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Staffing Advisors Director of Public Health Education - American Kidney Fund #2021-2636 in Rockville, Maryland

Director of Public Health Education

As Director of Public Health Education at the American Kidney Fund (AKF), you will be the primary lead in developing and managing evidence-based kidney disease education programs and resources, including digital and print health education content, educational materials, webinars, research abstracts, and our Kidney Kitchen pages. AKF is the nation’s leading nonprofit working on behalf of the 37 million Americans living with kidney disease. Our mission is to help people fight this disease and live healthier lives, and we fulfill that mission by providing a complete spectrum of programs and services.

Reporting to the Senior Director of Health Initiatives & Education, you will supervise a team of five full-time employees and assist the senior director in developing strategies and programmatic vision for the public education department. We are known for several award-winning programs such as Beyond Bananas™, Goutful™, and Act on Anemia™. Because of these programs, increased public attention on kidney disease, and innovations in treatment, we have experienced tremendous funding growth in the past 5 years – expanding corporate-sponsored revenue over 400 percent from $388 thousand to just under $2 million.

We have long recognized the links between education, the provision of quality healthcare, and the improvement of clinical outcomes related to kidney disease. With about a hundred deliverables already in process, you will be diving into a full portfolio of sponsored programs ranging in size and complexity from a simple one-page download and/or Facebook Live to a million-dollar, multi-year, branded awareness campaign. You will often serve as the public face for our team, speaking about our programs on calls with sponsors and at conferences and special forums and working with sponsors and the development team to design effective programs. Our kidney disease education programs and resources seek to empower and support those affected by kidney disease by addressing the learning needs and interests of our public, patient, and caregiver audiences.

Your success in this role will stem from your ability to manage multiple competing priorities, recognizing the importance of kidney disease in community health, the disproportionate impact on communities of color, and the social determinants of health as it relates to chronic kidney disease.


  • Develop, implement, and evaluate programs by leading formative research, creating content, and designing formal program evaluation plans to determine program effectiveness with a vision toward meeting the needs of populations at risk for, and those affected by, kidney disease.

  • Consult and collaborate with the senior director, staff, internal AKF teams, and renal professionals to develop and review educational materials, media, and other content.

  • Collaborate with development, marketing and communications, IT, and other AKF departments to proactively and successfully market webinars, Kidney Kitchen™, Kidney Health Coach, and education campaigns focused on kidney disease and related comorbidities.

  • Collaborate with the development team to leverage sponsorship areas of focus to align with organization mission and goals within the component of kidney disease education.

  • Provide direct supervision and demonstrate quality leadership to staff responsible for education programming, while assessing staff professional development needs and providing constructive feedback and affirmation.

  • In conjunction with the senior director, set the overall strategy for education initiatives and ensure that programs are complementary and cohesive.

  • Keep abreast of current research and guidelines within the space of kidney disease by participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications, maintaining and cultivating a professional network, and participating in professional organizations.

  • Incorporate expertise in health communication, principles of program development, and knowledge transfer and acquisition to develop, refine, and promote kidney disease education materials and resources.

  • Establish and apply policies and/or procedures through the product portfolio for curriculum and product development and maintenance, including content, quality, evaluation, design expectations, and distribution.

  • Conduct formative research before developing all public education materials, testing, clinical review, and evaluation. Develop proposals and contracts as requested.

  • Develop and manage a budget, incorporating sound fiduciary responsibility; interpret financial data and recommend contingency plans.

  • Facilitate public, patient, provider, and caregiver education by leveraging understanding of the learners’ cultural and religious practices, emotional barriers, desire and motivation to learn, physical and/or cognitive limitations, language barriers, and readiness to learn.

  • Select, adapt, and customize education materials for various target audiences by evaluating available fact sheets, printed materials, videos, webinars, and external resources in alignment with best practices and industry standards within health education and the field of kidney disease.

  • Support leadership needs related to the Medical Advisory Committee and the Prevention/Education Committee.

  • Provide logistical, educational content, and/or administrative support for outreach events, toolkit/awareness initiatives, and the AKF website.

