The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), a national organization representing nearly 3,000 local health departments nationwide, has an immediate opening for a Director of Health Equity and Social Justice.
The Director is responsible for organizing and managing significant functions or programs of NACCHO, including the supervision of professional and/or support staff. The Director is responsible for the effective day-to-day operations and outcomes of the unit, developing and implementing initiatives to support the unit’s strategic direction, and overseeing unit resources (fiscal and human), in collaboration with the Senior Director or Senior Advisor.
Positions at the director level typically report to a Senior Director or Senior Advisor and require advanced knowledge and experience in an area of specialization as well as significant management capabilities. This position may also require the ability to work on projects of a highly confidential and sensitive nature and interface with internal and external stakeholders across various levels.
PROGRAM SPECIFIC INFORMATION
The Director of Health Equity and Social Justice will leadNACCHO’s health equity and social justice workby providing expertise, strategic direction, and programmatic and partnership development that build internal and external health equity and social justice (HESJ) capacity. The ideal candidate will have experience in and be a passionate advocate of health focused on racial equity and social justice who will creatively and boldly drive organizational, and community-level public health systems change. This position will be well versed in and have experience applying principles of health equity and social justice, as well as in coalition building and partnership development. They will have a firm understanding of public health, including the drivers of inequity and social injustice, have a successful track record leading projects and teams, and have strong presentation, writing, and facilitation skills. They will work with NACCHO’s staff, local health department members, national partners, and funders to build local capacity and create and leverage opportunities that address barriers to health equity through the provision of capacity-building technical assistance and thought leadership that advances institutional and policy change, programmatic operations and protocols, community outreach and engagement, and data and research. They will oversee and support project activities and objectives; communicate with the federal and private funders, and other partners and as related to programmatic and project goals; and provide subject matter expertise and technical support on health equity-related efforts.
COMPETENCIES AND EXPECTATIONS
Health Equity and Social Justice – Committed to understanding the drivers of health inequity, using systems level approaches to advance NACCHO’s vision, commitment, and strategies to build internal and external capacity for addressing inequities through public health practice.
Program Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; effectively influences actions and opinions of others; Accepts feedback from others; Gives appropriate recognition to others.
Project Management – Ensures successful completion of unit or program activities; Develops unit or program goals, and activities; Ensures alignment of unit or program work with programmatic requirements and NACCHOs goals.
People Management - Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement whenever feasible; Takes responsibility for subordinates' activities; Makes self-available to staff; Provides regular and constructive performance feedback; Develops subordinates' skills and encourages growth; Employs an assets-based approach to staff growth, continually working to improve their own skills in leadership and management; Aligns staff knowledge and skills with unit or program activities.
Budget Management - Obtains financial information from within and outside of an organization for relevant guidance or other information related to unit; Reviews and evaluates the financial data and makes decisions as appropriate; Prepares budget based on direction from budget and finance; Uses guidelines for establishing effective budget objectives; Collaborates across the organization to leverage unit resources and sustain unit activities.
Builds commitment and overcomes resistance; Prepares and supports those affected by change; Monitors transition and evaluates results; Adaptable and responsive to the changing work environment.
Business Acumen - Understands business implications of decisions; Displays orientation to profitability; Demonstrates knowledge of market and competition; Aligns work with strategic goals; Seeks to improve processes, products, and services to meet customer and organizational need.
Stakeholder Engagement – Represents local public health interests, NACCHO, and relevant projects/activities to national, state, and local audiences; Identifies, fosters, and maintains relationships with key stakeholders; Liaises with stakeholders at the local, state, national, and international level, as relevant.
Diversity - Demonstrates knowledge of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; educates others on the value of diversity; promotes a harassment free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.
Human Resources - Understands and demonstrates knowledge of HR concepts, principles, and practices to determine workload projections and competency gaps to align human capital needs with organizational goals; Understands and demonstrates knowledge of performance management concepts, principles, and practices related to planning, monitoring, rating, and rewarding employee performance.
Performance and Quality Improvement – Cultivates excellence; Fosters quality focus in others; Develops continuous improvement processes; Monitors progress, evaluates results, and implements improvements.
POSITION SPECIFIC DUTIES
Directs and oversees program management functions for projects related to their designated specialty of work.
