Director, County Health Rankings and Roadmaps


The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI) seeks an accomplished leader in community and population health to serve as the Director of County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R), a nationally recognized collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and UWPHI. CHR&R embodies the Institute’s mission of translating research for policy and practice and has been instrumental in RWJF’s vision to create a Culture of Health, where everyone has the opportunity to live a healthier life, no matter who we are, where we live, or how much money we make. We all benefit when everyone has a fair shot at access to good jobs with fair pay, good schools, affordable housing, safe neighborhoods and quality medical care. This is health equity – when we all have the basics to be as healthy as possible. Leading CHR&R into its second decade will provide a new director a unique opportunity to help shape the evolution of an influential, highly respected university-foundation collaboration and advance a national conversation about health outcomes and health equity with a growing network of national, state, and local partners across the country, including through national, regional and local media as well as other platforms.

The CHR&R program provides data, evidence, guidance, and examples to build awareness of the multiple factors that influence health and support community leaders working to improve health and increase health equity. The Rankings are unique in their ability to measure the health of nearly every county in all 50 states, and are complemented by guidance, tools, and resources (Roadmaps) designed to accelerate community learning and action. CHR&R is known for effectively translating and communicating complex data and evidence-based policy into accessible models, reports, and products that deepen the understanding of what makes communities healthy and inspires and supports improvement efforts.


The CHR&R Director will lead the development and implementation of all aspects of the CHR&R program, serve as the Principal Investigator of the RWJF grant, and represent CHR&R in regional and national forums, including serving as a highly visible spokesperson such as in national broadcast interviews or as a speaker at major conferences and convenings. Strategic visioning, collaboration, and alignment with RWJF are a significant lead responsibility of the CHR&R Director. In collaboration with the CHR&R deputy directors, the CHR&R Director has responsibility for the leadership, management, and accountability for three areas:

1. Data and Science (Rankings, What Works for Health, Rankings Research)
2. Community Transformation (Community Guidance, Network Strategy, Community Research)
3. Operations (Administration, Grant Management & Proposals, Technology, Communications)

The current two-year CHR&R grant budget is roughly $14.7 million and supports a staff of 30 with multiple subcontracts. RWJF has been the sole funder of the national CHR&R program since its inception, and, to date, has renewed its grants on a two-year cycle. The current grant is effective through September 2020. RWJF and UWPHI have begun to discuss the terms of the next renewal, which renewal term, subject to each party’s internal approval processes, would be expected to begin following the expiration of the current award. The CHR&R Director will lead the development of all grant proposals.

In addition to being a program, CHR&R is also a unit within UWPHI. As a unit director, the CHR&R Director reports to the UWPHI Director, Sheri Johnson, Ph.D., and has responsibility for integrating CHR&R into other Institute work and service on the management team. The CHR&R Director will also contribute to research, evaluation, and implementation efforts in the field of community health, with a focus both on improving health outcomes and increasing health equity. A contribution to teaching programs in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health is an integral part of the CHR&R Director’s role. In recognition, the CHR&R Director must meet the criteria for appointment as a professor or associate professor, in the tenure or CHS track, at the School of Medicine and Public Health. The primary appointment will be in a department that aligns most closely with the background and expertise of the incumbent, but most likely in the Department of Population Health Sciences.


The ideal candidate for the position of Director of CHR&R shall have more than 10 years of proven leadership and management in the field of population health or a related field. A PhD, MD, JD, DrPH or other related terminal Master’s degree is required. The leadership accomplishments of the successful candidate should reflect a deep commitment to diversity both as an end in itself, but also as a valuable means for building health equity.

The next CHR&R Director will preferably have experience leading in complex settings marked by strong collaborations among multiple entities; programs with multiple stakeholders, components, and products; and staff with expertise in a range of fields. It is essential that the CHR&R Director have the expertise in community health or related fields, expertise in applied research and evaluation, experience in advancing systems change approaches, and interpersonal skills necessary to gain the respect of program partners and maintain the high standards of credibility and innovation for which the program is known. The new Director must have the communication skills and enthusiasm for engaging with national, state, and local partners across the nation as an effective spokesperson for the CHR&R program, including with the media.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated excellence in the following:

• Authentic understanding and commitment to community health and health equity and the Culture of Health vision
• Data expertise sufficient to improve quality and innovation, and maintain credibility
• Contributing to and/or advancing systems changes approaches to complex health or social problems
• Strategic vision and leadership in science and practice
• Success in leading a fast-paced, complex organization
• Strong fiscal and human resources management experience including inclusion and diversity
• Successful experience with grants and granting foundations
• Excellent written and oral communications skills, media expertise, ability to speak about health equity with authenticity on national stages with diverse audiences
• Savvy web and social media expertise that will expand the scale, reach, and impact of CHR&R
• Success in building collaborative relationships and teams
• Highly organized with the ability to manage multiple timelines simultaneously
• Undisputed integrity and the capacity to build rapport, respect, and trust at all levels (staff, university colleagues, program partners)

To Apply:

The CHR&R Director Search Committee invites nominations and applications for this position until an appointment is made. Screening of applicants will begin in July and candidates are encouraged to submit materials by July 24, 2019 for the most favorable consideration. An appointment is anticipated in October, 2019, with a start date of November 1, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter, depending on the commitments of the successful candidate.

The Search for a County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Director is being assisted by AGB Search in Washington, DC. Nominators and prospective candidates are encouraged to contact Judith Ward, Executive Search Consultant, in full confidence at: or 202-215-8519.

Applications should include:
1) A letter of interest that responds to the “Opportunities for Leadership” and “Qualifications” Sections of this Search Profile
2) A complete resume or vita
3) The contact information (email and phone) for five professional references, none of whom will be contacted without the formal permission of the candidate

Applications should be submitted electronically (MS Word or Adobe PDF) to: David Kindig, MD, PhD, Chair, CHR&R Director Search Committee at:

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