Senior Director, Social and Behavioral Health

Location: Arlington, VA

Principal Functions:

  • Supports the ASTHO Injury Prevention and Behavioral Health portfolio, which includes work in areas related to applying public health models to substance misuse and addictions, policy and systems based approaches around opioids and other illicit substances, injury prevention, and behavioral health. 
  • Coordinates with the ASTHO Chief Medical Officer and Senior Director of Chronic Disease Prevention to support the ASTHO Prevention Policy Committee.
  • Assists in fulfilling ASTHO’s strategic priorities relating to capacity building to support public health work occurring in state health departments; leadership development for ASTHO membership; and directing federally funded cooperative agreement activities to meet the needs of state health officials, their leadership teams and state public health agency programs.
  • Works across ASTHO with other lead staff in such areas as environmental health, performance management, family and child health, public health preparedness, and infectious disease.
  • Manages operational and programmatic coordination between ASTHO and national and state public health leaders, professionals in sectors such as business, non-profits, clinical, academia, federal, faith based organizations, and other relevant partners and organizations to advance the mission of ASTHO.
  • Writes and manages ASTHO’s cooperative agreements with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS, and other grant or contract agreements including developing proposals, budgets, activities, and progress/annual reports.
  • Supports and works to achieve the goals and actions of ASTHO’s strategic and operational plans.
  • Works with Government Relations and State Health Policy staff making linkages between policy and programmatic implementation while continually evaluating health improvement policy opportunities and change issues.
  • Seeks new and diversified funding to support ASTHO related health improvement, disease prevention and health reform activities.
  • Functions effectively in a policy team environment. The scope of this project is relevant across all ASTHO projects and requires collaboration across the organization.
  • Proactively engages ASTHO members by building and transferring capacity in state public health departments in support of their efforts.
  • Initiates, coordinates and responds to technical assistance requests from state health officials and leadership staff in state health agencies.
  • Fosters collaborative relationships with representatives from other national public health organizations, ASTHO affiliates, federal agencies, and other private and non-profit organizations. This includes convening and hosting meetings between members and national policy partners, and attending federal, state, and affiliate organization policy meetings.
  • Represents ASTHO and ASTHO members at state and national levels.
  • Supervises, guides, coaches and evaluates program staff.
  • Exemplifies positive and proactive leadership as a member of the ASTHO Senior Management Team (senior directors) and is part of the organization’s continuous operations team in times of emergencies.
  • Travels up to 30% of time to participate in national and state meetings.


  • Experience in formulating public health policy, building strong collaborative relationships, successful grant writing, professional speaking and managing complex projects.
  • Master’s degree in area of public health, science or administration with a focus on social and behavioral health, policy, health care delivery, nursing or allied health, administration, or comparable degree in public policy, health sciences or social sciences.
  • Five+ years relevant work experience in public health or related field; knowledge of public health policy.
  • Public health experience at local, state, and/or federal/national level preferred.
  • Experience with state health agencies and/or national associations and awareness of public health policy, program planning, and implementation from a state perspective is desirable.
  • Proficient in grant and contract management.
  • Excellent written and oral skills; demonstrated expertise in formal presentations; ability to write about and describe complex concepts in easy-to-understand language.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to develop project measures of success, analyze progress, evaluate outcomes, and forecast needs.
  • Ability to track and analyze related project issues and legislation at federal and state levels.
  • Ability to work with large networks and to represent ASTHO at meetings and conferences on project-related issues.
  • Identifiable success in securing funding opportunities.

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.