Director, Health and Racial Equity


The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) is an active network comprised of over 40 member public health institutes. 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 offices are located in New Orleans and Washington, DC.

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 40 local training and education sites. Together, the PHLN is co-creating, modernizing, standardizing, and distributing evenly to all communities and Tribes quality training, tools, and resources that advance the nation’s public health workforce throughout all fifty states, tribal communities and five US territories. For more information, visit

Position Summary:

NNPHI is seeking a Director of Health and Racial Equity to strengthen and implement NNPHI’s strategies designed to achieve health and racial equity. This position leads and coordinates efforts to advance federal, state, tribal, territorial, and local public health practice interventions advancing NNPHI’s overall commitment to and progress on achieving health and racial equity.

This new role is part of NNPHI’s larger strategic effort to increase our effectiveness and broaden the impact of our equity work. Reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer, the Director will be well-versed in the interconnections among public policy, public health practice, and health and racial equity.

The ideal candidate will have the ability to strengthen existing and form new relationships among multisector partners, influencers, constituents, and key decision makers at all levels of public health intervention. The candidate will have a strong understanding of applied epidemiology, data science, policy analysis, and unconscious bias, including how to leverage data analytics, infographics, training, and narrative storytelling to influence and public health practice. The ideal candidate is a passionate advocate of health and racial equity with the capacity to inspire and engage others. Additionally, the ideal candidate will be a strong project manager with past experience in budget management, RFP and contracts/subaward management, and technical assistance provision.

The Director will identify opportunities for revenue and collaborate with the NNPHI team, network partners, and other stakeholders on new funding proposals. NNPHI intends for the Director to work with our team to grow the health and racial equity portfolio and funding through grants, contracts and other mechanisms (e.g., fee for service, training), enhancing NNPHI’s capacity to advance our commitment to health and racial equity.


NNPHI maintains offices in Washington, DC and New Orleans, Louisiana. Additional staff, consultants, members, and partners support NNPHI’s mission from Atlanta, GA and several locations throughout the United States. Post-pandemic, this position will be based in either Atlanta, New Orleans or Washington, DC. Applicants should indicate preference in cover letter. A telework arrangement is fully supported during COVID-19.

Primary Responsibilities:

  1. Working in partnership with the President and Chief Executive Officer and other team members, the Director of Health and Racial Equity will further develop and implement the organization’s health and racial equity strategies. The successful candidate will have a track record demonstrating their ability to effectively partner with multiple sectors and manage complex initiatives involving public health and policy, advocacy, health and racial equity, community engagement, philanthropy, and health care delivery.
    • Lead the development of executable and measurable organizational policy and equity implementation plans and evaluation strategies and establish bodies of work and project-based health and racial equity goals and priorities.
    • Collaborate with and advise NNPHI leadership on emerging priorities as well as internal and external health and racial equity opportunities and challenges.
  2. Identify and develop funding opportunities and strategic partnerships.
    • Identify sustainable business models to fund relevant activities.
    • Cultivate resources with new funding partners to support health and racial equity priorities.
    • Obtain investigator-initiated grants, compete successfully for contracts, and expand the resource based available for support of NNPHI projects and infrastructure.
    • Build new partnerships with local, state, tribal, territorial, 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, fees for services, and grants.
  3. Build capacity to implement and manage quality initiatives and services with the network, including NNPHI staff and colleagues from member institutes
    • Oversee the development and design of plans, logic models, and training protocols and tools.
    • Develop and lead programs to build capacity to achieve health and racial equity.
    • Manage budgets, help select and manage subawardees/contractors, develop project management timelines and set priorities and metrics to meet and assess strategies, goals, and deadlines.
    • Develop, coordinate, and monitor health and equity related performance metrics for the organization, and within and across portfolios and teams.
    • Advance the organization’s commitment to health and equity in our organizational culture and approach to engaging and managing external partner/stakeholder relationships.
    • Create high-impact reports, briefs, position papers, memoranda, testimony, talking points, letters, and other materials in support of NNPHI’s priorities and positions around health and equity.
    • Work closely across the organization to explore and define data analytics, infographics, and narrative storytelling necessary to highlight issues and influence and drive decision-making.
    • Recommend approaches for disseminating health and equity related products and communications (e.g., social media, newspapers, newsletters, journals).
    • Identify and assess systemic and institutional policies and/or practices that reinforce unconscious bias and racism and provide concrete ideas and strategies to highlight and address the inequities and their impact.
    • Build and enhance internal and external health and racial inequity frameworks to operationalize the organization’s health and racial equity plan.
    • Lead proposal development and write proposals to secure new funding opportunities that align with health and racial equity efforts.
    • Proactively build, cultivate trust, and strengthen stakeholder relationships through ongoing, regular contacts with key decision makers, collaborators, current and potential funders, influencers, advocates, consultants, and member institutes to promote NNPHI’s health and equity plans.
    • Represent NNPHI race and equity policy matters at public events, meetings, conferences, forums, etc.
    • Disseminate learning products to a variety of constituencies.
  4. Build internal and network capacity to develop manuscripts and other publications, including non-traditional and innovative storytelling and writing
    • Produce publications, presentations, research resources, briefing/concept papers and other products to build recognition of and support for NNPHI.
    • Represent NNPHI as a thought leader at conferences and other events.
  5. Provide leadership in strategic growth and development of the Health and Racial Equity portfolio team.
    • Recruit, supervise, and mentor team members and student interns.
    • Lead team development and foster a sense of collaboration and open communication among team members and across the organization.
    • Serve as an advisor on related projects and initiatives.

Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree plus ten years post graduate professional experience in public health, policy, social services, or closely related field.
  • Strong commitment to public health and achieving health and racial equity.
  • Excellent understanding of the root causes of inequities, systemic racism, unconscious bias, principles of equity, diversity and inclusion, and social determinants of health.
  • A proven record of developing and implementing public health interventions.
  • Sound and strategic judgment, ability to problem solve, and nimbleness in adapting to changing circumstances.
  • Demonstrated capacity in managing budgets, subawards, and contracts.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence and engage diverse audiences and to build long-term collaborative relationships with key organizational and individual partners.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills, including the ability to explain the public health priorities and issues in compelling terms and to communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively.• Demonstrated capacity and ability to lead, oversee, and manage start-up organizational initiatives and track outcomes.
  • Outstanding time management and organizational skills, with careful attention to detail, and a demonstrated ability to manage multi-faceted projects and perform well independently, under pressure in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and other relevant software packages.


Starting salary range of $92,000-$135,000 commensurate with education, experience, and location.

A highly competitive benefits package is offered to all NNPHI staff, including medical/dental/vision/FSA/parking/transportation, generous retirement contributions and annual leave.


Approximately 15% travel during non-COVID-19 conditions will be required.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to with the subject line: Attn: Director, Health and Racial Equity. Please indicate in your cover letter your preference for post-pandemic work location (Atlanta, New Orleans or Washington, DC).

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