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Senior Director, Public Health Data Modernization

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 public health data system and technology modernization, health information exchange, health information technology, and public-private partnerships to modernize and advance the state and territorial public health data enterprise. In close coordination with the Chief Population Health and Innovation Officer (CPHIO) and Vice President for Public Health Data Modernization, leads and manages projects and strategic efforts to support the mission and objectives of state health officials, senior deputies, and other state and local stakeholders committed to improving and innovating public health data systems and information exchange.  


Principal Functions:

  • Provides day-to-day management and oversight of the public health data modernization, health information exchange, and health information exchange project portfolio.
  • 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 and VP-PHDM 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.
  • Manages work plans and budgets on a day-to-day basis for CDC-, ONC- and other HHS-funded projects in public health informatics and health information exchange.
  • Guides and participates in the development of proposals for public health data analytics, informatics, HIE and HIT projects and initiatives.
  • Seeks new and diversified funding to support ASTHO’s members in a range of public health data modernization concerns.
  • 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 public health data modernization project team member(s).
  • 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 public health data modernization, HIE and related topics.
  • Initiates and coordinates responses from the ASTHO membership on public health data modernization, HIE and related topics.



  • 7 years relevant work experience including supervision.
  • Master’s degree in public health; data science; public health, medical, health care (or similar) informatics; computer science; epidemiology; biostatistics; information technology; business administration; or similar fields.
  • 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 and multi-stakeholder collaboratives
    • Developing enterprise-level or project data strategies
    • Public health data and information system policymaking from a state health agency perspective
    • Data system and informatics in health care settings (i.e., health plan, hospital-based health system, other provider systems)
    • Change management and/or organizational realignment planning and implementation.
    • Supporting efforts to cultivate public-private partnerships to advance innovation and learning.
  • 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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