WittKieffer has been retained by Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), based in Cambridge, MA, to identify the next Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) for the City of Cambridge. This is an exciting opportunity to lead an innovative, forward-thinking, and nationally accredited public health department with a national reputation as one of the most accomplished health departments in the nation.
The Cambridge Public Health Department (CPHD) is a city department administered by CHA. CHA is a regional health system with two hospitals, and a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Tufts University School of Medicine. CHA employs more than 4,900 and has more than 680 medical staff. The CPHD protects and promotes the health of Cambridge residents through programs, services, information, policies, and regulations. CPHD is nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, which seeks to advance and transform public health practice by championing performance improvement, strong infrastructure, and innovation.
Reporting directly to Assaad Sayah M.D., president and CEO of CHA and Commissioner of Public Health for the City of Cambridge, the CPHO will lead and manage the CPHD, which is comprised of 34 employees and a budget of $6 million. This leader will be joining a talented and accomplished department seeking to continue advancing the innovative work being conducted on behalf of the residents of Cambridge. As the department continues to recover from the pandemic, the CPHO will help employees to navigate the new normal and build a supportive, empowering culture across the department. S/he will evaluate the current state of CPHD's operations, including the current and future impact of COVID-19, to develop and implement a new strategic plan; lead efforts to eliminate silos across the department; improve internal operations and processes; and ensure reaccreditation. As the chief spokesperson for public health in the city of Cambridge, this executive will partner closely with local politicians including the City Manager, City Council, and Mayor. S/he will continue the department's work addressing the issue of equity as well as the social determinants of health.
Candidates should be visible, relationship-oriented leaders with extensive experience serving in public health roles. Candidates should be passionate about public health with experience serving in highly political, matrixed environments. Candidates must have strong communication and presentation skills, and be comfortable presenting complex information to a variety of audiences. Candidates should have experience managing teams and a budget. An advanced degree is required for this role.
Interested parties should direct all nominations and resumes to the consultants supporting this search, Tom Quinn and Keshia Harris, through the WittKieffer Candidate Portal by clicking here. For additional questions, please contact Keshia Harris preferably via email at email@example.com.