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ASTHO Searches for New Executive Director

Search underway for the Executive Director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), located in Arlington, VA with 112 staff and an operating budget of $32 million. ASTHO is the national nonprofit membership organization whose members are the senior health officials leading state public health agencies and the public health agencies of U.S. Territories and the District of Columbia. These agencies employ more than 100,000 public health professionals. ASTHO members formulate and influence sound public health policy and ensure excellence in state-based public health practice. ASTHO’s primary function is to help its members dramatically improve health and wellness by tracking, evaluating, and advising members on the impact and formation of public or private health policy and by providing guidance and technical assistance on transforming public health nationally.  ASTHO Strategic Map:


ASTHO has a 19-member Board of Directors that includes 15 voting members (5 officers and 10 regional representatives, one from each of the regions of the Department of Health and Human Services) and four non-voting members (the Executive Director, the chairs of the Senior Deputies Committee and the Affiliate Council, and an Alumnus or Alumna member of ASTHO). The responsibilities of the Executive Director include providing strategic vision and leadership for ASTHO’s staff, programs, expansion, and the execution of its mission, including its role in supporting its members in successfully improving population health across the nation. The Executive Director will create annual operating plans supporting the strategic direction set by the Board and collaborate with the Board to develop these strategies. In addition, the Executive Director is responsible for: ensuring the long-term financial viability of the organization; developing future leadership within the organization; effectively leading and motivating a professional staff; enhancing culture; and keeping the Board informed of operational plans, the condition of the organization, and its financial state.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree in public health, health sciences, or other appropriate area; a minimum of 10 years of executive or senior-level management experience, preferably in either nongovernmental or governmental public health organizations at the local, state, or federal levels. S/he should have a track record of success in staff development and succession planning; a record of success developing and cultivating relationships with a Board of Directors; strong written and verbal communication skills; the ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people; an understanding of national public health policy issues; knowledge of public health policies and practices; and the ability to work effectively with top national governmental and nongovernmental leadership across multiple sectors. This executive should be able to work in a non-partisan fashion. Previous experience as an Executive Director or CEO is preferred.

Interested candidates may apply online at       Application deadline is 4/15/2016.  Search by Association Strategies, Inc., 1111 North Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA  22314. (