The Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center (GLITEC) is a program of GLITC and is an established public health authority. Since 1996, GLITEC has served the 34 federally recognized Tribes, four urban Indian communities, and three Indian Health Service (IHS) service units within the Bemidji IHS Area (Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Chicago). GLITEC’s mission is: To support Tribal communities in their efforts to improve health by assisting with data needs through partnership development, community-based research, education, and technical assistance.

Public Health Specialist II

GLITEC is seeking a Public Health Specialist II. We are a growing program that is focused on public health practice and community-based work.  These positions require an awareness and keen appreciation of Native traditions, customs, and socioeconomic needs. Qualified applicants must always demonstrate the ability to work effectively with contacts at Native organizations. This requires humility, respect, courtesy, open-mindedness, trustworthiness, discretion, resourcefulness, and good judgment in handling functions of a sensitive nature while continuing to pursue our mission.

The Public Health Specialist II will serve as an intermediate-level public health specialist responsible for providing technical assistance, expertise, and consultation on issues of public health; implementing health intervention strategies; assisting with health communication; and carrying out public health practice. Potential projects include identifying, defining, and working to prevent disability, morbidity, and mortality associated with disease, injury, and related health issues. The specific public health topics will depend on the objectives of the grant and the unique needs of each community we serve. Working independently or as an experienced team member under the direction of a Program Director, the Public Health Specialist II will provide assistance and support to Tribal Nations on important public health matters and will be responsible for coordinating projects and organizing outreach. May provide peer-to-peer guidance for Public Health Specialist I or other program-specific staff. Day trips and overnight travel throughout Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin is a part of the position and is important for building relationships with the communities we serve.

Principal Duties

The Public Health Specialist II is a mid-level public health specialist and is expected to perform all the functions of a Public Health Specialist I with more independence and under the supervision of a Program Director. Examples of tasks that could be completed with greater independence as a Public Health Specialist II include participating in grant writing and providing technical assistance to Tribes.

Regular functions to be performed by a Public Health Specialist II include

·         Engage in public health practice with Tribal communities, organizations, and systems.

·         Implement projects or programs under the direction of the Program Director, including coordination of staff, contracts, and partner meetings.

·         Establish and maintain effective working relations with partners, advisory groups, and committees to facilitate the implementation of all project goals.

·         Assist with the planning and creation of health communication strategies and products, with increasing skill over time.

·         Track the day-to-day activities required to ensure project tasks are completed on time, successfully, and in a manner consistent with the objectives and goals of the program according to the funding agency’s terms and conditions, if applicable.

·         Serve as a resource for technical assistance in existing public health information, scholarship, and practice, including innovations in the field.

·         Work closely with the Program Director in the implementation of program scope and objectives, as well as program monitoring.

·         Participate in writing for grants and other funding proposals, with increasing skill over time.

Additional functions to be performed by a Public Health Specialist II include

·         Assist Tribes, Tribal health departments, and staff in the Bemidji IHS Area with various public health functions.

·         Research and identify appropriate evidence-based or promising practices for a variety of public health areas and disease topics.

·         Comply with established project timelines and performance standards for the overall program.

·         Identify potential problems and collaborate with staff to prevent or solve problems in project implementation.

·         Assist in program or project evaluation, as appropriate.

·         Provide logistic support to other staff, partners, contractors, subcontractors, and participating Tribal organizations and communities in the performance of activities.

·         Synthesize disparate information and apply public health principles to complex health issues to identify potential approaches or solutions.

·         Communicate (both verbally and in writing) all requirements and commitments to the Program Director and internal and external partners.

·         Make oral presentations to diverse audiences, both scientific and non-scientific.

·         React to requests for information from community partners and follow the progression through to completion, including written and oral responses.

·         Work with state public health staff and IHS staff to coordinate public health trainings and initiatives within Tribes.

·         Coordinate with Epidemiologists serving Tribes in the Bemidji Area to produce regional data products, write semi-annual and annual reports, and provide trainings.

