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Salus Populi Program Director, Center for Health Policy and Law, School of Law

Northeastern University

Northeastern University

Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2024

About the Opportunity

The Center for Health Policy and Law (CHPL) is seeking a Program Director to oversee projects and deliverables within the Salus Populi (SP) portfolio.

The Program Director will have overall responsibility for the daily functioning of the SP program and work with the SP Leadership team on all aspects of program development and implementation. They will be responsible for creating and implementing curriculum, organizing events, supervising program staff, and fostering collaboration partnerships. The Program Director will manage the budget and support the development of grant proposals, facilitate meetings, organize events, present at conferences, work with external partners, supervise staff, supervise law students and be adept at project management. The Program Director will serve the mission of SP by helping to train judges, lawyers and other court personnel on the SDOH. We are looking for an attorney who wants to be part of a team that has a passion for health equity, public health policy and law.

This position is grant-funded for 24 months through December 31, 2026 with the possibility of extension based on funding and at the discretion of CHPL.

About the Center for Health Policy and Law:

The Center for Health Policy and Law (CHPL), “The Center” promotes innovative solutions to public health challenges at home and around the globe. The Center advances law and policy reforms to strengthen population health, reduce health disparities, nourish public health programs, and enhance access to affordable, high-quality healthcare. Housed in the School of Law and firmly rooted in Northeastern University’s nine academic colleges and international network of campuses, the Center brings together Northeastern faculty, students, and experts across disciplines to share knowledge; conduct and disseminate research; and influence the formulation and implementation of health policy and law.

About the Salus Populi:

Salus Populi: Educating the Judiciary about the Social Determinants of Health (SP) is a project in collaboration with the Center for Health Policy and Law (CHPL) at Northeastern University School of Law and the Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research (Institute) at Northeastern University that seeks to provide guidance and training to judges and lawyers on the impact of the law on the social determinants of health (SDOH). Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), CHPL has received a two year grant to train judges about the SDOH, with the goal of moving judges to render decisions that support health equity. The program will also train lawyers and other court personnels. The SP judicial education program is a tuition-free, interactive, and discussion-oriented course that will provide judges with the tools they need to recognize how the SDOH impact the issues that come before courts and to read and evaluate public health research relating to the SDOH.

Since its start, SP has trained over 585 attendees from all over the country. The team consists of faculty and staff from both CHPL and the Institute.


1) Strategic Leadership and Supervision:

  • Develop and implement program plan to advance the goals of current programs and initiatives
  • Shape and execute the strategic direction of current goals and initiatives, including fundraising efforts, with an emphasis on strategic partnerships and collaborations.
  • Serve as a mentor and supervisor for staff, student interns and research assistants, fostering their growth and development within the organization

2) Organizational Management:

  • Serve as a member of the Salus Populi leadership team
  • Supervise the legal research and drafting activities and deliverables for the project in collaboration with the project’s Principal Investigator
  • Draft and edit curricula and program materials;
  • Research and draft academic papers and other deliverables;
  • Draft other communications related to the project;
  • Supervise and guide legal and undergraduate research assistants;
  • Serve as a course instructor for most of the Salus Populi judicial and legal education program sessions.

3) Grant Management:

  • Manage grant-funded projects, including by managing budget and supervising and training staff, to ensure that deliverables, including trainings, curriculum development and publications are completed in a timely and successful manner.
  • Provide insights and expertise to ensure projects fit funding criteria, are feasible within budgetary constraints, and align with program objectives.
  • Help identify and secure future grant opportunities, including drafting funding proposals
  • Monitor expenses against the budget throughout the project timeline
  • In collaboration with CHPL’s managing director, identify and pursue opportunities for collaboration and/or funding.
  • Liaise with NUSL Finance and NURes for grant management and reporting

4) Partnership Management:

  • Oversee partners and collaborators, acting as the primary point of contact and liaison with SP.
  • Strategically shape and direct content creation for the SP website and maintain a presence across social media platforms.
  • Oversight of relevant listservs, ensuring communications and outreach for SP.


Required Qualifications:

  • JD or equivalent degree and at least 5 years of relevant work experience (e.g. higher education, nonprofit, legal practice, government), including at least 5 years working in the legal field.
  • Extensive knowledge of public health law and health policy.
  • Demonstrated commitment to health equity and diversity and inclusion and a proven ability to work with a diverse group of students, staff, and faculty.
  • Strong attention to detail and proven ability to successfully plan, execute, and monitor complex projects with multiple stakeholders and deliverables.
  • At least 1-2 years of grant writing and administration experience.
  • At least 2 years of supervisory experience.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, this includes the ability to facilitate meetings, conduct presentations and draft reports and legal arguments.
  • A demonstrated ability to analyze and advocate for health policy changes based on research findings and legal analysis.
  • Demonstrated commitment to health equity and DEIB
  • Must be self-directed, able to make independent decisions.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A MPH or equivalent degree

Documents to Submit:

Please upload your cover letter and resume in one PDF attachment.

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Additional Information

Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.

Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit https://hr.northeastern.edu/benefits/ for more information.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see www.northeastern.edu/diversity.