Reports to: President, Global Immunization
Location: Washington, DC

Position Summary:

The Director is responsible for operational and programmatic oversight of Sabin’s newly initiated project related to vaccine confidence and establishing a secretariat whose purpose will be to organize and coordinate stakeholders to advance domestic and international multidisciplinary research and develop resources to assess and promote vaccine acceptance and uptake. The Director will help establish and implement short- and long-range goals, objectives, policies and operating procedures and oversee and coordinate the programmatic and administrative deliverables, including governance, meeting support, working group coordination, fundraising, partnership relations, research oversight and communications. The Director will work closely with respective internal and external stakeholders to ensure all strategic objectives are met in accordance with established timelines and grant parameters. The Director will have experience in public health with knowledge of immunization programs and will be responsible for various duties, including budget management, advocacy, outreach and events coordination, resource mobilization, as well as supporting advocacy related resource development, marketing and communications strategic planning efforts.


  • Oversee day-to-day project-related responsibilities, including: maintaining communication with all relevant project constituents, as well as partner and donor agency counterparts; ensuring deliverables are achieved within established timeframes; advising key project resources; and, reviewing project documentation to assure collective action support activities are appropriate and lead to desired outcomes
  • Develop a governance structure and mechanism to actively support working groups
  • Coordinate expert technical dialogues/events and working groups with an understanding of issues related to the access and uptake of current and new vaccines in countries with varying resources and knowledge
  • Explore and identify challenges to immunization programs to inform research priorities
  • Facilitate working groups to achieve the following objectives:
    • development of metrics to assess the degree to which vaccine hesitancy is interfering with immunization program objectives
    • development of research-based guidance on methods to monitor and evaluate interventions that focus on acceptance and hesitancy
    • development of a compendium of guidance on design and implementation strategies to boost acceptance and uptake
    • coordinate targeted research to identify opportunities to engage with and respond to the needs of program managers and practitioners in this area
    • expand capacity and linkages, enabling immunization programs and academic centers to contribute and learn from pragmatic research and vice versa
    • initiate and guide a coordinated international, multi-site research project designed to address priority programmatic concerns
  • Collaborate closely with WHO, UNICEF and Gavi to achieve program objectives
  • Support and provide technical advice on the development and implementation of strategies that will maximize the synergies among program areas within Sabin (e.g., International Association of Immunization Managers)
  • In close coordination with the Accounting and Resource Development teams, manage contracts and grants; monitor budget expenditures; prepare budget revisions; provide interim status reports on all grants; and, oversee, coordinate and/or assist with proposal writing to develop additional funding
  • Utilize Sabin’s systems and processes to establish and maintain accurate and timely project records
  • Oversee and/or coordinate the collection, compilation and analysis of program activity data; and, develop, write and present comprehensive narrative program reports
  • Assist the Communications team and others in producing, developing and communicating in various media such as print and video; and, assist in developing advocacy and technical materials, handouts, news releases, pamphlets and brochures as needed
  • Other related duties, as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field; Advanced degree in Public Health or other health related field preferred
  • 10+ years relevant experience, including immunization-specific research experience, preferably related to access and update of current and new vaccines in countries with varying resources and knowledge
  • Demonstrated skill in developing and managing project work plans and budgets, as well as stakeholder relationships
  • Seasoned project and people management experience
  • Grants management experience
  • Excellent communications, scientific writing and diplomacy skills (active listening, writing, speaking)
  • Strong attention to detail, ability to manage complex tasks, highly organized, dependable and able to prioritize competing demands in order to meet deadlines
  • Must demonstrate interest in furthering Sabin’s mission
  • Works across the organization, building strong relationships with colleagues and able to manage their expectations
  • Effectively manage projects so problems are anticipated and solutions identified quickly
  • Assertive, entrepreneurial orientation; innovative
  • Capable of setting and maintaining priorities
  • Ability to develop and align managerial and administrative processes that support implementation
  • Highly flexible
  • Strong interpersonal skills; effective at working with others over geographical distance
  • Ability to travel both domestically and internationally frequently

How to Apply:

To be considered, please submit your cover letter and resume via e-mail to, fax to 202-842-7689 or mail to HR Manager, Sabin Vaccine Institute, 2175 K Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20037. Please be sure to reference “Director (Vaccine Confidence)” in the subject line. Your cover letter should: (1) address the reasons for your interest in this position; and, (2) describe the knowledge, skills, and abilities you would bring the Sabin Vaccine Institute. No phone calls, please. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Sabin Vaccine Institute has a generous benefits package.

Sabin is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to their race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability or genetic information, sex (including gender identity, pregnancy or sexual orientation), marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.