of our programs and practices.
The Position

Supports the implementation of the Sexual Violence Prevention (SVP) Program by overseeing contracts of grantees, providing technical assistance and supports sexual violence prevention partners across the state, and building relationships with internal and external stakeholders and community experts. Responsible for aligning efforts and strategic goals for the Sexual Violence Prevention Program to support more coordinated and consistent violence prevention efforts. Collaborates with other VIP-MHP Branch programs as needed to further the goals of the branch.

Serves as the staff authority for sexual violence prevention by directly influencing management decisions regarding the programmatic and policy direction related to sexual violence. Serves as the primary point of contact for any sexual violence prevention decisions and inquiries. Responsible for building and maintaining relationships at community, state, and federal levels in order to support implementation and evaluation of the program’s missions.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Must meet one of the following or any combination of experience/education to meet the qualifications:
Seven (7) years of professional experience in program coordination/management as it relates to sexual violence prevention, broader primary prevention, or public health. This professional experience must include providing technical assistance to
diverse partners and stakeholders.

Graduation from an accredited college or university in public health, psychology, sociology, social work, public policy, public administration, or other related fields.


Three (3) years of professional experience in Program coordination/management as it relates to sexual violence prevention, broader primary prevention, or public health. This professional experience must include providing technical assistance to
diverse partners and stakeholders.

A master’s or doctorate degree in public health, psychology, sociology, social work, public policy, public administration, or a closely-related field may substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications and Essential Competencies
The preferred experience, competencies and abilities are highly desirable for this position and will be considered in selecting the successful candidate:

1.     Experience in sexual violence prevention, upstream or primary prevention of health concerns, or the implementation of policy, systems, or environmental change strategies.
2.    Experience in community engagement and a demonstrated ability to build authentic relationships with people from diverse backgrounds and communities.
3.    Deep understanding of racial equity, racial disparities, and other intersecting injustices. Knowledge in how these intersect with sexual violence and primary prevention is a plus.
4.    Transparent and high-integrity leadership with a commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility.
5.    Experience providing technical assistance to community partners and the ability to anticipate the needs of stakeholders and proactively provide resources or support.
6.    Experience driving the strategic direction of programs including the identification of funding priorities, convening stakeholders for community-centered program planning and evaluation, and identifying collaborative alignment points across other state or national initiatives.

Don’t check off every box in the requirements listed above? Please apply anyway! Studies have shown that marginalized communities, including women, LGBTQ+, and people of color, are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet all qualifications. PSD is dedicated to building an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible workplace that fosters a sense of belonging. If you’re enthusiastic about this role but your prior experience does not perfectly align with every qualification in this job description, we urge you to still consider submitting an application. You might be the ideal candidate for this role or another one of our vacancies.

Conditions of Employment:

Pursuant to CDPHE policy, a background check is required for all positions at CDPHE.

Must have a current and valid Colorado Driver’s License.
Must be willing to travel 20% of the time.
Hybrid schedule, except must be willing to be in office at least 1 day a week.

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for this position, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board or request a review by the State Personnel Director.
An appeal or review must be submitted on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative. This form must be delivered to the State Personnel Board by email (dpa_state.personnelboard@nullstate.co.us), postmarked in US Mail or hand delivered (1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver CO 80203), or faxed (303.866.5038) within ten (10) calendar days from your receipt of notice or acknowledgment of the department’s action.
For more information about the appeals process, the official appeal form, and how to deliver it to the State Personnel Board; go to spb.colorado.gov; contact the State Personnel Board for assistance at (303) 866-3300; or refer to 4 Colorado Code of Regulations (CCR) 801-1, State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, Chapter 8, Resolution of Appeals and Disputes, at spb.colorado.gov under Rules.

Supplemental Information
A complete application packet must include:

A completed State of Colorado application.
Unofficial transcripts if using to verify educational requirement.
If you are a veteran, a copy of your DD214 attached to your colorado.gov/jobs application.
The Selection Process

All applications that are received by the closing of this announcement will be reviewed against the Minimum Qualifications in this announcement. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications proceed to the next step.
Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted based on merit and fitness through a comparative analysis process. Part of, or all of, the comparative analysis for this position may be a structured application review, which involves a review of the information you submit in your application materials by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) against the preferred qualifications.
A top group, of up to six candidates, will be invited to schedule an interview with the hiring manager.
E-Verify: CDPHE uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

You must be legally eligible to work in the United States to be appointed to this position. CDPHE does not sponsor non-residents of the United States.

ADAAA Accommodations:

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Dan McKenna, at daniel.mckenna@nullstate.co.us or call 303-692-2060, option 5.

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