Senior Director, Equity & Engagement

Join an organization at the forefront of health justice.

Community Catalyst is a leading 501(c)3 non-profit national health advocacy organization dedicated to building a movement for health equity and justice. We partner with local, state, and national advocates to leverage and build community power so all people can influence decisions that impact their health.

Health systems will not be accountable to people without a fully engaged and organized community voice. That’s why we work every day to ensure people’s interests are represented wherever important decisions about health and health care are made: in communities, state houses and on Capitol Hill.


The Sr. Director of Equity & Engagement is responsible for developing and implementing an overarching plan to support organization wide efforts to center health equity and racial justice in Community Catalyst’s programmatic work. As a part of this work, the Sr. Director of Equity & Engagement will oversee the development and implementation of resources, trainings, and tools focused on ensuring Community Catalyst staff and partners have the support they need to advance programmatic work rooted in justice and equity. The Sr. Director of Equity & Engagement will also be responsible for building relationships with funders and partners and will oversee a team of people focused on executing a core set of critical projects. Working closely with, and reporting to, the Executive Director, the Sr. Director of Equity & Engagement will work with members of the senior management team to implement cross-cutting practices that work to ensure the health system is responsive to the needs of those most hurt by it today. As a member of the senior management team, the Sr. Director of Equity & Engagement is expected to actively engage in the overall leadership of the organization, including by being acquainted with other areas of Community Catalyst’s work and operations and by engaging in cross-organizational strategic discussions.


The Sr. Director, Equity & Engagement is supervised by the Executive Director.


Team Management

●      Lead several project-based teams within Community Catalyst centered on health equity and racial justice.

●      Provide oversight, guidance, and support to team leaders to ensure programs both meet their established goals and are positioned for growth in support of Community Catalyst’s mission.

●      Ensure team operations are strong, including budget management, funder management, project management, and people management.

●      Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other senior leaders within the organization, with an emphasis on facilitating strong collaboration across programs and teams.

●      Actively participate in organization-wide efforts to improve organizational management and health.

Programmatic Leadership

●      Lead external and programmatic efforts to enhance CC's impact on advancing health equity and racial justice, including efforts related to partnership building and support, as well as broader project planning.

●      Drive strategic thinking among senior leaders and staff about the ways CC’s programmatic work should change in order to continuously advance health equity and racial justice.

●      Spearhead the development of trainings, tools, and other resources to support related individual and team-based efforts, including efforts related to project planning and evaluation.

●      In partnership with the Senior Director of Operations and Management, support teams in setting programmatic goals that center health equity and racial justice.

●      Identify and pursue strategic partnerships at the local, state, and national level to facilitate learning and growth within Community Catalyst, and to facilitate CC’s support of and participation in learning community throughout the health advocacy community and beyond.

●      Develop and maintain a knowledge base about external developments, including reports and studies, conferences, and funder and partner initiatives important to Community Catalyst’s efforts.

●      In collaboration with the Executive Director and other senior leaders, drive efforts to develop new opportunities for funding and program incubation.

●      Develop and maintain relationships with funders and partners.

Communications & Advocacy

●      Work in partnership with the policy team to ensure policy agenda development and implementation efforts reflect CC’s commitment to equity and justice.

●      Work in partnership with the Communications team to ensure message development is based on CC’s values, and support related efforts from local, state, and national partners.

●      Represent the organization externally through conferences, meetings, and public events.

●      Perform other duties as necessary to achieve the goals of the department



●      Bachelor’s degree with at least 5+ years in a senior leadership role with significant experience advocating for and implementing change within a multicultural, multi-racial environment.

●      Ability to engage with diverse staff and leadership to promote trust, collaboration, and partnership between all levels of leadership.

●      Strong background of managing change, within and among teams, with a track record of making progress towards goals.

●      Demonstrated understanding of cultural values and norms of various communities, particularly communities of color, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, and immigrants.

●      Excellent communication skills, both verbal and writing. 

●      Deep content knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion research and best practices in this space.

●      Strong interpersonal skills; able to quickly establish credibility to develop and manage productive relationships with internal and external individuals, grantees, funders, and community based organizations.

●      Strong management expertise, both project management and people management; able to manage multiple projects and to move quickly from one to another; ability to manage a range of stakeholder and staff expectations while making progress towards goals.

●      A strategic and thoughtful approach to decision-making, with a record of successfully implementing decisions particularly those that change organizational direction.

●      A passion about health issues and health equity in particular is strongly preferred. 


●      Salary Range: $135,000 - $155,000

●      Generous paid time off policy

●      Robust benefits package

●      Location: Flexible, can be based anywhere within the USA

Applicants should submit a resume as a document with a one page cover letter briefly summarizing their interest in and qualifications for the position to:  Please put “Sr. Director, Equity & Engagement” in the subject line.

Community Catalyst is strongly committed to building a work environment that recognizes, respects, and encourages the unique contributions of a broad spectrum of qualified employees. We strive to make employment decisions that support inclusion to maintain a work atmosphere that is diverse, equitable and promotes family-friendly practices and work-life benefits so that people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally.

We do not discriminate in hiring based on age, color, ethnicity, race, national origin, primary language, religion, socio-economic status, family status, mental and physical disabilities, veteran status, gender identity characteristics and/or expression, sex, medical condition, sexual orientation or any other classification that is protected by federal, state, or local law.

Through all of our programs, Community Catalyst works to build a better future for all individuals by advancing health equity, focusing on people of color, immigrants, as well as disability, gender, sexual identity and socio-economic status.   It is important for our staff to reflect the diverse communities with which we work. People of color, LGBTQ identified people, gender-nonconforming people, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people who speak a language in addition to English are encouraged to apply.

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