| The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), a national organization representing approximately 2,800 local health departments (LHDs) nationwide, has an immediate opening for a full-time Senior Director, Research and Evaluation. |
POSITION SUMMARY The Senior Director is a leader of a significant function or program of NACCHO and is responsible for both setting the strategy and the results of the area. A Senior Director is expected to integrate complex activities within their function or program and across the organization. He/she oversees the implementation of activities to achieve the function or unit's strategy and operating goals and is accountable for sizeable budgets, revenue generation and/or operational effectiveness. As a leader and manager of employees, the Senior Director is responsible for planning, organizing and managing a team or functional area typically comprised of professional and support staff. An individual contributor at this level is recognized externally as an expert in his or her field. Positions at this level require the ability to think strategically, act independently, and mastery in a specialized area gained through professional education, training and experience; and the capacity to design, implement and manage programs important to their functional area. This position reports to the Senior Advisor – Public Health Infrastructure and Systems
Program Specific Information
This position is responsible for administering NACCHO activities related to research and evaluation (R&E). The individual will lead NACCHO’s National Profile of Local Health Departments study and the companion Forces of Change survey. The individual will work in tandem with the Lead Research Analyst to assist and support NACCHO’s Research Work Group and Profile Survey Workgroup; to create a NACCHO research agenda; to develop strategic relationships with key partners; and to identify and develop research opportunities. With staff, the position will coordinate all research activities across NACCHO. The position will also hold responsibility for overseeing the evaluation of NACCHO programs and assisting the Program and other NACCHO teams in determining NACCHO’s programmatic impact. The position includes roles hiring and supervising staff, managing budgets, writing grants, making presentations, and assisting staff with manuscript and abstract development.
POSITION SPECIFIC DUTIES Program Administration • Hire, supervise, coach, and conduct performance reviews for all R&E staff. • Develop and manage budgets. • Develop project timelines, identify milestones, determine staffing, and ensure all project deliverables are of a high quality and delivered on-time. • Work with Lead Research Analyst on managing R&E workgroups, identifying and developing research opportunities, and writing grants and reports.
National Profile of Local Health Departments Study • Recruit and assist in staffing a workgroup to advise the Profile study. • Harmonize the Profile study with the corresponding studies of ASTHO and NALBOH. • Work with diverse stakeholders to reach consensus on content of the Profile questionnaire. • Recruit state-level contacts to promote participation by LHDs in the Profile study. • Lead efforts to identify additional ways to share the results of the Profile study. • Advise and oversee the activities of the Profile senior staff, including developing and testing survey instruments; developing a follow-up plan; publicizing and promoting the study; and developing study reports. • Lead evaluation activities to continuously improve the Profile study.
Strengthen NACCHO’s Capacity to Conduct Program-specific Research and Evaluation • Oversee the development and implementation of program evaluation across all of NACCHO. • Work with staff to develop products, reports, etc. that demonstrates NACCHO’s impact and value. • Coordinate program level research activities to ensure quality and lack of overlap. • Provide oversight for the development of guidelines and processes for evaluation and research across NACCHO. • Work with the senior R&E staff to identify research-and evaluation-related training needs for NACCHO staff and provide appropriate training. • Serve as resource to program staff in ensuring that deliverables of high quality and produced in a timely fashion; provide support to staff in developing appropriate manuscripts and abstracts.