Senior Advisor

Updated: February 10, 2020
Job ID: 215639
Status: Part-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Senior Advisor to support the Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) located at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to VPR. 

The Senior Advisor for Collaboration and Community Engagement (CCE) will provide services to satisfy the overall operational objectives of the DoD and HHS Well Prepared Program (WPP) being led by the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS). The primary responsibility will be to oversee the community outreach and engagement efforts of WPP and assist with partnership development between local and national organizations and the military community. The Senior Advisor will work closely with USUHS to make sure that the scope and direction of the outreach and engagement efforts are in line with the goals of WPP. Coordinate all efforts, including design and preparation of outreach materials, extending invitation to community partners, identifying venues and scheduling outreach activities, to make sure that all of the activities are completed within the approved timeline of the WPP with specific attention to the pilot year. Monitor the progress of the activities and prepare reports for USUHS leadership.

Overall, the senior advisor is responsible for the direction, implementation, and execution of all outreach efforts of WPP in Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama by the WPP community-based partner organizations. This includes creating the community-based organizations’ plans and the execution of WPP activities, as well as monitoring progress of the community-based partners and conducting an evaluation of the programs’ outcomes. A major aspect of this initiative will be to connect the organizations with the military components of the armed services in their state, as well as with other organizations that focus on health and wellness and maternal and child health: to include Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSI); maternal and child health non-government organizations; and state and local health departments.


  • To support the development of the WPP the Senior Advisor for CCE shall:
    1. Review and provide input in developing the plans for the WPP as they evolve.
    2. Assist with development of the state needs assessment survey.
    3. Develop a detailed plan to monitor and track the progress and success of the community-based organizations.
    4. Measure the outcomes of WPP using appropriate tools and techniques, including establishing, managing, and chairing a community advisory board.
    5. Ensure that all of the activities of the community-based organizations are done within the WPP budget and provide oversight of each organizations’ resource allocation.
  • To provide support for the implementation of the WPP by community service organizations, the Senior Advisor for CCE shall:
    1. Provide support and assist the community service organizations with developing plans to facilitate WPP.
    2. Assist the community service organizations with building relationships and developing partnerships with the military community and other maternal and child health organizations as well as STEM focus organizations at the national, regional and local levels.
    3. Manage and monitor the implementation of WPP in the target state communities.
      • Ensure that the activities are conducted within scope of objectives and operate within the WPP timeline and within the approved budget.
      • Implement any changes to the scope of work necessary to meet WPP goals.
      • Identify state and local partners.
    4. Provide the participating organizations with technical support in the development and collection of evaluation measures.
    5. Maintain regular communications with the project director of each organization) and serve as a liaison between USUHS staff and the participating organizations, as well as state and local community counterparts.
      • Enlist community, health-related and military leaders to serve as statewide Well- Prepared Ambassadors (WPA) to provide advice and assist in recruitment of participants into the program and to serve on a Community Advisory Board (CAB).
      • Coordinate and conduct quarterly meetings of the CAB.
    6. Facilitate and conduct across local and statewide partners, meetings to establish an implementation strategy, monitor progress of WPP at each site, and determine successes and lessons learned.
    7. Active support of partner programs through visiting sites and attending events to promote the WPP and encourage full participation.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of scientific research methodology; demonstrated ability to interact with diverse communities, demonstrated communication and analytical skills.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: PhD or doctoral level degree.

Minimum Experience: 9-10 years performing community based participatory research and/or outreach duties. Previous experience organizing and coordinating administrative and community events with local stakeholders’ or 10 years of experience in a senior leadership position. 

Work Environment: Office environment and community environments. 

Background: Eligibility to obtain a Common Access Card (CAC); eligibility to obtain and hold a Public Trust background.

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.  

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.