The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) seeks an experienced and entrepreneurial professional to serve as its Director of Research and Evaluation (Director of R&E). The Director of R&E will lead NNPHI’s Evidence to Action (E2A) portfolio team, implementing projects within the E2A portfolio and providing research and evaluation services across additional NNPHI portfolios. The Director of R&E will collaborate with NNPHI staff and subcontractors/subrecipients to assure scientific integrity, rigor, and quality of all research and evaluation activities sponsored by NNPHI, in compliance with funder requirements. The Director of R&E will collaborate with staff and leaders throughout the network to develop and advance a research agenda that aligns with the organization’s mission. The successful candidate will demonstrate a track record of cultivating and sustaining resources to achieve research and evaluation priorities. This position will be based in NNPHI’s Washington DC or New Orleans, LA office. Applicants should indicate preference of location in their application documentation. The position requires frequent travel of approximately 20%.
NNPHI is an active network comprised of over 40 member public health institutes in 32 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, spanning all ten Department of Health and Human Services regions. Public health institutes are nonprofit organizations that improve the public's health by fostering innovation, leveraging resources, and building partnerships across sectors, including government agencies, communities, the health care delivery system, media, and academia. NNPHI and its member institutes work together to implement public health policy and program initiatives throughout all 50 states. NNPHI implements over 50 active programs and projects, funded through a range of cooperative agreements, grants, and contracts. NNPHI also initiates grants and contracts (over 100 per fiscal year) to accomplish its programmatic and organizational goals. NNPHI offices are located in New Orleans and Washington, DC. For more information on NNPHI visit www.nnphi.org. NNPHI also serves as the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training (NCCPHT) and supports nationwide collaboration to build a sustainable and coordinated Public Health Learning Network (PHLN) that consists of ten university-based Public Health Training Centers and local training and education sites.
Provide leadership for NNPHI’s E2A portfolio
Engage high performing staff, institute collaborators and strategic partners to deliver current research and evaluation projects
Direct and assure quality performance of staff and evaluation contractors
Serve as liaison to funders
Monitor portfolio budget and individual project budgets
Develop interim and closeout programmatic reports for funders
Maintain and grow funding opportunities and strategic partnerships.
Identify sustainable business models to fund evaluation and research activities
Cultivate resources with existing and new funding partners to support research and evaluation priorities
Obtain investigator-initiated grants, compete successfully for contracts, and expand the resource based available for support of NNPHI projects and infrastructure.
Serve as Principal Investigator for evaluation-related contracting mechanisms, as needed
Establish and negotiate new partnerships with local, state, and national organizations
Manage relationships with a broad set of partners with tact and diplomacy
Negotiate appropriate roles, responsibilities and compensation for staff and partners supported by contracts, fee for services agreements, and grants
Leverage, disseminate, and translate research and evaluation findings to a variety of constituencies
Collaborate with team members and stakeholders to effectively communicate results both internally and externally
Build internal and network capacity to develop manuscripts and publications
Create systems for using data to provide ongoing feedback and support to team members and partners for quality improvement purposes
Use evaluation and research data for evidence-based policy and decision making
Produce publications, presentations, research resources and briefing/white papers
Build capacity to implement and manage quality research and evaluation initiatives and services with the network, including NNPHI staff and colleagues from member institutes:
Oversee the development and design of research and evaluation plans, logic models, and data collection protocols and tools
Ensure the efficient development, management, and security of data and data storage systems
Ensure research and evaluation integrity and congruence with best practices in human subjects protection
Provide training and technical guidance to staff in research and evaluation processes and data usage
Provide leadership in strategic growth and development of the NNPHI Evidence to Action portfolio team
Recruit, supervise, and mentor Evidence to Action team members and student interns
In conjunction with NNPHI leadership, staff, and member institutes, develop and implement a shared vision and agenda for evaluation services and research initiatives
Identify priorities based on input from internal and external stakeholders
Develop a network strategy for research and evaluation initiatives
Develop budgets to implement the strategy
Doctoral degree or equivalent qualifications in public health, social sciences or health systems
Minimum of ten years of related and progressively more responsible postgraduate experience in research, evaluation, and leadership
Experience leading programmatic and fiscal components of large scale research and/or evaluation projects
Proven experience conducting various research methodologies (including both qualitative and quantitative), statistical analysis, and translation and dissemination of research and evaluation findings
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively on a team and with diverse external partners
Demonstrated project management and organizational skills, especially with time-sensitive work.
Ability to compose reports, presentations, and written communication in an organized, logical, and concise manner.
Demonstrated budget management experience, especially with federally-funded projects.
Experience with IDIQ contract mechanisms preferred
Proven track record of successful business development yielding resources from diverse funding partners
Passion for and experience in establishing new projects and securing new funding
Interest in multi-sector initiatives that yield innovative solutions to improve the health of populations
Experience in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment with a strong focus on metrics and data-driven decision making
Deep creativity and an ability to leverage data and discover potential opportunities for growth and innovation
Entrepreneurialism and flexibility, with an ability to maneuver effectively in the face of uncertainty and transition
Success mentoring and supervising senior professional staff and managing contractors
Experience with MS Office applications, Salesforce CRM, and financial/budgeting software
Experience with research and evaluation software packages including statistical analysis packages (e.g., SAS, Stata, R), qualitative evaluation software, survey software (e.g., Qualtrics)
Resolve work-related problems promptly, using good judgment in escalating important issues
Additional Salary Information: NNPHI offers a highly competitive and benefits package, including medical/dental/vision/FSA/parking/transportation, generous retirement contributions and annual leave.
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NNPHI is partnering with Carolyn Ho, Cara Pearsall, and Catherine Seneviratne on this recruitment, Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position should be sent to: [email protected] Please indicate in your cover letter your location preference (D.C. or New Orleans). In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.
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