Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Director, Coordinating Center, Leadership for Better Health

Princeton, NJ

Position Description

Executive Summary

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is the largest philanthropy in America dedicated solely to health. Since 1972, we have worked to help people, their families, and their communities be as healthy as possible—no matter what their physical, economic, or demographic challenges may be. We do this by providing funding, assistance, and research for projects and programs targeting some of the most pressing health issues in our nation. RWJF has committed itself to a vision of working alongside others to build a Culture of Health where everyone has a fair and just opportunity to live as healthy as possible. Our goal is to help families and communities find ways to make the healthy choice the easy choice, and keep well‐being front and center for generations to come. Building a Culture of Health that benefits everyone requires unprecedented leadership and collaboration. No individual, organization, or government program can alter the course of America’s health alone. We must all work together.

Building a Culture of Health is a bold shift that relies on increasing equity and combating the effects of racism and poverty. It requires engagement among leaders who represent every sector and discipline, and communities with limited resources and opportunities. It demands recognition that health is greatly influenced by complex social factors—education, neighborhoods, transportation, income, and faith—in addition to health care. Today’s health challenges are influenced by factors well beyond the clinic walls, from our access to economic opportunity to the safety of our surroundings. To address these factors, we need forward‐thinking leaders with a shared vision of what shapes health—and a desire to work together. At RWJF, we are developing a wide network of diverse leaders dedicated to making positive change together.

Reporting to the Managing Director, Leadership for Better Health, the Director of the Coordinating Center has primary responsibility and authority for leading and implementing collaborative activities among the four leadership programs (Health Policy Research Scholars, Interdisciplinary Research Leaders, Culture of Health Leaders, and Clinical Scholars). This includes management, strategy formulation, planning, budgeting, staffing, training and development, and supervision for all Coordinating Center activities and staff in order to meet Center objectives and performance indicators. The Director is also responsible for establishing and monitoring Center performance measures; managing the Center’s strategy and execution within the external environment; and serving as a key spokesperson according to Foundation communication standards and objectives, which includes being conversant with the overall strategic framework and the work of other Foundation teams.

This Director will facilitate collaboration among all the leadership programs, as well as collaboration between leadership programs and other Foundation programs. In addition, s/he will support network‐building activities that include leadership program participants, alumni, Foundation grantees, and institutional partners. S/he will also oversee the identification and implementation of technologies that support collaboration and knowledge‐sharing across leadership programs.

A successful candidate will have an advanced degree (e.g. MA, MPH, MJ, MBA) and minimum 7 to 10 years of relevant work experience to include a minimum of 3 to 5 years of experience in a complex management and leadership role with direct supervision and extensive people and project
management experience. A terminal degree in health or health care related field or equivalent experience is preferred. A combination of education and experience may be substituted for the education requirements.

A strategic thinker, s/he must possess the ability to work beyond the level of an individual contributor, demonstrating excellent leadership and executive skills requisite to facilitate the efforts of others (individual contributors) within an organization as well as to productively oversee, manage, coordinate, and lead them in producing meaningful results.

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