Associate Director, Global Health Advocacy
Washington State University

Pullman, Washington


1158-NN - Associate Director

Business Title:

Associate Director, Global Health Advocacy

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Employee Type:

Admin. Professional (+) (Fixed Term)

Job Family:

Administrative Professional - Not OT Eligible

Position Details:

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

In accordance with Washington State Governor's Proclamation 21.14.3, as a condition of employment, you must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation by time of hire. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their last shot in a vaccine series. Full vaccination status or an approved accommodation will be verified prior to your first day of work. Should you not be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation you will not be able to start employment with WSU. Information regarding vaccine verification and/or requesting a medical/religious accommodation is available at Please contact HRS at or 509-335-4521 if you have questions.

Summary of Duties:

The Associate Director is responsible for all aspects of planning and implementing strategic public relations activities for the Allen School's multi-million dollar portfolio in the US and in multiple countries (currently 13) to impact positive global health research outcomes. The Associate Director is responsible for planning, organizing, and leading stakeholder engagement in Allen School activities programs as well as managing implementation teams. The Associate Director will plan operations, budgeting and allocation of resources, implementing and evaluating a variety of global health advocacy and outreach activities related to Allen School research programs and platforms. This leadership position has delegated authority and is responsible for managing in-country stakeholder advocacy efforts and communication strategies. The Associate Director has delegated authority to recommend hiring of staff, establish job performance standards, evaluate job performance, and take corrective action if performance is not acceptable. This position is also responsible for training, assigning and scheduling work, and acting upon leave requests.

The Associate Director will create and maintain effective working relationships with federal government funding agencies, international and domestic NGOs, and academic partners, and coordinating work with international coalitions and industry networks as required. This position will also lead interfacing with multiple public relations channels across many partners' knowledge management systems, and online platforms.

The Associate Director is responsible for developing systems and procedures for managing WSU and in-country staff and coordinating advocacy of major extramural research projects having international components and partners.

This position will be primarily based at our WSU Pullman Campus; however, remote/hybrid opportunities may be available and can be discussed during the interview process.

Required Qualifications:

  • Position requires a Master's degree in relevant field of international relations and three (3) years' progressively responsible experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified within the project specialty, including familiarity with efforts to build global capacity to address infectious diseases, which has included at least two (2) years of management experience..

  • Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

  • The Associate Director must be able to travel internationally for extended periods of time (up to 3 consecutive weeks).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Additional preferred qualifications include leadership experience in global health or international development, experience in research project advocacy and promotion management, and ability to work collaboratively with international institutions.

  • Strong familiarity with US federal funding partners such as CDC, NIH, NIAID, and USAID.

  • Experience in developing and disseminating public affairs guidance and experience working with the World Health Organization (WHO), UNFAO, OIE, and in-country INGOs desirable.

  • Demonstrated experience interpreting and applying laws, rules, policies, and procedures.

  • Experience in crisis communications management.

  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position to include experience in strategic planning, organizational design, implementation and tracking, including, developing, and implementing budget and allocation of resources, managing public relations and advocacy for a variety of audiences.

  • Demonstrated experience in multi-lateral cooperation, cultural, and diplomatic skills.

Additional Information:

Area/College: College of Veterinary Medicine
Department Name: Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health
City, State, Zip: Pullman, WA 99164
Department Link:
Monthly Salary: $7,494.00 - $9,146.00 | Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
FTE: 100%
This is a temporary position. (DEEP VZN project intended scope is 2021-2026)
Temporary End Date: This is a temporary position expected to end 4 years after the start date. Renewal is dependent on the need for extension and/or if additional funding is secured to extend employment.
Screening Begin Date: This position will begin screening applicants on April 26, 2022, and will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.
Background Check: This position has been designated by the department to require a background check.
Application Instructions:

Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) resume 2) a cover letter and 3) contact information for professional references. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements.
Required Documents:

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter

Time Type:

Full time

Position Term:

12 Month

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

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