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Project Director, Public Health Data Improvement

Pew Charitable Trusts
Washington, DC 20004
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Washington, DC (901 E)

Project Overview

The public health data improvement project seeks to enhance the ability of public health officials to protect the health and safety of communities through state and federal policy change that would:
  • Improve data exchange between health care providers and public health agencies;
  • Modernize public health data infrastructure and optimize data use; and
  • Strengthen state and local capacity to analyze and use data to inform public policy.

Position Overview

The project director oversees the project, including research, analysis, partnerships, stakeholder relationships, and advocacy efforts; collaborates with the director, health programs, to identify opportunities to expand Pew's public health data work; works closely with Pew's communications and government relations to develop and execute strategies and tactics to achieve the project goals; serves as the lead spokesperson for the project; leads, manages, and facilitates professional development for the project's staff; and assists with Pew priorities as needed.

The position, based in Pew's Washington, D.C., office, reports to the director, health programs. The position has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the project, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.


  • Oversee the development and execution of the strategy and tactics to achieve the goals of the project; collaborate with colleagues in government relations and communications to continually refine the strategy and tactics as external developments warrant. Develop objectives, establish milestones, and track progress toward goals. Determine when the project is at risk of not meeting its goals and, when needed, work with the director, health programs, to resolve challenges.
  • Direct research, analysis, and advocacy activities; partnership engagement; coalition-building; and relationships with external stakeholders to maximize the impact of project strategies.
  • Maintain and enhance knowledge of the current state of public health data exchange and infrastructure, including the capacity of state and local public health officials to analyze and use public health data, the relevant federal and state policy and political landscapes, and the relevant public, private, and advocacy stakeholders in the field.
  • Identify opportunities and develop proposals for potential expansion of Pew efforts to improve public health data infrastructure and the ability of states to apply data to improve health.
  • Lead and manage project staff, including providing timely and direct feedback, mentoring and coaching, and ensuring appropriate development opportunities. Hire staff as needed and build a cohesive team.
  • Respond to public inquiries and represent Pew at public forums and speaking engagements.
  • Serve as a good steward of Pew resources, including overseeing effective management of the project's budget and contracts.
  • Ensure strict compliance with all federal, state and local lobbying and ethics laws.
  • Contribute to and participate in Pew-wide projects as requested.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required; advanced degree or equivalent experience preferred.
  • At least 10 years of applicable experience in health and/or public policy, including experience developing and executing objectives to advance policy change. Experience working with state or federal agencies and/or electronic health record vendors preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 plus years of previous direct supervisory experience required including experience managing performance management process for direct reports and providing career development advice and counsel.
  • Prior to commencing employment with Pew, candidates for this position who were registered to lobby in any jurisdiction must certify termination of previous registration(s) and provide copies of termination notices with said jurisdiction(s) to Pew.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the public health and health care data landscape, including familiarity with electronic health records, interoperability, health data systems (e.g. Health Information Exchanges), relevant federal and state policies, and relevant stakeholders in the field. Relationships with key stakeholders preferred.
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking and analytical skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to briefly summarize issues and recommendations, the ability to convey complex concepts clearly and appropriately depending on the audience, and excellent listening skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including a demonstrated ability to develop and manage productive relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders and partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to think creatively, juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time, and remain attentive to details.
  • Seasoned judgment, ability to make and justify strategic recommendations, and be responsive and clear with colleagues, partners, and external stakeholders.


This position requires occasional overnight travel for meetings and conferences.

Total Rewards

We offer a competitive salary and 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 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.


Posted: 2021-09-20 Expires: 2021-10-22

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