Serves as principal point of contact for requests and inquiries regarding issues related to their designated project(s).
Contributes to long-term team project planning, including identifying future activities and searching and applying for additional funding to support their designated specialty area of work.
Ensures collaboration across unit to maximize programs operational effectiveness and value added.
Serves as resource to program staff to ensure the timely execution of high-quality deliverables by applying subject matter expertise, skills, and experiences to develop, plan, implement, monitor, evaluate, and promote programmatic work, including through work plans.
Assists Senior Director or Senior Advisor in connecting project work across the portfolio.
Provides overall supervision and mentoring of staff to ensure completion of project activities and professional growth and development.
Oversees development and completion of project reports.
Develops and oversees process and outcome evaluation of project activities.
Ensures fiscal requirements of projects related to their designated specialty of work are met.
Manages program budgets in collaboration with Senior Director and NACCHO grants management and finance staff.
Sustains existing resources to support NACCHO’s activities related to their designated specialty of work.
Develops continuation and competitive grant proposals for their designated specialty area of work as well as for other related work.
Represents NACCHO at national, state, and local meetings, conferences, and other public events on issues related to their unit, as needed.
Liaisons with other national organizations, industry, and federal, state, and local partners, as appropriate.
Ensures representation of local public health interests in meetings, events, or products related to their designated specialty of work, as appropriate.
Represents the Senior Director or Senior Advisor at internal and external meetings, as designated.
Assists the Senior Director, Senior Advisor, or Chief of Programs in other matters, as assigned.
PROGRAM SPECIFIC DUTIES
Provide leadership and subject matter expertise to expand NACCHO’s health equity and social justice portfolio, including the development and implementation ofprojects, tools, and resources across NACCHO teams. o Current, key projects include:
Roots of Health Inequity course: Lead the process for content revision and technical re-design of NACCHO’s signature, web-based Roots of Health Inequitycourse. This includes establishing a national expert advisory group, developing and executing a project plan, and supporting NACCHO staff engaged in the project. Support staff in the ongoing curation, promotion, and provision of technical assistance to users of the current course, as well as the internal facilitation of the course for NACCHO staff.
Local Support for COVID-19 Health Equity: Co-lead a new, CDC-funded project to provide training, technical assistance, tools and other resources to build LHD COVID health equity infrastructure and partnership capacity. This includes helping LHDs mobilize partners and collaborators to advance health equity and address social determinants of health as they relate to COVID-19 health disparities and inequities, particularly their impacts on high-risk, historically marginalized populations. This is also an exciting and critical opportunity to support LHDs in establishing, implementing, or enhancing leadership-level health equity workgroups, task forces, and/or positions to advance health equity related to COVID-19 response and recovery efforts (short-term) and in general (longer-term).
MAPP: Inform the revision of NACCHO’s Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) framework to be centered on health equity. This includes advising the MAPP team and supporting content development, as identified, on the integration of health equity and social justice principles across all aspects of community health improvement (CHI) planning (e.g., cross-sectoral partnerships, community base building, health equity data collection and analysis, identifying strategies and actions to address root causes of inequity such as structural oppression and power imbalances in social, economic, and political systems).
HESJ Workgroup: Support the leadership and administration of NACCHO’s Health Equity and Social Justice Workgroup.
Consulting: Support fee-for-service work related to health equity and social justice through NACCHO Consulting.
Other Projects: Advise the development and execution of other cross-team projects related to health equity and social justice, as identified.
Stay abreast of public health issues particularly the consequences of inequity on health and community environments.
Stay abreast of developments in health equity and social justice, particularly frameworks, models, tools and practices.
Lead the growth of NACCHO’s health equity and social justice work through the submission of grant proposals to federal agencies, foundations and for-profit collaborations.
Lead and facilitate NACCHO’s programmatic health equity and social justice strategic planning efforts.
Represent NACCHO in appropriate external partner meetings, panels, and other presentation opportunities to speak and share expertise on health equity and social justice issues and local health departments.
Bachelor’s degree and certification in relevant professional field with a minimum of 8-10 years relevant work experience; or a Master’s degree or certification in relevant professional field with a minimum of 7-8 years relevant work experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience, including a relevant certification.
