Director – Board on Global Health

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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Position description

Do you want to work with a prestigious scientific institution that has a direct impact on policy? Are you ready to develop and lead a portfolio on global health projects? We invite you to bring your expertise and passion to the nation’s most trusted voice on complex issues in health, science, and technology. The work we do not only promotes scientific research and understanding but also informs actions taken by Congress, government agencies, industry, and other decision-makers to advance global health programs, public health policies, research agendas, and other realms. 

We are seeking a proven, visionary leader who excels in building relationships with potential sponsors to help shape our work in meeting health challenges facing leaders across the globe. You’ll work closely with a group of medical, scientific, and other technical experts who volunteer their time to advise on the work of the Board. You will also lead a team of smart, talented, mission-driven staff who care deeply about the work they do. 

The Director will lead a program area that has been a critical component of the National Academies’ for almost 30 years. This portfolio, which includes convening experts, holding workshops, and delivering peer-reviewed reports, has advanced understanding and guided future actions on topics including:

• Emerging infectious diseases
• Influenza preparedness
• Antibiotic resistance
• Violence prevention globally

The successful candidate will have a depth of experience in global health; strong executive management skills; proven experience in stewarding and growing relationships with international, federal, state, and private sponsors; experience supervising staff and fostering their growth; and established networks within the global health community. The successful candidate will be dedicated to advancing a culture of respect, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging among the staff and in all activities conducted under the auspices of the Board. The position reports to the Executive Director of the National Academies’ Health and Medicine Division.

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