LPHI: Director, Tobacco Control & Prevention and Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco Free Living (TFL)

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 workforce 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 and well.

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.

The Opportunity

The Louisiana Public Health Institute administers tobacco control and prevention programming focused on improving the health of Louisianans by reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke through community capacity-building, promoting cessation services, policy and advocacy, and identifying and eliminating tobacco-related disparities. A major portion of this programming consists of the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL), which began in 2003, and is an evidence-based, statewide, comprehensive tobacco control and prevention program funded by the state’s tobacco excise tax through a contract (of roughly $4.7M) with the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium (LCRC). The TFL program is guided and advised by the TFL Steering Committee and Advisory Board. The programming also consists of a two-year Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded initiative — Addressing Systemic Inequities to Reduce Tobacco (ASIRT), which began in 2020.

The director of tobacco control and prevention will lead the development, strategic oversight, and expansion of LPHI’s tobacco control and prevention programming; and will serve as the director of the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco Free Living (TFL).  This position’s primary responsibility is to ensure that projects run effectively and efficiently and make an impact on reducing tobacco use and eliminating disparities through evidence-based, innovative, and multi-faceted programming being implemented by the tobacco control and prevention team, grantees and sub-contractors throughout the state.  The director must ensure that the team’s efforts reflect current national, state, and local expertise and perspectives. This position coordinates across all tobacco control and prevention and related programs/partners throughout Louisiana, including but not limited to: Louisiana Department of Health, Well-Ahead, Smoking Cessation Trust (SCT), voluntary organizations that focus on reducing tobacco use among Louisianans (i.e., American Heart Association, American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, etc.), health systems, payors, etc.

The director will report directly to the LPHI Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and to the LCRC CEO. The director will work closely with the TFL Steering Committee Chair. The director will oversee the tobacco control and prevention team, many of whom are strategically placed in communities across the state.


  • Master’s degree in public health or related field with relevant work experience required; Doctoral degree in public health or related field preferred.
  • Significant tobacco control and prevention programming experience required (7+ years); experience working in chronic disease prevention and health promotion preferred.
  • Strong track record demonstrating their ability to effectively partner with multiple sectors, involving public health and policy, advocacy, health and racial equity, community engagement, and health care delivery. This includes working closely with local, state, and national tobacco and/or public health agencies/organizations.
  • Eight or more years of experience in management and/or public health program implementation at least five of which were at a supervisory level demonstrating successful management of multi-disciplinary teams.
  • 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.
  • Extensive experience leading statewide and community-level public health programs required, including work with coalitions and diverse constituencies.
  • Experience using research and data; and conducting monitoring, evaluation, and learning frameworks to guide program strategy, development, and implementation.
  • Knowledge of public health principles and practices.
  • Experience working in the following advocacy capacities preferred:
    • Policy
    • Community Engagement and Capacity Building
    • Information Synthesis and Issues Research
    • Adaptability/Rapid Decision Making
    • Issues Campaign Management/Leadership
    • Media/Relations
    • Persuasive Communication
  • 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 a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.
  • Commitment to centering diversity and equity in executing key responsibilities.
  • Ability to travel up to 40% (during non-COVID times).

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

 Leadership and Strategy (40% of the time)

  • Work in close partnership with the Senior Leadership to shape a vision for the organization’s tobacco control and prevention programming; and ensure broader integration and alignment into LPHI’s broader efforts to advance health and wellness in Louisiana communities.
  • Successfully integrate all tobacco control and prevention components across current and future programming, including but not limited to TFL, Project ASIRT, etc.
  • Lead the development of executable and measurable tobacco control and prevention plans and evaluation strategies and establish bodies of work and project-based content aligned with tobacco control and prevention program goals and priorities.
  • Develop, implement, evaluate, and report on the progress towards the following program goals:
    • To prevent Louisiana’s youth from using tobacco;
    • To eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke;
    • To promote tobacco cessation;
    • To identify and eliminate tobacco-related disparities;
    • To facilitate effective coordination of all tobacco control & prevention initiatives statewide
  • Work in close collaboration with the LCRC CEO, with advice and input from the TFL Steering Committee and Scientific Advisory committee, to inform:
    • Program strategy, development, and implementation;
    • Program monitoring, evaluation, and learning;
    • Partnership development and management at national, state, and local levels;
    • Communications / public relations and experience in guiding, planning, and overseeing large scale media campaigns;
    • Grant / contract management; and
    • Continuous quality improvement
  • Provide thought leadership and depth on crosscutting issues to ensure high impact and alignment with tobacco control and prevention work and LPHI’s broader commitment to improve the health and well-being of Louisiana residents.
  • Advance LPHI’s 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.

