Deputy Director, Policy & Partnerships

Posting Number: #1360

Position Title: Deputy Director, Policy & Partnerships

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: California (Remote)

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The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being, and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, we are at the forefront of research and innovations to improve the efficacy of public health statewide, nationally, and internationally.

Position Summary

The Public Health Institute is seeking a Deputy Director with strong policy skills to join a dynamic team committed to working with public health and social justice leaders from academia, community, government and beyond to inform and address policy and workforce needs for health equity.

The Deputy Director is responsible for providing leadership and operations support to advance the mission and goals of The California Alliance of Schools and Programs of Public Health (Cal-SPPH Alliance), an exciting new statewide initiative to mobilize the schools and programs of public health in California for collective impact and to build a statewide policy, research, and action network. This position will also lead on policy issues impacting health equity, playing a key role in dissemination of results of policy efforts, collaborating with regional and state organizations and lawmakers through various Cal-SPPH communications venues. This position reports to the Executive Director (ED) of the Cal-SPPH, standing in for the ED as needed.

Pay: $93,201 to $116,797 per year. The typical hiring range for this position is $93,201 to $116,797 based on 100% FTE. The starting salary is determined based on the candidate’s knowledge, skills, and experience.

Employment Type: Full Time

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work with Cal-SPPH Alliance Director to provide leadership and management of the program, pacing and driving organizational development, including analysis and implementation of priorities, partnerships, and infrastructure needs.
  • Identify and implement project management protocols and practices including the development of tools, metrics, and reports to provide critical fiscal and operational information to team and make actionable recommendations on both strategy and operations.
  • Work and maintain direct relationships with academic, community and governmental partners and create policy tools to support their work.
  • Respond to external requests for information on health policy priorities of Cal-SPPH.
  • Advise on emerging policy areas of interest, any relevant legislation and regulatory changes and/or trends to be addressed.
  • Assist with coalition building with regional, state, and national partners — attend meetings and work in partnership with other regional, state, and national organizations toward shared goals.
  • Oversee program workload, coordinate, and track completion of grant objectives.
  • Participate in strategic planning and analysis to support program’s growth and development.
  • Research and implement workflow and process improvements.
  • Determine organizational capacity for implementation of new projects and directions.
  • Provide management for grants, tracking expenses and financial forecasting.
  • Prepare budget revisions and amendments for funders and for internal purposes.
  • Oversee consultant contracts, subcontracts, and Inter-Program Agreement management.
  • Monitor and track grant activity drafting progress reports.
  • Oversee vendor accounts, contract negotiations and maintenance contracts.
  • Participate in decision-making regarding budget development, allocation, and modifications.
  • Oversee close-out of contract budgets and related tasks with PHI Grants & Contracts Specialist.
  • Lead in the preparation of proposals and justification of budgets for funding applications.
  • Act as mentor and coach to staff.
  • Establish procedures for managing workload and setting priorities.
  • Manage human resources issues for the program, including personnel problems and staff hiring.
  • Complete performance evaluations for staff.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least 5 years of increasingly responsible experience in management and policy analysis at an organization that receives funding from federal, state or philanthropy.
  • At least 1 year of experience supervising staff. Knowledge/experience related to leadership can substitute.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, or substitute with four additional years of related experience.

Other Qualifications

  • Experience in project management prioritization: managing multiple projects, timeline development, tracking and deadlines.
  • Strong background in federal and states’ legislative process.
  • Fundraising experience.
  • Maintain a high level of staff productivity and accuracy in a flexible work environment with many changing priorities.
  • Listen and advise effectively – maintain excellent working relationships with support staff, program staff, supervisors, and management staff.
  • Ability to work with a variety of constituencies, such as grantees, evaluation team, and funders.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as interpersonal and collaboration.
  • Ability to interpret and analyze complex financial information for budget development, management, and projections.
  • Ability to interpret and connect programmatic and organizational needs to development and resource planning.
  • Ability to identify and analyze organizational needs to guide and direct staff to meet program and administrative requirements.
  • Decision making ability.
  • Ability to multi-task and manage several projects simultaneously.
  • Resourceful, self-starter who initiates continuous improvement for the program.
  • Risk assessment and management ability: determine, communicate, and execute next steps to prevent / solve problems.
  • Demonstrate a high level of confidentiality.
  • Computer skills – Microsoft desktop applications including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Spanish speaking skills desired.
  • Master’s degree preferred.



This position is classified as exempt based on the job duties. However, based on the FTE, salary level of the employee, or federal/state/local laws, the employee may be classified as nonexempt.



Per the PHI Workforce Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is a condition of employment for all domestic based employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they are granted a reasonable accommodation under applicable law.

New hires need to provide proof of full vaccination prior to their start date or apply for an exemption/accommodation within three business days after their start date. Depending on the circumstances, new hires who do not comply with this Policy, or who cannot be reasonably accommodated, will either have their employment suspended or terminated. Candidates who are non-compliant will have their offers rescinded.

EEO Statement

The Public Health Institute is committed to a policy that provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and to make all employment decisions so as to further this principle of equal employment opportunity. To this end, the PHI will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are offered employment and employees are treated during employment without regard to these characteristics.

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