Program Director - Our Bodies Ourselves Today
Who we are
Our Bodies Ourselves Today is building a world-class online platform that will provide women and girls, trans men, and nonbinary folks from all backgrounds with the most up-to-date, trustworthy, and inclusive information about our health, sexuality, and well-being.
We plan to launch in 2021 with these core content areas:
Childbirth | Heart Health | Menarche to Menopause | Sexuality | Abortion & Contraception | Gender-Based Violence | Mental Health | Aging Well
In each area, our experts will combine the most current fact- and science-based information with personal stories, all in an intersectional feminist political context. We are committed to addressing the needs and voicing the perspectives of women and girls across race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, age, ability, nationality, legal or immigration status, gender, belief, and all other distinctions.
Who you are
We're seeking a dynamic candidate to become our first Program Director. You have a passion for women's health communication and are excited about building a powerful feminist resource in a social justice-oriented environment. You are highly competent, with the ability to see the big picture while paying attention to important details. You have experience building relationships with key stakeholders.
The Our Bodies Ourselves Today Program Director will report to the Director of the Center for Women's Health and Human Rights at Suffolk University, where the program is housed. They will be responsible for the daily operations of Our Bodies Ourselves Today, including but not limited to:
Planning and convening quarterly meetings of the OBOS Today Leadership Council, and working with the LC between meetings to maximize their potential contributions to the project
Coordinating with our lead experts in each content area to ensure that the content on our site is always the most current, reliable, and relevant information available
Spearheading, executing, and supervising ongoing communications and outreach efforts, to ensure that as many people as possible have the access they need to OBOS Today
Developing and executing new initiatives that expand access to women's health information and activism
Supporting fundraising efforts
Preparing and maintaining project budgets
Supervising volunteers, interns, work-study students, and staff who work on the project
In addition to these ongoing responsibilities, our first Program Director will have the special responsibility of overseeing the launch of the new Our Bodies Ourselves Today, slated for fall/winter 2021. This work will include helping to hire, and working closely with, our web developer, creating and executing a communications plan for launch, hiring expert leads for each core content area, and working with them to bring on other leaders in their field to curate the content for our site launch, and more duties to be identified.
Salary Range: $65,000-$70,000 plus full benefits
The application should be made through the Suffolk University Human Resources website, with a complete submission including the following components: a cover letter that includes your vision for sexual health in the 21st Century, a resume, a writing sample, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately, with a final application deadline of March 15, 2021.
Although the job will start remotely due to the pandemic, the Program Director will be expected to come to the office once it's safe (summer or fall of 2021, we hope). Therefore, applicants will need to live in the Boston area. Even when we're working in person, however, hours will be flexible, and working from home will be a possible part of the time.
Suffolk University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff who contribute to the robust exchange of ideas on campus, and who are committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment. We strongly encourage applications from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented because of race/color, gender, religious creed, disability, national origin, veteran status, or LGBTQ status. The search committee is especially interested in candidates who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. To learn more about Suffolk, visit our website at www.suffolk.edu.
Skills and qualifications
At a minimum, you will have:
Between 5 - 10 years of project management and/or program director experience.
Ability to be decisive & strategic in prioritizing.
Demonstrated ability to handle, keep track of, and follow-through on multiple projects.
Proven ability to build, support, and develop a team, with excellent interpersonal, communication, and managerial skills.
Demonstrated success developing the skills and leadership of staff and volunteers.
Proven ability to work well across differences.
Written communications skills, including the ability to synthesize complex information for lay audiences, write reports and white papers, blogs, website content, and commentary.
Excellent verbal communication skills.
Proven leadership in the feminist health communication space or related spaces.
Training and background:
Knowledge of the field of women's health
Demonstrated ability to integrate racial and gender justice and power structure analysis into personal practice, campaign/project development and execution, engagement with members, and in managing a staff team.
Graduate degree, or comparable experience in a field such as public health, health communication, public policy/administration, sociology, political science, community advocacy, women's and/or gender studies, or public health education.
Ideally, you will have:
Knowledge of or personal experience with the legacy of Our Bodies Ourselves
Experience developing the communications plan for launching a website
Grant writing experience
Demonstrated global perspective
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