Health Resources in Action (HRiA) is a non-profit, full-service consulting organization with a mission is to help people live healthier lives and create healthy communities through prevention, health promotion, policy, and research. With our emphasis on community engagement and commitment to racial and healthy equity, HRiA has earned a national reputation as a leader in the fields of public health and social change. We work with diverse clients who share our vision of healthier communities, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, state and local health departments, hospitals, and private/corporate philanthropic entities.

Since its founding in 1957, HRiA has been at the forefront of public health, leading the way to promote healthier and more vibrant communities. Our work recognizes how structural racism and social and economic factors impact health outcomes. Our health equity framework centers on racial equity and guides our work with communities, partners, and clients as well as our internal policies and processes. HRiA is also a member of the National Network of Public Health Institutes comprising over 40 affiliates across the country.

HRiA’s core services include capacity building assistance (e.g., training, technical assistance, policy, advocacy, and communications), grantmaking for biomedical research and community health initiatives, and research and evaluation (including community health improvement services).

HRiA offers strong benefits to its employees, including competitive salaries, health insurance, retirement plan, and four weeks’ vacation. It is a supportive and exciting environment in which to work and to build a career.

Brief Overview:

We are searching for a full-time Director of Training to join HRiA’s Policy & Practice team. This is an exciting opportunity to help build the capacity of people and organizations to advance health and racial equity. Primarily, this position will support the development and implementation of the Racial Equity and Leadership Initiative, participating in a cross-organizational team to train the City of Boston’s 18,000 employees and engage departments in planning efforts to operationalize racial equity.

This is an exempt, full-time position that can be based remotely or in our Boston office once it reopens in 2021 (exact timing to be determined). (Salary range: $90,000-$95,000, based on skills and experience).

Position Description:

The Director of Training  will work collaboratively with a cross-disciplinary team to oversee the systems development and delivery of a training program that will reach the City of Boston’s 18,000 employees. Specifically, this position will recruit, equip, mobilize, and support a cadre of trainer consultants; ensure that high quality training is delivered with fidelity to the curriculum; work collaboratively with the REAL program team to ensure the training experience is seamless for trainers and training participants; inform the development of the REAL training curriculum along with resources and tools; and identify opportunities for continuous quality improvement. The ideal candidate is a passionate advocate of health and racial equity, with a strong analysis of the root causes of inequities and how racism is a public health crisis. In addition, well-qualified candidates will have extensive experience in racial equity facilitation and curriculum development; passion for designing and delivering training; the ability to recruit, mobilize, and motivate a cadre of trainers in preparation for and throughout training delivery; and expertise to support and provide feedback to trainers as they facilitate racial equity conversations amongst diverse audiences. The Director of Training  will report to HRiA’s Managing Director of Health Equity.

Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Oversee and coordinate a cross-disciplinary team of staff, consultants, and trainers to develop and deliver the REAL Training Program.
  • Supervise and mentor multiple staff and consultants. For the REAL training, recruit, manage, and support a cadre of at least 20 consultant trainers, ensuring they are prepared and positioned to deliver training.
  • Engage and negotiate with clients, leaders, and stakeholders.
  • Assist in departmental planning, budgeting, decision-making, implementation, or evaluation at the discretion of the Managing Director.
  • Communicate effectively, efficiently, and appropriately with team members and team leads, and the HRiA supervisor.
  • Coordinate and participate in team meetings, in collaboration with project leads.

