Program Director - Our Bodies Ourselves Today

Suffolk University is a private, urban university located in the heart of downtown Boston. Our college green is the Boston Common and we are steps from dozens of historic sites including the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, City Hall and the Massachusetts State House. We have no real boundaries to our campus—Boston and Suffolk blend together.

Suffolk has been committed to creating an exceptional learning experience since 1906. Our vision is to be recognized as a dynamic institution that fosters engaged learning, rigorous scholarship, innovative thinking, and community collaboration across disciplines. We will ensure that Suffolk graduates are versatile and prepared for modern society and the new world market. We will provide rich curricula, experiential learning opportunities and professional mentoring through increased collaboration with alumni and community partners. We will recruit, mentor, and support a diverse faculty of teacher-scholars who are passionately committed to preparing our students to be leaders in the global community. We will inspire investment in a Suffolk community that is built on ethical, forward-thinking leadership, teamwork, and cooperation.

We compete for the best talent. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse community. We are actively seeking applicants from groups that might be under-represented because of race/color, gender, religion, real or perceived disability, national origin or LGBTQ status. As part of our commitment we encourage you to complete the demographic portion of the application in addition to submitting your cover letter and resume/CV as it will assist us in targeting our recruitment efforts.

Please note that Suffolk University conducts background checks as a condition of employment.

We are also committed to the well-being of our employees. Our terrific benefits package for benefits-eligible positions include, but are not limited to:
  • Generous paid time-off programs and commitment to work-life balance
  • Tuition free course benefits in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the Sawyer Business School for employees with additional tuition benefits for spouses, domestic partners, and children
  • Top-notch well-being care available through Harvard Pilgrim Medical/Delta Dental and a Flexible Spending Account
  • Pre-tax commuter benefit
  • Employee Assistance Program that provides employees and their family members with initial assessment, referrals and short-term counseling for personal and work challenges
  • Discounted home and auto insurance

  • Description

    Program Director - Our Bodies Ourselves Today

    Who we are
    Our Bodies Ourselves Today is building a world-class online platform that will provide women and girls, trans men, and nonbinary folks from all backgrounds with the most up-to-date, trustworthy, and inclusive information about our health, sexuality, and well-being.

    We plan to launch in 2021 with these core content areas:
    Childbirth | Heart Health | Menarche to Menopause | Sexuality | Abortion & Contraception | Gender-Based Violence | Mental Health | Aging Well

    In each area, our experts will combine the most current fact- and science-based information with personal stories, all in an intersectional feminist political context. We are committed to addressing the needs and voicing the perspectives of women and girls across race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, age, ability, nationality, legal or immigration status, gender, belief, and all other distinctions.

    Who you are

    We’re seeking a dynamic candidate to become our first Program Director. You have a passion for women’s health communication and are excited about building a powerful feminist resource in a social justice-oriented environment. You are highly competent, with the ability to see the big picture while paying attention to important details. You have experience building relationships with key stakeholders.

    Responsibilities
    The Our Bodies Ourselves Today Program Director will report to the Director of the Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights at Suffolk University, where the program is housed. They will be responsible for the daily operations of Our Bodies Ourselves Today, including but not limited to:

    ● Planning and convening quarterly meetings of the OBOS Today Leadership Council, and working with the LC between meetings to maximize their potential contributions to the project
    ● Coordinating with our lead experts in each content area to ensure that the content on our site is always the most current, reliable, and relevant information available
    ● Spearheading, executing, and supervising ongoing communications and outreach efforts, to ensure that as many people as possible have the access they need to OBOS Today
    ● Developing and executing new initiatives that expand access to women’s health information and activism
    ● Supporting fundraising efforts
    ● Preparing and maintaining project budgets
    ● Supervising volunteers, interns, work-study students, and staff who work on the project

    In addition to these ongoing responsibilities, our first Program Director will have the special responsibility of overseeing the launch of the new Our Bodies Ourselves Today, slated for fall/winter 2021. This work will include helping to hire, and working closely with, our web developer, creating and executing a communications plan for launch, hiring expert leads for each core content area, and working with them to bring on other leaders in their field to curate the content for our site launch, and more duties to be identified.

    Skills and qualifications

    At a minimum, you will have:
    ● Project management:
    ○ Between 5 - 10 years of project management and/or program director experience.
    ○ Ability to be decisive & strategic in prioritizing.
    ○ Demonstrated ability to handle, keep track of, and follow-through on multiple projects.
    ● People management:
    ○ Proven ability to build, support, and develop a team, with excellent interpersonal, communication, and managerial skills.
    ○ Demonstrated success developing the skills and leadership of staff and volunteers.
    ○ Proven ability to work well across differences.
    ● Communications:
    ○ Written communications skills, including the ability to synthesize complex information for lay audiences, write reports and white papers, blogs, website content, and commentary.
    ○ Excellent verbal communication skills.
    ○ Proven leadership in the feminist health communication space or related spaces.
    ● Training and background:
    ○ Knowledge of the field of women’s health
    ○ Demonstrated ability to integrate racial and gender justice and power structure analysis into personal practice, campaign/project development and execution, engagement with members, and in managing a staff team.
    ○ Graduate degree, or comparable experience in a field such as public health, health communication, public policy/administration, sociology, political science, community advocacy, women’s and/or gender studies, or public health education.

    Ideally, you will have:
    ● Knowledge of or personal experience with the legacy of Our Bodies Ourselves
    ● Experience developing the communications plan for launching a website
    ● Grant writing experience
    ● Demonstrated global perspective

    Salary Range: $65,000-$70,000 plus full benefits

    To apply
    The application should be made through the Suffolk University Human Resources website, with a complete submission including the following components: a cover letter that includes your vision for sexual health in the 21st Century, a resume, a writing sample, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately, with a final application deadline of March 15, 2021.

    Although the job will start remotely due to the pandemic, the Program Director will be expected to come to the office once it’s safe (summer or fall of 2021, we hope). Therefore, applicants will need to live in the Boston area. Even when we’re working in person, however, hours will be flexible and working from home will be possible part of the time.

    Equal Opportunity Employer statement
    Suffolk University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, genetic information, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs, activities, or employment.

    Suffolk University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff who contribute to the robust exchange of ideas on campus, and who are committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment. We strongly encourage applications from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented because of race/color, gender, religious creed, disability, national origin, veteran status or LGBTQ status. The search committee is especially interested in candidates who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. To learn more about Suffolk, visit our website at www.suffolk.edu.

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