Director, Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center

The Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council (GLITC) Epidemiology Center Director is responsible for planning and implementing technical assistance, public health practices, research and epidemiological support services to Tribes and urban Indian health programs in a three-state region (Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan).  Works collaboratively with Tribal, Inter-Tribal, private, state, and federal agencies to ensure that comprehensive, quality health data is available and accessible to the Native American population. Actively collaborates with other Tribal Epidemiology Centers nationally to coordinate and prepare timely response to emerging national issues. Daily attendance is an essential function of this position.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

·         Assist with planning and management of technical support services to multi-faceted health programs including program planning, evaluation, research design, health data collection, management, interpretation, and technical assistance.

·         Develop short and long-range strategic plans. Evaluate strategic plans on an annual basis and modifies as necessary.

·         Provide overall supervision to Center staff.  Coordinate staff development opportunities, communicate mission and goals, conduct regular staff meetings, and provide performance evaluation.

·         Ensure the highest possible staff productivity, effectiveness, and satisfaction by supporting a cohesive team environment.

·         Assist with developing objectives and work plans with professional staff and the provision of training, technical assistance, and support services to Native American communities.

·         Engage in public relations and advocacy support services.  Oversee the monitoring of state and federal policy changes and budgets. Advise appropriate contacts as necessary.  Advocate for processes that will serve the achievement of organizations mission and goals.

·         Engage with other Tribal Epidemiology Center Directors on a regular basis as directed and needed.

·         Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with various resources to continuously improve the services provided to Tribal health programs and partnerships.

·         Work closely with the Midwest Area Tribal Health Board and Tribal Health Directors within the Bemidji area in matters pertaining to health data, epidemiology, research, and Inter-Tribal health issues.

·         Serve on state, area and national committees and workgroups that aim to improve American Indian/Alaska Native data quality.

·         Participate in grant writing and grant management including work plan and budget development, program, and budget coordination.  Ensure program elements are clearly defined and understood by all parties.  Monitor regulations, adjust grants and contracts as necessary.

·         Responsible for assuring data security and protection of Tribal community data.

·         Extensive travel to satellite offices, Tribal communities, and conferences is required.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities:

·         Engage in ongoing networking activities to remain current on the availability of epidemiological and other health data resources and services available to Native Americans within the service area.

·         Assure that all services are delivered in a culturally competent manner.

·         Attend all training sessions and meetings as scheduled.

·         Attend technical conferences, seminars, workshops, and other education events to remain current on technological and informational advances.

·         Perform other duties as necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this position.

This is a fulltime exempt management position Monday through Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm at the Central Office located in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin. This is not a remote work position.  This position, based on skills and experience, has a salary range of $92,000 – $105,000 annually with benefits including Annual Leave, Personal Leave and Holiday Pay; Health, Dental, Life & AD&D, STD and LTD Insurance, FSA and 401(k) Retirement Plan. Drug and background screening is required before hire.


Required:  A Master’s degree in Public Health is required, a PhD is preferred.  Minimum five years of experience in project supervision and administration.  Previous supervisory experience required. Demonstrated excellence in inter-personal relations necessary. Cross cultural experience required. Experience with a Native American Tribal organization and/or not-for-profit agency desirable. Grant writing and funding experience required.  Individual must possess:  excellent verbal and written communication skills; facilitation and conflict management skills, professional demeanor and appearance; excellent problem solving skills; ability to manage time effectively; ability to prioritize multiple projects; 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; and ability to maintain confidentiality. Working understanding and training on surveillance systems, infectious and chronic diseases epidemiology, public health practice, and systems thinking in public health.  Individual must be able to apply advanced reasoning skills to problem solving and use basic and advanced mathematical skills. Servant and/or collaborative leadership style preferred. This position requires the highest level of confidentiality.  Must possess valid driver’s license and/or reliable transportation with adequate insurance and ability to travel on a constant basis.


Reports directly to the CEO. Supervises assigned staff.  Working relationships with Tribal, Inter-Tribal, private, state, and federal agencies will be developed and maintained. Regular contact with tribal health staff, academic institutions, and professional associations. Coordinates closely with state, federal partners, and GLITC programs to encourage utilization of health data in the field by tribal health sites for such purposes as clinical and public health staff training, strategic planning, program assessments and monitoring.

To Apply:  See the employment page of our website at www.glitc.org for more information. *Only the most qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council (GLITC) is an equal opportunity employer that applies Native American Preference as defined in Section 703(i) of the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-2(i).  Consistent with the referenced Native American Preference, 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.

This position is open until it has been filled.

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About Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council office

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 serve a range of functions from Children to Elders. Our Mission is: To Enhance the quality of life for all Native People.