National Network of Public Health Institutes: Director of Research and Evaluation

  • Sep 16
  • Posted By: kdabdoub

Position Summary:

NNPHI is seeking an experienced and entrepreneurial professional to serve as its first Director of Research and Evaluation. The Director will collaborate with staff and leaders throughout the network to develop and advance a research agenda that aligns with the organization’s mission. The successful candidate will cultivate and sustain resources to achieve the research and evaluation priorities of the network. Additionally, the Director will be responsible for assuring scientific integrity, rigor, and quality of all research and evaluation activities sponsored by NNPHI. This position will be based in either NNPHI’s New Orleans or Washington, DC offices. Applicants should indicate preference of location in their application documentation. This position requires frequent travel of approximately 20%.
Primary Responsibilities:
In conjunction with NNPHI leadership, staff, and member institutes, develop and implement a shared vision and agenda for evaluation services and research initiatives
  • Identify priorities based on input from internal and external stakeholders 
  • Engage high performing staff, institute collaborators and strategic partners in research and evaluation projects 
  • Develop and monitor budgets for research and evaluation initiatives
  • Direct and assure quality performance of evaluation contractors
Identify and develop funding opportunities and strategic partnerships.
  • Identify sustainable business models to fund evaluation and research activities 
  • Cultivate resources with new funding partners to support research and evaluation priorities 
  • Obtain investigator-initiated grants, compete successfully for contracts, and expand the resource based available for support of NNPHI projects and infrastructure.  
  • Establish and negotiate new partnerships with local, state, and national organizations
  • Manage relationships with a broad set of partners with tact and diplomacy
  • Negotiate appropriate roles, responsibilities and compensation for staff and partners supported by contracts, fees for services, and grants
Build capacity to implement and manage quality research and evaluation initiatives and services with the network, including NNPHI staff and colleagues from member institutes:
  • Oversee the development and design of research and evaluation plans, logic models, and data collection protocols and tools
  • Ensure the efficient development, management, and security of data and data storage systems
  • Ensure research and evaluation integrity and congruence with best practices in human subjects protection 
  • Provide training and technical guidance to staff in research and evaluation processes and data usage
  • Provide leadership in strategic growth and development of the NNPHI Research and Evaluation Team
  • Recruit, supervise, and mentor research and evaluation team members and student interns
Leverage, disseminate, and translate research and evaluation findings to a variety of constituencies
  • Collaborate with team members and stakeholders to effectively communicate results both internally and externally
  • Build internal and network capacity to develop manuscripts and publications
  • Create systems for using data to provide ongoing feedback and support to team members and partners for quality improvement purposes
  • Use evaluation and research data for evidence-based policy and decision making
  • Produce publications, presentations, research resources and briefing/white papers 

  • Passion for and experience in establishing new projects and securing new funding
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively on a team and with diverse external partners
  • Fervent interest in multi-sector initiatives that yield innovative solutions to improve the health of populations
  • Experience in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment with a strong focus on metrics and data-driven decision making
  • Deep creativity and an ability to leverage data and discover potential opportunities for growth and innovation
  • Entrepreneurialism and flexibility, with an ability to maneuver effectively in the face of uncertainty and transition
  • Doctoral degree or equivalent qualifications in public health, social sciences or health systems 
  • Minimum of ten years of related and progressively more responsible postgraduate experience in research, evaluation, and leadership
  • Proven track record of successful business development yielding resources from diverse funding partners
  • Experience leading programmatic and fiscal components of large scale research and/or evaluation projects
  • Success mentoring and supervising senior professional staff and managing contractors
  • Proven experience conducting various research methodologies (including both qualitative and quantitative), statistical analysis, and translation and dissemination of research and evaluation findings
  • Salary dependent on education and experience.
  • A competitive benefits package is offered to all NNPHI staff.
Please send CV, cover letter, salary requirement and three professional references to:
Subject line: Attn: NNPHI Director of Research and Evaluation
Equal Opportunity Employer


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