  • Support exhibits; represent AKF through superior customer support and knowledge of AKF’s programs and services in a professional manner.

  • Work with staff and the senior director to develop new, and improve the quality of existing, programs by researching, evaluating, designing processes, and implementing changes.

  • Identify program successes and areas in need of improvement by maintaining rapport with potential and current partners as well as others in a position to understand emerging patient, provider, caregiver, and public education topics.

  • Enhance AKF's reputation and reach by creating and implementing new and varied education programs and exploring opportunities that add value to public, patient, caregiver, and professional communities.


  • Master’s degree in public health, dietetics, or other applicable fields.

  • 5-7 years of experience applying principles of health promotion and project management toward the successful execution of health awareness campaigns and initiatives; experience planning, designing, implementing, and evaluating health education programs.

  • 3-5 years of supervisory experience.

  • Track record developing and fostering relationships with external partners, corporate sponsors, and volunteers.

  • A clear understanding of ways in which health disparities, implicit bias, and race-based social inequities impact populations most at risk for kidney disease.

  • Excellent management, work organization, and formal reporting skills.

  • Understanding of CME/CE accreditation a plus.

  • CHES or MCHES a plus.

  • Understanding of nonprofit organizational management and operations.

  • Experience working with project management and/or learning management software.


  • Analytical. You are results-oriented and outcomes-focused. You enjoy working with data, are comfortable managing information, and have a keen eye for detail. You go beyond giving us the numbers and tell us how to apply the data to produce meaningful results.

  • Collaborative. You have a collaborative style and efficiently work across departments and with external entities to get results and support while cultivating relationships.

  • Effective communicator. You have an exceptional ability to communicate with staff, donors, and the public, building confidence at all levels. You easily adjust your message, without sacrificing content, consistency, or service delivery. Apply principles of health literacy and plain language to translate clinical/technical jargon into consumable layperson content.

  • Problem solver. You are innovative, creative, and effective. You anticipate and respond to change in a fast-paced environment and can efficiently manage ambiguity and shape answers to questions when no template exists. No task is too big or too small.

  • Project manager. You successfully handle multiple projects simultaneously, allocate and optimize resources, reduce risks, create sound workflows, identify and eliminate bottlenecks, manage timelines, and get the work done in a timely manner. You bring order to competing priorities and keep things running smoothly.

  • Service-oriented. You take initiative and work hard to make a difference for others. You care profoundly about serving people and easily translate objectives into social impact.

What’s Attractive to the Right Candidate?

  • You will be designing education programs that directly impact lives. You can be proud of the lifesaving work you and your team will do here. We identify and facilitate treatment for hundreds of critically high-risk patients each year while helping thousands of others proactively control their lives and decrease their health risks.

  • This is an excellent time to join our results-oriented culture as we expand upon our existing portfolio. Your ideas will be welcomed and supported as we look for new data-informed strategies to broaden our reach.

  • You are joining a strong team of diverse, open, collaborative, and supportive colleagues who care deeply about each other and our mission, led by a board of trustees that is appropriately active, engaged, experienced, supportive, and appreciative of the team.

  • We are financially strong and the only health nonprofit included in Charity Navigator’s list of the top 10 charities with the most consecutive 4-star ratings. We are proud of our recent award as one of the Top 50 Nonprofit Employers in the United States.

  • AKF offers a comprehensive benefits plan designed to meet the needs of all our employees that includes health, dental, vision, life, short- and long-term disability, flex spending, and generous leave.

To Apply

Use the "Apply" button on this page or simply email your resume to Aileen Hedden at with “AKF – Director of Public Health Education #2021-2636 SA” as the subject of the email.

Job responsibilities are similar to the following positions: Associate Director, Public Health Education, Senior Program Manager, Public Health Director, Chronic Disease Coordinator, Public Health Programs Director, Patient Programs Director, Director of Public Health.

Please note: our practice is to not disclose the salary ranges our clients would consider. Any salary information included in this posting was estimated without our input.

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