President & CEO

Public Health Institute

Job Description

The President & CEO will promote PHI’s mission, vision and values and develop a strategy for continued growth as a convener for public health that fosters a coherent sustainable culture for its more than 950 employees across 45 states with an annual budget of more than $300 million. The President & CEO will demonstrate a passion for advancing public health through research, application of evidence to change, public policy and practices, and advocacy. The successful candidate will promote a strong external presence, the ability to build strong relationships with existing private and governmental funders e.g., NIH, CDC, USAID, and a proven track record of identifying new funding. The President & CEO will lead the management ethos of PHI which is the commitment to strengthen the professional disciplines and customer responsiveness to PHI’s principal investigators and program directors in a fast-moving politically-sensitive environment. The President & CEO reports to the 13-person Board of Directors. This position will have the flexibility to reside in either the Bay Area near the organization’s headquarters in Oakland, California or in Washington D.C., Maryland, or Virginia.

Full salary range for this position: $430,269 to $678,657 per year. The typical hiring range for this position is from $430,269 (minimum) to $554,463 (midpoint), based on 100% FTE. The starting salary is determined based on the candidate’s knowledge, skills, experience, as well as budget availability.

For more information about PHI, the President & CEO position, and the Board of Directors, please see the Position Profile.

Employment Type: Full Time



Essential Duties & Responsibilities


  • Cultivate a strong, transparent, and collaborative working relationship with the Chair of the Board and the Board of Directors.
  • Ensure transparency and communicate regularly with the Board of Directors in all key governance areas, including strategic planning, financial oversight, regulatory compliance, and operations.
  • Oversee the governance activities and work closely with the Board of Directors to ensure strong governance and organizational fiduciary continuity and impact.
  • Work closely and openly with the Board of Directors and its committees, ensuring ongoing communication of risks, issues, and successes.

Leadership and Organization Management

  • Provide vision and leadership to an organization of more than 950 employees across 45 states and 28 countries. Work closely with a senior leadership team to pursue and innovate internal practices that advance an equity-focused, inclusive team culture, and provide leadership to achieve defined strategic goals.
  • Lead the development and articulation of the organization’s long- and short-term strategies.
  • Advance and support the recruitment of new program directors and principal investigators.
  • Foster performance-orientated culture through accountability, empowerment, convening and leading constituencies from across the organization and partner to achieve excellence.
  • In collaboration with in-house legal counsel, ensure the organization minimizes its risk profile and meet regulatory and compliance requirements.

Financial Management and Infrastructure

  • Assume responsibility for the fiscal integrity of the organization.
  • Identify opportunities, strategies, and partnerships that enhance the visibility of PHI’s priorities, policy agenda, programs, and community engagement.
  • In coordination with the Development team, maintain and grow supporters by liaising with funders and donors, envisioning new revenue-based partnerships, and ensuring grant proposals and reports reflect the organization’s vision, values, approach, and goals.
  • Strengthen financial stability of the organization by analyzing the existing portfolio of work to determine best areas for investment.
  • Serve as a leader in coordination of the business development team to identify new funding opportunities and support existing budget of $300 million in revenue.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of PHI’s structure and processes and refine and implement an operating model and organizational priorities to support PHI’s strategic goals and efficiency.

Raise Organizational Profile

  • Serve as a national thought leader and in collaboration with PHI communications team represent and promote the organization’s mission, programs, and outcomes to media outlets, partners, policymakers and sponsors through public speaking and marketing/media campaigns.
  • Increase recognition of PHI as a premier public health leader working to align the work of NIH, CDC, USAID, and other associations dedicated to addressing structural and health inequities.
  • Serve as a recognized expert in public health and head of the organization when communicating with stakeholders, government entities, and the public.
  • Create and maintains an expansive network of partnerships and relationships on behalf of PHI.
  • Speak at professional meetings about the work of PHI.
  • Represent PHI on committees, advisory groups, and external meetings.
  • Identify opportunities for PHI principal investigators/program directors and staff to serve on external committees and speaking engagements.

Policy and Advocacy

  • Remain current and has familiarity with national, state, and local legislative and governmental processes and entities to advance the PHI policy and advocacy agenda.
  • Identify potential new directions in domestic and global public health that warrant support, resources, and shared learning.



Minimum Qualifications

  • At least twelve years of experience leading programs at an executive level with deep purpose and passion in public health and health equity.

Other Qualifications

  • An advanced degree in public health or an associated field with an MPH or DrPH preferred but not required.
  • Proven track record of executive level management of a portfolio of a minimum of $100 million per fiscal year of project and/or program work.
  • Executive management experience, including mentoring, developing talent, and building a diverse and inclusive high functioning team is a must. Knowledge leading in a hybrid business model (working partially in-office and partially remote) is a plus.
  • Broad network and experience building relationships with public health, philanthropy, and health organizations in support of equity strategies, and addressing health disparities.
  • Track record of planning, delivering, and leading business development ensuring key objectives are achieved.
  • Prior experience enhancing the reputation of an organization through conversations, presentations, publications, research, and media inquiries by serving as a spokesperson and thought leader.
  • Knowledge and exposure to government contracting through applying, securing, and managing federal and state grants.
  • Exposure to public policy through writing, testifying, or lobbying on behalf of legislation.
  • A convener who can establish collaborations and alliances on national and local levels.
  • Experience working with and reporting to a Board of Directors.
  • Possesses competencies in the following:
  • Empowering Leadership – Serves as the primary spokesperson for the organization, through advocating internally and externally.
  • Communication – Excellent communication skills that motivates and inspires different audiences.
  • Interpersonal Savvy – Effectively building relationships with all stakeholders and employees.
  • Strategic Thinking and Actions – Drives short-term and long-term planning that supports sustainability with the Board of Directors and the executive staff.
  • Business Acumen – Leads the financial management with the Board of Directors and staff to ensure foundational budgeting, risk management, and accounting practices are in place. Consistently achieve results in all situations.
  • Collaborative – Superior collaboration and partnership skills across all bodies of work and people, internally and externally. Including a global perspective.
  • Priority Setting – Can take a strategic view of the organization and identify what the key priorities should be and provides the team with clarity around their work and goals. Ability to understand major objectives and break them down into meaningful action steps.
  • Culture – Ability to drive engagement to build an inclusive and diverse team with a culture of trust, collaboration, and employee development. Attracts top talent to meet current and future business and operational needs.
  • Accountability – Holds self and others accountable. Creates a culture of accountability that starts at the top and is built around honest communication and clear expectations.
  • Acting with Integrity – Ensures accountability by holding self and others accountable to meet commitments.

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