Brief Overview:

We are seeking a Managing Director to lead a cross-organizational effort to plan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Sharing Knowledge Conference for Fall 2021. In addition to this major project, the individual in this role will have an opportunity to partner with leadership to continue catalyzing culture change across the organization and its work.

Position Description:

The Managing Director, Communities & Culture Transformation is a senior-level position at HRiA, serving on the organization’s Senior Leadership Team and leading efforts with clients, partners, organizations, and other staff members.

Specifically, the Managing Director will lead a cross-organizational effort to plan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Sharing Knowledge Conference for Fall 2021. The Managing Director will work in collaboration with RWJF and HRiA staff, building and expanding national and community-based partnerships and designing an innovative virtual conference experience that blends knowledge sharing and collaborative momentum and action that facilitates health transformation and advances equity. In addition to this national-level project, the Managing Director will have an opportunity to partner with HRiA leadership to catalyze culture change that centers health and racial equity across the organization and its work. The Managing Director will also collaborate with and manage lead staff from fiscally sponsored projects to ensure project impact and sustainability.

The ideal candidate is a passionate advocate of health and racial equity with the capacity to inspire and educate others. They will have a strong understanding of the root causes of inequities, systemic racism, and the social determinants of health. They will have experience addressing inequities in a range of political and professional environments. The successful applicant will have a track record demonstrating the courage and compassion to honestly lead difficult conversations and trainings, coupled with the sensitivity and talent to constructively engage colleagues, partners, and clients to advance health and racial equity. This position is ideal for a versatile and dedicated professional with a passion for social and racial justice who can oversee and manage multiple, expansive initiatives to create conditions for successful systems change.

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). The salary range starts at $115,000 and is based on skills and experience. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Managing Director will oversee the co-creation process and delivery of the Sharing Knowledge Conference. This collaborative process’s goal is to create an action-oriented agenda which leads to effective, equitable, and sustainable change in communities by supporting reflection, building capacity, and facilitating partnerships. The successful candidate will have a track record demonstrating their ability to effectively manage complex initiatives and partner with diverse sectors – including public health, philanthropy, health care, and community organizations.  The ideal candidate will also have extensive experience conducting trainings, technical assistance, and coaching in the health and racial equity space. The Managing Director position consists of four main functions:

Leadership and Management

  • Lead and facilitate the co-creation of RWJF’s Sharing Knowledge conference, ensuring that deadlines and deliverables are met.
  • Collaborate and manage lead staff from fiscally sponsored projects to achieve project goals and ensure project sustainability.
  • Develop ongoing trusting relationships with colleagues, clients, key stakeholders, and potential funders.
  • Engage and negotiate with clients, leaders, and stakeholders.
  • Work with Senior Leadership Team and staff across all levels to advance a vision for the organization’s health and racial equity work.
  • Lead and collaborate with cross-organizational teams to identify and implement project-based goals and priorities around health and racial equity.
  • Participate in Senior Leadership and Development Team and organizational committees.
  • Lead, manage, and/or contribute to projects, as needed and/or appropriate.

Program and Project Work

  • Contribute subject matter and/or technical expertise to projects and teams.
  • Develop and deliver multi-site, convenings and trainings and technical assistance opportunities to diverse state and local leaders.
  • Convene diverse, multisector groups to identify community priorities and identify/develop policy/systems change approaches to address issues.
  • Collaborate with staff, partners, and clients to implement health/racial equity initiatives.
  • Develop project management timelines and set priorities and metrics to meet and assess program goals and deadlines.
  • Work collaboratively in a team-oriented, fast-paced environment.

New Business Development

  • Develop and continue to maintain positive and trusting relationships with RWJF and other partner organizations.
  • Work with senior leadership to identify new partners and clients to further the organization’s health and racial equity work.
  • Write proposals and lead proposal development processes for relevant opportunities and contribute to other writing teams where appropriate.
  • Determine and negotiate scopes of work and contracting with external consultants.
  • Write or contribute to the development of concept papers, scopes of work, contracts, and other mechanisms for securing new business that aligns with health and racial equity.
  • Work with the internal marketing team to advance new business development strategies that align with the organization’s health and racial equity mission.

Thought Leadership

  • Collaborate with senior leadership to contribute to the strategic vision and management of the overall organization.
  • Be a trusted, informed resource for staff, clients, and the broader community.
  • Submit and/or contribute to publications (e.g. practice beliefs, blogs, etc.) and/or conference abstracts, presentations, and workshops.
  • Document and share knowledge and best practices to replicate success.
  • Develop and provide content for website, newsletter, and/or other methods of marketing HRiA’s work and impact.

Candidate Qualifications:

This role requires a strong commitment to health and racial equity and the ability to work with and convene diverse, multisector populations and lead them through complex work and conversations. The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:


  • A minimum of 15-20 years relevant professional experience in progressive leadership positions.
  • Skilled in group facilitation and meeting planning.
  • Experience working with and managing diverse clients and meeting or exceeding their expectations in quality and performance.
  • Solid leadership and management experience and demonstrated success in developing, leading, and supervising complex projects and high performing teams.
  • Experience in systems change efforts including experience working in or with communities of color or other systemically disadvantaged communities, working with institutional leadership, and working in multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural, and multi-sectoral partnerships.
  • Experience conducting trainings on topics such as implicit bias, racism, and/or the social determinants of health.
  • Demonstrated capacity and ability to lead, oversee, and manage start-up organizational initiatives and track outcomes.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking, active listening, writing, and interpersonal engagement.
  • Knowledge of emerging trends, challenges, and best practices in health and racial equity and health.
  • Demonstrated experience writing, reviewing, and editing grants, practice briefs, and/or conference abstracts and presentations.
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).

Personal Characteristics

  • Dedication to social justice and a passion for achieving health and racial equity.
  • A commitment to valuing diversity of thought, backgrounds, and perspectives.
  • Sensitivity to the interests of a wide range of stakeholder groups, strategic partners, elected officials, and colleagues.
  • Creative thinking and willingness to consider and explore various options for achieving an objective or understanding and resolving a challenge.
  • Strong entrepreneurial skills and the ability to work and think strategically and creatively to cultivate current relationships and to identify and pursue new opportunities to increase impact.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and exhibit resourceful and pragmatic problem solving.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of people representing various backgrounds, levels of training, and career stages.
  • Ability to work independently, juggle multiple tasks and responsibilities, and meet deadlines.
  • A healthy sense of humor and the ability to work with grace under pressure.

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.

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 4 weeks.

To apply, submit your cover letter and resume online.