Project Director, Health Impact Project


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Project Overview:
Many decisions made outside the health sector—in transportation, education, housing, social and economic policy, natural resource development regulation, and others—have implications for Americans’ health that often go unrecognized in the policy making process. The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, is a national initiative designed to incorporate health considerations in decisions made in other sectors using tools for evidence-based policy making with a goal of improving health equity. The project works with community-based organizations, academic institutions, government agencies, and policymakers to build health into decisions, using approaches such as health impact assessment (HIA) and Health in All Policies (HiAP). The project partners with foundations to funds HIA and HiAP grants; provides training and technical assistance; and conducts research and policy analysis.

Position Overview:
The project director will lead all aspects of strategy and implementation of the Health Impact Project. The position, based in Pew’s Washington, D.C., office, will report to the senior director, health programs. The position has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.


  • Provide overall leadership to the project and the field of HIA. Provide strategic oversight for all aspects of the project, and advance the widespread use of HIAs and related tools to inform local, state, tribal, and federal decisions. Identify strategic opportunities to advance health-informed public policy, and collaborate with Pew and RWJF leadership to develop and continually update overall strategic direction of the project.
  • Oversee the project’s grantmaking initiatives, including providing expert guidance to grantees, oversight of technical assistance providers, and all aspects of grants administration, to ensure the completion of high-quality, successful HIA and HIA-related initiatives that build recognition of and demand for the field.
  • Supervise a staff of approximately 10 employees (dividing responsibility for direct supervision with two managers).
  • Oversee the piloting in four states an HIA-based model for rapid legislative health analysis.
  • Lead and facilitate the implementation of new strategic initiatives that advance the goal of incorporating health data in decisions made beyond the health sector such as in the areas of climate change, community development, and with underserved populations such as tribal communities.
  • Support the successful launch of an HIA clearinghouse to assist decision-makers in other sectors with integrating health into their programs, plans, and policies. 
  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the project’s other donors. With Pew’s Philanthropic Partnerships group, develop and implement a successful fundraising strategy to further the project’s objectives.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in public health or public policy required; relevant advanced degree (MPH, MD or PhD) preferred.
  • At least ten years of relevant professional experience.
  • At least three years of direct supervisory experience required, including experience managing a performance management process for direct reports and providing career development and counsel.
  • Demonstrated leadership in public health and public policy, including the development and implementation of HIAs.
  • Extensive knowledge of HIA, health in all policies, and healthy public policy initiatives in the U.S. and internationally.
  • Strong professional relationships with key government and public health sector players in the arena of HIA and healthy public policy.
  • Substantial background in leading and managing complex projects aimed at advancing effective public policy. A track record of successfully implementing strategies that advance health-focused policies that bridge health and other fields. 
  • Experience managing the development and dissemination of high-quality, policy-focused research.
  • Solid knowledge of state and federal policymaking in this area. Experience working with state and federal leaders and stakeholders.
  • Strong project development and management skills, including developing and building successful initiatives in the business or policy arenas. Ability to manage multiple outside consultants.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ability to synthesize and summarize research findings and recommendations. Ability to think strategically about how to communicate results to gain policy maker attention and involvement. Experience convening and leading public events.
  • Proven ability to develop productive and collaborative relationships both internally and externally, with a diverse array of stakeholders.
  • Excellent personnel management skills and demonstrated ability to build and lead a close-knit team and a friendly, supportive, and productive team environment.
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively, juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time efficiently and remain attentive to details.

It is anticipated that the director will travel regularly, including visits to states and stakeholders involved in policy work and to policy and academic conferences.

Compensation and Benefits:
As this is a full-time position, we offer a competitive salary and complete benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to help you maintain a good balance.

The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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