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Deputy Director for Programs and Strategy

National Collaborative for Health Equity
Washington D.C.
Closing date
Oct 30, 2021

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Program / Project Management
Position Type
Full Time
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NCHE has distinguished itself as a leader in leading collaborations that are designed to change the course of racial inequality and the health inequities that come as its result. At a moment of significant opportunity in the field, NCHE is expanding its programmatic work to focus on helping local jurisdictions apply the equity focused data- domains and indicators, of the HOPE Data initiative in advocating for public health policies that will help to ensure a more equitable recovery from the Covid19 pandemic. Additionally, NCHE is leading the following programs and initiatives in support of its mission:

Culture of Health Leaders is co-led by NCHE and CommonHealth ACTION and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). This program will develop leaders to promote a national Culture of Health through collaboration and transformational leadership in their communities.

The Health Opportunity and Equity (HOPE) Initiative provides an interactive data tool designed to help states and the country move beyond measuring disparities to spurring action toward health equity. HOPE tracks social determinants of health and health outcomes by race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. This work leverages an opportunity framework to set aspirational but achievable goals to improve life outcomes—especially populations of color most affected by systemic racism and conscious and unconscious bias.

Collaboratives for Health Equity (CHE) is a national network designed to empower leaders and communities to identify and address social, economic, and environmental conditions that shape health and life opportunities. Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, this initiative is focused on helping community leaders make their towns and cities better places and healthier places to live.

Healing Through Policy (HTP) is a collaboration between NCHE, American Public Health Association (APHA), and the de Beaumont Foundation. The partners scanned the literature and reached out to the field to curate a set of policy briefs that describe policies and practices which align with the TRHT framework and can help jurisdictions implement strategies to address racism as a public health crisis. NCHE will help jurisdictions utilize this information.

National Commission to Transform Public Health Data Systems (TPHD), funded by RWJF and led by NCHE, is charged with reimagining how data is collected, shared, and used, and identifying which public- and private-sector investments are needed with the express purpose of modernizing our public health data infrastructure to improve health equity. The commission will explore challenges and opportunities such as new data sources and measures that show promise for future public health surveillance; data disaggregation to better identify risk and outcomes by race, gender, and ethnicity; data collection on vulnerable populations, such as the incarcerated; use of data in communication with the public; building data capacity in poorer resourced communities; community involvement in shaping data systems; and data interoperability.

For more information on NCHE’s programs:



The Deputy Director will report to the Executive Director and provide leadership to a dedicated team in the growth of NCHE’s programs and impact in the field. Key areas of responsibility include:

Vision & Strategy

The Deputy Director will provide leadership to programs and initiatives of NCHE, ensuring alignment with organizational strategy, mission, and vision. The growth of the programmatic work will elevate a focus on the connections between data and community empowerment through knowledge and insight. Additionally, the Deputy Director will partner with the Executive Director to develop and provide robust consultative services that integrate health equity and racial healing into organizational development strategies for partners and clients. S/he/they will lead the development of NCHE’s written publications to ensure that lessons learned and expertise are shared widely.

Partnership Building, Fund Development & External Representation

The Deputy Director will play a critical role in cultivating relationships with new and existing partners across the field to develop shared resources, partnerships, and opportunities for collaboration. S/he/they will develop relationships with new and emerging funders and identify new opportunities for funding partnerships to advance NCHE’s work. As NCHE continues to grow, the Deputy Director will also represent NCHE externally in field-facing environments, with media, and national and local policymakers.

Organizational Management & Team Culture

A key member of the NCHE leadership team, the Deputy Director will support the growth and development of a diverse and passionate team who represent the values and equity-centered vision of NCHE through their work. S/he/they will manage overall workflow and deliverables across NCHE’s team to ensure successful project execution and quality work products. The Deputy Director will also support the continued development of principles, practices, and policies that reflect racial equity, diversity, inclusion, and awareness of power dynamics.



While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

Strategic Leadership and Core Knowledge

  • Extensive knowledge of a range of health equity topics related to racial and ethnic health inequities, including social determinants of health, health care, and related public policy issues.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and experience implementing the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) framework in programmatic work.
  • Deep knowledge and experience working with and cultivating a diverse set of community-based organizations, philanthropy, and cross sector collaborations.
  • Knowledge of research and data analysis methods, including literature reviews and community-based participatory research strategies.
  • Ability to think across systems and sectors to identify opportunities for collaboration and shared outcomes; experience advancing policy change as an effective lever to advancing health and health equity.
  • Demonstrated passion for and investment in advancing justice and equity. Combination of educational and lived experience aligned with NCHE’s mission and values.

Relationship Stewardship and Cultivation

  • Experience managing multi-faceted relationships with funders and partners; a track record of success in aligning their work with funders’ strategies and setting achievable expectations.
  • Strong convening and facilitation skills and an authentic interest in creating opportunities for learning from others.
  • Highly developed emotional intelligence and active listening skills, and the ability to use interpersonal skills in collaborative, diplomatic ways.
  • Superb communication and external relations skills and demonstrated success in building an organization’s profile and reputation in local, regional, national, and professional communities.

Team Management

  • Experience mentoring, developing, and providing leadership to high-performing, multi-disciplinary teams and partners that engage staff to achieve program goals.
  • Collaborative and reflective leadership style that values staff contributions and experiences and effectively manages and motivates teams toward a shared vision and measurable goals.

Education and Experience

  • A minimum of a master’s degree in related field with Public Health education or experience or degree in a relevant field (e.g., law, sociology, public health, psychology) or equivalent experience required.
  • At least 8-10 years of experience managing health equity-related programs and initiatives.



The compensation range for the Deputy Director role is $140,000-160,000. NCHE also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes fully paid health, vision, dental, insurance; group life insurance; short- and long-term disability; and a 401k match.

The NCHE office is based in Washington, D.C., and NCHE staff all currently work from their home offices during the Covid-19 pandemic. Once there is a safe return to the office, staff will be expected to participate in person for key meetings and events. There will be remote consideration for this role.



More information about NCHE may be found at:

This search is being led by Linh Nguyen, Cara Pearsall, and Andres Marcuse-Gonzalez of NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s website.

NCHE is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity.

Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


NPAG was founded in 2002 to bring the rapidly evolving social sector a more current, more strategic, and less transactional approach to executive search and talent consulting.  Our business model is designed not only to offer the highest quality services with greater flexibility and cost transparency, but also to bring stronger and more enduring leaders to organizations.  We pride ourselves on the exceptional craft of our work facilitating critical, meaningful relationships for our clients and on helping them navigate tricky organizational transitions.  We are grounded in our commitment to equity and inclusion and are driven by the way the right leadership at the right time can catapult an organization and its mission forward.

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