The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) is seeking a highly motivated and experienced individual to join our organization as an Associate Director of Public Health Practice to support our internal Coordinating Center for Public Health Practice program work. NACDD is a Member-based not-for-profit Association that improves the health of the public by strengthening state-based leadership and expertise for chronic disease prevention and control in states and at the national level. NACDD's role continues to be that of standing in the gap, linking resources with its member-experts, and together creating a safer, healthier, and more equitable America.
Under the direction of the Senior Director of Programs and the direct supervision of the Director for Public Health Practice, this position provides leadership and strategic direction for designing, implementing, and managing the Coordinating Center for Public Health Practice. Strategic leadership for the Coordinating Center includes planning, organizing, implementing, evaluating, and leading all program activities of the Coordinating Center and uses a systems approach to coordination and collaboration among programs that consider the Board’s priorities and strategic direction. An emphasis on inclusion, health equity, social justice, and building inclusive programming will be integrated into all Coordinating Center activities and programs.
This position will require having knowledge of and providing expertise in the area of public health practice including organizational, workforce, and strategic leadership capacity building for effective state-level chronic disease prevention and health promotion. In addition, this position with providing expertise in designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating technical assistance programs, tools, and resources for members, partners, and internal Association use.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:
• Collaborates with the CEO, the Director of Public Health Practice, and senior leadership to develop strategic direction and formulate Coordinating Center program goals.
• Assists the Director of Public Health Practice in planning the delivery of the Coordinating Center programs and its activities in accordance with the mission and direction of the Board of Directors of the Association.
• Contributes to program planning and long-term strategic direction in collaboration with the Director of Public Health Practice to maximize the development of the Coordinating Center and NACDD programs.
• Assists the Director of Public Health Practice in organizing, implementing, and leading all program activities to stand up the Coordinating Center.
• Manages the program’s roles with the implementation of technical assistance and training across all program areas.
• Coordinates and supports Coordinating Center staff and supervises Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) as needed to augment program implementation.
• Contributes to developing systems of monitoring and analyzing the various facets of projects and assuring alignment and integration into NACDD strategic plan and overall mission.
• Advises the Director of Public Health Practice on program impact and proposes program changes necessary to respond to contextual requirements.
• Ensures that the Association's strategic plan, mission, vision, and values are communicated to the team and integrated into the team's strategies, goals, objectives, work plans, and work products and services.
• Provides direction for performance improvement and assists in the development of project progress.
• Coordinates budget tracking, progress reporting, document review, project management, and quality improvement activities.
• Develops funding proposals seeking support from philanthropic organizations, foundations, and other organizations to support the expansion of program resources and collaboration.
• Assumes other duties as assigned and performs special projects as needed or directed.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES)
• Master’s degree in Public Health or equivalent with a minimum of 15 years of progressive experience in the public health field. A DrPH or Ph.D. in public health is preferred, but not required.
• Minimum 10 years’ experience in leading, developing, managing, implementing, and evaluating public health initiatives including organizational and workforce capacity development.
• Experience developing, managing, directing, or implementing state public health department chronic disease or related risk factor programs is required.
• Experience collaborating effectively with state health departments and other partners is required. Additional experience collaborating effectively with territorial health departments is preferred.
• Experience in leading federal government grant programs and grants management that support chronic disease programming especially focusing on community and environmental health, physical activity, nutrition, and social connectedness/peer involvement/mentoring.
• Experience in strategic thinking for program design, development, and implementation.
• Experience in writing grants (both for private funders and public funders), project work plans, and project budgets specifically focusing on chronic diseases and or their risk factors.
• Experience developing and implementing capacity building technical assistance initiatives.
• Experience applying evidence-based frameworks for public health practice improvement and public health organizational effectiveness.
• Ability to effectively communicate through technical writing for required Federal Government grants and cooperative agreements.
• Prior Association or other not-for-profit experience preferred, specifically member-based organizations serving state public health practitioners.
• Strong project development, management, prioritization, and planning skills, with demonstrated success producing high-quality deliverables on time and within budget.
• Advanced communication and dissemination skills that promote programming including document and resource development, podcasts and other storytelling methods, and dissemination and development of case stories/success stories.
• Skill in developing alternative training and technical assistance methods supported by virtual learning platforms.
• Intermediate experience with Microsoft Office Programs (i.e. Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Teams) and Zoom is required. Must be able to master technologies and software applications.
• Proven ability to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously within deadlines including staff, Subject Matter Experts, budgets, and partnerships.
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work independently with a team.
• Skills and knowledge of performance management software and other efficiency platforms such as SmartSheets.
• Effective communication and organizational skills. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from senior management, staff and consultants, and Board of Directors.
• Strong project management, prioritization, and planning skills, with demonstrated success producing high-quality deliverables on time and within budget.
• Able to take direction well and able to establish and maintain professional credibility and diplomacy.
• Ability to maintain a high level of professionalism and integrity.
• Ability to effectively lead teams and collaborate in remote work environments.
• Understand the importance of keeping current industry or subject matter expertise.
• Available to travel as needed.
National and or local travel may be required when guidelines allow for safe passage via car, air travel, train, or other transit options. Travel is estimated to be approximately 10% time when restrictions are lifted.
Remote (Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington)
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
NACDD is an Equal Opportunity Employer, drug-free workplace, and complies with ADA regulations as applicable.