Position: Technical Director, USA Program (Exempt Position)
Employer: The Vitamin Angel Alliance, Inc. (VA)
Location: Goleta, CA or Remote, USA
Vitamin Angels is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We are a dedicated group of individuals who aim to foster a supportive environment where everyone can contribute, thrive, and grow.
Role or Purpose of Position
Vitamin Angels (VA) is a public health nonprofit working to improve nutrition and health outcomes in low-resource settings worldwide. We strengthen, extend, and amplify the impact of our partner organizations working to reach the most nutritionally vulnerable groups – pregnant women, infants, and children – who are underserved by existing systems. We do this by delivering evidence-based interventions and offering technical assistance, including ongoing monitoring and evaluation, to ensure program quality, scale, and impact. Vitamin Angels works with over 2,000 local organizations, including governments, to reach more than 60 million women and children in 65 countries annually.
The role of the Technical Director, USA is use an implementation science approach to lead the development, planning, implementation, and evaluation of special initiatives related to the introduction or strengthening of public health nutrition interventions in the USA, working in collaboration with the Senior Program Manager for Implementation Science and US Program Officer. The major duties of the Technical Director are to work directly with local organizations, including government agencies, to assess the evidence and develop impactful programs designed to reduce barriers to access to essential nutrition interventions for nutritionally vulnerable populations (i.e. pregnant women, infants, and young children) and represent VA to advocate for our cause, advance US programs, and further relationships with technical counterpart agencies.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
1. Use an implementation science approach to inform the refinement and ongoing design of VA’s US Program strategy, including:
- Develop an integrated package of nutrition interventions for nutritionally vulnerable populations that is evidence-based, cost-effective, impactful, and scalable.
- Design and test scalable implementation strategies to deliver an integrated package of evidence-based interventions among nutritionally vulnerable groups who are underserved by existing systems.
- Refine VA’s approach to identifying nutritionally vulnerable women and children in the US using existing data (e.g., census, food insecurity, etc.) that includes variables such as unemployment, racial/ethnic discrimination, crowded housing, lack of transportation, and inadequate access to health and nutrition services.
- Design innovative delivery mechanisms appropriate for the US context to reach underserved populations
- In collaboration with Senior Nutrition Scientist, inform the development of SBC materials and training
2. Provide technical guidance, applying findings from implementation research, to support the implementation and scaling of the US program strategy across VA’s existing program platform.
- Inform the development of Learning Solutions to continuously support learning and behavior change.
- Inform the development of an M&E framework that can be applied to the scaled program to measure outputs (reach) and outcomes (increased coverage)
3. Assist in refining VA’s implementation science approach, including technical input to support the creation of resources to systematize the approach across countries and regions.
4. Develop models (equations) to estimate Program impact (e.g., similar to the Johns Hopkins LiST tool).
5. Serve as a technical representative for the US program.
The Technical Director, USA applies expertise in all aspects of Program Division technical operations while working to promote, exemplify and further the mission, values, and culture of VA.
Level of Decision-Making
Within the bounds of VA’s mission, values and policies, and sound professional practices, the Technical Director, USA provides day-to-day technical oversight to the US Program. This person is free to manage their activities in whatever way best serves VA clients, partners and employees. Specific authorities and implementation procedures will be determined in conjunction with the Senior Vice President for Nutrition.
VA operates under a collaborative, matrix management model. The Technical Director, USA establishes their own daily work priorities and ensures that all responsibilities are conducted consistent with accepted best practices, sound professional judgment and within established schedule and budget.
Director of Programs
Primary working relationships:
US Program Officer
Senior Vice President for Nutrition
Director of Programs
Senior Program Manager, Tactical Team Lead
Senior Program Manager, Implementation Science
Associate Director of Program Operations
Sr. Nutrition Scientist
Staff at counterpart technical agencies
Yes (roughly 15% time, in accordance with Covid-19 travel restrictions)
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Required and Desired)
- Master’s degree (e.g., in Public Health or Nutrition Science) from an accredited university plus significant experience in managing the delivery of maternal and child nutrition programs in the USA,
- Minimum 8-10 years’ technical experience associated with performing program/project/research development, execution and management,
- Minimum 5-years’ experience working among underserved communities in the USA,
- Computer literacy,
- Superior written and oral communications skills,
- Superior interpersonal skills, and
- Superior organizational skills.
- Ability to manage stress, including but not limited to stress resulting from local travel, large crowds, open spaces, shared office space, and daily activities.
- Ability to remain seated for extended periods of time, including but not limited to prolonged air travel, and general job assignments perform at a desk.
- Doctoral degree (e.g., PhD or doctor of Nutritional Science, Public Health, or related discipline) from an accredited university plus 3-5 years with significant experience in managing the introduction and scaling of public health programs informed by implementation science in the USA,
- Fluency in a second language.
Challenges of the Position
The special challenges for the Technical Director are multi-fold. This person must: i) function effectively in an organization under continuing transformation and growth, ii) recognize and thrive in a non-profit organization driven by an unusual primary revenue generation model – cause marketing promotions in association with retail products and Corporate Social Responsibility programs, iii) be comfortable with an organization that seeks to apply, as feasible, market and business oriented solutions to its non-profit work, iv) function within a working environment that self-initiative and collaboration among many team members both internal and external to VA, and v) possess an ability to work effectively/efficiently and thrive in an environment in which many VA team members both internal and external to the Program Division are situated in multiple time zones and accessible only by phone, email, or videoconferencing software.
To apply, interested persons should submit a cover letter; and a resume or curriculum vitae to: Maureen Boyle, Director of Human Resources.
E-mail: [email protected];
Resumes will be accepted until January 31, 2021, or until a qualified applicant is identified.
Comprehensive benefit package includes: Medical, Dental and Vision Care, Life Insurance, 401(k), Paid Time Off, Holidays, Wellness Program and more.