Senior Specialist

If you have a passion for the health of women and babies in Cincinnati and thrive in challenging roles, we want you to join us as we fight for healthier families.

Cradle Cincinnati is a small, dynamic team working to rally partners from around Hamilton County to lower the number of local infant deaths. We cannot do this alone, so our work is all about building strong partnerships.

We’re looking for someone who can help us:

  • Lead a key element of our strategy: developing deeply rooted relationships with families in neighborhoods and leveraging those families’ unique insights to co-create solutions to infant mortality together.
  • Spark change along the collective impact community engagement spectrum as defined in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
  • Design, fail quickly, and redesign innovative solutions to often generational problems and measure the impact of those solutions
  • Partner with other members of the team to include family voices in every element of our work.
  • Bring an evidence-based approach to community activation and, over time, add to the field of study.

This is the right role for you if you:

  • Have a background in public health, community activation, and/or neighborhood advocacy.
  • Can make friends and develop trust quickly with a wide variety of people and are slow to judge.
  • Have an obsession with detail and a bias toward action.
  • Are experienced in managing complex projects and evaluating the success of new partnerships.
  • Are comfortable in a start-up culture where goals are aggressive, oversight is limited and your next step might not always be clear.
  • Are comfortable innovating and failing on the path to solving complex problems.
  • Can thrive under a focused, deliberate strategy.
  • Are a tremendous communicator.
  • Love Cincinnati and its people.

Sound like you? Apply here and see more details below.



  • Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline (health sciences, business administration, business management, public administration or management, communications, community development and planning, non-profit administration, health education etc)
  • Five years experience working full time leading community activation projects that involve diverse, collaborative partners.


  • Master’s degree in a related field (public health, business administration, public administration, non-profit administration etc).
  • Experience working to enhance community connections in the area of maternal and infant health including but not limited to program design, implementation and evaluation.


  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Advanced ability to develop, implement and manage projects; knowledge of the principles and concepts of project management including proficiency with relevant project management tools.
  • Establishing project goals; calculating project time, resource, and staff requirements; creating project timelines and milestones; identifying the appropriate project staff to accomplish objectives efficiently and effectively.
  • Ability to exhibit diplomacy with all constituents and represent the institution and division well both internally and externally. Setting the stage for constructive relationships by being accessible, approachable, and interpersonally engaged; developing and sustaining meaningful and productive bonds with others based on mutual respect.

Major duties and responsibilities:

  • Co-create community-based solutions to infant mortality.
    • Organize for ownership. Identify community leaders from neighborhoods at high risk for poor birth outcomes. Develop sustainable relationships with them. Collaboratively weave their leadership into all elements of the team’s work. This should include families who have a history of infant loss.
    • Allow for complexity. Constantly consider the (sometimes changing) cultural context of the community you are working alongside. Integrate your work into the other works streams of Cradle Cincinnati.
    • Work with local institutions. At the heart of our strategy is partnership. You will be asked to partner closely with existing stakeholders and neighborhood-based organizations to succeed.
    • Apply an equity lens. Identify and develop leaders from communities who can take on real leadership roles in the effort.
    • Build momentum. With thousands of births in Hamilton County each year, the scale of the work can be overwhelming. You will be asked to develop a multi-year strategy to bring small tests of change to scale.
    • Managing constituencies through change. Use adaptive leadership skills to respond to sometime competing interests in a way that drives progress.
  • Use data to drive targeted interventions and measure change over time.
  • Work collaboratively with other team members to communicate the voice of families to a broad audience.


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