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Deputy Director – Policy, Equity, and Community Impact

At the Network for Public Health Law (Network), we believe in the power of public health law and policy to improve lives and make our communities safer, healthier, stronger and more equitable. We know that understanding, navigating, and using law and policy can transform our communities so we work to help public health leaders, policymakers, researchers, educators, advocates, and health care providers do just that.

With the support of our fiscal sponsor, TSNE, we provide leadership, legal technical assistance, educational resources, and training to help public health practitioners, attorneys, policy makers, researchers, advocates, and communities engage in the development, implementation, and enforcement of laws to solve public health challenges nationwide.

As we embark on initiatives to strengthen the connections between public health agencies and communities, we are seeking a Deputy Director of Policy, Equity, and Community Impact to help us build engagement in law and policy with key stakeholders. The Deputy Director will lead strategy development, manage programs, provide technical assistance on specific issues, conduct training, develop tools and educational materials, and facilitate opportunities for networking and peer-assistance. Reporting to the Managing Director, the Deputy Director will also assist with the Network’s sustainability efforts. This is a remote position.

The essential duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

Program Management (40%)

  • Manage the Network’s policy initiatives including Fight for Public Health and Act for Public Health.
  • Develop annual work plans and lead the implementation of activities to ensure progress toward program goals.
  • Work with internal partners to align, implement, and coordinate activities across the Network.
  • Represent the Network with external partners on collaborative projects and initiatives; ensure alignment of strategies and activities with Network goals and objectives.
  • Develop and report performance metrics for programs.
  • Supervise legal fellows and research assistants, as assigned.

Technical Assistance, Resource Development, and Training (30%)

  • Identify issues of public policy and organizational importance, track and analyze relevant legislation.
  • Work directly with public health practitioners, attorneys, and other stakeholders on an ongoing basis to identify relevant legal issues, best practices, and evidence-based solutions.
  • Provide timely, high-quality, practical, and relevant technical assistance, including referrals in consultation with Network colleagues.
  • Enter and track technical assistance information in database, provide reports on activities as needed.
  • Produce practical tools and resources, and conduct presentations and trainings to share best practices and solutions with public health practitioners, attorneys, policymakers, community advocates, and other stakeholders.

Outreach and Relationship Building (20%)

  • Build and maintain collaborative relationships with public health and legal experts in related areas of subject matter expertise, as well as key community partners and other collaborators.
  • Represent the Network at conferences and gatherings.
  • Provide opportunities for networking and peer assistance to Network stakeholders.
  • Deliver a minimum of four public health law presentations per year, including in-person presentations and webinars.
  • Work closely with Marketing and Communications to develop plans and activities to build awareness of programs and initiatives.

Organizational Development (10%)

  • Assist the Executive Director and Managing Director with the development of strategies and goals for the Network’s major policy, equity, and community engagement programs and initiatives.
  • Serve as a leader and deep subject-matter-expert on policy, equity, and community engagement.
  • Align equity and community engagement efforts across the organization.
  • Contribute to the development of program project concepts and grant proposals for funding.
  • Advance organizational goals in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Other duties as assigned.


  • Attorney (JD required) in good standing of the Bar of a U.S. jurisdiction, with five years of experience providing legal counsel, legal aid, or legal technical support in public health, health care, social services, or related.
  • Minimum of five years direct work experience in community engagement and advocacy, and management of related programs. Strong understanding of community outreach, equitable health policy, legislative advocacy, and communications.
  • Unquestionable integrity and high ethical standards.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communications skills.
  • Support diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging practices.
  • Ability to work with others and build consensus.
  • Ability to make independent judgement in evaluating options to make sound decisions.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Strong work ethic, organizational skills, and attention to detail.
  • Must be comfortable with relevant office technology, including databases.


This position requires the ability to travel within regions and nationally, as needed, typically 4-6 trips per year, except when limited by social distancing orders and practices.

Physical Demands/Work Environment

The physical demands described for this position are that of a typical office environment. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. Ability to sit and/or for extended periods of time in front of a computer screen is an essential aspect of the position. There may be a need to lift and/or move materials or equipment.

The starting salary for this position is $105,000 with a full benefits package including:

Generous Paid-Time-Off (PTO): 12 paid holidays, 3 weeks vacation, 1 week personal holiday, and sick time.

80% Employer-paid, $0 deductible Health Insurance through Harvard Pilgrim.

Low-cost MetLife Dental and Vision.

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for Health and Dependent Care.

Employer-paid Life, Long- and Short-Term Disability Insurance.

Retirement through TIAA.

Low-cost MetLife Dental and Vision insurance

…and more!