Rice 360: Institute for Global Health seeks an entrepreneurial and highly engaged Executive Director who will work together with the Institute faculty to carry out the mission and overall goals of Rice 360. Rice 360 develops effective, low-cost health solutions that address critical public health needs in low-resource communities. Working closely with partners throughout the world and the private sector, Rice 360 creates sustainable global health solutions for resource-poor communities around the world.
Position Details: The Executive Director manages the strategic, programmatic and financial operations of Rice 360. The Executive Director supports the overall mission and vision for Rice 360, advancing the organization’s strategies and directives while expanding its impact to reduce global health disparities. The Executive Director creates and implements highly targeted, effective programs while overseeing and managing the organization’s budget and resources. The Executive Director serves as a key liaison with internal and external partners, assisting in nurturing relationships for continued and expanded support of Rice 360 programs; and identifying, qualifying and developing potential funding sources and opportunities that may help bring additional research funding to Rice 360 and the broader Rice community.
Position Summary: The Executive Director works closely with the Institute’s co-Directors, Board of Advisors, and Faculty Steering Committee to fulfill Rice 360’s vision and mission. The Executive Director develops organizational positioning and strategy and provides oversight for the Institute’s research, technology, and educational programs. The Executive Director reports directly to the Institute co-Directors and represents the co-Directors as needed.
The Executive Director manages efforts to develop, deploy and evaluate solutions and technologies to reduce health disparities in low-resource settings, with emphasis on sustainability and advocacy. The Executive Director must work closely with the Institute Directors of Education, Technology Development, and Operations and associated faculty to fulfill its mission.
The Executive Director establishes and fosters collaborations between Rice 360 and other universities, hospitals and partners with whom Rice 360 collaborates. The Executive Director must work closely with the Institute’s Malawi Country Director to implement programs in Malawi to fulfill its mission.
Education Required: Master’s degree with formal education in both public health and a scientific or technical field
Experience Required: 10 years
Specific type of experience: At least five years’ experience related to program development and technology management in the field of global health. Knowledge of global health funders related to newborn, child and women’s health. Skills required: Experience working with technology development, deployment, and evaluation in low-resource settings; experience managing international projects and partnerships, preferably in at least sub-Saharan Africa; experience developing and evaluating proposals in global health. Familiarity with the Institute’s research focus, and the associated global health and development issues of newborn, child and women’s health.
Understand the broad global health landscape from research through implementation and key issues with the ability to recognize emerging issues, assess opportunities and coordinate a response. Global health field experience highly desirable.
Good communication skills in both technical and global health subjects; ability to describe mission of institute and research accomplishments of Rice 360 to scientist and engineers in other disciplines and to the public at large. Strong interpersonal skills; ability to interact with faculty, students, staff, university administration and the public relations office. A passion for scientific advances and low cost healthcare technologies.
For more info contact Dr. Veronica Leautaud: VL2@rice.edu
Rice 360° brings together faculty, students, clinicians, and private and public sector partners to design innovative health technologies for poor settings around the world, increase access to these technologies, and prepare students to lead tomorrow’s global health technology workforce.
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