Deputy Director, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law - Georgetown University Law C

Washington D.C.
May 01, 2017
Jul 19, 2017
Executive, Director
Education, Law
Full Time
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Deputy Director, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law - Georgetown University Law Center

The O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University was established in 2007 through the generous philanthropy of Linda and Timothy O'Neill to respond to the need for innovative solutions to the most pressing national and international health concerns. Housed at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C., the O'Neill Institute reflects the importance of public and private law in health policy analysis. The O'Neill Institute draws upon the University's considerable intellectual resources, including the School of Nursing & Health Studies, School of Medicine, the Public Policy Institute, and the Kennedy Institute of Ethics.

The Deputy Director serves as a senior leader and manager of the O'Neill Institute, supporting the direction of the day-to-day operation of activities and personnel, in conjunction with the Institute's Manager of Finance and Administration (MFA.  S/he is a member of the leadership team, which includes the Global Health Law LLM Program Director and other programmatic/area directors. Reporting to the Institute's Executive Director, the Deputy Director has duties that include but are not limited to:


  • Participates in, and serves as, the Principal Investigator for at least one research assignment each year. 
  • Manages a portion of the substantive projects undertaken by the O'Neill Institute - for example, manages for quality control, providing editorial and substantive guidance whenever necessary; initially plays an integral role in defining the developing project and constructing a work plan and resource allocation estimate; allocates Institute resources for projects; and ensures that each project, once underway, is appropriately staffed and stays on schedule. 

Communications, Events, Research Dissemination

  • Develops and implements a communications plan, subject to ED final approval, that is in accordance with the Long Range Plan that ensures that research outputs, findings, reports and publications of the Institute are made available to relevant audiences, which may include policy-makers and appropriate members of the public. 
  • Supervises and ensures the quality of the content on the Institute's website, and any other publications concerning the Institute in general (as opposed to specific project reports); 
  • Organizes and runs working group meetings, research colloquia, conferences, and other events for the Institute, subject to consultation with the ED, and in coordination with Law Center and NHS personnel and with the assistance of the MFA.
  • Represents the Institute and promotes the Institute's work at selected forums, conferences, and meetings, as directed and subject to approval by the ED.

Strategic Planning

  • Assists the ED with long term strategic planning for the Institute, including the development of a strategic and/or business plan for the Institute (the “Long Range Plan”).
  • Works with faculty and Institute personnel and, with the approval of the ED, determines the specific projects to be undertaken by the Institute, including development of each project's staffing and other resource requirements, while ensuring that the projects are consistent with the Institute's Long Range Plan and the Institute's annual budget.
  • Works with ED, other Institute personnel, and University faculty and researchers to identify multi-disciplinary topics, and facilitates cross-fertilization of research and research findings.
  • Ensures that research findings and publications meet the needs of the Institute's target audiences, particularly health law policy-makers, as set forth in the Long Range Plan.

Management of Projects and Institute Personnel 

  • Performs project management for projects undertaken by Institute personnel (other than faculty), including: (i) day-to-day management of Institute resources, (ii) reviewing and monthly management, with the MFA, of each project's budget, and (iii) coordinating staff and other resource needs for these projects and ensuring that these needs are met so that projects can be completed in a timely manner.
  • Works with the ED and, for administrative staff of the Institute, the MFA, in developing and/or finalizing position descriptions for Institute personnel and consultants; recruiting Institute staff; and conducting annual merit reviews of Institute staff.   
  • Supervises and mentors Institute staff (other than administrative staff), consultants, associates, fellows, and research assistants working within specific thematic areas (to be determined in consultation with the ED), including holding periodic staff meetings with Institute personnel.

Fundraising and Reporting

Performs project reporting to (i) the ED and the Faculty Director on Institute project outcomes, in accordance with the Long Range Plan and the annual work plan for the Institute, and (ii) funding sources on the results of their projects, including budget reports and outcome reports in accordance with applicable project requirements.

Plays an integral role in fundraising, working with the Development Department and Institute Associates to produce high-quality proposals; and assists the ED in generating and articulating ideas, which will then be written primarily by Institute Associates and then reviewed and edited by the DD.


  • Advanced degree such as a J.D.
  • 3+ years relevant job experience, preferably in the area of health and international law
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Creative and effective problem-solving and management skills, including the areas of administration of programmatic, financial and analytic activities
  • Exceptional academic, managerial, and public service credentials, including strong knowledge or experience in health law, policy, and ethics
  • Ability for adept cooperative enterprise with internal and external constitutes - to include faculty, staff and other officials at the Law Center and the University, including coordination of Institute matters with other branches of the University, and with US and foreign government officials, private foundations, intergovernmental organizations, the private sector and the media

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