Director, Informatics

Location: This position may work from either the Atlanta, GA or the Arlington, VA headquarters office.  Working from Atlanta may result in personal expenses associated with travel to Arlington.

Summary: Senior content expert manages, implements, and promotes project activities; identifies and responds to member needs; and assesses policies and programs. Works to strengthen the capacity of state health departments to leverage technology for sending, receiving, and using electronic data to improve public health business processes, practices, services, and outcomes. Builds leadership to navigate the intersection of health information technology with public health and healthcare systems, and inform health information technology policy, along with its implementation, at the federal, state, and local levels.

Principal Functions:

  • Provides technical and capacity-building assistance to states and territories, including bio-surveillance – specifically, the National Syndromic Surveillance Program; develops and disseminates tools and resources; and facilitates information exchange, peer engagement, and learning in collaboration with partners.
  • Establishes and maintains partnerships associated with external agencies such as National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), Center for Disease Control (CDC), Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII), the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE.).
  • Uses skills, experiences, and content knowledge to develop, plan, implement, monitor, evaluate, and promote programmatic work and ensures completion of program deliverables.
  • Supports the development of programmatic reports by developing content, analyzing data, and synthesizing project activities.
  • Contributes to long-term project and strategic planning within the program and the organization.
  • Contributes to the identification of and application for additional funding to support area of work.
  • Develops and manages budgets for relevant contracts or work plans.
  • Maintains situational awareness of research, policies, and practices relevant to public health and healthcare systems, health information technology, and surveillance.
  • Collaborates with other staff, ASTHO members, and external partners in developing internal and external publications, including peer-reviewed journal articles, educational materials and other public health tools, project summaries, and research briefs.
  • Assists in planning the Public Health Informatics conferences, summits, webinars, meetings, and information gatherings hosted by ASTHO or in collaboration with others.
  • Develops presentations, scientific posters, and exhibits to share and promote project findings at professional and public meetings and conferences.
  • Develops, coordinates, and implements trainings, facilitated meetings, and events for state health departments and other partners and stakeholders.
  • Facilitates development of policy statements and organizational responses to federal actions.
  • Serves as a liaison to ASTHO members and partners and communicates regularly with these groups regarding funding opportunities, conferences and trainings, and other information related to public health and healthcare systems, health information technology, and surveillance.
  • Represents ASTHO at external meetings and conferences as appropriate.
  • Supervises and/or oversees programmatic staff supporting the completion of program deliverables.
  • Supports management of projects and activities related to the Informatics Program, working with staff, members, and partners to ensure deliverables are met.
  • Engages with staff, members, and partners to coordinate shared or overlapping priorities and efforts.
  • Researches, identifies, and documents relevant tools, resources, and useful practices related to public health and healthcare systems, health information technology, and surveillance for dissemination to state health departments.
  • Develops web content, presentations, and other audio-visual learning tools; Coordinates and develops webinar agendas, objectives and educational materials.
  • Leads ePublic Health and Informatics Workgroup activities including conducting monthly conference calls, planning in-person meetings, and responding to the needs and issues of members.
  • Provides analysis of draft and final federal health information technology regulations or policies for their relevance to organizational goals and member interests; develops comments on behalf of ASTHO and its members.
  • Develops content and key messages, issue briefs, one-pagers, or other background materials for policy relevant reports and presentations and advisory group meetings including the review and development of ASTHO policy statements.
  • Leads program evaluation activities including the development of program indicators, collection of data, analysis of data, and development of program improvement plans.
  • Establishes contracts with state health departments, consultants, and vendors in collaboration with ASTHO's Grants and Contracts team.


  • Master's degree in relevant field preferred
  • 5+ years relevant experience
  • Knowledge and technical expertise related to public health and healthcare systems, health information technology, and surveillance.
  • Knowledge of a range of public health issues and policies at the local, state, and/or federal level.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle complex assignments with minimal supervision.
  • Proven analytical, research, and project management capabilities.
  • Understanding of and ability to handle confidential and sensitive information and interface with the highest level of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of association or membership organization environments.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including report writing and formal presentations.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent analytical skills and strong attention to detail
  • Ability to understand, explain and/or calculate appropriate statistics when necessary.

How to Apply:

For consideration please forward resume, cover letter, and desired salary to Jan Taylor (

ASTHO is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Employer.