Deputy Director – Big Cities Health Coalition

Who We Are

Big Cities Health Coalition

The Big Cities Health Coalition (BCHC) is a forum for the leaders of America’s largest metropolitan health departments to exchange strategies and jointly address issues to promote and protect the health and safety of the nearly 62 million people they serve. Together, these public health officials directly affect the health and wellbeing of one in five Americans. Our vision is to create healthy, more equitable communities, through big city innovation and leadership. Through our work, we aim to advance equity and health for present and future generations.

de Beaumont Foundation

The de Beaumont Foundation is a private charitable foundation that advances policy, builds partnerships, and strengthens public health to create communities where people can achieve their best possible health. We strongly believe that the spirit in which we do our work is as important as the work itself. We pride ourselves on excellence, innovation, fostering collaboration between groups that might not otherwise interact, and a willingness to have fun with our work. 

BCHC is housed within the de Beaumont Foundation, a long time strategic partner, funder, and champion for our work and our membership. The BCHC Executive Director (ED), who reports to the President and CEO of the Foundation, in partnership with the member leadership, has primary oversight of the Coalition’s activities. The Deputy Director will be an employee of the Foundation and will report to the ED. 

Position Overview – What You’ll Do

The Deputy Director is a new position and will join a team of four, as well as be part of the larger Foundation staff of about 30 people. You will contribute to all aspects of the Coalition’s work, be a trusted thought partner to the ED, and step in for her as needed. Managing projects, people, and relationships (from members to funders), as well as developing new ones, is also important to this role. 

The ideal candidate will also lead the Coalition’s portfolio of work related to building resilient communities, including but not limited to efforts to promote health equity and uplift the role governmental public health must play in addressing structural racism and preventing violence in our nation’s big cities. In short, you will help advance the Coalition’s work, and our forthcoming urban health agenda, to address enduring public health challenges. This may include facilitating technical assistance, sharing best practices among cities, and synthesizing what you learn from cities for partners or the media, as telling the story of big city governmental health is one of our most important tasks. 

You will have the flexibility to work independently, but also be an important senior member of the BCHC team, who can take on full scopes of work with little oversight or guidance – and provide that to others. You are skilled in relationship- and consensus-building and are an excellent communicator. 


  • Fostering strong, collaborative relationships with BCHC members, key partners, and stakeholders centered on our vision to build healthy, vibrant, and more equitable communities.  
  • Leading the implementation of the Urban Health Agenda, the Coalition’s broad, multi-sector vision for bolstering urban health in our nation’s big cities.
  • Launching a new advancing racial equity for health project, with key partners, that seeks to help move communities from declaring racism as a public health crisis to acting on it. 
  • Identifyinganalyzing, and communicating about evidence-informed and equity-centered policies, programs, and practices that can enhance the work of members and the Coalition as a whole.  
  • Representing BCHC externally with partners and media.  
  • Serving as a senior-level thought partner to the ED and for the entire BCHC team 
  • Stepping in for the ED where necessary/appropriate, as well as taking management items off her plate as needed/possible. 
  • Contributing to the overall work of the de Beaumont Foundation where/as appropriate.

Qualifications – Who You Are

You are a pragmatic, results-oriented, hands-on leader with a successful track record in managing staff and large-scale projects. The ideal candidate has subject matter expertise in health equity, structural racism, and/or violence and is well versed in what it takes to build resilient communities using a public health approach. Ideally, you’ve worked in a local or state health department. To be successful in this job, you will excel in these areas: 

  • Mission-driven: You want to make a difference and are a thought-leader in creating and promoting policy solutions to end inequities across the social determinants of health.
  • Creativity: You are flexible and willing to work with a fast paced, dynamic, and sometimes complex organization. You are able to work both independently and as a team player who proactively engages with and supports others. Comfort with uncertainty and a sense of humor is a must. 
  • Detail-oriented: You are organized with an exceptional attention to detail, ability to multi-task and meet deadlines. Excellent writing skills and an ability to collect, review, synthesize, disseminate, and present information well are a must. 
  • Motivated: You care deeply about doing what it takes to achieve results. You drive work forward with a sense of urgency, anticipate problems, and course-correct when needed. 
  • Well versed in the work: You have a demonstrated track-record of advancing evidence-based practice and/or policy to improve public health, and an understanding of the social determinants, as well as the ways in which structural racism and violence adversely impact community health and resilience. 

While no one person will embody all of the qualities enumerated above, the ideal candidate will possess the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences. 

  • The gravitas and maturity to engage with diverse audiences and perspectives.
  • Policy or advocacy experience; experience working with cities or localities would be a plus.
  • Deep understanding of and experience with leveraging policy as a tool for improving the lives of people in cities.
  • Minimum of eight to ten years of relevant work experience, with an advanced degree in law, public policy, public health, or similar.
  • A sincere commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, particularly as it relates to the diversity of people and places represented by our nation’s urban centers.


This position is full-time and based in downtown Bethesda, MD, just outside of Washington, DC. Our staff are currently teleworking, with an in-person office reopening date of September 7, 2021. As part of the hiring process, you will be given an appropriate transition period if relocation is necessary. Some travel will be required (up to a few days every few months) and is typically known well in advance. We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and a collegial work environment. The salary for this position starts at $95,000 and will be commensurate with experience. 

To apply, submit your resume, cover letter, and a short writing sample (3-5 pages) for consideration to: with “BCHC Deputy Director” in the subject line by July 18, 2021.

The de Beaumont Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Employment opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

Publication date: July 6, 2021