Founded in 1963, Westat is a nationally recognized research company with expertise in clinical and epidemiologic research, evaluation research, statistical methods, and analysis across a broad range of subject matter areas in public health. The company has built its reputation on project performance, client satisfaction, and quality of work. Westat supports on- site, hybrid and virtual work arrangements for its employees, enabling the company to attract and retain top research talent.


Westat is a 100% employee-owned company and offers a diverse and rewarding work environment in which its employee owners are rewarded for the company's success. Westat leaders promote a culture of inclusivity where employees can reach their career potential.


Westat operates as a “single company” that avoids formal profit or cost centers or divisions. Instead, the company encourages a collaborative project-focused approach within and across the revenue-producing units. Likewise, corporate support and administrative units are expected to engage collaboratively in support of project needs and priorities. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are key to Westat's overall business success and culture, and this commitment extends to Westat's clients, vendors, and business partners.


Role purpose

As Vice President, Public Health Practice Director, you will direct a highly collaborative, multidisciplinary group encompassing Westat’s Public Health Practice. You will be the executive business leader of this 170-member team, and report to the Health Research Sector Lead/Vice President. You will guide the strategic planning and oversee the design and implementation of public health and epidemiologic research and evaluation projects. The Public Health Practice carries out impactful public health research and evaluation including research support, coordinating centers, technical assistance, and health communications. You will oversee a staff comprised of public health professionals including epidemiologists, biostatisticians, program evaluators and health communicators. Your key responsibilities as Vice President will include setting forth business strategy, being accountable for business development, ensuring project quality, and supervising talent management.


Duties and Responsibilities

Major Responsibilities:


Business Strategy

  • Lead the development of the strategic direction and goals of the Public Health and Epidemiology Practice in line with the corporate business goals/strategy. Direct the planning and implementation of efforts to meet goals at the Practice level.
  • Lead, manage, and grow the portfolio of business with the Practices key clients: NIH, CDC, HRSA, EPA, FDA and state public health agencies.
  • Develop and promote thought leadership that enhances Westat’s visibility in these markets to create a competitive edge, attract new clients, and recruit associated talent.
  • Business Development/Sales
  • Provide personal leadership in the design and execution of targeted business development efforts to grow the Practice, effectively leveraging current contracts and services, and company- wide resources.
  • Set strategy, oversee business development, and capture activities for the Practice.
  • Working with other leaders in the Health Sector, vet new opportunities that align with strategic plans and ensure pipeline fits corporate business targets. These opportunities should include expanding work with existing clients as well as developing new relationships within assigned Federal and State governments, and selected foundations/non-profits.
  • Engage routinely with senior staff on bid decisions and priorities.
  • Collaborate across Westat to bring the full range of company capabilities to bear in the development and expansion of technical capacity and the pursuit of new and current customers.


Maximize Revenue

  • Build a firm revenue base and recruit, develop, and lead a first-rate team that is client-focused and known for meeting and exceeding objectives and being proactive in creating opportunities in the Federal sector.
  • Establish growth priorities and an operating plan for the Practice in alignment with Westat strategic direction, guidance, and company-wide policies
  • Work with Finance and Contracts, oversee all area finances; responsible for establishing and managing direct and indirect expenditures and making Company commitments up to limits of authority.
  • Work across all Practices to staff project teams, optimize resource utilization and capacity.


Project Execution and Quality

  • Drive proactive delivery of client commitments, ensure effective program, and project quality review processes, and drive a proactive customer satisfaction culture that consistently achieves the highest client ratings.
  • Conduct Project Reviews across the Practice based on risk, strategy, and project visibility
  • Within the areas of expertise, maintains awareness of industry standards, regulatory requirements, and SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures).


Talent Management

  • Attract and retain talent for the organization. Develop the next level of leaders.
  • Oversee Practice human resource activities (supervisory accountability, disciplinary actions, and termination decisions) and strategies for developing staff to meet business goals.
  • Assure hiring plan in place to fill project vacancies in a timely manner.


Education, Qualifications & Experience


Basic Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree at the Master’s level, Doctoral degree preferred.  
  • A minimum of 15 years' experience in a consulting or research or government contracting organization.
  • Demonstrated business development and technical leadership through a compelling reputation in Public Health are essential.
  • Experience leading and overseeing a body of large federal public health projects, along with strong management skills are fundamental to the role.
  • A track record of thought leadership, with conference presentations, a body of published work, and excellent relationships with a variety of federal HHS agencies (NIH, CDC, HRSA) and other funders is essential.


Terms of Appointment

This is a full-time position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. A generous benefits package is also included.


Role Location

This role can be performed remotely from anywhere in the USA. However, working from Rockville, MD (HQ), Atlanta, GA; Durham, NC; or Houston, TX would be preferred. Relocation support would be provided.


How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please complete the Application Form below on or before 7 October 2022. In addition, we encourage you to please attach a copy of the most recent English version of your CV.


All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.


If you have an initial query rather than an application, kindly email us at [email protected].


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