Job Details

Requisition Number 17-0116
Post Date 12/29/2017
Title Director of Population Health
City Chicago
State IL

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is a national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. We are currently seeking a Director, Population Health, for Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) located in our Chicago office.


The Director, Population Health, oversees a planning and execution of a broad practice area of programs that includes diverse and timely issues facing hospitals and health systems that span: health equity, community partnerships, patient-family engagement, quality improvement and data. Leads a team and work with others across HRET and AHA to strengthen external partnerships and to develop innovative research, tools and training opportunities that advance population health strategies for AHA member organizations and leaders. Bridges population health and other HRET practice areas such as high reliability organizations, delivery system innovation and patient-family engagement.

Essential Functions

  1. Oversees planning and execution of programs related to population health initiatives. In partnership with the Vice President and other senior leaders, leads strategic program planning to define program objectives and determine program delivery model that assures successful outcomes.
  2. Develops programs that meets the needs of the organization and that are in alignment with the mission.
  3. Supervises population health team and ensures to provide mentorship and quality assurance to ensure effective communication with all stakeholders, including status reporting, risk management, issue resolution. Ensures appropriate coordination with other AHA components, subcontractors and consultants, and other participating organizations.
  4. Oversees the creation and updating of annual project budgets, reviewing monthly financial and labor reports, and ensuring that project spending is aligned with available resources.
  5. Ensures all team projects and personnel have the resources and support necessary to be in compliance with funder and/or AHA policies, are given appropriate feedback, are of the highest quality, and that deliverables are completed on time and fully achieve project and organizational goals.
  6. Cultivates and manages relationships with project team members and funding organization(s), if applicable; Interfaces and communicates with member relations, external partners, and project participants to ensure that project goals are achieved. 
  7. Represents population health and HRET organization expertise both internally at AHA and externally at conferences and meetings.
  8. Tracks key program metrics and performance to ensure that programs are meeting stated goals and initiatives.
  9. Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • Master's degree in Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy, Business, Health Care Administration or Public Health.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience working within clinical care (e.g. nursing, pharmacy, medicine), healthcare management, hospital operations, informatics, healthcare quality improvement.
  • Work experience with providers and associations and or professional societies is critical.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience supervising staff is required, experience leading a team is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge Requirements: Knowledge of clinical care and its improvement. Knowledge of healthcare organization operations.
  • Technical Requirements: Intermediate computer and Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint) skills. Ability to create and modify program and or project budgets using Excel. Ability to learn new technology.
  • Abilities Required: Ability to maintain a high level of integrity, professionalism and confidentiality; to argue for positions forcefully, but to also build consensus and maintain good relations with funders and organizational partners. Ability to be an effective listener and be willing to work as a part of a team where their advice will be considered carefully, but not always accepted. Ability to create a high performing team and develop staff; to assume full responsibility for specific operational tasks, be capable of delegating work to others in AHA and or HRET, but also willing to perform tasks that others with less skill or training might be capable of doing. Ability to represent AHA and or HRET professionally to external audiences; to make the business case for public health, quality improvement efforts, data, and/or community partnerships understanding of local, state and national campaigns. 
  • 10-30% travel.


We offer an excellent total compensation package, which includes medical/dental coverage (PPO/HMO), vision care, life insurance, short and long-term disability plans, 401(k), tuition reimbursement, paid vacation/holidays/sick days, wellness programs and more!

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics. We will provide reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please call (312) 422-3000 and ask for the Director, Human Resources and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

The AHA participates in the E-Verify Program.





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