Position Description

Associate Director/Director – Health Equity Innovation & Implementation



Who are we?

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) is a national resource, partner and advocate for state public health leaders and others working to improve the health of women, mothers, fathers, parents, children, youth, and all families, including LGBTQIA+ and individuals with special health care needs. AMCHP leads and supports programs nationally to protect and promote optimal maternal and child health while lifting social determinants of health and addressing systemic and structural health equity issues.


AMCHP’s vision centers the core values of health equity, social justice, inclusion, and collaboration with the families and communities we and our members serve. We lead and partner with diverse stakeholders to build member capacity to implement public health systems and practices that are centered in equity, informed by evidence, and reflect authentic partnership with the individuals, families, and communities most affected by those systems and practices. We envision a nation that values and invests in the unfettered health and well-being of all women, children, youth, families, and communities so that they may thrive.


About the position:

The Associate Director/Director will expand the organization and its membership capacity to interrogate, research, design, and implement sound health equity programs and interconnected policy work in their jurisdictions. The Associate Director/Director will 1) lead health equity capacity-building and technical assistance efforts through a transdisciplinary, anti-racist framework and 2) create a process and mechanisms toward accomplishing stated health equity and anti-racism goals in AMCHP’s 5-year strategic plan, AMCHP Futures 27. This position reports to the Chief Executive Officer.


What you’ll get to do:


1.      Lead, develop, organize, and manage an enterprise-wide health equity agenda in alignment with the organization’s strategic plan, AMCHP Futures 27.

2.      Lead and collaborate with staff teams and AMCHP leadership and serve as the subject matter expert to AMCHP’s internal and external membership equity committees to guide planning and implementation of internal/external equity efforts.

3.      Identify and track AMCHP member health equity activities, including infrastructure and policy barriers and facilitators to advancing health equity activities at the state and jurisdictional level.

4.      Work with AMCHP members to reimagine and administer their health equity activities, generate a robust peer-to-peer exchange network of promising practices in the field, and interrogate problems and co-create solutions to challenges.

5.      Provide technical assistance and services that address member-related health equity implementation needs.

6.      Conduct empirical research on policy efforts and their interaction with MCH programs and health equity outcomes.

7.      Produce health equity-related thought pieces and publications (e.g., op-eds, issue briefs), journal articles chronicling work occurring in the field, and other novel approaches for articulating and amplifying AMCHP’s health equity work via communication and media modalities.

8.      Work in concert with AMCHP teams to develop and monitor indicators, measure program efficacy, and measure and conduct organizational equity assessments to inform strategies, activities, and processes.

9.      Conceptualize new projects, funding opportunities, and services that address member needs related to health equity and transdisciplinary issues.

10.  Serve as an ambassador for external knowledge and expertise around health equity innovation and implementation needs of MCH programs and policy.

11.  Coordinate internal health equity-related professional development opportunities for AMCHP teams.

12.  Develop, pursue, and maintain partnerships with relevant federal agencies, funders, and other national organizations, coalitions, and groups concerned with MCH health equity outcomes.

13.  Represent AMCHP at national task forces, workgroups, coalitions, and federal advisory groups.

14.  Lead and collaborate across teams in a matrix environment. Lead, mentor, evaluate performance, and provide management oversight of professional staff.

15.  Other duties as assigned.


You’ll bring these qualifications:

Knowledge: Strong understanding of U.S. health systems, with an emphasis on knowledge of maternal & child health issues, and related transdisciplinary areas. Knowledge of public health theory and practices and national and state health programs and policies. Knowledge of empirical research methods for assessing health equity policy and program outcomes and impact. Knowledge of health equity issues in the U.S., and other social determinants of health. Knowledge of maternal and child health data sources and surveillance systems.



Background and Education: Master’s degree (MA/MS/MPH) with a specialization in public health, social sciences, another related field or an equivalent combination of knowledge and experience. Direct work in an MCH state/local public health agency, or related non-profit/community organization is preferred.


Skills and Abilities: Professionalism and strong customer service skills. Demonstrated program development and implementation skills; superior oral and written communication skills, including the ability to present complex concepts to a variety of audiences; strong collaboration and group process skills; research and analysis skills; creative problem-solving skills; coaching and mentoring skills; proficiency with MS Office, statistical software.


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 policies and initiatives; ability to incorporate information from diverse sources, analyze information, and recommend a course of action to be taken; ability to establish strong collaborative relationships with diverse groups; and ability to represent AMCHP at national, state, and local organizations and groups.


Other: AMCHP is located in Washington, DC. However, this position has the option of 100% virtual work/telework. Ability to travel approximately 5% of the time.


Physical/Sensory Demands: We are committed to an inclusive culture that values diversity, including the accommodation of a wide range of disabilities and related workplace needs.


Job Classification: Exempt


Salary Range: $90,000 – $120,000


Why Join Team AMCHP?

We are a dynamic, energetic team comprised of MCH subject matter experts and individuals passionate about building a nation that values and invests in the health and wellbeing of all women, children, youth, families, and communities so that they may thrive. We take specific, focused action to center anti-racism in our work and be assets for health equity and racial justice.


AMCHP is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Our employment practices reflect our core values and guide us in our commitment to dismantling structural racism and rebuilding the systems that serve our communities in ways that center racial and other forms of equity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.


Benefits: AMCHP offers an exceptional benefit package that includes flexible work options; generous paid time off, health, dental, and vision insurance; 403 (b) retirement plan with employer contribution; medical and/or dependent care flexible spending accounts; paid parental leave; employer paid life, short, and long‐term disability insurance; paid leave to perform civic duties; professional development assistance; and a minimum of ten paid holidays per year, plus a winter break the last week in December.



Submit your resume, cover letter, and three (3) references. Indicate #23-1003, Associate Director/Director – Health Equity Innovation & Implementation in the subject line. Please submit inquiries to careers@amchp.org (E.O.E.)


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About Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP)


The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs is a national resource, partner and advocate for state public health leaders and others working to improve the health of women, children, youth and families, including those with special health care needs.

AMCHP's members come from the highest levels of state government and include directors of maternal and child health programs, directors of programs for children with special health care needs, and other public health leaders who work with and support state maternal and child health programs. Our members directly serve all women and children nationwide, and strive to improve the health of all women, infants, children and adolescents, including those with special health care needs, by administering critical public health education and screening services, and coordinating preventive, primary and specialty care. Our membership also includes academic, advocacy and community based family health professionals, as well as families themselves.

AMCHP builds successful programs by disseminating best practices; advocating on our member's behalf in Washington; providing technical assistance; convening leaders to share experiences and ideas; and advising states about involving partners to reach our common goal of healthy children, healthy families, and healthy communities.