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The Henry M. Jackson Foundation

Education Portfolio Lead (Hybrid) - National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health

Business and Financial Operations


Full Time

On Site


Bethesda, Maryland, United States

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HJF is seeking an Education Portfolio Lead to support the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health located at the Rockledge Offices in Bethesda, Maryland. This is a hybrid work environment with flexibility to telework a few days per week.

The Education Director is responsible for leading and managing a diverse education & educational research portfolio, conceptualizing education projects that are well-aligned with the current priorities of the disaster health field, federal initiatives, and the needs of [Register to View] and its funders. A successful candidate will independently direct the design and development of education products and educational research in disaster medicine and public health, in collaboration with other staff and stakeholders.

NCDMPH was established under the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21 (HSPD 21) in October 2007 to be “…an academic center of excellence in disaster medicine and public health….” The mission of the National Center is to improve the Nation’s disaster health readiness through education and science. NCDMPH is a unique organization with five Federal agency founding partners: Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Transportation (DOT), and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). NCDMPH’s existence as a federal organization, but located within an academic institution, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), positions it as a bridge between these spheres. The unique structure and position make NCDMPH especially suited to meet its critical readiness mission.]

NOTE: All HJF employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination or an approved religious or medical accommodation will be required.


  1. Lead and Manage the Education Portfolio.(50%)
    • Guide strategic planning for educational projects and products with a specific focus on disaster health and public health, the DoD and its ability to execute Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA), Public Health Emergency (PHE) response, and military-civilian knowledge translation and transfer.
    • Apply personal, technical subject matter expertise in the development and implementation of disaster-related education programs and projects.
    • Identify and apply to relevant grant funding opportunities to grow the portfolio.
    • Network with a wide-range of government, academic, and not-for-profit partners to generate new, funded educational development work suitable for and aligned to the NCDMPH capabilities.
    • Direct the development of education and training products from concept to delivery.
    • Perform programmatic assessments of education programs developed by NCDMPH.
    • Perform education expert consultation for NCDMPH funders to create, enhance, improve, or assess their educational products.
    • Consult with subject matter experts and representatives from related fields as part of the education portfolio strategic planning and product development process.
    • Identify and assess the effectiveness of existing courses and programs in the field of disaster medicine and public health (generated by: US government, state and local government, academic institutions and associations).
    • Contribute educational expertise to projects and research within the National Center.
    • Represent the National Center where appropriate on national-level committees, boards, task forces and workgroups.
    • Maintain personal professional development and encourages professional development of subordinate personnel.
    • Maintain expertise in health professions education and apply educational best practices to the portfolio of work.
  2. Communicates Results (20%)
    • Create courses for public and professional audiences.
    • Generate educational scholarship (academic publications, presentations, white papers, and related material) to share educational and/or scientific findings related to education work.
    • Represent the National Center in presentations at professional meetings and online webinars.
    • Regularly communicates with federal and other stakeholders to promote awareness of National Center’s capabilities and suggest/implement ways that National Center may facilitate federal disaster health education activities.
  3. Stakeholder Engagement (15%)
    • Enhance strategic partnerships with National Center stakeholders to bring educational benefits to both the DoD, interagency partners, funders, USU.
    • Facilitate collaborative educational relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  4. Supervise junior staff. (10%)
  5. Manage education portfolio budget. (5%)
  6. May perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned or directed by the supervisor. This may include attendance of and participation in required training for role.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Job requires a wide range of skills including education and educational research, excellent portfolio leadership and management, and ability to work with a variety of staff members and stakeholders effectively at all levels. Understand instructional design, online delivery platforms (distance learning), and resource requirements. Experience applying for new funding opportunities related to education and/or educational research. Experience leading pre- and post- award educational work. Experience in disaster health and/or public health emergency response highly preferred. Experience working in or supporting the federal sector highly preferred. Experience directing or managing subcontracted, outside academic, or matrixed support staff on discrete educational projects is required.

Autonomy: Execute, grow, and sustain their assigned portfolio with little prompting or supervision.

Complex/Timely Decision-Making: Assess issues to determine urgency and articulate clear decisions that are timely and in the best interests of the National Center.

Strategic Thinking: Assist with determining strategies to move the program forward; set goals, create, and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results.

Problem-Solving: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.

Analysis: Analyze, synthesis, and summarize complex ideas and sources related to disaster health, public health preparedness and response, education, and training.

Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance the portfolios effectiveness; Ability to work both completely independently and in a team environment.

Organization & Planning: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information, and activities; ability to meet multiple deadlines and handle multiple priorities.

Adaptability: Demonstrate flexibility and versatility in high-pace work environments and ever-changing work environments.

Relationship-Building: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally.

Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen, and write in a clear, thorough, and timely manner; Interpersonal skills to include the ability to work with senior military and government officials.

Minimum Education: Master’s Degree required. Doctoral Degree preferred.

Minimum Experience/ Training Requirements: 9-10 years of experience required.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Direct authority to make decisions on the following: employee hiring, disciplinary action, starting salaries and merit increases; conduct employee performance evaluations and directs work activities.

Work Environment: Set in an office environment.

Work Arrangement: Hybrid work schedule available, 3 days in office 2 days telework.

Background/Security: Eligibility to obtain and maintain a Tier I investigation/Public Trust.

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.

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