State of Massachusetts Racial Equity Coordinator in Boston, Massachusetts

The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death; ensure access to high-quality public health and health care services; and promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth. However, public policies, institutional practices, and social norms that conspire to maintain racial hierarchies are often overlooked and may result in serious harm for DPH staff and the people we serve. The Racial Equity Coordinator will support the Bureaus of Family Health and Nutrition (BFHN) and Community Health and Prevention (BCHAP) in making their policies, programs, and practices more racially equitable. This includes increasing staff knowledge of the connections between structural racism and health outcomes; growing staff capacity to implement strategies that support the elimination of racial and health inequities; and establishing a culture of inclusion that values diversity as a critical asset for fostering a more equitable work environment. This effort serves to persistently improve related engagement and communication within and across bureaus. Ultimately, this movement aims to encourage racial equity in public health practice across the Department and our providers in partnership with the communities and people we serve.

Detailed Statement of Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and ensure alignment of ongoing racial equity work within BFHN, BCHAP, and others across DPH.

  • Communicate with the BFHN Racial Equity Steering Team (REST) and BCHAP Racial Equity Leadership Team (RELT) to continually identify and address needs, challenges, and opportunities for improvement and coordination.

  • Collaborate with REST and RELT on racial equity to manage and develop project content and outcomes.

  • Support the expansion of the Racial Equity Initiative to other bureaus and programs.

  • Organize and facilitate racial equity learning and skill-building opportunities for DPH staff.

  • Provide technical assistance to DPH staff on incorporating a racial equity lens into their programs, policies, and practices.

  • Engage external partners, including creating and maintaining an Advisory Board, to guide and inform our work and hold us accountable.

  • Research content on racism (four levels), racial justice, power dynamics, systems of oppression, and other dynamics.

  • Work with designated bureau epidemiologists and other staff to routinely monitor and evaluate activities and report on progress.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong knowledge of structural racism and racial equity, including being comfortable and confident in speaking about these topics.

  • Experience working on racial equity and social justice initiatives within an organization.

  • Understanding of organizational change management.

  • Willingness and openness to participate in difficult conversations on topics such as race, ethnicity, racism, and other systems of oppression.

  • Understanding of how internal process can affect DPH’s work in the community.

  • Experience examining one’s own racial identity and one’s role in racial equity work.

  • Ability to achieve buy-in from stakeholders at many levels, both internally and externally.

  • Strong facilitation skills.

Total Compensation:

As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:

  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium

  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans

  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs

  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance

  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan

  • 11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time

  • Tuition Remission for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities

  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options

  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs

  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities

  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Pre-Hire Process:

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

For questions, please contact Health Human Resources at 1-800-850-6968.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Minimum Entrance Requirements

Applicants must have at least (A) three years of full time, or equivalent part-time, professional, administrative or managerial experience in business administration, business management or public administration the major duties of which involved program management, program administration, program coordination, program planning and/or program analysis, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.


I. A Bachelor's degree with a major in business administration, business management or public administration may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the-required experience.*

II. A Graduate degree with a major in business administration, business management or public administration may be substituted for the required experience.*

III. A Bachelor's or higher degree with a major other than in business administration, business management or public administration may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required experience.*

*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Administrative Services

Organization: *Department of Public Health

Title: Racial Equity Coordinator

Location: Massachusetts-Boston-250 Washington Street

Requisition ID: 1800062Q