Stakeholder Coordination and Collaboration (30% of the time)

  • 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.
  • Maintain and advance LPHI’s visibility on the local, state, and national level, and serve as a national and statewide representative and spokesperson for the tobacco control and prevention movement in Louisiana.
  • Ensure coordination of strategy and programming with statewide, regional, and local partners.
  • Work with the LCRC CEO/Executive Team to explore LCRC/TFL integration initiatives as determined and approved by the LCRC Board.
  • Ensure long-term sustainability of tobacco control and prevention efforts in Louisiana, including programmatic, fiscal and policy.
  • Develop and execute capacity building opportunities for grantees, awardees, and partners to advance tobacco control and prevention efforts in the state.
  • Recruit new and cultivate existing local, statewide, and national partners–both traditional and nontraditional–to broaden the potential reach and impact of the tobacco control and prevention programming.
  • Ensure coordination and collaboration with LPHI’s communications, policy and equity, evaluation, and health services research teams on tobacco control and prevention projects.
  • Work collaboratively in a team-oriented, fast-paced environment.

Effective and On-going Program Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (15% of the time)

  • Ensure state of the art evaluation protocol in close collaboration and coordination with LPHI’s Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Director and evaluation team members.
  • Develop, constantly monitor, and modify accordingly the corresponding systems to actualize the tobacco control and prevention programming and policy priorities in collaboration with internal team leads.
  • Ensure the tobacco control and prevention programming is data-driven, evidence-based and responsive to evaluation findings and recommendations.
  • Develop, coordinate, and monitor tobacco related performance metrics for the organization, and our stakeholders.
  • Work collaboratively across the organization to explore and define data analytics, infographics, and narrative storytelling necessary to highlight issues and influence and drive decision-making.

Staff Management, Supervision, Coaching and Professional Development (10% of the time)

  • Provide leadership, direction, coaching, and supervision to a high performing team of over 15 multi-disciplinary staff members to ensure team development, goal attainment and program success; and directing thought partnership with LPHI’s evaluation, communications, and policy & equity teams.
  • Identify staffing needs, assist in programming staff recruitment, and ensure staff retention and professional development.
  • Identify and participate in opportunities for training for own position to enhance knowledge and skills.
  • Be a trusted, informed resource for staff and work to deepen staff knowledge of tobacco control and prevention approaches, best practice, and research.
  • Be an inclusive, collaborative manager who empowers, elevates, and inspires those around her/him.

Contract/Grant Compliance & Reporting (5% of the time)

  • Develop and monitor project budgets in close collaboration with the Director of Finance and Operations and Director of Business/Controller and LCRC.
  • Ensure compliance and assure the timeliness and quality of all reports to funders (i.e., LCRC, RWJF, etc.).
  • Ensure adherence to all laws and regulations applicable to managing specific grants and contracts.
  • Ensure adherence to negotiated sub-contracts, including maintaining the accountability of LPHI and sub-contractors.

 Business Development (5% of the time)

  • Identify and engage key partners and funders to advance tobacco control and prevention programming capacity and competency as strategic partner and producer of high-quality knowledge products and impact.
  • Initiate and/or support development and writing of proposals and grant applications.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Desired Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Commitment to public health and achieving health equity.
  • Excellent reasoning and analytical skills.
  • Existing network of relationships with national, state, and local agencies and legislatures, and local governing councils.
  • Experience teaching, training, mentoring, as well as presenting at national, state, or local governing meetings, forums and conferences on topics such as tobacco control and prevention, 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.
  • Exceptional emotional intelligence, including interpersonal skills and experience working with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated learning orientation.
  • Ability to champion and manage change.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver with excellent quality and impact.
  • Ability to apply systems thinking and act strategically.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.


  • Minimum starting salary of $110,000 dependent on education and experience.
  • A competitive benefits package is offered to all LPHI full-time staff.

Please visit LPHI Careers for more information and/or apply here.

LPHI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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