Director of Public Health Research



The Company

Since 2005, Mission Measurement has been a recognized leader in measuring and improving social outcomes for the world’s leading philanthropies, non-profits, governments, and corporations, including Google, Disney, Coca Cola, The Gates Foundation, Ashoka, and more. Through our custom consulting and thought leadership, we created the Impact Genome Project – the largest social sector evidence base in the world – to enable a data-driven approach to uncover what works to drive social change. This pioneering effort has led to advances in our product offerings and the creation of standardized approaches to measurement and reporting to help advance and develop key benchmarks across the social sector. The end results of our work – more lives improved, more effective organizations, higher return on social investment – are incredibly rewarding.


The Position

Mission Measurement is looking for an exceptional Director of Public Health Research to join our IGP team. The Director of Public Health Research will lead efforts to build research-based conceptual frameworks that define and standardize common public health outcomes, the intervention or policy activities used to achieve these outcomes, and the contextual elements that influence program/policy success. The Director will then use these conceptual frameworks to structure and meta-analyze three robust streams of data: research about effective public health practices; performance data from public health nonprofits; and aggregated impact data from grantmaker portfolios. The goal: develop a new generation of data and insights that can help public health practitioners and funders use evidence to improve their impact.

This is a highly analytical and research-oriented role. A candidate will have strong research synthesis and writing skills, and experience with meta-analysis and program evaluation. Further, the Director will ensure the findings from the IGP are properly communicated to the field via academic and popular articles. This is a unique opportunity for individuals interested in helping the sector translate research into practice to increase the impact of public health programs & policies. Given the ambitions of this endeavor, the ideal candidate will be an entrepreneurial problem-solver with an affinity for research management and innovation.


Roles & Responsibilities

Lead research: Manage IGP research projects (meta-analyses, framework generation, literature reviews, etc.) for public health outcomes. Current projects include childhood obesity prevention, domestic violence prevention, mental health, and more. Build and/or leverage existing relationships with the academic community to drive understanding of and gather input on the IGP research methods and findings. Craft and/or curate our IGP taxonomies for public health outcomes.

Enable Practice: Build partnerships with practitioners that build capacity and collect standardized data on their impact. These data and resulting benchmarks help the field understand which programs are focusing on which specific outcomes and to what result, aiding in the identification of gaps in service and potential opportunities for collaboration between complimentary programs.

Publish findings: Write and disseminate the findings of our Public Health research and benchmark data to the sector through blogs, articles, published papers, conference presentations, etc.

Fundraise: Source grant opportunities, write proposals, and secure grant funding to underwrite the IGP research efforts in Public Health.



  • PhD in relevant field
  • Strong knowledge of research methods (particularly qualitative analysis) and program evaluation
  • At least 5 years of experience conducting primary or secondary research on Public Health interventions or policies
  • Published work in a peer-reviewed journal or other esteemed outlets
  • Track record of taking initiative and delivering in a dynamic and fast-paced professional environment; entrepreneurial mindset
  • Ability to meet deadlines under minimal supervision; comfort with ambiguity
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present data in a simple and straightforward way for non-technical audiences



To Apply
Please send expressions of interest and resumes to, with “Director of Public Health Research” in the subject line.


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