Director of County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R)

Position Overview

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The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI) seeks an accomplished leader in community and population health to serve as the Director of County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R), a nationally recognized collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and UWPHI. With the CHR&R program entering its second decade, a new director will have the unique opportunity to help shape the evolution of an influential, highly respected university-foundation collaboration and advance a national conversation about health outcomes and health equity with a growing network of national, state, and local partners across the country through a variety of channels and networks including high-profile national, regional, and local media. 

The Population Health Institute is part of the School of Medicine and Public Health, closely aligned with the School’s Department of Population Health Sciences and other world class schools and departments at one of the most prolific research universities in the world, the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The CHR&R program embodies the Institute’s mission of translating research for policy and practice and has been instrumental in RWJF’s vision to create a Culture of Health, where everyone has the opportunity to live a healthier life, no matter who we are, where we live, or how much money we make.  

The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program provides data, evidence, guidance, and examples to build awareness of the multiple factors that influence health and support community leaders working to improve health and increase equity. The Rankings are unique in their ability to measure the health of nearly every county in all 50 states and are complemented by guidance, tools, and resources (Roadmaps) designed to accelerate community learning and action. The CHR&R program is known for effectively translating and simply communicating complex data and evidence-based policy into accessible models, reports, and products that deepen the understanding of what makes communities healthy and inspires and supports improvement efforts.

The CHR&R Director will lead the development and implementation of all aspects of the CHR&R program, serve as the Principal Investigator of the RWJF grant, and represent the CHR&R program in regional and national forums, including serving as a highly visible spokesperson such as in national broadcast interviews or as a speaker at major conferences and convenings. Strategic visioning, collaboration, and alignment with RWJF are a significant lead responsibility of the CHR&R Director, including the development of all grant proposals. In collaboration with the CHR&R deputy directors, the CHR&R Director has responsibility for the leadership, management, and accountability for three areas:

  • Data and Science (Rankings, What Works for Health, Rankings Research)
  • Community Transformation (Community Guidance, Network Strategy, Community Research)
  • Operations (Administration, Grant Management & Proposals, Technology, Communications)  

In addition to being a program, CHR&R is also a unit within the Population Health Institute. As a unit director, the CHR&R Director reports to the UWPHI Director, Sheri Johnson, Ph.D. and has responsibility for integrating CHR&R into other Institute work and service on the management team. The CHR&R Director will also contribute to research, evaluation, implementation, and teaching efforts and meet the criteria for appointment as a professor or associate professor, in the tenure or CHS track, at the School of Medicine and Public Health.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate for the position of Director of CHR&R shall have more than 10 years of proven leadership and management in the field of population health or a related field. A PhD, MD, JD, DrPH or other related terminal master’s degree is required. The leadership accomplishments of the successful candidate should reflect a dedication to the goal of advancing health equity and promoting a broad definition of health. This dedication includes a deep commitment to diversity both as an end in itself, but also as a valuable means for building health equity.

The next CHR&R Director will preferably have experience leading in complex settings marked by strong collaborations among multiple entities; programs with multiple stakeholders, components and products; and staff with expertise in a range of public health-related fields. It is essential that the CHR&R Director have the expertise in community and population health or related fields, expertise in applied research and evaluation, experience in advancing systems change approaches, and interpersonal skills necessary to gain the respect of program partners and maintain the high standards of credibility and innovation for which the program is known. The new Director must have the communication skills and enthusiasm for engaging with national, state, and local partners across the nation as an effective spokesperson for the CHR&R program, including with the media.

For more information about the “Opportunities for Leadership” and “Qualifications,” download the Search Profile above.

Nominations and Applications

The CHR&R Director Search Committee invites nominations and applications for this position until an appointment is made. Screening of applicants will begin in July and candidates are encouraged to submit materials by August 9, 2019 for the most favorable consideration. An appointment is anticipated in October, 2019, with a start date of November 1, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applications should include: 1) a letter of interest that responds to the “Opportunities for Leadership” and “Qualifications” sections of the Search Profile; 2) a complete resume or vita; and 3) the contact information (email and phone) for five professional references, none of whom will be contacted without the formal permission of the candidate.  

Applications should be submitted electronically (MS Word or Adobe PDF) to Dr. David Kindig, MD, PhD, Chair, CHR&R Director Search Committee at:

Nominators and prospective candidates are encouraged to contact Judith Ward, Executive Search Consultant at: / (202) 215-8519 

Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, the names of applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. In the case where there are fewer than five finalists, the names of the five most qualified candidates must be released upon request.  

The School of Medicine and Public Health has a deep and profound commitment to diversity both as an end in itself but, also as a valuable means for eliminating health disparities. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals. The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world. For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: