Washington, DC with Remote Consideration

Deputy Director for Programs and Strategy, National Collaborative for Health Equity

The Organization

The National Collaborative for Health Equity (NCHE), a project of New Venture Fund, is guided by a mission to promote health equity by fostering racial healing and equity, harnessing data, developing leaders, and catalyzing partnerships across the many different sectors that share responsibility for creating a more equitable and just society. Recognizing that action, leadership, and collaboration are the basis for driving policy decisions, NCHE strives to connect people most impacted by social and racial injustices and to transform systems and institutions built on the enduring legacy of racism, particularly its less visible but more insidious–structural manifestations. In doing so, we strive to improve the health, well-being, and life opportunities for communities of color.

Founded in 2014, NCHE was established to promote health equity through action, leadership, inclusion, and collaboration. Health equity, in our view, requires creating the conditions that foster the best possible health for all populations, regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or nativity. It requires us to actively measure and improve conditions for health and well-being, including those related to housing, education, income and wealth, and the physical and social environment. And it requires us to correct historic and contemporary injustices and inequities in these dimensions that are often brought about by racism operating at structural, institutional, and interpersonal levels. NCHE’s work is guided by the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation framework (TRHT), a comprehensive, national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the history and contemporary effects of racism, envisioned by Dr. Gail Christopher, Executive Director of NCHE.

At a pivotal moment of growth, NCHE now seeks a Deputy Director for Programs and Strategy to provide high-level leadership to NCHE’s programs and strategy, lead NCHE’s partnerships and organizational alliances, and serve as an external representative and advocate for NCHE.

Position Overview


The Deputy Director will report to the Executive Director and provide leadership to a dedicated team in the growth of NCHE’s programs and impact in the field. Key areas of responsibility include:

Vision & Strategy

The Deputy Director will provide leadership to programs and initiatives of NCHE, ensuring alignment with organizational strategy, mission, and vision. The growth of the programmatic work will elevate a focus on the connections between data and community empowerment through knowledge and insight. Additionally, the Deputy Director will partner with the Executive Director to develop and provide robust consultative services that integrate health equity and racial healing into organizational development strategies for partners and clients. S/he/they will lead the development of NCHE’s written publications to ensure that lessons learned and expertise are shared widely.

Partnership Building, Fund Development & External Representation

The Deputy Director will play a critical role in cultivating relationships with new and existing partners across the field to develop shared resources, partnerships, and opportunities for collaboration. S/he/they will develop relationships with new and emerging funders and identify new opportunities for funding partnerships to advance NCHE’s work. As NCHE continues to grow, the Deputy Director will also represent NCHE externally in field-facing environments, with media, and national and local policymakers.

Organizational Management & Team Culture

A key member of the NCHE leadership team, the Deputy Director will support the growth and development of a diverse and passionate team who represent the values and equity-centered vision of NCHE through their work. S/he/they will manage overall workflow and deliverables across NCHE’s team to ensure successful project execution and quality work products. The Deputy Director will also support the continued development of principles, practices, and policies that reflect racial equity, diversity, inclusion, and awareness of power dynamics.


While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

Strategic Leadership and Core Knowledge

  • Extensive knowledge of a range of health equity topics related to racial and ethnic health inequities, including social determinants of health, health care, and related public policy issues.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and experience implementing the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) framework in programmatic work.
  • Deep knowledge and experience working with and cultivating a diverse set of community-based organizations, philanthropy, and cross sector collaborations.
  • Knowledge of research and data analysis methods, including literature reviews and community-based participatory research strategies.
  • Ability to think across systems and sectors to identify opportunities for collaboration and shared outcomes; experience advancing policy change as an effective lever to advancing health and health equity.
  • Demonstrated passion for and investment in advancing justice and equity. Combination of educational and lived experience aligned with NCHE’s mission and values.

Relationship Stewardship and Cultivation

  • Experience managing multi-faceted relationships with funders and partners; a track record of success in aligning their work with funders’ strategies and setting achievable expectations.
  • Strong convening and facilitation skills and an authentic interest in creating opportunities for learning from others.
  • Highly developed emotional intelligence and active listening skills, and the ability to use interpersonal skills in collaborative, diplomatic ways.
  • Superb communication and external relations skills and demonstrated success in building an organization’s profile and reputation in local, regional, national, and professional communities.

Team Management

  • Experience mentoring, developing, and providing leadership to high-performing, multi-disciplinary teams and partners that engage staff to achieve program goals.
  • Collaborative and reflective leadership style that values staff contributions and experiences and effectively manages and motivates teams toward a shared vision and measurable goals.

Education and Experience

  • A minimum of a master’s degree in related field with Public Health education or experience or degree in a relevant field (e.g., law, sociology, public health, psychology) or equivalent experience required.
  • At least 8-10 years of experience managing health equity-related programs and initiatives.


The compensation range for the Deputy Director role is $140,000-160,000. NCHE also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes fully paid health, vision, dental, insurance; group life insurance; short- and long-term disability; and a 401k match.

The NCHE office is based in Washington, D.C., and NCHE staff all currently work from their home offices during the Covid-19 pandemic. Once there is a safe return to the office, staff will be expected to participate in person for key meetings and events. There will be remote consideration for this role.

How To Apply

More information about NCHE may be found at: www.nationalcollaborative.org

This search is being led by Linh Nguyen, Cara Pearsall, and Andres Marcuse-Gonzalez of NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s website.

NCHE is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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