Vice President

Brief Overview:

We are seeking a fulltime Vice President to join our executive team to help lead the organization and the new Public Health Services cluster.

Position Description:

Health Resources in Action (HRiA) is a non-profit, public health consulting organization with a mission to help people live healthier lives and create healthy communities through prevention, health promotion, policy, and research. With an emphasis on community engagement and commitment to racial and healthy equity, HRiA has earned a national reputation as a leader in the fields of public health and social change. We work with diverse clients who share our vision of healthier communities, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, state and local health departments, hospitals, and private/corporate philanthropic entities.

Since its founding in 1957, HRiA has been at the forefront of public health, leading the way to promote healthier and more vibrant communities. Our work recognizes the impact of structural racism and social and economic factors on health outcomes. Our health equity framework centers racial equity and guides our work with communities, partners, and clients as well as our internal policies and processes. HRiA is also a member of the National Network of Public Health Institutes with over 40 affiliates across the US.

HRiA’s core services currently comprise four clusters: capacity building assistance, grantmaking, research and evaluation, and health and racial equity. Each cluster is led by a Vice President. As a result of significant growth, we are creating another cluster (public health services) and seeking a Vice President to lead the associated team and portfolio and be part of HRiA’s executive leadership.

HRiA is headquartered in Boston, MA, and has over 200 staff members located in Massachusetts and in over 30 other states across the US.

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a dynamic, growing public health organization committed to health and racial equity, and to sustain, expand, and/or develop programs and services to enhance program impact and diversify HRiA’s portfolio. The Vice President will be part of the Executive Team, which includes the President/CEO and five Vice Presidents.

The Vice President will oversee a cluster of approximately 40 people (~35 FTEs), and a project portfolio of about $10M. The cluster will include the following initiatives and is expected to expand under the new Vice President’s leadership:

  • Substance Use and Problem Gambling Helplines. HRiA operates five state-wide Helplines that increase access to behavioral health treatment, prevention, harm reduction, and recovery services through confidential, compassionate, and accurate information & referral services. In 2021, the Helplines handled nearly 50,000 calls, and 2,000 online chats or SMS text messages. The Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline (MA Helpline) has been in operation for over 23 years, while the Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances (IL Helpline) launched in December 2017. In 2020, we launched the Vermont Helplink Alcohol & Drug Support Center (VT Helplink), expanded MA Helpline services to include the MA Problem Gambling Helpline, and began connecting health care professionals with mental health services as part of the VT Helplink. In July 2022, we began offering helpline services for problem gambling in IL. Our helpline services continuously evolve and expand to support our communities.
  • Clearinghouse. Since 1997, HRiA has managed the Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse (the Clearinghouse) under contract with the MA Department of Public Health. The Clearinghouse supports the development, marketing, and distribution of health promotion campaign materials to MA residents. The Clearinghouse manages materials and print production for over 20 state programs, comprising over 800 titles. Since 2019, the Clearinghouse has distributed nearly 3.5 million physical pieces, and the website has supported an average of 2,000 digital downloads every month. As part of this program, HRiA manages and operates a 7,300 ft.2 warehouse in Burlington, MA.
  • Community Health Worker Associations. HRiA is the fiscal sponsor for the Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers (MACHW) and the National Association of Community Health Workers (NACHW). Both membership organizations seek to unify and promote the value of CHWs across the state and country, and to strengthen the profession’s capacity to promote healthy communities. MACHW and NACHW staff are HRiA employees, and the programs receive administrative and programmatic support and supervision.

The Vice President is a senior-level position, providing vision and leadership for the organization and our public health service programs and projects. They will collaborate with the President & CEO, other Vice Presidents, and senior staff to provide overall organization leadership and strategic direction. The Vice President will cultivate trusting and long-term relationships with key stakeholders in public health, including state and local health departments, community-based organizations, and state and federal organizations. The Vice President will be strategic, entrepreneurial, and able to anticipate and respond to market trends with innovative approaches and services. They will pursue and develop new business and revenue streams to grow and sustain HRiA’s public health service programs. The Vice President will be part of and contribute to the Executive and Senior Leadership Teams at HRiA. They will also work with staff across the organization to sustain or expand existing programs and develop new programs and services to enhance program impact and diversify the organization’s portfolio. The Vice President reports to the President & CEO.

