Director, State and Community Engagement

01 Jan, 2022


Director, State and Community Engagement

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)

Summary:  Assists the Senior Director of Programmatic Health Equity Initiatives and Strategy with project deliverables for private and federally  funded projects important to State and Territorial Health Officials in the areas of addressing health equity, place-based public health initiatives, and elimination of disparities.

Location: Remote

Principal Functions:

  • Provide direct project management for the Strategies tRepair Equity and Transform Community Health (STRETCH) Initiative- including oversight of related budgets, contracts, reporting requirements, and work plan activities.
  • Supervise and provide personnel support for up to 3 staff, as well as project contractors to execute workplan activities and develop and disseminate project findings.
  • Manage deliverables, including planning and implementing virtual learning sessions, capacity building activities, ongoing technical assistance to state teams, and state, federal, and partner calls.
  • Serve as an information and policy resource on health equity, community health and prevention, and place-based public health for ASTHO members and internal staff.
  • Develop and implement project outcome and process evaluation activities, including measuring progress toward project objectives, goals, and intended outcomes.
  • Support projects with facilitation, agenda development, technical assistance, and training/meeting material development.
  • Develop and lead dissemination of project findings through written deliverables (fact sheets, issue briefs, progress reports), social media communication (podcasts, twitter chats, social media campaigns), and presentations for internal (ASTHO members and Executive Leadership) and external (partner and conferences) audiences.
  • Provide capacity building to state and territorial health agency leadership and staff by responding to technical assistance requests and translating public health policy, legislation, and evidence-based research into recommendations for best-practice.
  • Proactively build, cultivate trust, and strengthen stakeholder relationships to promote health equity work within the community health and prevention portfolio to support membership and ASTHO as an organization.
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration both internally across ASTHO teams, and externally by representing ASTHO at national/federal meetings, workgroups, and committees.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree preferred in Public Health or related field
  • 5+ years relevant work experience in public health, public policy, health equity, or other related fields.
  • State/local public health or national association experience. Awareness of public health policy or program implementation from a state perspective is desirable.
  • Strong budget management experience
  • Working knowledge about peer networks, learning communities, or learning collaboratives.
  • Grant/Cooperative Agreement management proficiency.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Management/supervisory experience.
  • Excellent organization and time management skills required, including ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects concurrently.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Ability to travel


Specific skills needed – technical and behavioral

  • Strong leadership and project oversight
  • Strong written, oral communications and project management skills
  • Ability to manage large projects including measures of success, forecasting, and evaluation.
  • Ability to grasp systems and systems changes at state, local, or federal levels.
  • Ability to complete assigned tasks in a timely manner
  • Experience with MS Office applications and webinar platforms.
  • Ability to develop project measures of success, analyze progress, evaluate outcomes, and forecast needs.
  • Ability to track and analyze related project issues and legislation at federal and state levels.
  • Ability to work with large networks and to represent ASTHO at meetings and conferences on project-related issues.
  • Ability to translate and disseminate information to various groups and audiences.


About Us: ASTHO is the national nonprofit organization representing the public health agencies of the United States, the U.S. territories and Freely Associated States, and the District of Columbia, as well as the more than 100,000 public health professionals these agencies employ. ASTHO members, the chief health officials of these jurisdictions, are dedicated to formulating and influencing sound public health policy and to ensuring excellence in public health practice. ASTHO is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia with a regional office in Atlanta, GA. ASTHO was incorporated on March 23, 1942 with the goal of helping health officials navigate a rapidly changing public health landscape and remains a strong voice in governmental public health.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: ASTHO is an all-encompassing diverse and inclusive organization that respects and celebrates every person’s strengths, assets, and values, eliminating inequities and biases in all facets of activities and operations. ASTHO is committed to leading organizational change efforts that support racial healing, racial justice, and transformation within state and territorial public health agencies.

Mandatory Vaccination Policy: As a Public Health organization, ASTHO accepts the responsibility to follow CDC guidelines and advisories relating to the health of all. ASTHO has adopted a mandatory vaccination policy applicable to all ASTHO employees to safeguard the health of our employees from the hazard of COVID-19.


Job posted: 2022-01-01