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Job Description: Executive Director

Summary: Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the New Hampshire Public Health Association’s (NHPHA) staff and programs, as well as expansion and execution of its mission. This is a part-time position.

Overview: The Executive Director provides oversight, management, vision and leadership for all aspects of the NHPHA including resource development, human resources, member services, programs, finance, communications, and Board development. The Executive Director works with public health leaders across New Hampshire on issues that make a difference in people’s lives, leading collaborations with a broad array of partners including businesses, foundations, government officials, other nonprofits, and supporters. The Executive Director works with the Board and Board Committees to foster the mission and vision of NHPHA, implement strategic imperatives, and determine the scope of NHPHA programs and advocacy priorities.

Responsibilities:

1. BOARD COLLABORATION

  • Take direction from the Board of Directors and work with the Board to assure that the NHPHA operates consistently within its mission and strategic imperatives.
  • Communicate with the Board of Directors to keep them fully informed on opportunities, challenges and events which impact the NHPHA so that the Board can carry out its governance, financial oversight, and leadership role.
  • Develop with the Board, on a yearly basis, a work plan to carry forward the strategic work of the NHPHA.
  • Work with the Board and Board Committees in developing the NHPHA as an effective, high performing, statewide organization.
  • Provide for the coordination of Board meetings and Board support.
  • Plan for Board orientation, development, and succession in collaboration with the Human Resources and Nominating Committee.

2. MANAGEMENT OF OFFICE OPERATIONS AND HR

  • Provide ongoing management to assure the organization’s operations stay within approved plans and budgets and comply with state and federal regulations and requirements for 501c(3)(h) organizations.
  • Assure effective staff performance by providing overall direction and supervision to NHPHA staff, mentoring staff in developing yearly work plans for NHPHA programs and services that include goals, objectives, and timelines.
  • Collaborate with the Human Resources and Nominating Committee on the development and implementation of human resource policies and procedures.
  • Represent the organization in negotiations with contractors and develop contracts with outside vendors and professional organizations.
  • Effectively manage the human resources of the NHPHA in a manner which complies with personnel laws and requirements.
  • Support a productive, professionally competent work force in an environment respectful of personal well-being and cultural diversity to create an organizational culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Manage hiring, firing, and resolution of grievances.

3. MANAGEMENT OF FINANCE AND FUNDRAISING

  • Develop annual budget and fundraising plan in collaboration with the Finance Committee and submit to the Board for approval.
  • Identify grant opportunities, develop proposals, and produce required reporting to funding sources.
  • Develop relationships with NHPHA funders and maintain regular communications with them.
  • Contract for and oversee accounting services and the annual financial review and/or audit.
  • Monitor expenditures and income and plan for a sustainable core budget.
  • Provide oversight to organizations for which the NHPHA is the fiscal agent.

4. MANAGEMENT OF ADVOCACY EFFORTS

  • Champion public health policy and advocacy by developing an annual advocacy strategy in collaboration with the Public Policy Committee and Board.
  • Build relationships with state and local government officials.
  • Write and review testimony and letters relative to state and national public health issues; provide testimony as needed on NHPHA priority policy issues.
  • Develop relationships with state and national organizations involved in public health issues.

5. MANAGEMENT OF PROGRAMS AND MEMBER SERVICES

  • In collaboration with the Membership Committee, oversee the development of capacity building initiatives, programs, and services to expand the NHPHA membership base and engagement.
  • Oversee development and coordination of events and new programs, conferences, and workshops in collaboration with the Program Planning Committee.
  • Direct NHPHA workforce programs to strengthen the statewide public health workforce through professional development.
  • Determine the effectiveness of NHPHA programs and services and consistency with organizational goals through ongoing evaluation.
  • Develop and maintain strategic corporate and business relationships.

