Managing Director, Healthy & Equitable Communities

Brief Overview:

HRiA seeks to hire a Managing Director of Healthy and Equitable Communities. This is a senior-level position within HRiA’s grantmaking cluster, reporting to the Vice President of Grantmaking, and working in close collaboration with other members of the Grantmaking Leadership Team including Managing Directors and The Medical Foundation’s Chief Science Officer.

Position Description:

The Managing Director of Healthy and Equitable Communities will co-lead a new project for HRiA, which was selected to manage the Culture of Health Prize (the Prize), a national initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  The Prize honors and elevates communities working at the forefront of advancing health, opportunity, and equity for all.  A culture of health, as defined by this program, recognizes that where one lives – including access to affordable homes, quality schools, good jobs, and reliable transportation – affects their length and quality of life.  The Prize elevates the compelling stories of places where residents are working together to transform education, jobs, transportation, and housing so better health flourishes for all.  As a national recognition prize, the program honors whole communities for work that they have already accomplished and affirms their direction, which enables them to deepen and expand their local collaborations, leverage their Prize win for additional support and resources, and connect with other communities.

The Prize program is at a pivotal juncture after seven years of annual awards to nearly 50 communities across the country.  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has selected HRiA to increase the program’s reach to a range of communities; visibility with important audiences including policymakers, media, health equity-focused networks; and impact on changing narratives on what constitutes a healthy equitable community.  HRiA will be responsible for:

  • Redesigning and managing a national competitive process for the forthcoming applicant pool of the program;
  • Spearheading program activities to accelerate narrative change, which is the main emphasis of the Prize program and is recognized as key in shaping our collective understanding about what healthy, equitable communities are. The Prize program seeks to change the dominant narrative, which emphasizes that opportunities for health are defined by individual choices or chance, to the structural conditions and policies that create those opportunities; and
  • Developing selection and post-selection activities that recognize and celebrate existing and past Prize winners, foster peer fellowship across the cohort, and elevate accomplishments with key audiences including through, but not limited to, strategic communications tactics.

The Managing Director position will co-lead an HRiA team with another Managing Director and build out a team that will include those to be hired nationally.  Specifically, this position will be primarily responsible for managing client engagements with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, providing oversight for the overall workplan for the leadership and management of the Prize program, supporting relationships with our partner organizations, spearheading the application and selection cycle for the next iteration of Prize program, and leveraging the program nationally.  The position will be responsible for facilitating regular client check-ins, supporting the needs of the partnership engagement network comprised of Spitfire Strategies, Community Catalyst, and YW Boston, and ultimately supporting the work of geography-focused activities as conducted by regional Program Officers.  Additional responsibilities are detailed further below and include financial and budget management, establishing external partnerships with national networks, and embedding and further bolstering this work in our organization’s approach to Community Health and Racial Equity Grantmaking.

This is a full-time, exempt position. The salary range for this position starts in the mid-$110,000’s and is commensurate with experience. Health Resources in Action offers an attractive benefits package including medical, dental and life insurance, retirement plan, tax-deferred annuity, and generous annual vacation that starts at 4 weeks in addition to 3 weeks of annual sick time.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Managing Director position consists of four main functions:

Leadership and Management

  • Work with Vice President of Grantmaking and other Grantmaking Leadership Team members to integrate and align the work of the Prize program into the vision and strategy of the overall Grantmaking cluster and HRiA’s organizational mission.
  • Develop and manage an overall workplan for the Prize that integrates all aspects of the initiative and supports team members in executing various aspects of work.
  • Coordinate closely with an internal team comprised of co-Managing Director, Program Officer, and Program Coordinator positions, while collaborating with an internal HRiA team of colleagues from the Health Equity, Research & Evaluation and other clusters.
  • Supervise and mentor staff to ensure their professional development and growth and hire where necessary.
  • Participate in Senior Leadership and Expanded Leadership Teams, and organizational committees.
  • Lead and manage project budgets, planning, project implementation, evaluation, and other related administrative responsibilities.
  • Lead, manage, and/or contribute to projects, as needed and/or appropriate.

Program and Project Work

  • Cultivate and maintain working relationships with key partnership organizations, including Spitfire Strategies, Community Catalyst, YW Boston, a national Advisory Committee, and current and past Prize winners.
  • Serve as a primary contact for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, HRiA’s client.
  • Provide financial and budget oversight for the initiative, including working with HRiA’s Administration and Finance department to manage financial resources provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support resources and capacity building for Prize winners.
  • Cultivate partnerships with communities and regions across the country that have not historically been aware of or connected with the Prize to promote future cycles and identify opportunities for collaboration.
  • Lead the re-launch of the Prize program with input from past Prize winners, community members, and national Advisory Committee members.