Relevant work experience would preferably be in systems change, working in or with Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities, in or with government entities, especially local health departments, facilitating meetings, and working with multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural, and multi-sectoral partnerships. This may include relevant experience through personal, family, or other lived experience dealing with inequitable economic, social, health and educational systems and environments or through a combination of education and experience.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE
A thorough understanding of, sensitivity to, and appreciation for equity and racial justice, intersectionality, cultural humility, and inclusiveness
Knowledgeable of the historical roots of health inequities and their continued impact on health outcomes today
Knowledgeable of the role of racism and other social and structural determinants of health (i.e., class oppression, capitalism, gender oppression, homophobia and transphobia, etc.) on population health outcomes/ health inequities and knowledge and/or experience translating this knowledge and principles into action
Experience working with communities to advance health equity
Knowledge of the principles of program planning and an understanding of program evaluation
Knowledge of project and team management practices
Knowledge of community organizing principles
Experience developing and/or delivering trainings on health and race equity, structural racism, social justice, and/or the social determinants of health.
Experience applying different health equity tools, frameworks or models to public health practice
Knowledge of a range of public health issues and policies at the local, state, and/or federal level
Experience working with local, state, and or Federal agencies to advance health equity and social justice
Familiarity and experience with the principles and practices of coalition building and developing community partnerships
Strong understanding of cooperative agreement, grant management and contract processes, especially from Federal funders.
Knowledge of governmental public health and in particular, local health departments and their unique needs and functions as it relates to their ability to adopt and implement health equity and social justice frameworks
Sensitivity to varied interests of many stakeholders, partners, advocates, elected officials, and colleagues
Excellent oral, interpersonal, and written communication skills, including the ability to synthesize large amounts of information into succinct summaries and reports
Strong group facilitation skills
Strong organizational (e.g., prioritization, multitasking) and analytical skills
Strong attention to detail
Ability to work with autonomy in a fast-paced, high productivity environment
Ability to read and interpret documents such as reports, policy statements, and other relevant literature
Ability to write routine reports and correspondence
Ability to speak effectively before groups of partner organizations, members, and/or other colleagues within NACCHO
Ability to write routine reports and correspondence
Ability to provide information with consideration of mental, emotional, cultural, social and physical factors
Ability to establish effective working relationships with diverse groups and interact effectively with coworkers, NACCHO members, partner agencies, funders, and other external stakeholders
Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information in a professional manner
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Frequently required to sit
Occasionally required to walk
Occasionally required to reach with hands and arms
Occasionally required to talk or hear
Occasionally required to bend, lift or climb stairs
Occasionally required to lift light weights (less than 25 pounds)
Occasionally required to travel
The noise level in the work environment usually is moderate
Hiring salary range: $93,840 - $99,720
This is a full-time, exempt position. This position is considered a term position made possible through grant funding, some or all of which is scheduled to end August 31, 2022. While NACCHO will make every effort to secure continued funding, this position may be eliminated on August 31, 2022.
The selected candidate must reside in the Washington, DC – Maryland – Virginia (DMV) area within 30 calendar days of their start date.
Due to COVID, this may be partially remote to start, and the individual chosen for this position would be expected to work from their home office on days not scheduled to occupy NACCHO’s office.
Post-COVID, this position may be expected to travel up to 15% of the time, on average, annually.
Qualified applicants are to submit a cover letter with salary requirements, resume, and one writing sample to “Director of Health Equity and Social Justice,” using the following link:
Paper or email applications will not be considered. No phone calls please.
In your cover letter, please describe why you are enthusiastic about this opportunity and why you think you are a good fit for the position.
Please also submit a relevant writing sample that you developed related to a health equity, racial justice topic. This can be an article, blog post, commentary, or academic paper that you developed in a professional or academic setting.
NACCHO offers generous benefits plan including but not limited to 13 days of sick leave annual leave allowable accumulation up to 225 hours, and paid vacation leave, as well as other types of leave. NACCHO benefits include a generous health, dental, and vision plan, 5 percent of base salary contribution to 403(b) plan, (not a matching contribution); paid short and long term disability plan and paid term life insurance.
At NACCHO, our commitment to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action seeks to ensure a work environment free of discrimination and harassment.