·         Participate in projects as assigned by the Program Director and the Epidemiology Center Director. Follow directions from senior staff and integrate perspectives.

·         Engage in networking activities to ensure awareness of services available.

·         Ensure that all services are delivered in a culturally sensitive manner.

·         Participate in various committees and work groups outside and within the organization as deemed necessary and appropriate to the position and supervisor.

·         Attend all training sessions and meetings as scheduled.

·         Attend technical conferences and seminars to stay current on technological advances.

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

Working Relationships and Scope

Reports directly to a Program Director or the Epidemiology Center Director; works independently with acquired experience. Planning, coordination, and execution of work are reviewed for cultural appropriateness, accepted methods, attention to detail, consistency, timeliness, and overall presentation and outcome. Regular contact with all GLITEC staff members is necessary, and communication is required as needed with external partners and employees throughout GLITC for the purpose of gathering and sharing relevant information.


An equivalent combination of relevant education and/or training may be substituted for experience.

Required qualifications of a Public Health Specialist II are a bachelor’s degree in public health, community health education, or another relevant discipline. Progressively responsible professional work-related experience, education, or training may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for college education. Two years of public health work experience, project implementation, and monitoring. Knowledge of the principles and competencies of public health practice. This includes basic knowledge in the areas of biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, communication and informatics, diversity and culture, biology, program implementation and monitoring, evaluation, and systems thinking. Ability to work with more independence and take a leadership role in certain situations. Must be willing to work directly with Tribal communities and engage in public health practices.

Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree in public health or a related field. Certified in Public Health (CPH) or Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES). Experience working with Tribal health departments, Tribal organizations, and/or not-for-profit agencies. Ability to work independently and as a program team member.  Individual must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills; professional demeanor and appearance; problem-solving skills; ability to manage time effectively; and self-motivation skills. Individual must be able to work effectively under pressure, build positive work relationships with internal and external partners, interact professionally with a wide variety of people, speak in front of groups, address a wide range of intellectual and practical problems, create health communication products, and compose complex business correspondence (reports, health profiles). This position requires staff to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information and follow internal and external data protection policies. Must possess a valid driver’s license and/or reliable transportation with adequate insurance and the ability to travel.


This is a full-time salaried position based on skills and experience, with a pay range of $47,000 – $50,000 annually with benefits including paid time off (PTO) in the form of annual and personal leave; paid holidays; insurance benefits including health, dental, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance, short-term disability (STD) insurance, and long-term disability (LTD) insurance; health savings account (HSA), flexible spending account (FSA), and 401(k) retirement plan. When traveling for work, eligible expenses are reimbursed based on GSA rates.

Additional benefits include

·         Mission-focused and -driven organization.

·         Community-based emphasis and work.

·         Contributing to something bigger than yourself and making a positive difference in Indian Country.

·         Promotion of work-life balance.

·         Opportunities for advancement.

·         Opportunities for personal development, including conferences, classes, and professional certificates.

·         Paid time off that is accrued as annual and personal leave based on length of employment.

o   Accrual starts at 12 annual leave days and 12 personal leave days in the first year of employment, and the number of days allowed per year increases with length of employment.

o   Fifteen holidays per year in addition to an added holiday for your birthday.

·         Qualifying employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.

·         401(k) with an employer match up to 5%.

·         Paid 30-minute exercise break each day.

Work is performed in an office environment with minimal exposure to injury. Position requires bending and being able to lift 15-20 pounds. Regular work hours are normally Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a minimum of 40 hours per week. There will be some variation in working hours and demand due to special projects, deadlines, travel, and other responsibilities. The central office is in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin, with satellite offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Madison, Wisconsin. These are full-time, in-office positions, and the expectation is for employees to be available for in-office work.  These are not remote positions.   This position requires travel to attend industry, community, and program-related activities. Drug and background screening is required before hiring.

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.

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.