 Project Work

  • Collaboratively conceptualize and support all aspects of the REAL Training Program (e.g., assessment, training, technical assistance, and continuous quality improvement).
  • Oversee the systems and processes for implementing the training program, with attention to the experience of both trainers and training participants.
  • Ensure training consultants are prepared and supported to deliver a quality training program for diverse, cross-sector city employees.
  • Lead debrief sessions with and facilitate learning communities amongst trainers.
  • Provide proactive support and feedback to training consultants to ensure high quality trainings are delivered with fidelity.
  • Inform the development of the REAL training curriculum and related resources and processes.
  • Collaborate on the development and delivery of a Training of Trainers.
  • Lead trainings, on occasion.
  • Lead and/or support data analysis and report writing.
  • Coordinate and develop program reports and workplans.
  • Support the work of the Policy and Practice Department by contributing to the development and implementation of projects and programs, developing and conducting training, and performing other supportive functions.
  • Contribute technical skills and/or content expertise to other related HRiA projects and the organization, as appropriate or needed.

Thought Leadership

  • Maintain and advance skills in management, supervision, training and facilitation, health and racial equity, and related content areas.
  • Contribute to blogs, website content, and other communications efforts to share and promote organizational approaches, expertise, and learning.
  • Present at conferences and events with senior staff, as appropriate.
  • Suggest ideas/improvements in project and/or organizational processes and systems through participation in teams and committees.

 New Business Development

  • Identify new partners and clients and cultivate existing relationships to further the organizations health and racial equity work.
  • Write proposals and lead proposal development processes for relevant opportunities and contribute to other writing teams where appropriate.
  • Work with the Managing Director of Health Equity and Policy and Practice staff to prepare scopes of work and budgets, as well as work with the Development Manager to prepare proposal for rebids or other new opportunities.

Typical work hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Additional evening and weekend hours are often required to fulfill the duties of this position.

This description is intended to indicate the kinds of work duties that will be required in this position.  It is not intended to limit, or in any way modify, the rights of any supervisor to assign, direct, and contract work of staff under his/her supervision.  The use of a particular illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties, not mentioned, that are of a similar level or difficulty.

Candidate Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 10-12 years of professional experience working in community health and/or health and/or racial equity-focused efforts.
  • Commitment to and understanding of racial equity and strong analysis of the root causes of inequities and how racism is a public health crisis.
  • Extensive experience and skills in training development, delivery, and facilitation, particularly in the areas of racial equity.
  • Experience and passion for facilitating racial equity conversations for diverse, multisector audiences with varied backgrounds and exposure to racial equity concepts and lived experiences.
  • Strong supervision skills and the ability to connect well across a diversity of thought, backgrounds, and perspectives.
  • Ability to create support structures and provide constructive feedback to experienced racial equity trainers to ensure trainings are conducted with fidelity to the curriculum, with an eye toward continuous quality improvement.
  • Ability to encourage, inspire, and mobilize others toward collective and strategic actions.
  • Ability to cast a vision and think conceptually, balanced with the ability to be detail-oriented to support program and training logistics.
  • Demonstrated maturity of judgement and integrity.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, and ability to juggle many projects and tasks at once.
  • Strong written and verbal communication, interpersonal, and facilitation skills, including communicating by video conference, phone, and/or in person (when needed) and ability to adjust style and messaging depending on the audience and medium.
  • Ability to engage clients, and multisector and community-level stakeholders from diverse backgrounds, and hold partners accountable.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, but also to work independently and take personal initiative to complete tasks.
  • Keen attention to detail and a strong commitment to high-quality products, customer/client service, and team interactions.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (e.g., Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, OneNote, Teams).
  • Proficiency in or capability of learning new software (e.g., Zoom, Google Suite – Google Slides, Notes, etc.).
  • Ability to work virtually with a strong and stable internet connection during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Flexibility and a sense of humor.

How to Apply:

HRiA is actively seeking to build a diverse and experienced staff. The organization encourages multiple perspectives and experiences, supports a multicultural environment, and strives to hire and retain a diverse work force that reflects the populations we work with and the communities where we work. Diversity is a core value of HRiA resulting in culturally competent services, materials, resources, and programs. Our hiring and business practices appreciate the strengths offered through different backgrounds.

HRiA is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.

HRiA offers an attractive benefits package including medical, dental and life insurance, retirement plan, tax-deferred annuity, and generous vacation starting at four weeks.

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