Executive Director- Health Equity Research, Evaluation, and Policy Institute

Boston, Massachusetts
May 26, 2022
Position Type

Executive Director
Health Equity Research, Evaluation, and Policy Institute

Boston, Massachusetts 

The Health Equity Research, Evaluation, and Policy Institute (Institute), a new subsidiary of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers (League), seeks a community-focused research-informed institutional builder to serve as its founding Executive Director. This Institute, located in Boston, will serve as a core strategic initiative of the League, and will benefit from the extensive and robust network of 52 health centers and the more than one million patients that make up the League’s network. The League serves as an information resource on community-based health care to policymakers, opinion leaders, and the media, and it provides a wide range of training and technical assistance to health centers and communities across the Commonwealth. 

The vision for creating the Institute is to develop an organization for Massachusetts that will engage in community-based emancipatory research and evaluation to improve clinical practice and change public policy to achieve health equity throughout the state, and to develop best practices that can be applied nationally. As Executive Director, this leader will advance the short and long-term vision and strategy for the organization; and will develop a research, evaluation, and policy infrastructure for the Institute and in support of community health centers (CHC) in Massachusetts engaged in research or seeking to engage in research. This leader will also recruit and support a high-performing team. They will work closely with an advisory board, and with the support of the League, they will develop a pipeline of ongoing funding streams to ensure institutional sustainability. The Executive Director will establish and maintain mutually beneficial partnerships with a cross-section of public and private entities, leaders, and community members. 

Reporting directly to League President and CEO (CEO), Michael Curry, the Executive Director will also serve as a Senior Vice President and member of the League’s executive team. Given the League’s long-standing reputation as a trusted public health leader and partner in the region, along with its proven enterprising spirit, the League is well positioned to incubate this new Institute. 

In addition to its core and overarching function of conducting research and publishing findings, both independently and in support of member community health center researchers, the Institute will, over time, also manage requests from external researchers; conduct evaluations; disseminate findings in peer reviewed journals; use those findings to inform public policies; and will develop the research, evaluation and policy skills and careers of CHC staff and provide infrastructure support for research focused on achieving health equity. The League serves 52 health center members across the state of Massachusetts with various services and supports. As such, the Institute will act as an extension of the League in serving members through its offerings. 

This Executive Director must be a proven and enterprising leader fully committed to eradicating the root causes of health inequities. They will bring an interminable commitment to building health equity and racial justice in communities and will have experience with community-based action research. This Executive Director must also be successful maximizing revenue and grant opportunities for the organization and be able to lead a team and advisory board. 

An 11-member search committee has been established, which includes League staff, CHC leaders, and members of the academic and health center health equity research community. The search committee will be assisted by the national executive search firm Isaacson, Miller. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed to the search firm. All communications will be held in strict confidence.

All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence to the search team at the link below. Please include CV’s/resumes and a two-to-three-page long letter of interest responding to the opportunities and challenges outlined above.

Rebecca Swartz, Partner
Karreem Mumbai, Senior Associate

Harley Bartles, Search Coordinator

The League is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, age, religion, veteran status, uniformed military service, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, marital status, gender identity, or any other classification protected by law.