Senior Vice President, Deputy Health Medical Officer

March Of Dimes
Arlington, Virginia
Nov 02, 2020
Nov 02, 2021
Full Time
Position Type

March of Dimes is an iconic health-related organization that initially eradicated polio and now leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies with a focus on stemming preterm birth and is seeking applications and nominations for the position of  Senior Vice President, Deputy Health Medical Officer.


March of Dimes is there with families before, during and after pregnancy so that every mom and baby can be healthy and strong. Our goals are to end preventable maternal mortality/morbidity and preventable preterm birth and infant mortality. And because preterm birth and its complications are the largest contributors to infant death in the U.S. and globally, families need the March of Dimes to speak up, reach out and stand strong. We are uniting communities to ensure that every family gets the best possible start today and for generations to come. March of Dimes is taking on the toughest maternal and infant health problems. The U.S. remains among the most dangerous developed nations for childbirth, especially for families of color.  Each year, 380,000 babies in our country are born preterm.  Women of color have an up to 50 percent higher rate of preterm birth than White women, and their children can face a 130 percent higher infant death rate.  March of Dimes is working to address these inequities by fighting for every mom and family.  Our organization has many areas of focus to fight this health crisis, including community programs, research and advocacy.

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Reporting to the Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO), the Senior Vice President, Deputy Health Medical Officer leads the Office of Maternal and Child Health Impact (MCH).  The Senior Vice President ensures the national and field (market) staff receive the subject matter expertise on maternal and birth issues from the national office.  The new individual represents March of Dimes on thought leader groups with external organizations working on maternal and birth outcomes.  The Senior Vice President collaborates with all departments to ensure science and evidence-based information is used to inform March of Dimes strategies to address maternal and birth outcomes. 

Leadership and Strategic Direction:

  • Provides executive level leadership in MCH. Impact in support of the strategic direction outlined by the organization’s strategic plan and the CMHO.
  • Serves on the Mission Impact Department Leadership Team. Supports the CMHO’s work and committee responsibilities (to include the Mission Advancement Committee) associated with the Board of Trustees.
  • Reviews concepts for products to develop to determine if appropriate for March of Dimes.
  • Serves as March of Dimes representative and thought leader in external groups and on panels, such as Maternal AIM, Healthy Start Advisory Council, SACIM, etc.
  • Leads and provides managerial oversight to the MCH Impact Team. Ensures appropriate supervision and adherence to operational policies and procedures.  Manages the budget and ensures fiscal accountability.

Subject Matter Expertise:

  • Provides guidance and direction to the team of subject matter experts to include the Women and Infant Health expert, the Senior Director of Health Equity to ensure that the national and field (market) staff have the evidence-based content on the key topics impacting maternal and birth outcomes.
  • Ensures the science-based review of literature to gain and inform a framework/model that depicts contributing factors to MM and PTB in order to inform strategies to address the issues.
  • Reviews, edits and approves all clinical/medical content for the website and other key March of Dimes offerings; serves as a resource to the communications department for clinical review of messaging, input into briefing documents and external marketing materials.

Partnerships and Volunteer Engagement for Mission Impact:

  • Works on special projects such as volunteer leadership conferences and relationships with external outside organizations. Leverages key partnerships such CDC, NMA, ACOG, HRSA, AAP, SMFM, AHA, APHA and others to advance mission impact policy, program and revenue objectives.
  • Makes presentations at internal and external national and state level events (trainings, orientation sessions, media briefings/interviews, conferences, other events) that introduce people to the March of Dimes mission, goals and strategic initiatives.

Revenue Development:

  • Develops funding relationships with government entities, philanthropy, and corporations and obtains external grant funding to support mission impact.
  • Facilitates the inclusion of science-based information into proposals being developed by the organization to generate resources to support mission work.


  • A Doctor of Medicine required with expertise in maternal child health, prematurity, health equity and public health issues/threats impacting maternal and newborn health. Specialization in Pediatrics and/or Obstetrics and Gynecology is highly desirable.     
  • Experience in grants management and knowledgeable about public policy development and quality improvement.
  • Demonstrated leadership in managing, directing, and guiding professional staff from a variety of disciplines.
  • Excellent project management capabilities complemented by strong organizational skills with an attention to detail. 

March of Dimes has retained the services of Diversified Search to assist in this search.  Please submit a cover note and resume to Holly Bowers, Vice President and Senior Associate at

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