Associate Director, Workforce & Capacity Building

Amchp Washington , DC 20319

Posted 2 months ago

Position Description

Associate Director, Workforce & Capacity Building


The Associate Director leads the workforce and capacity building team and contributes to the advancement of maternal and child health (MCH) programs. They are accountable for the development, implementation and evaluation of program activities within AMCHPs workforce and capacity building team and manage the tracking, analysis, and reporting on federal and state programs to support and enhance MCH workforce capacity. The Associate Director leads work to strengthen the capacity of state-level maternal and child health programs and plays a critical role in fund development for workforce, leadership, and capacity-building efforts. They develop and maintain partnerships with relevant federal agencies, funders, and other national organizations, coalitions and groups concerned with workforce and capacity-building and provide leadership and operational management support of AMCHPs strategic goals. The person in this position reports to the Director of Programs and serves as a member of the organizations management team.

Principal duties

  • Champion and support implementation of AMCHPs strategic and operational plans. This includes aligning projects and activities with strategic goals, cross-cutting organizational initiatives, and fostering continuous quality improvement on organizational performance measures related to the positions scope of work.

  • Lead development and implementation of all major projects in the workforce development and capacity building portfolio. This includes development and monitoring of work plans and budgets to achieve the goals and objectives of assigned projects while ensuring compliance with funders' policies, procedures, and requirements.

  • Lead the workforce and capacity building team and supervise staff to accomplish tasks and projects.

  • Support professional and personal growth of staff through coaching, mentoring, and the provision of growth opportunities.

  • Foster team spirit and promote basic understanding of and linkage to the work of AMCHP's broader programmatic portfolio and policy work.

  • Monitor and review the work of contractors and sub-grantees to accomplish tasks and projects.

  • Track, analyze and report on major trends and emerging issues related to workforce development, including capacity to address emerging threats, for state/territorial public health leaders and their staff.

  • Advise the Directors of Programs and Policy and CEO on issues of importance related to workforce capacity, leadership development, and emerging MCH issues.

  • Facilitate timely communication of pertinent issues to AMCHP members and partners (via newsletter, email, web page, papers).

  • Participate in the development and implementation of meetings and events that provide training to MCH leaders and staff, foster strategic partnerships for MCH, and/or advance other project goals within the workforce and capacity building portfolio.

  • Produce reports, issue briefs, fact sheets, presentations, and/or other tools and resources on programs related to state MCH programs.

  • Lead evaluation of all workforce and capacity building activities and ensure continuous quality improvement.

  • Conceptualize new projects and services that anticipate and exceed members needs related to workforce and leadership development, including capacity to address emerging threats.

  • Identify and pursue funding opportunities to support AMCHPs and our members work related to workforce and leadership development and the identification and spread of evidence-based practices.

  • Establish and maintain strategic and professional relationships with key national partners, federal agencies, and other funders.

  • Support relevant AMCHP committees, workgroups, and task forces, including the Workforce and Leadership Development Committee.

  • Represent AMCHP at national meetings and on task forces, work groups, coalitions, and federal advisory groups.

  • Model and enforce AMCHP policies and procedures.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Job Specifications Knowledge

Strong understanding of public health workforce and leadership development strategies. Familiarity with the implementation of evidence-based public health programs. Functional knowledge of U.S. health system, public health theory and practice, maternal & child health issues, life course theory, systems integration and national, state, and local health programs that serve women, children, and families. Familiarity with public health emergency preparedness and response preferred. Expertise related to adult learning theory preferred.

Background and Education

Masters degree in public health, health policy, human or organizational development, or other related field with 6-10 years of directly related experience, progressive in responsibility and at least 3-4 years of supervisory experience. A bachelors degree plus 10 years of directly related experience can be substituted for advanced degree. Direct work experience in a state/local/federal public health agency or non-profit organization preferred.


Professionalism and strong customer service skills. Demonstrated program development, implementation (project and budget management) and evaluation skills; excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to present complex concepts to a variety of audiences; group process skills; research and analysis skills; evaluation and quality improvement skills; creative problem solving skills; supervision, coaching and mentoring skills; proficiency with MS Office, desktop applications, webinar platforms, and basic web editing.

Requires the ability to work independently and in a team environment; ability to manage several projects concurrently; ability to stay abreast of national and state initiatives; Ability to incorporate information from diverse sources, analyze information, and recommend course of action to be taken; ability to manage change and help others deal with ambiguity and complexity; and ability to represent AMCHP at national, state and local organizations and groups.


Ability to travel approximately 10% of time and flexibility to work occasional weekends and/or non-traditional hours (approximately 3-4 times per year). This position is funded by grants and cooperative agreements from the federal government and foundations.

Starting Salary: $80,000 - $85,000

Job Classification: Exempt

Equal Opportunity Employer: disability/veteran

Interested candidates please submit resume, cover letter, and (3) references. Indicate #18-10008, Associate Director, Workforce & Capacity Building in subject line. No phone calls, please. (E.O.E.)

Disclaimer: This job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected of the incumbent. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities duties or responsibilities required of the incumbent. The incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as necessary.

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