Managing Director

Position Summary

Managing Directors are members of the Program team and focus primarily on managing workstreams and on planning and implementation of annual program and strategy plans. Managing Directors are also responsible for creating, maintaining, and monitoring standards and best practices related to the Program team’s impact goals, including legal practice, policy analysis, capacity building, and workflow management.

Managing Directors report to program Vice Presidents and support the management of work within their given line. We currently seek a Managing Director to support our Vice President of Strategic Partnerships on development, implementation, and monitoring of our growing body of long-term relationships with entities like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as other partners. Specific responsibilities of this Managing Director include the following:

  • Partner with the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and cross-departmental staff to manage and implement ChangeLab Solutions’ Cooperative Agreement with the CDC
  • Build and sustain long-term relationships with project officers, technical monitors, and other relevant institutional staff of strategic partners like the CDC
  • Manage, orient, and train a team of project managers involved in the implementation of activities related to strategic partnerships
  • Track and share trends and developments relevant to relationship, funding, and associated activities for specific strategic partners, like the CDC
  • Support development, implementation, and monitoring of ChangeLab Solutions’ strategic partnerships

For this Managing Director opening, ChangeLab Solutions seeks to hire a person with strong experience and a proven track record in managing federal funding streams who will be able to hit the ground running in managing an important and high-profile portfolio of work. We are looking for someone who can immediately apply deep experience and skills in managing strategic partnerships with government entities to manage our work with CDC. Our ideal candidate will have the following attributes:

  • Experience in managing and implementing federal funding mechanisms, including grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements
  • A proven track record in developing long-term partnerships with government entities, working closely with their staff to co-create and implement long-term projects
  • Strong experience in project and budget management, specifically in tracking completion of activities, actively monitoring budgets, and ensuring compliance with reporting requirements
  • Experience in training and managing a team of project managers to implement objectives for federally funded grants, ensuring that work products are on time and on budget and meet high quality standards while maintaining strong, collaborative working relationships with government staff
  • Strong problem-solving abilities and comfort with navigating bureaucracy and dynamic, nebulous projects
  • An advanced degree in public health or law

About ChangeLab Solutions

Our mission is to create healthier communities for all through equitable laws and policies.

ChangeLab Solutions is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that uses the tools of law and policy to advance health equity. We partner with communities across the nation to improve health and opportunity by changing harmful laws, policies, and systems. Our interdisciplinary team works with community organizations, governments, and local institutions to design and implement equitable and practical policy solutions to complex health challenges. For more information on our organization, see

The successful candidate will embody our organization’s core values:

  • JUSTICE: We believe that all people have the right to health, justice, dignity, and opportunity. We work to dismantle oppressive and racist systems, laws, and policies and replace them with laws and policies that address the root causes of health inequities.
  • LEARNING: We are always learning. We take risks, reflecting on our failures and our successes in order to strengthen our health equity work.
  • COLLABORATION: We believe that complex problems are best solved through partnerships across multiple disciplines and sectors that maximize our collective resources and align actions to advance health equity.
  • COMMUNITY: We learn from those we work with, and we respect lived experience. We acknowledge that our lives, histories, and futures are interconnected, yet not all voices have been equally heard or valued — which is a barrier to health and equity.
  • INTEGRITY: Our solutions in service of health and equity are grounded in evidence, legal precedent, and community-led change efforts.

ChangeLab Solutions is committed to centering equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in our organizational culture, norms, practices, and policies. As an organization, we are committing time and resources to build our internal capacity and accountability for this work. As a staff, we are engaging in trainings and collective EDI work. We are eager to hire applicants who are personally dedicated to EDI and who are excited to join an organization where this work is part of the employee experience.

ChangeLab Solutions has a strong commitment to building a staff that is rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity. Candidates who can contribute to this goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths and experiences in this area.

Key Responsibilities

Manage one or more workstreams and engage in programmatic work (50%)

  • Manage workflow of program activities: assess staff capacity, develop project timelines, and support staff in developing high-quality products and services
  • Ensure timely completion of deliverables
  • Manage the work of relevant subcontractors and consultants
  • Develop and manage staffing plans
  • Review products to ensure quality, accuracy, and alignment with organizational goals related to advancing heath equity
  • Participate in creation of new resources, trainings, and other programmatic deliverables
  • Represent ChangeLab Solutions at national conferences, trainings, or meetings
  • Work closely with the Communications team on production planning and scheduling as well as branding and organizational messaging
  • Collaborate with the Operations team to deliver webinars and events
  • Collaborate with the Finance team as needed

Implement the Program team’s work plan, including development of standards and best practices (25%)

  • Collaborate with the Chief Strategy Officer, Vice Presidents, and other Managing Directors on strategic planning and annual evaluation, to ensure that our annual program and strategy plans align with our broader organizational strategy
  • Collaborate with the Chief Strategy Officer, Vice Presidents, and other Managing Directors on implementation of our strategic plan through planning, development, implementation, and monitoring of activities in annual program and strategy plans
  • Collaborate with the Chief Strategy Officer, Vice Presidents, and other Managing Directors to create, maintain, and monitor organizational standards and best practices related to the Program team’s impact goals, reinforcing standards through staff training and supervision. Impact goals and the Managing Director’s related responsibilities are as follows:
    • Legal practice. Assist in development and ongoing monitoring of models and standards for our legal memos, legal technical assistance, model policies, and amicus brief support
    • Policy analysis. Assist with standardizing our policy analysis and research practices — for example, development of literature reviews, reference management, key informant interviews, landscape analyses, spatial analyses, analyses of demographic trends, and policy memos
    • Capacity building. Create, maintain, and monitor standards and best practices for capacity-building services, to ensure consistency across our organization’s service offerings
    • Workflow management. Create, maintain, and evaluate tools to support Program team workflow and capacity management; create uniformity in management processes and practices

