In order to promote leadership in health policy research among the next generation of scholars, the Health Policy Research Scholars (HPRS) Program aims to train doctoral students from groups underrepresented in health policy to conduct and engage in policy relevant research that will increase health equity. Such groups include racial and ethnic populations, as well as individuals from socioeconomically disadvantaged and underserved backgrounds, and students with disabilities. The purpose of this program is to support and enhance the Ph.D. training of students from different disciplines who are committed to advancing a Culture of Health, as well as encourage students to participate in interdisciplinary research that impacts health policy. The program in turn will provide scholars training in health policy and leadership, as well as mentorship, social support, and networking opportunities in order to enhance their success in their doctoral programs and future careers. In support of the program’s aims, the Director of Scholar & Alumni Leadership Development will create and execute strategic programming to engage scholars in leadership development at various stages during the Program. Leadership development components primarily include coaching, monthly courses, and programming during national events. This position fosters connections with scholars throughout the 4-year program and as alumni. While reporting to the Director of HPRS, this position works collaboratively with the HPRS NPC team and core faculty. The position is grant-funded and is anticipated to be supported through August 31, 2025.
Partner closely with the Director of HPRS to manage and direct leadership development within a complex project. Help oversee the planning, coordination, and administration of all aspects of the leadership program component including budgeting, organizing, staffing, leading, and monitoring leadership activities.
Identify and assess new program leadership opportunities, including the consideration of key risks/challenges, potential impacts, and the creation of implementation plans for each initiative.
Determine leadership development objectives for each stage of the fellowship in alignment with HPRS guiding principles and leadership competencies.
Engage in the selection and oversight of external leadership coaches.
Provide guidance and support to leadership coaches through regular meetings and follow up.
Work with scholars and leadership coaches to troubleshoot and problem solve as issues arise.
In collaboration with the HPRS NPC team, contribute to the recruitment and selection of scholars, serving as a resource for prospective applicants to the program.
Serve as the primary leadership coach for all scholars in the first year of the program (in 2020, up to 60; future years, up to 40).
Respond to scholars’ requests for support as they navigate their academic experiences.
Cultivate scholar relationships to remain active as alumni and develop a sustainable alumni peer coaching program.
Develop a vision, strategy, and plan for program alumni engagement and connection.
Develop strategic relationships and key connections with other RWJF leadership program staff, alumni, participants, alumni groups, and supporting contractors to facilitate continuous effective implementation of alumni plan.
Track scholars’ growth and development throughout the program.
Teaching responsibilities include time spent online facilitating courses; preparing, reviewing and revising leadership curriculum; conferring with Teaching Assistants and co-instructors on course materials; evaluating scholar participation.
Keep abreast of national trends in leadership and higher education, particularly around diversity, equity, and inclusion, and doctoral student persistence and success.
Assist in coordination and session facilitation at national convenings and large group events.
Draft processes and guidelines to help support the NPC program structure.
Master's or Ph.D. in education or specific field related to program.
5 year’s experience in all aspects of academic program administration within a higher education or non-profit setting. Supervisory experience preferred.
Strong multicultural competency; extensive experience and working knowledge in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The successful candidate will have proven leadership skills, knowledge of graduate education settings and has familiarity with operations of university networks.
Thought leadership and prior experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion is highly desired.
Outstanding leadership and analytical skills, excellent problem solving and critical thinking skills, strong written and oral communication skills, presentation and facilitation skills.
Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple challenging projects
Ability to work with flexibility, efficiency, enthusiasm, and diplomacy both individually and as part of a complex team effort.
Evidence of ability to plan, develop, manage, and execute programs, demonstrating success with scaling impact to ever-growing groups.
Proven track record of establishing strategic relationships to strengthen program and service delivery.
Demonstrated experience developing, articulating, operationalizing, and assessing strategic priorities.
Proven ability to cultivate trust and credibility with colleagues and to build positive and effective relationships.
Exceptional interpersonal, advising, and listening skills.
Strong supervision and management skills and experience.
Demonstrated understanding of leadership concepts and assessments.
An understanding of the unique needs of doctoral scholars from marginalized backgrounds.
This position will supervise multiple contractors.
Classified Title: Academic Program Manager Working Title: Director of Scholar and Alumni Leadership Development,HPRS Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/ME Starting Salary Range: $70,000-$83,034 (commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday through Friday Exempt Status: Exempt Location: 05-MD:School of Public Health Department name: 60004110-Health Policy & Management -IHSP Personnel area: School of Public Health
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