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Director, CHAMPS Business Unit - Atlanta, GA #7495846

Company: Emory University

Date: 06/30/2020

City: Atlanta, GA

Employment type: Full-time

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The Task Force for Global Health is an Emory University affiliate located in Decatur, GA. Its eight programs focus on building durable public health systems that serve all people. Focus areas include neglected tropical diseases, vaccines, and health systems strengthening. The Task Force received the 2016 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize–the world's largest award of its kind–in recognition of its extraordinary contributions to alleviating human suffering.


The Team:

The Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) Network is a joint project. Along with its partners, PHII is working to identify global causes of child mortality in order to inform interventions. CHAMPS is a long-term program that will take place at up to 20 sites with high under-five mortality rates.

Team Culture:

Our leadership and teams work together to promote a vibrant, engaging and fun work environment! The PHII/CHAMPS team blends a practical-approach and technical solutions to accomplish our mission-driven work. Our team members are personable and have a high-level of emotional intelligence. We genuinely care about our work and one another! Here is where collaboration, compassion, and mutual respect are the rule of thumb. Exceptionally talented global health professionals with a commitment to our mission, vision, and action-oriented approach need only apply.


The Public Health Informatics Institute is a program of the Task Force for Global Health, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. Our staff comprises professionals in the areas of public health, healthcare, information systems and communications—all well-versed in the current and emerging issues facing public health. PHII is known for its expertise as a neutral convener of public health professionals and their stakeholders, transforming health practitioners' ability to apply information effectively in order to improve health outcomes worldwide. Since 1992, PHII has assisted public health organizations in defining and leveraging the power of information systems to meet public health needs. For more information, visit our website at

PHII is a partner in a global health surveillance network aimed at preventing childhood mortality in developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia. The Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance network, or CHAMPS, will help speed and improve acquisition of data about how, where and why children are getting sick and dying. In 2019 The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation committed $180 Million over 6 years to support this program. CHAMPS is envisioned to be a 20-year program based initially at six sites, but eventually could be expanded to additional sites. The Emory Global Health Institute (EGHI), which houses the U.S. office of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI), serves as the lead partner in the new global network of surveillance sites. PHII will oversee the data management operations and IT strategy, assessing and managing the multiple streams of data collected from the sites. For more information, visit our website at


The Public Health Informatics Institute's (PHII) CHAMPS Informatics Business Unit Director will lead the development, maintenance and support of the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) global surveillance data network. Serves as a senior member of the PHII Senior Management Team. Responsible for CHAMPS Program Applications and Services for sites in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia and the CHAMPS Program Office based in Atlanta, GA.

  • Oversees the IT strategic planning, technology solutions, service quality, and overall operations of CHAMPS Program enterprise applications, which includes support of pathology data collection systems, clinical data systems, specimen tracking systems, bio banking, data warehouse, analysis/visualization/reporting dashboard, as well as other enterprise-level systems.
  • Serves as a leader and maintains responsibility for coordination and decision-making for the CHAMPS program Information Technology Team and provides day-to-day strategic oversight of the Informatics/IT Staff members.
  • Leads IT strategic and operational planning and sets priorities in collaboration with the CHAMPS Principal Investigator and Chief of Staff in support of the CHAMPS project objectives.
  • Ensures that the IT infrastructure will support the epidemiological and reporting needs of the project, communicate IT risks, risk mitigation plans and issues up to the highest level in the CHAMPS program office.
  • Provides oversight in decision-making about IT investment, but also weighs costs and benefits.
  • Reports to the Director of the Public Health Informatics Institute and within the CHAMPS program also has a matrix report to the CHAMPS Chief of Staff.


A bachelor's or advanced degree in IT, Computer Science, Engineering, Security, Business or related field, and seven years of progressive experience at a senior level in global health and/or medical informatics settings. Five years of progressive experience managing a team of Informatics/IT professionals. Previous experience holding information technology management positions. Collaborative leader who has led a team of senior Informatics/IT professionals and served as an effective member of an IT leadership team. Experience with data analysis and data visualization tools.


  • Advanced degree in related field
  • Genuine, approachable leadership style
  • Experience in design and/or modifying clinical information systems
  • Experience in design and operation of public health surveillance systems, especially those related to infectious diseases
  • Experience integrating data from disparate systems to achieve a unified data architecture


  • 10% - 15% of international and domestic travel

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