North Carolina Institute for Public Health: Director


The North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) is the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s bridge between the public health practice community in North Carolina and the School. Established in 1999, the Institute receives state funds, contracts and grants, and continuing education receipts to deliver training and continuing education, provide technical assistance and conducts practice-focused research to transform public health across NC and beyond.

The Director reports to the School’s Dean. This leader will be entrepreneurial, data driven, collaborative and supportive of all stakeholders. They serve as a visible representative of the School’s involvement in the health of our state’s population. The Director oversees an organization with approximately 25 staff as well as a small seasoned leadership team and a current budget of approximately $5M. The Director will collaborate with the Associate Dean for Practice and the Managing Director of the Research, Innovation and Global Solutions office so that NCIPH can harness the individual and collective interest and expertise of the School’s over 1,500 students, more than 200 full-time faculty and over 400 staff members and ensure the connection between the School’s local to global activities. They will also collaborate across the School, University and beyond with relevant academic and practice leaders and a variety of private and public sector organizations.

The Director must have proven public health leadership skills and an understanding of governmental public health, particularly in NC. The ideal candidate will have the ability to tackle a wide range of strategic and tactical activities and will work closely with diverse academic and administrative professional staff, alumni, donors and other stakeholders. They should want to take on the challenges and excitement of a taking an organization to the next level, building on a successful track record of outreach and service over 18 years.


Strategic Leadership (25%)

A primary focus for the Director will be leading the strategy of the institute by developing a strategic plan that will guide NCIPH’s portfolio of services to address the state’s population health needs. This work will include:

  • Serving as the School’s point-of-contact with statewide leaders and partners in public health/ population health;
  • Working with NCIPH staff, across the School’s faculty staff and students, and other leaders at UNC to develop strong partnerships to support faculty and achieve the Institute’s mission;
  • Working collaboratively with School’s leadership, including serving on the Dean’s Council, to strengthen public health practice programs and services with an emphasis on serving North Carolina;
  • Work with School leaders to continue to develop the School’s unique “local health is global health” approach and support the Universities innovation interests.

Develop and implement business plan for services (10%)

Working closely with NCIPH staff, the new Director will develop and implement a business plan with measurable objectives that maximizes service to the state, ensures financial sustainability, aligns with the NCIPH mission and addresses current and emerging needs of the public health practice community. This plan will include:

  • A process for the review, analysis and oversight/coordination of responses to major business opportunities from various sources and a blueprint to build internal and external partnerships to maximize the Institute’s ability to attract new resources;
  • A collaborative approach to work with the School’s Advancement office to maximize fundraising opportunities from corporations, foundations and individuals to support tackling NC’s persistent public health challenges, especially in low-resourced communities;
  • Connections for student practica and capstones, leveraging students’ expertise to meet broad community needs; and
  • Creation of a sustainable revenue model and incorporate technology and big data into the work.

Communication (15%)

The Director will be responsible for increasing the visibility of NCIPH among students, broadly within Gillings and across the state. To build the brand of NCIPH, the Director will:

  •  Lead regular communication and dialogue with internal audiences at the School, others at UNC Chapel Hill and thought leaders across the state to ensure NCIPH is widely understood and supported;
  • Provide oversight of overall NCIPH communication strategy including development, maintenance and evaluation of multiple channels to reach diverse key audiences, e.g. potential/current students, alumni, academic institutions, media, potential partners in the non-profit, private and government sectors;
  • Collaborate/consult with the School’s Director of Communications and Marketing in developing and implementing communication strategies including branding; and
  • In collaboration with the Associate Dean for Practice, participate in forums and events to promote and extend the School’s reputation and reach

Operations management (10%)

The director is responsible for managing multiple resource streams with the assistance of three managers. This work includes:

  • Work with NCIPH leadership team to lead efforts across all service areas;
  • Supervise and guide work of NCIPH leadership team members;
  • Ensure overall operations are efficient and effective and in compliance with School and University standards and guidelines; and
  • Measure the impact of the Institute.



Graduate level degree required, with preference for public health, public policy, public administration or related field. We embrace equity and inclusion and encourage diverse candidates to apply.

Experience and Other Relevant Background

  •  At least 10 years leading a public health organization and significant experience working in North Carolina preferred but not required
  • Leadership experience, preferably in both academic and non-academic settings
  • Knowledge of critical public health issues both nationally and in North Carolina
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial initiative and track record of contributing to organizational growth
  • Substantial demonstrated success with grant/contract funding opportunities (both governmental and non- governmental) and preparing contract, grant and foundation applications
  • Able to see complex program from a “big picture”/strategic level, communicate a clear vision for the Institute and set direction for the team
  • Experience managing staff members, including managers
  • Excellent listening skills and sensitivity to the needs and obligations of partners, faculty, staff, and students
  • Willingness and ability to be practical, relevant, hands-on and persistent
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; comfort with a variety of social media
  • Strong, high-level contacts in North Carolina and beyond
  • Familiarity with public health and healthcare-related foundations and their boards

To Apply:

To apply for this position, please visit the UNC-Chapel Hill Careers page, located here.

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