Senior Director, Health Equity Program

  • Full Time
  • Hybrid
  • Washington, DC
  • 140,000 - 200,000 USD / Year
  • July 31, 2024

Website FrameWorksInst FrameWorks Institute

The FrameWorks Institute is an action-oriented think tank for progressive movements.


We conduct cutting-edge social science research to understand how to change the way people think, feel, and act. We engage with partners who can mobilize this research to build power around progressive solutions.


We believe framing is critical to making cultural and systemic change. That’s why we’re building a unique, integrated team of multidisciplinary researchers and real-world change-makers.


This is an exciting time to join FrameWorks. And we want you to be a part of it.


About the position: Senior Director, Health Equity Program


The Senior Director will establish and build the Health Equity Program at FrameWorks and help develop a model for other programmatic work. As an intellectual leader and manager of the Program, the Senior Director is accountable for its overall success. The Senior Director sets the strategic direction of the Program, leads engagement with partners to achieve impact, guides Program application and communications activities, and collaborates with the Director of Research to assure that the research that is undertaken addresses the right questions and generates valuable insights that meet field needs.

The Senior Director manages the day-to-day operations of the Program, ensuring that all activities are integrated, executed at a high-level, and on timeline. The Senior Director will also strategize and lead engagement with partners in the health equity field and build out advisory group(s) to inform and guide program research, mobilization, and communication activities.

The ideal candidate will have broad experience in the health equity field and existing relationships with key organizations, agencies, and individuals across the field; have experience working with partners and building and managing those relationships; be intellectually curious, innovative, adaptable, and insightful; be knowledgeable about contemporary social movements and policy issues; and be committed to principles of inclusion and equity.

This is a full-time position based in Washington, D.C, with the possibility of remote work. There is an expectation to come to the DC office for key team meetings and the likelihood of additional travel in connection with conferences, meetings, and other events.

Key responsibilities

Manage the day-to-day operations of the Program, ensuring that all activities are integrated, aligned with Program strategy, meeting Program goals, and generating high-quality and valuable insights that meet field needs.
Lead project management activities, including developing and managing workplans for engagement, application, and communications work and managing overall program workplans to ensure that all program and project activities are proceeding on time and at quality.
Strategize and lead engagement with partners in the health equity field.
Partner with the Director of Research in setting the research agenda for the Program.
Accountable for application and communications activities to ensure quality of work, consistency with research findings, and appropriateness for audience.
Lead the FrameWorks team’s participation in the Health Equity Mindsets Initiative Consortium project within the Health Equity Program.
Present Program findings to partners, funders, and other stakeholders.
Work with the Director of Development to identify and secure additional funding for the Program.
Lead the process of reporting on the work of the Program to its funders.
Manage the work of program staff, collaborating with staff members’ supervisors to ensure high quality work that advances program goals.
Serve as member of the Management Team and provide leadership and strategic insights on organizational work, direction, policies, and operations.
Skills needed

●      Commitment to FrameWorks’ mission, including commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

●      Understanding of framing and/or narrative and experience using framing/narrative to achieve social change.

●      Demonstrated success in building and managing relationships with partners, coalition members, or clients in a nonprofit, campaign, or movement setting.

●      Excellent convening and facilitation skills.

●      Demonstrated expertise in communicating and mobilizing around health equity and racial equity.

●      Excellent interpersonal communication skills, both verbal and written.

●      Strong strategic thinking skills.

●      Exceptional organizational and time-management skills; practical judgment to move work forward; flexibility and ability to adapt to changing needs.

●      Sound judgment and strong decision-making skills.

●      Strong collaboration and team-building skills.

Experience required

The ideal candidate will possess:

Twelve or more years of combined education and professional experience in the health equity field, with at least 10 years of education and experience above the undergraduate level.
Five years of management experience.
Deep knowledge of and existing relationships with key organizations, agencies, and individuals in the health equity field.
Ability to learn, shape, and interpret FrameWorks’ research and recommendations.
Demonstrated ability to achieve impact in their work.
●      Demonstrated experience integrating principles of equity, justice, and inclusion into daily work

●      High emotional intelligence

●      Experience working collaboratively on a diverse team


Salary range: $140,000 to $200,000, depending on experience


Key benefits include 4 weeks paid vacation leave per year; 21 days of holiday leave (including the week between Christmas and New Years and 4 days of holiday during summer months); paid sick leave and personal leave; 403(b) retirement plan; 100% employer-paid health insurance (medical, dental, vision); life and disability insurance; flexible spending plan; cell phone and internet reimbursement, and professional development funding.

To apply

Please submit the following materials to, using the subject header line Senior Director, Health Equity Program 2024:

●      Resume or CV with complete employment history and educational background

●      Cover letter explaining your interest in the position, its relevance to your career goals and past experience, and where and how equity and social justice fit into your professional and/or academic experiences


Review of all applications will begin immediately and continue until the search process concludes. Please check FrameWorks’ website ( to ensure that the position is still available before applying. No solicitations, please.


FrameWorks Institute is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Interested individuals who are BIPOC, women, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ are strongly encouraged to apply.

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