Deputy Director, Research Projects

Alexandria, Virginia, United States | Federal and State Affairs | Full-time


The Deputy Director, Research Projects will work closely with the Director of Research to strategically plan, align, and execute key Research Department activities and grant-based projects, with a focus on building health center capacity for health equity, documenting health center value, and addressing social determinants of health.  The Deputy Director, will be responsible for designing and operationalizing short-and-long-term strategies to achieve project goals and evaluate impact, optimizing department capabilities while working with external project partners, and leading or co-leading project sustainability activities. The Deputy Director will work in close coordination with other Research Department staff, external partners, and key NACHC staff and leaders.


Specific Responsibilities:

  • Develop strategic project implementation processes that ensure project goals are achievable, trackable, aligned, and partner and/or stakeholder engaged. This includes development of detailed workplans and identification of contingencies to rapidly move projects from concept to reality, as well as to ensure projects meet organizational and funder expectations, requirements, and priorities.
  • Contribute to and/or co-lead key Research Department projects that focus on building health center capacity to collect and act on standardized data on social determinants of health, as well as projects that build cross sector alignment to address social determinants. In particular, actively plan and/or support activities that accelerate the adoption and scale up of PRAPARE (
  • Lead or co-lead the design of innovative and future-looking projects that further Research Department and NACHC goals as well as meet identified stakeholder needs. Identify project priorities and key target audiences and strategies to meet them.
  • Lead or co-lead fundraising, grant writing, and revenue-generating activities. Inform and support PRAPARE tool license agreement process.
  • Lead grant management activities, including writing grant reports, tracking and meeting deadlines, developing budgets, and monitoring project expenses. Also includes ensuring projects are carried out in a cost efficient manner.
  • Provide oversight for contracts, including management of project consultants and contracted partners, and develop scopes of work.
  • Contribute to project evaluation, the capture of measurable project impacts and success stories, and the quantification of key achievements.
  • Plan and contribute to dissemination efforts to promote project work and impact. Includes authoring or co-author papers, blog posts, fact sheets, training resources, etc. Also organizing, conducting, and/or participate in workshops, education sessions, poster programs, and trainings (live and virtual).
  • Supervise and mentor staff.
  • Other projects and tasks as assigned.
  • Represent the organization on panels, at conferences, and special events (occasional in-person travel required when safe and/or via virtual platforms).



  • Master’s degree in public health, business administration, public administration, or related field, or 8+ years of relevant experience.
  • 3-5 years of project management experience and/or portfolio management of projects and initiatives across multiple grants and funders. PMP certification preferred but not required.
  • Past direct work experience in developing and managing budgets, maintaining financial reporting for funders and staff, and a general comfort level with multiple project budgets. Familiarity with federal contract and procurement requirements a plus.
  • Track record of leading strategic business development efforts, including market research and analysis, strategic planning, business-related negotiations, etc.
  • 3-5 years of direct supervision and management of staff.
  • Demonstrated understanding of health equity, community/population health improvement, and health care transformation/integration.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders (health center leaders, health center boards and consumers, clinicians, funders, payers, researchers, community organizations, public health, etc.).
  • Strong leadership and collaboration skills, and ability to establish and maintain strong working partnerships.
  • Strong time-management and organizational skills, detailed-oriented, able to plan ahead and easily pivot plans as new opportunities and urgencies arise, and self-motivated.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Powerpoint, and Excel, and proficiency in project management tools/templates.