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University of Colorado Senior Technical Assistance Specialist in Aurora, Colorado


University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

Colorado School of Public Health | Center of Public Health Practice (CPHP)

Senior Technical Assistant Specialist

Position #776096 – Requisition# 18889

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  • The Center of Public Health Practice has an opening for a Full-time University Staff (unclassified) | Senior Technical Assistance Specialist position.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver—one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

Department Information

The Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) is a unique and collaborative graduate school that combines the collective expertise of three Colorado universities: the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz) in Aurora, Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins, and the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) in Greeley, Colorado. The Colorado School of Public Health is the only accredited school of public health in the Rocky Mountain Region, attracting top tier faculty and students from across the country, and providing a vital contribution towards ensuring our region’s health and wellbeing. The school’s faculty, staff, and students work together to reach underserved populations, share knowledge, and conduct innovative research and community service to actively address public health issues including chronic disease, access to healthcare, environmental threats, emerging infectious diseases, costly injuries, and more.

Jobs in this career family provide general business operations of the organization or a combination of operational responsibilities covering multiple career families. Functions include institutional research, statistical analysis, policy development and review, strategic planning and broad unit business operations such as parking and transportation services, risk management, childcare services, real estate and property management, retail services or job responsibilities that combine fiscal, HR and operational management responsibilities.

Principal Professionals are responsible for exercising discretion, analytical skill, personal accountability and responsibility in a wide range of areas including academic, administrative, managerial and student services functions. Work involves creating, integrating, applying and sharing knowledge directly related to a professional field. Work is performed at an advanced or expert level.

Principal Professionals are either work leads over others or are considered a subject matter expert in a particular area.

Nature of Work

This position will provide tobacco control training and technical assistance to local health agencies statewide. This will include providing technical assistance and training to community grantees in an effort to build their capacity to mobilize stakeholders to engage and affect public policy and/or systems/environmental change to reduce the impact of tobacco and nicotine addiction in their communities. The position will serve as a subject matter expert related to tobacco prevention. The position shall demonstrate progressive success in the policy arena. This position will be a member of the Center for Public Health practice team

Examples of Work Performed

  • Develop and implement learning opportunities for grantees statewide, opportunities could include focused learning communities, tailored micro-learning experiences and in person trainings these shall be derived across a wide variety of relevant learning modalities (zoom, canvas, in-person)

  • Handle highly complex projects and timelines across a range of community grantees across the state in various stages of development and implementation.

  • Serve as a subject matter expert related to tobacco prevention to community’s grantees across the state. Provide information and resources to community grantees to increase their knowledge of tobacco control best practices, relevant data, and current literature.

  • Integrate, apply and share knowledge, tactics and interventions directly related to public policy change strategies and organizational policy change strategies that are consistent with best practices.

  • Provide guidance and increase community grantees capacity to form, build and mobilize strategic community coalitions that will advance systems and environmental change initiatives.

  • Provide guidance and increase community grantees capacity to engage community leaders, local elected officials, city and county staff, and youth in tobacco control efforts to improve the policy environment, change social norms, and reduce smoking initiation and consumption and reduce nicotine addiction in their communities.

  • Work to increase community grantees capacity to promote, enact and implement policies that are evidence-based.

  • Function at an advanced professional level demonstrating excellent analytical skill and good judgment.

  • Advise on training content and the development of resources for community grantees, and support ongoing dialogue and engagement activities.

  • Monitor and report on new trends and innovation in tobacco control best practices, industry activity and local and organizational policy trends.

Salary and Benefits:

  • The salary range for this full-time position has been established at $60,000 to $64,000 and is commensurate with skills and experience.

  • This position is not eligible for overtime compensation

  • Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.

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Diversity and Equity:

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  • The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

  • The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.


Minimum Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree in business, business administration, finance, accounting, education, social sciences, healthcare administration, public administration, communications, information systems, or a directly related field from an accredited institution.

  • Substitution: A combination of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in a related field.

  • Expert level experience in tobacco control, health policy, community mobilizing, and youth engagements.

  • At least 2 years of professional experience working in tobacco control and health policy work

  • Proficient computer skills in MS office applications.

  • The position requires extensive, diverse and progressively responsible project implementation and community outreach and engagement, with demonstrated ability to develop and manage partnerships within and outside the organization


  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.

  • Outstanding customer service skills.

  • Demonstrated commitment to advance diversity and inclusion.

  • Self-starter, with examples of successful and failed projects.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage partnerships within and outside the institution.

  • Self-motivated, proactive learner; ability to collaborate with a variety of investigators and individuals.

Conditions of Work

  • Ability to travel statewide for training and site visits.

Job: Business Services

Primary Location: Aurora

Job Category Business Services


Schedule Full-time

Posting Date Jul 29, 2020

Unposting Date Ongoing

Posting Contact Name Wendy Morrision

Posting Contact Email

Posting Number 00776096

Req ID: 18889

The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.