Network Ambassador, OPEN, Inc.

Position Announcement – Network Ambassador, OPEN, Inc.

Fiduciary Information:

The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) is an active network comprised of over forty-member public health institutes located throughout all ten Health and Human Services regions. NNPHI also serves as the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training (NCCPHT) and hosts an affiliate network of ten Regional Public Health Training Centers (Regional PHTCs) serving all fifty states and US territories. Public health institutes (PHIs) 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 the nation. NNPHI offices are located in New Orleans and Washington, DC.

The NNPHI mission is to support national public health system initiatives and strengthen public health institutes to promote multi-sector activities resulting in measurable improvements of public health structures, systems, and outcomes. NNPHI’s vision is innovation-fostering public health institutes across the nation collaborating to improve population health.

NNPHI collaborates with its member public health institutes and a wide range of national, state, tribal and local partners to support public health initiatives. These collaborative efforts promote health equity, support public health and health systems collaboration, build capacity of the public health system, encourage health in all policies, and promote evidence-based public health practice. Additional information about NNPHI’s program areas and collaborative efforts with public health institutes is available at


Organizational Information:

The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) serves as the fiscal agent for the Oral Health Progress and Equity Network, Inc. (OPEN, Inc.). As its fiscal agent, NNPHI provides interim support for administrative needs, human resources, and funds control along with access to a depth of expertise, knowledge, and partners. OPEN, Inc., serves as the backbone organization of the Oral Health Progress and Equity Network (OPEN). OPEN believes that oral health is vital to overall health, yet there are barriers in place, which, like locked doors, prevent people from accessing oral care. OPEN won’t stand for this failure to live up to our ideals as a nation by leaving people to suffer unjustly and unnecessarily from preventable oral health issues. Our purpose as a Network is to take on America’s oral health challenges so that everyone has an equitable chance to thrive. Our change agents won’t stop until everyone has the keys they need to fully access good oral health. Over the last decade, OPEN has emerged from a nationwide conversation among policymakers, providers, public health activists, and grassroots organizers who acknowledge that the system of health care we have in place today is not working for people’s overall health and wellbeing and that it’s time to work together to build a better reality. The Network of more than 2,000 change agents and organizations collaborates to work toward specific and measurable targets. The backbone of the Network, OPEN, Inc., was formed in 2019 to support this oral health work and to address health equity and social justice.


Position Summary:

OPEN, Inc. is seeking a Network Ambassador. This individual will respond efficiently and swiftly to inquiries from Network members, support engagement of Network leaders (formal and informal), assist in implementing new member engagement processes, facilitate “OPEN Hours” to meet and greet new Network members, provide support for member training,  promote and expand participation in OPEN, and provide content management and administrative support to various member-led projects and OPEN infrastructure (including  Regional Oral Health Connection Teams and National Oral Health Connection Team workgroups.)  The Network Ambassador will report to the Director of Capacity Building & Technical Assistance and the Network Weaver & Relationship Manager.

This position is full-time and is currently funded for 12 months; it may be extended based on grant funding availability. Applicants can be hired in one of two ways:

  • Through a grant to a non-profit host organization. Using this option, OPEN, Inc. will provide a grant in the amount of the annual salary to the host organization, which will designate a FTE staff person to serve on loan to OPEN for a 12-month period. The host organization will be responsible for all benefits, payroll, and other human resources functions.
  • Hiring through NNPHI as an OPEN, Inc. staff member. Applicants applying through NNPHI will receive their salary and full benefits through NNPHI.

The position is remote and may require travel of approximately 25% when travel is safe in adherence with travel guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • At least two years’ experience with facilitative leadership, coalition/collaboration support, or similar activities (experience with OPEN preferred)
  • High comfort level with leveraging various technologies in implementation of day-to-day tasks, including experience with office management systems, such as Microsoft Office 365 and various virtual meeting platforms
  • Experience exercising discretion and confidentiality with sensitive company information
  • Outstanding communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills with an ability to think proactively and prioritize work effectively
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Experience and understanding of health equity and social justice preferred


Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with staff to implement strategies that will strengthen connections among OPEN members and improve their experience in the Network.
  • Assist with developing and delivering technical assistance and capacity-building offerings to Network members.
  • Engage with, support, and track work accomplished by Network leaders and volunteers in various roles in collaboration with other staff.
  • Manage Network-wide outreach and engagement through announcements, calendar updates, member coordination, and resource management. Includes responding to queries and managing discussions on OPEN’s online platform.
  • Create ongoing summaries of Network progress (workgroup, region, topic area, goals/strategies).
  • Provide content management and facilitation support for ongoing and ad hoc Network meetings.
  • Contribute to the planning, promotion, and facilitation of Network webinars.
  • Support the planning, production, and evaluation of virtual and in-person (when safe travel is allowed) OPEN meetings.
  • Support social media activities.
  • Serve as the point of contact for triaging and responding to members’ technology support needs, with assistance from external technology vendors as needed. salary
  • Assist with a variety of office projects and processes as needed.


Ideal Candidates Will Demonstrate Capacity in the Following Areas:

  • Builds effective and trusting relationships with colleagues, Network members, other partners, and funders.
  • Recognizes and engages the skills, expertise, and resources of others in shared work.
  • Applies self-awareness and empathy to foster effective relationships.
  • Understands when to follow, when to take initiative, and when to ask questions.
  • Demonstrates comfort using social media channels.
  • Continuously learns and improves by seeking and offering feedback, coaching, and training opportunities when available/appropriate.
  • Embraces challenges, new ideas, and perspectives as opportunities to learn.
  • Prioritizes responsibilities in a way that optimizes efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Generates and implements new approaches and creative solutions.
  • Produces high-quality quality work products that reflect very close attention to detail and adheres to agreed-upon work plans.
  • Uses data, experience, and evidence-based approaches to inform decisions and improve systems.


  1. Salary commensurate with experience and past involvement with OPEN.
  2. Highly competitive benefits package if hired as NNPHI staff.
  3. Twelve-month position with renewal contingent on available funding.

How to Apply:

Please send resume, cover letter, three professional references, and salary expectations to: with the subject line: Attn: OPEN, Inc., Network Ambassador.


Equal Opportunity Employer

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