Supervise and mentor staff (15%)

  • Supervise and mentor up to three direct reports
  • Provide coaching, professional growth, and performance oversight and evaluation
  • Support career development and professional development opportunities

Engage in business development activities (10%)

  • Develop and nurture partnerships with funders that increase the effectiveness and reach of our program and strategy priorities
  • Consult with and support the Development team on proposals; connect with partners that are good prospects for business development
  • Engage in reporting activities for funders
  • Collaborate with the Finance team on pricing strategies, as appropriate

Other duties as assigned.

Required Education, Experience, and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree strongly preferred
  • Minimum of five years’ management experience, including management of people, projects, and budgets; seven years preferred
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in policy, legal, or other relevant environments, with progressively increasing responsibility. Experience might involve implementation of a health equity–focused strategy, program, or initiative at the state or local level; movement building or strategic coordination of diverse partners; or facilitation of multidisciplinary initiatives.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and implement legal and policy frameworks, develop and implement training curricula, or design internal infrastructure for service delivery
  • Experience in managing amid ambiguity and making decisions with imperfect or incomplete information
  • Experience in engaging with diverse communities, such as rural communities, low-income communities, or communities of color
  • Ability to identify and resolve problems and challenges, as well as demonstrated ability to successfully manage teams or individuals
  • Experience in nurturing and growing funder relationships; ability to collaborate with funders and other stakeholders in successful partnerships
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including presentation and facilitation skills
  • Strong organizational abilities, including planning, delegating, and program development
  • Strong computer skills, with the capacity to learn and master new systems
  • Ability to build consensus among internal and external stakeholders

Required Personal Attributes

  • Cultural humility and a deep commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Transparent and high-integrity leadership
  • Commitment to ChangeLab Solutions' mission and values
  • Strong interpersonal skills; demonstrated team player (playing both leadership and execution roles)
  • Excellent relationship management skills, to build and maintain internal and external relationships and to build credibility as a trusted adviser to colleagues, partners, clients, funders, and stakeholders
  • Talent for nimble management, with capacity to operate and create structure in a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization
  • Interest in business development and sustainability planning

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to communicate via phone, email, and video conference
  • Ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time
  • For someone located outside the San Francisco Bay Area, ability to travel to the Bay Area two to four times per year
  • Ability to lift and carry 15 pounds and manage luggage during travel

Work Location and Expectations

This position is open to applicants throughout the United States and can be performed remotely. All applicants should be comfortable with working from home and with virtual connection programs and practices.

After adjusting to working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, ChangeLab Solutions has shifted to a virtual-first hybrid workplace that supports options for in-person and remote work. Bay Area staff members have the option to work from home or in our office in Oakland, California. Staff members outside of the Bay Area work remotely. Business travel and in-person work are currently limited and will evolve in accordance with safety considerations, state and local guidelines, and organizational circumstances.

When it is safe, Bay Area staff and staff outside the Bay Area will be expected to travel to the Oakland office periodically for meetings and in-person engagement. Advance notice will be given before in-person work is requested. ChangeLab covers travel costs for staff outside the Bay Area.


ChangeLab Solutions is committed to offering a competitive compensation program that centers our values; our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion; and our mission. We seek to attract, motivate, and retain staff by compensating team members in a way that values their contributions to our organization and puts them in the best position to thrive.

In 2022, ChangeLab implemented a compensation plan with a compensation philosophy and salary structure that establish pay ranges for each position and guide compensation decisions. The plan is shared with all ChangeLab Solutions staff.


  • Full-time, exempt position; starting salary range of $110,000 to $115,000 per year
  • Starting salaries are set in accordance with our compensation plan, which considers multiple individual and organizational factors, including internal equity. To uphold pay equity in alignment with the compensation plan, starting salaries are not negotiable. Before applying, please ensure that the compensation for this position meets your needs.


To support the well-being of our staff and their families, ChangeLab Solutions invests in a generous benefits program and in supports for work-life balance. Our benefit offerings include the following:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage (ChangeLab Solutions contributes 100% of employee premiums and 50% for dependent premiums)
  • Long-term disability insurance and life insurance
  • 403(b) plan with 3% employer contribution
  • Commuter benefits and flexible spending accounts (parking, transit, dependent care, health care)
  • Generous paid time off package, starting at roughly 4.5 weeks of PTO annually, plus 11 holidays and weeklong closure in December
  • Stipends to support remote and hybrid work
  • Fiscally stable organization
  • Work with an interdisciplinary team that is committed to a shared mission and to building a community and culture of connection and inclusivity

How to Apply and Hiring Process

How to Apply

Application Deadline

  • This position is open until filled; applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Target Start Date

  • January or February 2023

Hiring Process

  • The hiring process will consist of some combination of a 30-minute phone interview; one or two rounds of video interviews with a panel of ChangeLab staff members via Zoom; and one work exercise.


  • If you require accommodations during the interview process or work exercise, please share your request when your interview is scheduled.