Business Development

  • Identify new business opportunities to enhance resources available for the Prize.
  • Create opportunities to highlight impact of the Prize with existing and new stakeholders.
  • Identify opportunities to partner with philanthropic community to elevate awareness of the Prize, and to collaborative with other funding entities dedicated to addressing root causes of racial and health inequities.
  • Write proposals and lead proposal development processes for relevant opportunities and contribute to other writing teams where appropriate.
  • Determine and negotiate scopes of work and execute contracts with external consultants.
  • Support senior and junior staff members’ new business development efforts.
  • Write or contribute to the development of concept papers, scopes of work, contracts, and other mechanisms for securing new business.

Thought Leadership

  • Identify opportunities to showcase the impact of the Prize with thought leaders across the nation.
  • Support the evolution of the Prize program and its impact on equity for communities across the country.
  • Identify opportunities to enhance the impact of narrative change in defining what healthy, equitable communities are.
  • Identify and serve as an active member of relevant grantmaking networks focused on racial and health equity.
  • Submit and/or contribute to publications (e.g., journal manuscripts, practice beliefs, etc.) and/or conference abstracts, presentations, and workshops, where applicable.
  • Document and share knowledge and best practices to replicate success.
  • Develop and provide content for website, newsletters, and/or other methods of marketing HRiA’s work and impact.

This description is intended to indicate the kinds of work duties that will be required in this position. It is not intended to limit, or in any way modify, the rights of any supervisor to assign, direct, and contract work of staff under their supervision.  The use of a particular illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties, not mentioned, that are of a similar level or difficulty.

Candidate Qualifications:

This position seeks an individual with innovative leadership and management to usher an established program into its next era.  It requires the ability to work and collaborate with a broad range of staff and stakeholders.  The opportunity to apply lived experiences while tackling systemic change to addressing institutional racism and root causes of racial and health inequities will be prioritized among candidates and in the selection process.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:


  • An advanced degree in public heath, health care, or a relevant, related field with a solid understanding of the fields of philanthropy, community health, social justice, and racial and health equity.
  • At least 10 years of relevant work experience in positions of senior leadership in community health, other health-related fields, and/or grantmaking/philanthropy.
  • Experience in partnering with community and grassroots organizations across the country as well as national networks.
  • Strong experience in program management, strategic planning, facilitation, training/capacity building, and program design/planning.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills, including strong presentation skills and the ability to translate complex technical language.
  • Experience in developing, managing, and evaluating grant programs and grantmaking practices.
  • Knowledge of emerging trends, challenges, and best practices in health equity, philanthropy, and public health.
  • Demonstrated experience developing practice briefs, conference abstracts, and other types of presentations.
  • Experience working with and managing diverse clients and meeting or exceeding their expectations in quality and performance.
  • Solid management experience including developing, leading, and supervising complex projects and high performing teams.
  • Successful experience in donor cultivation, funder/client relations, grants administration, marketing, and proposal writing.
  • Strong analytical and planning skills.
  • Skills to develop and manage budgets and timelines.
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook). 

Personal Characteristics

  • Dedication to social justice and a passion for achieving health equity.
  • A commitment to valuing diversity of thought, backgrounds, and perspectives.
  • Lived experience in areas related to equity, including the personal experiences and choices of a given person, and the resulting knowledge gained because of these experiences.
  • Collaborative work in a team-oriented, fast-paced environment to ensure that all programs run effectively.
  • Creative thinking and willingness to consider and explore various options for achieving an objective or understanding and resolving a challenge.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking, active listening, writing, and interpersonal engagement.
  • Strong entrepreneurial skills and the ability to work and think strategically and creatively to cultivate current relationships and to identify and pursue new opportunities to increase impact.
  • Ability to manage, mentor, inspire, and supervise staff.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and exhibit resourceful and pragmatic problem solving.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of people representing various backgrounds, levels of training, and career stages.
  • Ability to work independently, juggle multiple tasks and responsibilities, and meet deadlines.
  • A healthy sense of humor and the ability to work with grace under pressure.


How to Apply:

HRiA is actively seeking to build a diverse and experienced staff. The organization encourages multiple perspectives and experiences, supports a multicultural environment, and strives to hire and retain a diverse work force that reflects the populations we work with and the communities where we work. Diversity is a core value of HRiA resulting in culturally competent services, materials, resources, and programs. Our hiring and business practices appreciate the strengths offered through different backgrounds.

HRiA is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.


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