6. COMMUNICATION/MARKETING

  • In collaboration with the Communications Committee, develop and implement strategic communications to inspire a public health movement and assure the organization’s presence in the general and social media as a leader in the public health field.
  • Serve as lead NHPHA spokesperson and speaker and assure that the organization’s mission is properly presented to stakeholder groups and the public.
  • Develop effective and ongoing relationships with media.
  • Develop relationships with other associations, organizations, and persons pertinent to public health issues, assure coordination of activities, and co-sponsor events.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in public health, health, public administration or equivalent and six years of related experience or Bachelor’s degree in public health, health, public administration or equivalent and ten years of related experience
  • Experience in grant writing and fundraising; supervision and personnel management; financial management; and program development and events
  • Experience working with boards of directors
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Board members, partners and the general public
  • Additional desired qualifications include previous experience with not for profit organizations

The NHPHA is an equal opportunity employer and values a diversity of knowledge, skills, and abilities.

For more information about this exciting opportunity or to apply, please contact Gail Tudor, NHPHA Board President-Elect and Search Committee Chair, at [email protected] Applications should include a letter of interest, resume/CV, and two professional references. Applications are due by October 15.

Internships

NHPHA participates in a Health Equity Student Internship Stipend Program annually. The cycle restarts on July 1 of each year. Information is disseminated on NHPHA’s listserv.

What Is the Health Equity Student Internship Stipend Program?

The Health Equity Student Internship Stipend Program allows public health students to gain practical experience working on projects to improve health equity at agencies providing public health and primary care services. The program is funded through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) New England Public Health Training Center (NEPHTC). A total of 3 – 4 internships are funded annually in New Hampshire.

Application and Selection Process

Agencies submit an application for either student project or faculty student collaboration to the New Hampshire Public Health Association. Projects must focus on health equity and involve medically underserved areas and populations. NHPHA reviews the applications to ensure they meet all criteria. Priority is given to NHPHA organizational members. The application is then forwarded to the NEPHTC for approval. Following project approval, NHPHA works with academic partners and placement sites to recruit students who meet project criteria and are a good match for the project. Selected students will be required to complete an application with the NEPHTC.

What Is the Financial Award?

In 2018-2019, students received a $3,500 stipend upon completion of the internship and submission of a final report and presentation to HRSA. Students are expected to work 200 hours or the number of hours that fulfills the degree requirement for an internship/practicum at their academic institution, if the internship will be used to meet academic requirements.

Who Is Eligible?

Priority is given to master’s or doctoral students in public health. Graduate students in other health professions and 3rd and 4th year undergraduate students in public health may also apply. Students must be a U.S. citizen, a non-citizen U.S. national, or a foreign national with a visa permitting permanent residence in the U.S.

Past Projects

In 2018, we had two students participate in the first cycle. An intern from Rivier University worked for the UNH Center on Aging and Community Living on “Identifying and Describing Age Friendly Initiatives in NH,” and an intern from SNHU worked for NHPHA as a “Communications Intern.”

The next cycle started in summer 2018, and NHPHA was able to fill three internship stipend positions: “Video Collaborative Learning for Social Determinants of Health,” a student from George Washington University who partnered with NHPHA to conduct this research; “Promoting access to harm reduction services for Upper Valley injection drug users,” a student from Dartmouth College; and “Mental Health Toolkit,” a student from UNH. NHPHA also hosted a Gun Violence Prevention intern.

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Lyz Best, an NHPHA intern, posed with Executive Director Joan Ascheim, MSN, following her
presentation on her social determinants of health research during an NHPHA board meeting.

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A student presents her poster at one of NHPHA's annual events.

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Stay Work Play

We have a partnership with Stay Work Play as part of our Rising Stars Program. Stay Work Play is an organization that encourages young professionals to stay or move to New Hampshire. 

Stay Work Play provides a database that advertises internships and open positions. Through our partnership, there is a category for public health internships and employment opportunities. This will be a great resource for professionals to post jobs or internship opportunities in the public health field as well as for students or graduates to find an internship or employment.