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Opening: Program Director of Health Equity

Publication date: 
August, 2020

Position: Program Director of Health Equity
Organization: Grantmakers In Health
Location: Washington, DC

Overview

GIH’s programming is designed by a team of Program Directors. Their work includes program development, analysis and writing, strategic advice, and external relations, all designed to offer GIH stakeholders a variety of educational opportunities on a variety of health issue areas. This position will manage the health equity issue area. GIH seeks a dynamic professional who is eager to share knowledge and information with a variety of stakeholders, ranging from foundation staff and trustees to policymakers, health practitioners, and researchers. 

A successful Program Director candidate has at least five years of work experience in a nonprofit, government agency, or foundation with work related to health equity. This talented professional has experience designing programs for audiences that range from large annual conferences to small regional meetings; facilitating discussions; and working with logistical and operational staff. In addition, the candidate has excellent policy and research analysis skills, with a keen ability to synthesize information and summarize it for practical implications, both in written and verbal communication. The ideal candidate possesses the ability to naturally network and engage with different stakeholders, and make meaningful connections between issue areas, people, and practices. The position requires occasional travel.

Role & Responsibilities

Program Development

Formulate and execute long-range strategies for creatively sharing information on health equity with the staff and trustees of foundations and corporate giving programs. 

  • Plan educational and informative stakeholder meetings, organize webinars, convene funder networks and e-forums, and oversee annual conference sessions related to health issue areas
  • Maintain web pages on key issue areas
  • Produce educational programming (annual conference sessions, meetings, publications, webinars, podcasts) on a wide range of topics, spanning an evolving and ever broadening definition of health 

Analysis and Writing

Research and write about health equity issues and philanthropic programs for grantmaking and other professional audiences. 

  • Create reports and extended papers that aggregate information and offer health issue area solutions 
  • Track trends in the field of health philanthropy
  • Highlight emerging issues that would benefit from philanthropic support
  • Promote and disseminate best practices 
  • Investigate different ways that philanthropy may address health issues 

Strategic Advice

Respond to grantmakers’ requests for health equity information and ideas, providing timely advice and assistance on both programmatic and operational issues.

  • Provide strategic counsel and guidance 
  • Support and guide newly established foundations

External Relations

Represent GIH at public functions as needed to communicate about the organization and the health equity work of health philanthropy. Give presentations on topics of expertise.

  • Convene and cultivate a big tent of funders with a wide variety of interests and perspectives
  • Create vehicles funders can use to exchange ideas, approaches, and strategies (networks, learning communities, e-forums)
  • Collaborate with other philanthropy-serving organizations on cross-cutting issues
  • Illustrate the work of health philanthropy to other sectors
  • Facilitate partnerships between philanthropy and those who work in intersecting fields (education, housing, etc.)

Qualifications

Required Education and Experience

  • Graduate degree and at least three years of work experience in a health-related field (or bachelor’s degree and at least five years of work experience in a health-related field) 
  • Priority will be given to candidates with experience developing health equity programs in a nonprofit, government agency, or foundation environment.

Competencies 

  • Demonstrated experience in policy and research analysis
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Passion for making meaningful connections between issue areas, people, and practices
  • Proven track record of independent program development
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Substantive expertise in health equity 
  • Willingness to tackle specific issues that are a priority for GIH. 

Application Process 

Please submit a cover letter and resume to recruitment@gih.org.

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