Vice President for Health Justice

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)3 organization that fights for equality for all women and families. We are seeking a Vice President for Health Justice to lead our dynamic team of policy experts, advocates and legislative strategists. Our Health Justice work is premised on the belief that affordable, quality health care is a basic human right and that our work must address the social and economic factors that impact health, including systemic racism, gender bias and inequality

Our organization is undergoing an intensive change process to ensure that we are more inclusive, diverse and equitable in our evolving strategic focus and daily work. This is a terrific opportunity for a strategic, visionary thinker, skilled manager, and passionate advocate who is eager to lead transformative change to advance health justice.

Position Summary

The Vice President for Health Justice will be a member of the organization’s senior leadership and lead a team of six staff members. The health team’s current focus includes protecting and preserving the Affordable Care Act; health care access and coverage (public and private, including Medicaid and Medicare); maternal health and disparities in mortality and morbidity, particularly among women of color; digital health/health IT; health care transformation (payment, delivery, equity, patient-centeredness and culturally appropriate care), and the intersection of all these issues with reproductive health, economic and social justice policies. The Vice President will shape this work through strategic planning with the President, the health justice and executive teams. This person will be dedicated to mentoring and developing the skills and knowledge of team members, and will have a demonstrated commitment to health justice, anti-racism and gender equity.

The Vice President for Health Justice is based in Washington D.C. and reports to the President.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Shaping the direction of the National Partnership’s Health Justice work by developing and executing high impact strategies that improve health care and advance health equity, particularly for women of color. Strategies could encompass advocacy to change public policy, cultural norms, and private sector behaviors.
  • Leading, managing and nurturing a team, promoting team members’ core competencies, and providing professional development and mentoring of individual team members.
  • Playing a key role in building and maintaining strategic relationships with allies and key stakeholders, including policy makers and coalition partners.
  • Expanding relationships with current funders and forging new relationships with potential foundations, individuals and corporate funders to expand the revenue base for the program and the organization; developing new program ideas and revenue sources.
  • Working with other VPs and teams to foster creative initiatives across issues areas.
  • Providing strategic input to the President regarding Health Justice program development and other organizational work.
  • Participating in the organization’s executive leadership activities, particularly in furthering the organization’s work on racial equity.
  • Representing the National Partnership in public forums, the press, Congress and on select external bodies.


  • Demonstrated ability to shape and implement strategic health care related advocacy that impacts public policy, private sector behavior, and social norms. This could include experience in:
    • Developing and executing legislative/Congressional strategy;
    • Developing and executing administrative and regulatory strategy;
    • Advocacy related to significant judicial/legal developments;
    • Working with a range of industry stakeholders, including payers, purchasers, providers, caregivers, and patients; and
    • Developing and executing strategies that optimizes partnerships with grassroots and state groups.
  • An understanding of the inter-related nature and dynamics between health justice, reproductive rights and reproductive justice, as well as the inter-related impacts of race, gender and other economic and social policies that shape the lives of women and families.
  • Experience building collaborative relationships with allies and fostering coordinated impact, for example by building and leading diverse coalitions or building relationships with women of color leaders and organizations at the grassroots, state and national levels.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and maintaining foundation and funder relationships, and generating funding from foundations and other sources, including the ability to shape compelling project proposals that align with strategic priorities; effective in making direct asks for financial resources.
  • Experience managing a high-performing team of 2 or more people (larger teams a plus) in a successful, high quality manner, including hiring, retaining and developing talent.
  • Sophisticated understanding of how race dynamics impact supervisory relationships, organizational culture, partnerships, campaigns and coalition work, and demonstrated history successfully intervening in problematic dynamics and deepening a racial justice approach within an organization, team, or campaign; effectiveness in pushing movement partners and allies to incorporate racial equity into their work.
  • Demonstrated commitment to anti-racism and gender equity.
  • Effective public speaking skills and experience, and a willingness to engage with media and do press interviews; specific prior experience with print or live press a plus but not required.
  • Ability to produce and edit clear and compelling written materials that support high-impact advocacy.
  • Experience with strategic organizational development and change management.
  • Specific policy knowledge on the range of health issues listed above preferred but not required.

Salary & Benefits

Starting compensation will range from $150,000 to $160,000 with exact salary based on experience. The National Partnership provides a generous benefits package that includes 3 weeks annual vacation time, paid sick time, paid federal holidays plus the last week of December, health, dental, and vision coverage, 403B and SEP-IRA retirement options, and paid family and medical leave for eligible employees.

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Applications accepted until Nov. 17, 2019.

The National Partnership is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to racial equity and social justice. We make a particular effort to recruit people of color to apply for open positions. People of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and people with other marginalized identities are encouraged to apply. Please see EEO is the Law and Equal Employment Opportunity for more information.