LPHI: Director of Policy and Equity

Organization Summary:

The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI), founded in 1997, is a statewide 501(c)(3) nonprofit and public health institute that translates evidence into strategy to optimize health ecosystems. Our work focuses on uncovering complementary connections across sectors to combine the social, economic, and human capital needed to align action for health. We champion health for people, within systems, and throughout communities because we envision a world where everyone has the opportunity to be healthy.

We are a highly experienced team of professionals who are dedicated to making a positive, lasting impact on the lives of Louisiana residents.  Our partners represent a broad range of stakeholders including government, academia, healthcare systems and providers, mental health and social services, community-based organizations, policy makers, business leaders and community advocates.  We work together to build community capacity and resilience and to address social, economic, and racial factors that impact health outcomes.

Position Summary:

Louisiana Public Health Institute is seeking a highly strategic and knowledgeable Director of Policy and Equity to strengthen and execute LPHI’s policy and equity plans.  This position leads and coordinates internal and external efforts to advance federal, state, and local policy solutions and enhances LPHI’s overall commitment to health and racial equity.

This new position is a part of LPHI’s larger strategic effort to increase our effectiveness and to broaden the impact of our policy, advocacy, and equity work.  The Director will be well-versed in public policy, public health, and health equity, with a focus on the political, legal, institutional, public health, and have a deep understanding of the barriers that Louisianan’s face in being healthy and well.

The Director will proactively build and strengthen existing relationships and LPHI’s visibility among current and potential policy and advocacy partners, influencers, constituents, and key decision makers at the local, state, and federal levels. She/he will have a strong understanding of applied epidemiology, data science, and policy analysis, including how to leverage data analytics, infographics, and narrative storytelling to highlight issues and influence and drive decision-making. The ideal candidate is a passionate advocate of health and racial equity with the capacity to inspire and educate others.

Success in this role means identifying and collaborating across stakeholders on policy-related opportunities and responses, growing the health policy portfolio and funding through grants and other financing, and building LPHI’s capacity to demonstrate our commitment to health and racial equity.


  • Significant work experience (7-10+ years) in fields relevant to assigned responsibilities as well as a broad, generalist background with deep and comprehensive understanding of program design and development, systems, and networking.
  • Master’s degree in relevant field required
  • Strong understanding of the root causes of inequities, systemic racism, and the social determinants of health.
  • A proven record of developing and implementing policy and advocacy strategies and tactics.
  • Sound and strategic judgment, ability to problem solve, and nimbleness in adapting to changing circumstances.
  • 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 with grace under pressure in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment.
  • Ability to work with diverse personalities, and the wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.
  • Commitment to centering diversity and equity in executing key responsibilities.
  • Ability to travel up to 40% of the time.


The Director of Policy and Equity will develop and implement the organization’s policy and health equity plans. 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.

The Director position consists of four main functions.

Leadership and Strategy

  • Work with the senior leadership to shape a vision for the organization’s policy and health and racial equity work.
  • Lead the development of executable and measurable organizational policy and equity implementation plans and evaluation strategies and establish bodies of work and project-based policy and equity goals and priorities.
  • Provide thought leadership and depth on crosscutting issues to ensure high impact policy positions.
  • Work with and advise senior leadership on emerging policy priorities as well as internal and external health and racial equity opportunities and challenges.
  • Develop, coordinate, and monitor policy and equity related performance metrics for the organization, and within and across programs/bodies of work/functional areas.
  • Coordinate LPHI’s rapid response to high priority issues/threats through direct engagement of key external stakeholders and internal teams.
  • Advance our commitment to equity in our organizational culture, staff recruitment and retention, professional development, programs, and approach to engaging and managing external partner/stakeholder relationships.
  • Serve as a catalyst and inspire an organizational culture of excellence.

Policy Development and Promotion

  • Conceive and draft high-impact reports, policy briefs, position papers, memoranda, testimony, talking points, letters, and other materials in support of LPHI’s policy priorities and positions.
  • 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. Oversee production of policy and related materials, including graphical and pictorial content.
  • Recommend approaches for disseminating policy and equity products (e.g., social media, newspapers, newsletters, journals, town hall meetings, neighborhood gatherings).
  • Identify systemic and institutional racist policies and provide concrete ideas and strategies to highlight and address the inequities and their impact on people of color.
  • Monitor local, state, and federal governing bodies for actions of importance to the organization and issues affecting Louisiana residents.
  • Build and enhance internal and external health and racial inequity frameworks to operationalize the organization’s Health Equity Plan.
  • Determine and negotiate scopes of work and contracting with external consultants.
  • Write proposals and lead proposal development and securing new business that aligns with policy and health and racial equity efforts.
  • Develop project management timelines and set priorities and metrics to meet and assess program goals and deadlines.

Optimize Relationships

  • 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 community members to promote LPHI’s policy agenda.
  • Increase LPHI’s visibility on the local, state, and national level.
  • Engage in regular collaboration and communication with program, communications/marketing, and evaluation teams to ensure mission impact strategies are coordinated.
  • Be a trusted, informed resource for staff, clients, and broader community.
  • Be an inclusive, collaborative manager who empowers, elevates, and inspires those around her/him.
  • Work collaboratively in a team-oriented, fast-paced environment.


  • Deepen staff knowledge of policy and advocacy approaches and opportunities at all levels, including the provision of education on the local, state, and federal legislative processes and identify organization-wide opportunities to influence that process.
  • Conceptualize and host strategic convening and advocacy events that advance LPHI’s mission and vision.
  • Represents LPHI leadership at events, public meetings, and forums.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Excellent reasoning and analytical skills.
  • Existing network of relationships with state and local agencies and legislatures, and local governing councils.
  • Significant experience teaching, training, mentoring, as well as presenting at national, state or local governing meetings, forums and conferences on topics such as leadership, health equity, health care access, health policy and advocacy, and/or social determinants of health.
  • Distinguished in relevant field or practice as demonstrated through presentations, publications, and awards.
  • A high degree of self-motivation and an entrepreneurial ability to identify and seize opportunities.
  • Ability to work in a team-based environment, and an orientation to the work that recognizes and values the contributions of all team members.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively and build strong, positive relationships with colleagues and partners, both internal and external to LPHI.
  • Ability to effectively manage and successfully develop individuals and teams.
  • Ability to model and inspire authentic leadership.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.

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LPHI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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