• Executive Director, Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS)

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    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Exec.V.P. for Health Affairs
    EVP Health Affairs
    Location : Name
    Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor
    This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
    Not Applicable
  • Description

    The Executive Director, CHAMPS, reports to the Executive Director of Emory Global Health Institute and serves as the primary point of contact with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), has scientific, strategic and operational responsibility for the CHAMPS Program Office, the multi-site network, program expansion, and execution of the overall CHAMPS mission. The Executive Director will represent CHAMPS at key international meetings and events, collaborate with external research and public health partners to achieve CHAMPS strategic objectives to generate and disseminate child mortality data. Additionally, this position will provide scientific expertise and guidance to CHAMPS stakeholders to help improve child health outcomes. CHAMPS is a long-term surveillance program, supported by the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation, to characterize definitive causes of child death and stillbirths through surveillance, post-mortem specimen collection, and innovative laboratory diagnostics in seven locations with high rates of child mortality in Africa and South Asia. The Executive Director will: *Manage and direct the CHAMPS program on behalf of Emory University and Emory Global Health Institute *Collaborate with CHAMPS leaders and staff to lead the program's strategic initiatives *Develop and execute the CHAMPS mission *Ensure the CHAMPS collaborators are proactively informed of business and financial activities, and engaged with CHAMPS mission and strategic plan *Oversee CHAMPS staff *Oversee administrative leadership and support to CHAMPS and participate in performance appraisals of staff *Ensure the efficient and effective operations of CHAMPS, including fiscal, human resource management, and programming *Develop and expand existing partnerships in high-priority countries *Play a significant role in national and international global health organizations *Travel internationally to CHAMPS locations to evaluate programming

    Minimum Qualifications: The position requires an MD, PhD, or DVM and globally recognized public health researcher with progressive leadership experience of at least ten (10) years. Proven track record of effectively leading international and/or national public health programs. S/he will exhibit a substantive understanding of the important issues surrounding global health research and surveillance. Experience working in low-income countries as well as managing multi-site program implementation. The candidate must have held senior leadership positions focused on a medical or public health subject with the ability to coach staff, manage and develop high-performance teams. Must be an excellent, persuasive and passionate communicator. International travel required. Faculty appointment will be considered, depending on the background of the candidate. Excellent organizational, communication, program development, and planning skills. S/he will be an accomplished scientific and public health leader with direct administrative experience to include a broad understanding of the complex global health environment and issues challenging the field of global health.


    Emory University established The Global Health Institute (EGHI) in September 2006 to build on its strong foundation in global health research, training, and scholarship initiated by the Emory University School of Medicine, the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, the Rollins School of Public Health, the Emory Vaccine Center, and other schools and departments such as anthropology, biology, chemistry, and theology.

    The EGHI is home to the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) program.


    CHAMPS’ findings will inform public health action, including the development and implementation of prevention strategies to address the emerging causes of child mortality working in collaboration with governmental ministries and local stakeholders. The program engages experts and staff from a broad spectrum of international public health organizations, including the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI), the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Task force for Global Health and the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) to provide subject matter expertise and technical support.  CHAMPS recently received its Phase II funding through 2025 to continue and expand program activities in Africa and South Asia.


    This is an extraordinary opportunity to join a successful global health research institute with the resolve and resources to invest in programs, people and technology that advance teaching, research and outcomes for global health. Emory’s leadership is deeply committed to providing the highest level of quality in our global health research programs.  


    Emory University is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future. We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.


    Emory University is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.


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