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Social Innovation Specialist

About the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative

The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) is a 501(c)3 entity with the mission of breaking the link between unhealthy housing and unhealthy families. GHHI supports housing, environmental health, and energy efficiency services for families in communities around the country, as well as conducting direct services in Maryland. GHHI’s delivery model is based on its data-driven philosophy that public and private social investments are optimized and social program outcomes are maximized when the energy, health and safety needs of an occupied home are addressed comprehensively, efficiently and simultaneously.

About the Policy and Innovation Team

GHHI’s Policy and Innovation team works with stakeholders and jurisdictions across the country (currently 20+ active projects) to develop and sustain programs that address healthy homes issues such as lead poisoning prevention, asthma trigger reduction, injury prevention, energy efficiency, and weatherization—many of which are shown to have a positive return on investment from reduced medical utilization. As today’s healthcare system increases its attention and resources to community-based prevention and addressing the social determinants of health, the Policy and Innovation team is exploring cutting-edge solutions that bridge the gap between healthcare and healthy homes services. The team works with policy makers, healthcare providers, healthcare payers, local agencies, and service providers in advancing healthcare reform and translating it to sustainable funding for program delivery in our nation’s most vulnerable communities.

Social Innovation Specialist – Roles and Responsibilities:

GHHI Social Innovation Specialists provide technical assistance to organizations around the country that are developing programs and exploring innovative financing models within the healthy homes sector. Specialists analyze data from governments, healthcare, and housing entities, build the capacity of organizations to develop and implement outcomes-based services, assess the feasibility of innovative financing applications (e.g. Pay for Success, value-based contracting), construct economic models, pitch projects to healthcare payers and funders, and manage projects from design to implementation phase. Specialists work with the internal GHHI team, including the President/CEO, the Vice President of Policy and Innovation, other staff on the Policy and Innovation team, as well as vendors and project partners. Additionally, Specialists work with external organizations such as hospital systems, managed care organizations, and state Medicaid programs, as well as a variety of funders, government agencies, and social service providers.

Specialist duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Project and Relationship Management (50% of time). Coordinate, lead, and facilitate stakeholder engagements to advance projects; assist projects partners in building/expanding evidence-based healthy housing interventions; maintain effective communication and conduct follow-up activities with GHHI staff, partners, and funders; engage healthcare organizations in contract negotiations for sustainable financing; manage technical assistance services being delivered to partners; research and create effective communication materials, presentations, and tools for internal staff and external partners to advance projects; stay abreast of current best practices related to healthy housing interventions; and ensure compliance with all reports and information necessary for public and private funders.


  • Specialization in at least one of the following functions to support technical assistance services to clients as well as general strategy and growth of the Policy & Innovation team (50% of time):
    1. Data analysis.
  • Produce economic, cost-benefit, and financial models that include advanced statistical analysis.
  • Plan and facilitate access, extraction, and transfer of sensitive data. This may include, but is not limited to, coordinating effectively with data staff at external organizations, ensuring execution of appropriate data agreements, advising on or writing code to execute database queries, producing data dictionaries, and maintaining compliance with all statutes/regulations (e.g. HIPAA).
  • Clean, sort, and validate large datasets.
  • Effectively interpret, communicate, and visualize data processes, analyses, and insights gained to stakeholders.
    1. Health policy.
  • Research and stay abreast of current healthcare policies and regulations as well as delivery and payment reform initiatives relevant to healthy housing issue areas and GHHI projects.
  • Advise on contracting structures involving healthcare organizations, particularly advanced value-based purchasing and alternative payment models.
  • Effectively communicate options and recommendations to leaders of healthcare organizations.
  • Develop and execute strategic external communications activities.
  • Produce and edit internal and external communications materials, including briefs, articles, presentations, white papers, website materials, and blog posts.
  • Coordinate effectively with internal staff and external partners to develop communications materials.
    1. Formal research and evaluation.
  • Plan and design models to evaluate program delivery processes as well as health, social, and economic outcomes of healthy housing programs.
  • Advise on, design, and lead formal research studies in compliance with relevant laws and regulations.
  • Stay abreast of evaluation best practices and provide resources, tools, and templates to internal staff and external partners.


The successful applicant must possess:

  • Graduate degree in public health, public policy, finance, economics, business management, law, or other related field
  • Experience of at least three years in consulting, healthcare, public health, data analysis, communications, research/evaluation, or related fields
  • Proven project management and organizational skills with attention to detail
  • Proven experience and skills in one or more of the specializations listed above (data analysis, health policy, communications, formal research and evaluation)
  • An ability to effectively collaborate and achieve results across multiple partnerships and agendas
  • An ability to work independently and lead technical assistance efforts while serving as part of a national team
  • Cultural competency and strong interpersonal skills for interacting with colleagues, clients, and program partners of all demographic and professional levels
  • Strong presentation and public speaking skills
  • Flexibility, initiative, and a collaborative spirit
  • Expert proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word, PowerPoint, and Excel;
  • Willingness to travel for meetings and conferences

The ideal Social Innovation Specialist will possess:

  • Experience working in a managed care organization, accountable care entity, hospital system, or related government agency
  • Strong understanding and commitment to addressing health, environmental, and economic inequities through solution-based approaches




Additional Information

This is a full-time, exempt position. Position includes full benefits package and competitive salary commensurate with education and experience. GHHI is an equal opportunity employer. The position reports to the Vice President of Policy and Innovation. GHHI’s D.C. office is at 1612 K Street, NW, Suite 902, Washington, DC 20006 (near Farragut North and Farragut West metros). GHHI’s Baltimore office is at 2714 Hudson St., Baltimore MD 21224.

Interested candidates should send resume and cover letter that includes specialization preference(s) and related experience (data analysis, health policy, communications, formal research and evaluation) to GHHI’s Department of Human Capital at