April 30, 2018

Director, Geographic Health Equity Alliance

Title: Director, Geographic Health Equity Alliance

Reports to: Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

General Responsibilities: The Director role is a full-time position that entails having overall strategic and operational responsibility for CADCA’s Geographic Health Equity Alliance (GHEA), a CDC-supported national network focused on reducing geographic health disparities related to tobacco and cancer.  The Director will manage staff, programs, expansion and execution of its mission.  Additionally, the Director will oversee tobacco, cancer, health disparities-related endeavors and related public health initiatives, grants and/or activities for CADCA. Director responsibilities include assisting with recruitment and hiring as well as training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; providing periodic performance review; and addressing complaints and resolving problems.

The Director serves as Principal Investigator of GHEA and lead on implementation of project activities; coordination with other departments within CADCA and external agencies; development of materials; provisions of training and technical assistance (offered to national partners, state programs, coalitions, youth and other appropriate parties); conducting meetings with national partners, state programs, coalitions, youth or other appropriate parties; and assists in the gathering, tabulating and interpreting of required data related to tobacco, cancer and health inequities or disparities. 

This position is responsible for tracking, analyzing and reporting the status of tobacco and cancer-related projects from all aspects of the initiative or grant requirements.  This position works closely with the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President in the accomplishment of all responsibilities and collaborates with other CADCA departments to execute the duties outlined.

Specific Duties

Internal Responsibilities:

  • Execute, track and revise as needed annual and five-year project initiatives and deliverables related to the policy, systems and environmental priority areas of CDC as outlined in the Cooperative Agreement
  • Track and provide technical assistance opportunities for CADCA and GHEA members, national partners and other affiliates related to various public health issues
  • Provide tobacco, environmental health and healthy equity subject-matter expertise for the national network
  • Identify emerging environmental health issues related to tobacco, cancer and health equity to translate, adapt and disseminate to network members
  • Develop junior staff, namely Senior Associate, GHEA and Senior Associate, Communications to the next level by ensuring full understanding of Cooperative Agreement projects, providing effective feedback (positive and critical) as well as identifying and promoting growth opportunities for all junior staff.
  • Hire and develop interns from accredited public health programs to support GHEA initiatives
  • Attend and actively participate in Executive Team meetings, offering ideas, insights and recommendations on CADCA’s policies, new business and other topics that ultimately impact the positioning of GHEA and overall quality of CADCA
  • Provide feedback, advice and back up as needed to the COO and Executive VP and other members of the Executive Team to ensure Executive Team has support needed to effectively incorporate GHEA into their workflows and business growth opportunities
  • Working with Youth Programs, implement at least one intra-organizational activity per quarter that furthers GHEA’s engagement of CADCA-affiliated youth to drive tobacco/cancer/health disparities agenda

External Responsibilities:

  • Develop presentations and represent GHEA at national conference training opportunities
  • Expand GHEA’s national network membership and recruit national partner organizations by establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with pertinent partnerships
  • Share information with GHEA’s Advisory Council to ensure they are kept fully informed on the condition of the organization and important factors influencing it as well as seek subject matter expertise from the Advisory Council regarding emerging public health (tobacco, cancer and health disparities) phenomena
  • Attend and participate in meetings and training events relative to public health and nonprofit management.
  • In concert with the Vice President of Business Development, identify new public health related business opportunities (including tobacco and cancer), participate in new business pitches and assist win drafting new business proposals.

Communication and Process

  • Communicate with GHEA staff to have their frequent input in carrying out the duties of the national network
  • Develop templates, talking points, sample op-eds, blogs, news articles, presentations and other tools that can be utilized by states, coalitions and other partners as needed to advance tobacco-free living strategies, cancer prevention, and reduction of health disparities
  • Organize dissemination projects to promote GHEA’s public health focal areas, including but not limited to tobacco-free living and cancer control strategies among community coalitions, national partners and other affiliates
  • Draft monthly, semi-annual and annual reports to CDC

Financial and Administrative

  • Manage GHEA’s budget to maintain high CDC satisfaction while meeting objectives outlined in the Cooperative Agreement
  • Submit expense reports and reimbursement forms as appropriate
  • Submit and approve accurate time sheets

Required Experience, Skills, Training or Credentials:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in public health or other relevant area of study preferred
  • Minimum 7 years of experience in public health communications and project management, specifically on tobacco, cancer and health inequity-related issues
  • Ideal candidates have demonstrated experience and understanding of tobacco-free living strategies, health disparities, cancer prevention, and environmental strategies that promote population level change
  • Experience with program evaluation and supporting data collection and analysis
  • Highly organized, detail orientated and able to coordinate several projects simultaneously
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Exhibits communications and diplomacy skills required to build and maintain relationships with a variety of stakeholders
  • Ability to work under deadline pressure and extra hours if needed on assignment.

Amount of travel: 40% annually

To Apply:  Qualified candidates should e-mail a cover letter and resume to John Harrison at jharrison@cadca.org with DIRECTOR, GHEA in the subject line.  Applications will be accepted through May 11.