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Senior Director, Population Health & Innovation

Location: Arlington, VA

Summary:  Responsible for proactively representing, engaging and supporting ASTHO and its members in a broad range of program and policy activities related to population health improvement, healthcare access, public health integration with physical and behavioral health clinical care, community preventative services, data modernization strategy, and strategic partnerships with human services, philanthropic organizations, businesses, and a variety of nontraditional stakeholders. In close coordination with the Chief Population Health and Innovation Officer (CPHIO), leads and manages the population health and innovation team and its projects, activities, and initiatives that directly support the mission and objectives of state health officials, senior deputies, and other state and local stakeholders committed to improving population health.

Principal Functions:

  • Provides day-to-day leadership, management and oversight of the Population Health & Innovation project portfolio and initiatives, including health system transformation, data and informatics, and research.
  • Represents ASTHO in various external committees, workgroups, conferences, summits, and advisory bodies related to the population health and innovation project portfolio subject matter areas.
  • Collaborates internally with ASTHO leadership and staff team to expand impact and quality of programs.
  • Works closely with the CPHIO in organizational strategy development, planning and implementation; stakeholder engagement, and funding growth strategy.
  • Provides relevant assistance to the ASTHO supported committees and task forces, including the ASTHO Population Health and Informatics Policy Committee.
  • Guides and participates in the development of proposals for and manages work plans and budgets on a day-to-day basis for federally funded projects in population health, primary care, public health integration, data and informatics, and research cooperative agreements.
  • Seeks new and diversified funding to support ASTHO’s members in a range of population health improvement areas.
  • Functions effectively in a policy team environment including identification of cross-cutting policies and programmatic issues with other ASTHO function areas.
  • Plans project activities, including forecasting and translating into deliverables member and grantor needs.  Develops project measures of success, analyzes progress, and evaluates outcomes.
  • Fosters collaborative relationships with ASTHO coworkers and representatives from other stakeholders and organizations.
  • Works with other ASTHO programs to develop, propose, and implement cross-disciplinary projects.
  • Plans and implements activities related to program evaluation, including articulation of project goals, objectives, and intended outcomes.
  • Supervises and evaluates population health and innovation team members.
  • Tracks and analyzes relevant national and state public health policy, federal legislation, and research.
  • Writes, edits, and/or oversees project deliverables including fact sheets, blogs, issue briefs, and newsletter stories.
  • In concert with the ASTHO events team, oversees activities associated with event (meetings, webcasts, etc.) planning.
  • Seeks funding opportunities and develops partnerships to support efforts that will ensure projects’ financial sustainability.
  • Serves as a resource and responds to members, affiliates and alumni technical assistance requests on issues related to population health improvement.
  • Initiates and coordinates responses from the ASTHO membership on population health improvement.



  • Master of Public Health, science or administration
  • Experience in:
    • State or local public health, health, and/or association
    • Writing, managing, and evaluating performance with federal grants/cooperative agreements or foundation grants
    • Leading a team of individuals on multi-sector projects
    • Leading multi-stakeholder collaboratives
    • Developing enterprise or project data strategies
    • Public health policymaking from a state health agency perspective
    • Health care system operations and strategy (i.e., health plan, hospital-based health system, other provider systems)
    • Change management and/or organizational realignment planning and implementation
  • 7 years relevant work experience including supervision
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills
  • Ability to track and analyze related project issues and legislation at federal and state levels
  • Demonstrated success in securing funding opportunities
  • Ability to travel





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