The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), a national organization representing approximately 3,000local health departments (LHDs) nationwide, has an immediate opening for a full-time Senior Director - Research and Evaluation.
The Senior Director is a leader of a significant function or program of NACCHO and is responsible for both setting the strategy and the results of the area. A Senior Director is expected to integrate complex activities within their function or program and across the organization. They oversee the implementation of activities to achieve the function or unit's strategy and operating goals and is accountable for sizeable budgets, revenue generation and/or operational effectiveness. As a leader and manager of employees, the Senior Director is responsible for planning, organizing and managing a team or functional area typically comprised of professional and support staff. An individual contributor at this level is recognized externally as an expert in his or her field. Positions at this level require the ability to think strategically, act independently, and mastery in a specialized area gained through professional education, training and experience; and the capacity to design, implement and manage programs important to their functional area.
This position reports to the Senior Advisor – Public Health Infrastructure and Systems (PHIS) and Research and Evaluation (R&E)
Program Specific Information
This position is responsible for administering NACCHO activities related to research and evaluation (R&E). The individual will lead NACCHO’s National Profile of Local Health Departments study and the companion Forces of Change survey. The individual will work in tandem with the Lead Research Analyst and Director of Evaluation to assist and support NACCHO’s Research Work Group and Profile Survey Workgroup; to create a NACCHO research agenda; to develop strategic relationships with key partners; and to identify and develop research opportunities. With staff, the position will coordinate all research activities across NACCHO. The position will also hold responsibility for overseeing the evaluation of NACCHO programs and assisting the Program and other NACCHO teams in determining NACCHO’s programmatic impact. The position includes hiring and supervising staff, managing budgets, writing grants, making presentations, and assisting staff with manuscript and abstract development.
COMPETENCIES AND EXPECTATIONS:
Visionary Leadership - Displays passion and optimism; Exhibits confidence in self and others, thereby inspiring respect and trust; Provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates, motivating positive performance across the team; Accepts feedback and mobilizes others to fulfill the organizational vision; Provides appropriate recognition to others on the team.
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.
Business Acumen - Considers and understands business implications of decisions; Displays orientation to business development and unit sustainability; Demonstrates knowledge of market and competition; Aligns work with strategic goals; Seeks to improve processes, products and services to meet customer and organizational need.
Managing People - 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; continually works to improve his/her own skills in leadership and management.
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.
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.
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.
Change Management - Develops workable implementation plans; Communicates changes effectively; 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.
Strategic Thinking - Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; Understands organization's strengths and weaknesses; Analyzes market and competition; Identifies external threats and opportunities; Adapts strategy to changing conditions.
Diversity - Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; promotes the value of diversity; promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.
POSITION SPECIFIC DUTIES:
Hire, supervise, coach, and conduct performance reviews for all R&E staff.
Develop and manage budgets.
Develop project timelines, identify milestones, determine staffing, and ensure all project deliverables are of a high quality and delivered on-time.
Work with Lead Research Analyst on managing R&E workgroups, identifying and developing research opportunities, and writing grants and reports.
National Profile of Local Health Departments Study
Recruit and assist in staffing a workgroup to advise the Profile study.
Work with diverse stakeholders to reach consensus on content of the Profile questionnaire.
Recruit state-level contacts to promote participation by LHDs in the Profile study.
Lead efforts to identify additional ways to share the results of the Profile study.
Advise and oversee the activities of the Profile senior staff, including developing and testing survey instruments; developing a follow-up plan; publicizing and promoting the study; and analyzing data and developing study reports.
Lead evaluation activities to continuously improve the Profile study.
Strengthen NACCHO’s Capacity to Conduct Program-specific Research and Evaluation
Oversee the development and implementation of program evaluation across all of NACCHO.
Work with staff to develop products, reports, etc. that demonstrates NACCHO’s impact and value.
Coordinate program level research activities to ensure quality and lack of overlap.
Provide oversight for the development of guidelines and processes for evaluation and research across NACCHO.
Work with the senior R&E staff to identify research-and evaluation-related training needs for NACCHO staff and provide appropriate training.
Serve as resource to program staff in ensuring that deliverables of high quality and produced in a timely fashion; provide support to staff in developing appropriate manuscripts and abstracts.
Make presentations and write articles on NACCHO activities related to research and evaluation.
Work with the R&E Workgroup to develop a research agenda for NACCHO.
Identify funders and funding opportunities to support research projects and develop concept papers and grant applications.
Build relationships with key partners including academic centers.
Develop consulting opportunities to advise local health departments and other entities on research and evaluation.
PhD, DrPH or equivalent degree in a related field with a minimum of 2-4 years of administration and other relevant experience related to research and evaluation or Master’s degree in public health or related field with 5 – 8 years of administration and other relevant experience related to research and evaluation.
Experience creating and managing budgets; hiring and supervising staff; and managing multiple complex projects.
Knowledge of statistics, statistical methods and statistical software packages; experience with both quantitative and qualitative research.
Experience writing manuscripts and developing posters and presentations.
Experience developing and writing grant proposals.
Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers and the general public.
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.
Occasionally 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).
The noise level in the work environment usually is moderate
Full-time, Exempt,: HIRING SALARY RANGE: Salary commensurate with experience
SELECTION PROCESS: We only accept applications that follow the electronic process. No phone calls or emails please. Position may require an initial video interview if selected for the first step. This position is subject to background screening. Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume, one writing sample with salary requirements to: Senior Directo- Research and Evaluation, using the following link:
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 executive 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 2 x salary up to 300K.
At NACCHO, our commitment to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action seeks to ensure a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. We respect and value work force diversity among all employees and all those with whom we do business.