Chicago Senior Director of Center for Research

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Howard Brown HealthChicago, IL

TheSenior Director of Center for Research, Education and Advocacy will develop and implement health research, education and advocacy initiatives to promote the health and well-being of LGBT populations. The Senior Director will promote innovation and learning opportunitiesthat result from Howard Brown’s diverse programs and services. In addition, the Senior Director will manage the Center’s fundraising, budget, program, staffing, compliance, reporting, and public relations activities and harmonize priorities between and among education, research, and advocacy and across the agency’s many focus areas.

Chicago Senior Director of Center for Research

Chicago Senior Director of Center for Research


  1. In conjunction with agency leadership, develop annual education, advocacy and research priorities.
  2. Working with the agency’s develop and grants management teams, identify opportunities for external funding to support educational, advocacy and research priorities and submit grants in priority areas.
  3. Manage the overall budget for this section and oversee project budgets embedded within the section when the agency is the primary awardee, subcontractor or subcontracted entity to insure fiscal integrity and compliance with sponsor regulations.
  4. Monitor and analyze local, regional and national policies with relevance to LGBT health and lead agency efforts to develop and implement strategies to advance educational and advocacy priorities and goals.
  5. Manage the agency’s research portfolio, identify and review opportunities to advance the agency’s research priorities, and participate in research initiatives as an investigator, where applicable.
  6. Participate actively in leadership positions within local and national coalitions and professional groups to advance research, education, and advocacy on LGBT health.
  7. Work in collaboration with the communications team to develop and manage a communications plan to inform internal and external stakeholders about agency and collaborative initiatives in education, research, and advocacy areas.
  8. Actively disseminate findings from agency research and evaluation initiatives via public presentations, conference proceedings and peer-reviewed or other publications.
  9. Supervise the associate director(s) and managers in areas of research, education and policy within the section.
  10. Build strong working relationships and communications with external principal investigators (PIs).  Recruit and network to identify new external collaborators.
  11. The ability to obtain an outside academic affiliation is highly desired.



    • Master’s degree or higher in social science, public health, education or similar field is preferred
    • Five (5) or more years of experience in leadership roles in research, education, and/or advocacy areas; preferably in LGBT health topics
    • Prior supervisory and management experience, including experience with fundraising, grant writing, budget and programmatic management, is required
    • Prior experience conducting research or evaluation in a lead or supporting role
    • Track record of securing external funding for research, education, or advocacy initiatives
    • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills; excellent oral and written communication skill, versed in many different types of communications and audiences, is essential.
    • Experience and comfort communicating with diverse audiences about research, educational and/or advocacy priorities targeting minority populations, preferably sexual and gender minorities
    • Demonstrated ability to use research and evaluation findings to shape educational and advocacy messaging.
    • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
    • Demonstrated self-motivation, sound judgment, and attention to detail


    • 10 years of experience in leadership roles in research, education, and/or advocacy areas; preferably in LGBT health topics
    • Track record of authorship in research, education and/or policy areas including policy papers, white papers, or peer-reviewed publications


  • Requires ability to speak audibly and listen actively.
  • Requires ability to use computers, telephones and other office equipment.
  • Requires ability to sit for extended periods of time.
  • May require occasional bending and lifting up to 25 pounds.
  • May require periodic travel.

Decisions and criteria governing the employment relationship with all employees at Howard Brown are made in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, age, FMLA status, or any other factor determined to be unlawful by federal, state or local statutes.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.


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