Health Affairs produces the nation’s leading journal of health policy; high-profile commentary on Health Affairs blog; policy briefs and more.  Read by federal, state, and local policymakers, health industry leaders, and academics in fields of health economics, medicine, public health, political science, and more, the influential journal Health Affairs has been published by Project HOPE since 1981.


Health Affairs is seeking a creative, collaborative leader for a major new project.  Reporting to the Editor-in-Chief, the Health Equity Project Director will work with staff from across the organization to achieve the ambitious goals of this project.

 The Health Equity Project Director will lead a project that has five major elements:

1.       Promote greater diversity of health services researchers

2.       Increase the quality and quantity of health equity research

3.       Increase publication and readership of health equity research

4.       Promote understanding of the importance of equity throughout the publishing enterprise

5.       Lead transformation with other health services journals


1.       Take overall responsibility for all project deliverables.

2.       Develop and execute an implementation plan to carry out all project functions.

3.       Monitor project performance against defined project milestones and goals.

4.       Work with an external advisory group to obtain input on project design and execution.

5.       Identify and work with external partner organizations, including academic institutions, professional societies, and affinity groups, to develop relationships designed to increase the participation of underrepresented minority groups in all aspects of the Health Affairs editorial process including article submission, peer review, and dissemination.

6.       Work with the editorial team to develop and execute a data collection and analysis plan regarding the demographic characteristics of authors, reviewers, and presenters with the goal of increasing diversity among these groups.

7.       Work with the editorial team to design methods of peer review that support mentoring relationships with authors from underrepresented minority groups.

8.       Work with the editorial team to define and execute plans to increase the volume of material published regarding health equity through various means including inviting and expanding our capacity to review qualitative and mixed methods analysis and work from disciplines not well represented in the journal.

9.       In conjunction with other members of the organization, design and execute a public campaign to signal our interest in expanding our health equity content and engaging with authors from underrepresented minority groups.

10.   Create and participate in a network of staff from other health journals interested in issues of equity.

11.   Secure the services of an external organization to support the Health Affairs team in exploring biases in the publishing community and work to overcome them.

12.   Serve as the external voice of these efforts through presentations and engagement with various audiences.

13.   Other activities as necessary to achieve project goals.


·         A bachelor’s degree and eight years of relevant experience required

·         A graduate degree and four years of relevant experience is preferred

·         Experience with efforts to increase diversity or equity is required

·         Experience in a setting involving health policy and/or research is required

·         Experience with academic scholarship, such as writing or reviewing, is preferred

·         Experience with project development and/or project management is required

·         Strong written and oral communication skills are required

·         Experience with the Microsoft Office suite, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, is required

·         Commitment to the mission of Health Affairs, the goals of the project, and the values of Project HOPE are required


The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical demands:  While performing the duties of this job the employee must be mobile in an office environment and able to use standard office equipment and must be able to communicate in verbal and written form.

·          Work environment:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to a typical office environment with exposure to a minimal noise level.

·          Some travel may be required

Due to the large number of inquiries we receive, only candidates who have met the required experience & qualifications for this position will be considered.

No phone calls please. However, since we are active around the world in the field of public health, we may wish to retain your CV in our database for other/future opportunities, unless you direct us otherwise.

Thank you very much for your interest in Health Affairs.

Type of Opportunity: Permanent Job