​ Checklists and Best Practices for Directors, Leaders

When a director leaves, it affects every aspect of a public health lab—as well as the local, state and national organizations with which it interacts. This toolkit provides resources for both the lab leaders who are recruiting, hiring and onboarding a new director and for other leaders and lab directors on keeping the transition smooth.

Public health labs can’t afford any downtime. When a lab director leaves, a new leader must come in to fill the role as seamlessly as possible. These leaders must be experienced, fit well with the lab and be able to quickly adapt to a new environment.

Whether you’re an incoming lab director, part of the lab leadership team that works with the director, or the state health official or deputy performing recruitment and hiring, you can use these tools throughout the transition.

This online toolkit is a supplement to a printed guidebook of collected wisdom, advice and best practices from leaders who have been through transitions.

  • Shaping your search
  • Where to advertise
  • What to include
  • Evaluating candidates
  • Orienting your new director
  • Ongoing evaluation
  • Communicating the change
  • Learning your surroundings
  • Communicating clearly, effectively
  • Improve yourself, better your lab
  • Be ready for anything
  • Training and professional development