This is an exempt, full-time position with a salary range starting at $150k, based on skills and experience. MA residency is preferred, but not required. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, HRiA has adopted a “hybrid” work environment, enabling staff to work remotely and/or in the Boston. The Vice President can work remotely for some or all of the workweek, as approved by their supervisor. All staff who work in the office or conduct in-person activities must be up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters. Occasional travel to the Boston office is required.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Leadership and Management

  • Work with senior leadership to develop and implement organizational vision, goals, objectives, and metrics.
  • Lead and shape a vision for public health services that aligns with organizational priorities.
  • Oversee and provide guidance to Managing Directors and other senior staff to support effective management of projects, clients, teams, and stakeholders.
  • Provide leadership, guidance, and support to Managing Directors and other senior staff to ensure that health and racial equity principles guide our work with colleagues, clients, and our communities.
  • Supervise and mentor four to six senior staff and ensure their professional growth and development.
  • Set annual programmatic and financial goals and manage portfolio budget.

Program/Project Work

  • Lead, manage, and/or contribute to projects by contributing subject matter and/or technical expertise to projects and teams.
  • Provide exceptional management services to current and potential clients.
  • Oversee the use of state-of-the-art technology solutions that support program work.
  • Monitor compliance with regulations and requirements, as applicable to projects.
  • Develop and implement processes to assess impact of work.

Business Development

  • Collaborate with the President/CEO, Vice Presidents, and other senior staff to conceptualize, pursue, and secure large multi-year contracts and funding to sustain and grow the public health portfolio of the organization.
  • Maintain strong relationships with existing clients including state and local health departments, professional associations, community and faith-based organizations, philanthropic organizations, and other community partners.
  • Develop new relationships with other clients to grow the portfolio and work with staff to expand the impact of our services.
  • Write proposals and lead proposal development processes for relevant opportunities and contribute to other writing teams where appropriate.
  • Support senior and junior staff members’ new business development efforts.

Thought Leadership

  • Establish and implement a strategic vision for the portfolio and contribute to the vision and management of the overall organization.
  • Become a trusted and informed resource to staff and clients.
  • Author and contribute to publications (e.g., journal manuscripts, practice briefs, etc.) and present at national/regional conferences.
  • Develop and provide content for website, newsletter, and/or other methods of marketing HRiA’s work and impact.

Typical business hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Additional evening and weekend hours and/or availability are sometimes required to fulfill the duties of this position. HRiA supports flexible schedules to ensure work-life balance and to accommodate staff and clients working across the country.

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 role requires the presence, credibility, and confidence to lead in thought and action, along with the skills to listen objectively and collaborate effectively with a broad range of staff and stakeholders. The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:


  • An advanced degree in public health, social science, business administration, or a related field with a solid understanding of public health programs and solutions.
  • A minimum of 15 years of relevant work experience in positions of progressive senior leadership and supervision, preferably in non-profit and/or consulting organizations focused on public health, social services, or health care.
  • Expertise in and a commitment to health and racial equity and a strong understanding of the root causes of inequities and racism as a public health crisis.
  • Knowledge of emerging trends, challenges, and best practices in public health, behavioral health, community health workers, and/or health and racial equity.
  • Extensive successful experience in funder/client relations, and new business development.
  • Experience working with and managing diverse clients and meeting or exceeding their expectations in quality and performance.
  • A proven track record in writing and securing large grants/contracts from federal, state, and local agencies and other public or private funding sources.
  • Solid management experience and demonstrated success in developing, leading, and managing large national multi-year projects and high performing teams.
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).

Personal Characteristics

  • Commitment to health and racial equity and addressing racism as a public health crisis.
  • A commitment to valuing diversity of thought, backgrounds, and perspectives.
  • Strong entrepreneurial skills and ability to work and think strategically and creatively to identify and pursue opportunities to increase impact.
  • Creative thinking and willingness to consider and explore various options for achieving an objective or understanding and resolving a challenge.
  • A commitment to excellence in products, processes, and outcomes.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking, active listening, writing, and interpersonal engagement.
  • Ability to encourage, inspire, and mentor staff and colleagues for collective and strategic action.
  • A collaborative work approach and ability to work effectively with people representing a range of backgrounds, levels of training, professional and lived experience, and career stages.
  • 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.

HRiA offers an attractive benefits package including medical, dental, and life insurance, retirement plan, tax-deferred annuity, flexible work schedules, sick time, and generous vacation starting at four weeks.

* NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE, if you have a question please click the button below*