Director of Community Engagement

New York, NY
Programs
Full-time
The Work

GHC is building out a vibrant program beyond the fellowship year to support our global community of changemakers. GHC’s approach integrates leadership development with self-reflection and personal learning. Based on a core set of leadership practices, we focus on building skills that are essential for effective and ethical leadership, such as human-centered design thinking, storytelling, systems thinking and strategic planning for social change. We foster attitudes like empathy, resilience and cultural humility.
 
We believe our alumni can move the needle in global health and we want to support them in their endeavors to do so. Using a variety of learning and engagement formats, our goal is to create leadership programming that provides opportunities for professional and personal growth as well as collectively creating impact as a community. To date, GHC has developed a core set of program offerings such as advising and mentorship opportunities, leadership summits and management trainings. We have piloted networking events, advocacy trainings and want to continue to refine, expand and offer those experiences which will best serve the needs of our community. As with the rest of our program and organization, the alumni program is created in close partnership with our broad community, reflecting their interests and feedback.

The Candidate

GHC is seeking a passionate and organized leader to join our growing global team. The past ten years have been full of exciting and rapid growth for GHC and we are in need of a Director of Community Engagement to both set a clear strategy to move forward as well as further build out our post-fellowship program. The Director of Community Engagement will report directly to the Senior Vice President of Programs and manage the Alumni Program team, which includes the Alumni Program Senior Coordinator and an Engagement and Learning Coordinator. The goal of this position is to design and deliver programs that address the leadership development needs of GHC alumni and fellows at various points along their career path, cultivating innovative, collaborative and systems-thinking skills and practices needed to make real change in global health. It will also be important to foster connections within and between fellowship classes as well as the broader global health community and maintain a strong connection between GHC and alumni. While the majority of the work will be focused on post-fellowship programming, there will also be important collaboration with the Senior Director of Programs to ensure a strong foundation of professional development content for fellows during their inaugural year.

The ideal candidate thrives in a dynamic, global, and fast-paced start-up environment and is committed to developing effective leaders, cares deeply for our greater mission of health equity, and works hard to achieve results. S/he brings a solution-oriented and client service mindset, demonstrating excellent attention to detail and a value for collaboration across a range of teams, cultures, and time zones.

Global Health Corps
Global Health Corps (GHC) is building a new generation of global health leadership. We believe that solving the world’s most pressing global health challenges requires better and more connected leaders who are able to work across traditional boundaries like geography, sector, and issue area to engineer stronger global health systems. We need more than clinicians and providers; we need management consultants, engineers, artists, and architects. We need new leadership voices and new perspectives, especially those representing the populations most often left out and unheard.

GHC competitively recruits and selects emerging leaders from around the world who represent a wide range of skillsets and areas of expertise, all of which are critical to rebuilding and strengthening health systems. GHC is developing a cadre of health equity leaders through a unique leadership development program that utilizes experiential and formal learning methods.

Through a one-year fellowship program, fellows address a wide-range of health issues with high-impact grassroots organizations, NGOs, and ministries of health in Rwanda, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia, and the United States. Fellowship positions are demand-driven, ensuring that our fellows fill real-time health systems gaps and serve to amplify the great work already in progress. Placement organizations benefit from the skills and energy of fellows, as well as the support of GHC.  We are building a network of young changemakers who share the common belief that health is a human right.

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Responsibilities

Alumni Program Strategy and Team Management

    • In alignment with GHC’s strategic plan, create a clear strategy and set of goals for alumni program
    • Based on strategy, continue to design, evolve and build out post-fellowship leadership programming, focusing on the skills and experiences required to train and mobilize the next generation of global health leaders
    • Manage Alumni Program team on a day-to-day basis as well as coordinate across departments and countries to ensure organizational integration and implementation of alumni programming
    • Function in a collaborative fashion, incorporating input and feedback from community members and GHC staff in program design
    • Further establish the infrastructure, systems and processes needed to build a strong alumni program

Program Design and Implementation

    • Oversee existing alumni programming, including: Community Mentorship Program, Advisor Program, Career Advising, D-Prize, etc.
    • Identify additional leadership development needs and opportunities for the post-fellowship community; design programming in collaboration with various teams that promotes the cultivation of key competencies and skills such as systems thinking, management and advocacy
    • Explore and build relationships with individuals, organizations, and institutions that can expand GHC’s leadership development offerings and support
    • Identify opportunities to create or promote collaborative opportunities for members of the GHC community that meets a more specific interest or need (eg establish Community of Practice around health specific issue, develop career level-specific programming)
    • Utilize engaging, dynamic adult education learning that incorporates best practice leadership and professional development approaches
    • Work in coordination with Senior Director of Programs to ensure alignment of fellowship leadership journey with programming post-fellowship and in collaboration with Communications team around advocacy and communications opportunities

Community Building

    • Work with Alumni Program team and Country Teams to strengthen the GHC network globally, regionally and locally
    • Manage the program design and execution of large-scale conferences and events including GHC Leadership Summits in the US, East Africa, and Southern Africa [Responsibilities include: creating leadership programming; external communications with GHC community; coordinating with Country Teams for logistics and event planning, and creating plans and materials for all events]
    • Develop and implement programming ideas that further strengthen GHC relationships across sectors, geographies and fellowship classes
    • Oversee the use and evolution of GHC’s Community Portal, an online community platform connecting alums with each other
    • Support current local alumni chapters while also examining other options or approaches for engaging alumni at the city/country level

Budget Oversight

    • Manage Alumni Program budget; serve as support to Country Team for Leadership Summit and Alumni Chapter budgets 

Assessment and Data Analysis

    • Coordinate with the Senior Vice President of Programs and Impact and Learning Senior Manager to set goals and metrics for alumni program and continuously evaluate the effectiveness and impact of the program
    • Iterate on alumni programming and be flexible to changing needs based on assessment results

Qualifications

    • Minimum 10 years work experience required
    • Strong project management skills; proven ability to supervise multiple projects and priorities with ease
    • Knowledgeable and passionate about leadership development and community building
    • An innovative and adaptable program designer and executer; ability to strengthen existing programs and architect and implement new ones
    • Experience managing and coordinating a team 
    • Cross-cultural competency; experience working in another country or in a cross-cultural environment
    • Experience with event planning and/or program logistics management
    • Versatile writer, capable of written communications ranging from strategy documents to broader community pieces
    • Compassionate listener; genuine interest in the personal narratives and development of young leaders
    • Willingness to travel to (~4-5 times per year for retreats, trainings, and leadership summits, including travel to Eastern and Southern Africa)
    • Commitment to health and social justice issues
    • Understanding of global health and development landscape preferred
    • Coaching or mentoring experience preferred
GHC EMBRACES AND VALUES DIVERSE SKILLSETS AND BACKGROUNDS
We are a community of leaders who are proud to represent many different national, racial, ethnic, socio-economic, religious, gender, and other identities. We represent varied professional backgrounds, collaborating across fields and sectors to form a powerful, close-knit network of changemakers. Our diversity as a community is our strength, driving our ability to be empathetic, visionary, and effective leaders in the health equity movement, and engage with the world with dignity and respect.

Due to the high volume of applications received, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Thanks for applying!