Vice President, Public Health Practice Director (Remote Option)

Rockville , MD
Nov 10, 2022
Dec 23, 2022
Full Time
Westat is an employee-owned corporation providing research services to agencies of the U.S. Government, as well as businesses, foundations, and state and local governments. Westat's research, technical, and administrative staff of more than 2,000 is located at our headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, DC.

Westat is committed to building a diverse workforce and a culture of inclusivity, belonging and equity for all. We believe that our greatest strength draws on the different backgrounds, cultures, perspectives and experiences of our employees.

As Vice President, Public Health Practice Director, you will direct a highly collaborative, multidisciplinary group encompassing Westat's Public Health Practice. You will be the executive business leader of this 170-member team, and report to the Vice President and Health Research Sector Lead. . You will guide the strategic planning process and oversee the design and implementation of public health and epidemiologic research and evaluation projects. The Public Health Practice carries out impactful public health research and evaluation, including research support, coordinating centers, technical assistance, and health communications. You will lead a staff comprised of public health professionals, including epidemiologists, biostatisticians, program evaluators, and health communicators. Your key responsibilities as Practice Director will include setting forth business strategy, being accountable for business development, ensuring project quality, and supervising talent management.

Major Responsibilities:

Business Strategy
·    Lead the development and implementation of the strategic direction and goals of the Public Health and Epidemiology Practice in line with Westat's business goals and strategy. 
·    Lead, manage, and grow the portfolio of business with the Practices key clients: NIH, CDC, HRSA, EPA, FDA, and state public health agencies. 
·    Develop and promote thought leadership that enhances Westat's visibility in these markets to create a competitive edge, attract new clients, and recruit associated talent.

Business Development/Sales
·    Provide personal leadership in the design and execution of targeted business development efforts to grow the Practice, effectively leveraging current contracts and services, and company-wide resources.
·    Set strategy, oversee business development, and capture activities for the Practice.
·    Working with other Practice Directors in the Health Sector, vet new opportunities that align with strategic plans and ensure pipeline fits corporate business targets. These opportunities should include expanding work with existing clients, as well as developing new relationships within assigned Federal and State governments, and selected foundations/non-profits.
·    Engage routinely with senior staff on bid decisions and priorities.
·    Collaborate across Westat to bring the full range of company capabilities to bear in the development and expansion of technical capacity and the pursuit of new and current customers.

Maximize Revenue
·    Build a firm revenue base and recruit, develop, and lead a first-rate team that is client-focused and known for meeting and exceeding objectives and being proactive in creating opportunities in the Federal sector.
·    Establish growth priorities and an operating plan for the Practice in alignment with Westat strategic direction, guidance, and company-wide policies.
·    Work with Finance and Contracts and oversee Practice finances; responsible for establishing and managing direct and indirect expenditures and making company commitments up to limits of authority.
·    Work across all Practices to staff project teams and optimize resource utilization and capacity.

Project Execution and Quality
·    Drive proactive delivery of client commitments, ensure effective program, and project quality review processes, and drive a proactive customer satisfaction culture that consistently achieves the highest client ratings.
·    Conduct Project Reviews across the Practice based on risk, strategy, and project visibility.
·    Within the areas of expertise, maintain awareness of industry standards, regulatory requirements, and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

Talent Management
·    Attract and retain talent for the organization. Develop the next level of leaders.
·    Oversee Practice human resource activities (supervisory accountability, disciplinary actions, and termination decisions) and strategies for developing staff to meet business goals.
·    Assure hiring plan is in place to fill project vacancies in a timely manner.

Basic Qualifications:
·    An advanced degree at the master's level, doctoral degree preferred.  
·    A minimum of 15 years' experience in a consulting or research or government contracting organization.
·    Demonstrated business development and technical leadership through a compelling reputation in Public Health are essential.
·    Experience leading and overseeing a body of large federal public health projects, along with strong management skills are fundamental to the role.
·    A track record of thought leadership, with conference presentations, a body of published work, and excellent relationships with a variety of federal Health and Human Services agencies (i.e., NIH, CDC, HRSA) and other funders is essential.

Westat offers a well-rounded and comprehensive benefits program focused on wellness and work/life balance. Eligible employees may participate in:
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Holiday Leave
  • Professional Development
  • Health Advocate
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account


Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other protected status under applicable law.