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Center for a Livable Future


Director, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) based in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering (EHE) at The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health is seeking a senior leader with expertise in food systems to serve as its Director. 

Founded in 1996, the CLF is an inter-disciplinary academic center with collaborations and interactions across the university, locally, nationally and globally (details at CLF integrates a range of research, practice, policy, advocacy, education, communication, and outreach activities to advance the Center’s mission. CLF works closely with students, educators, researchers, policymakers, advocacy organizations, and a variety of communities to build a healthier, more equitable, and resilient food system.

The ideal candidate for CLF Director has demonstrated effective leadership, is a visionary who is both a strategic and systems thinker, and is a well-respected individual within the food systems arena. In addition, CLF’s Director should be able to serve as a strong ambassador and advocate for the Center by maintaining productive working relationships internal to the Department, School and University as well as with a range of external relationships with colleagues among other academic institutions, government agencies, NGOs, philanthropic and other funding circles, and various communities.

CLF’s director should possess: a demonstrated ability to work effectively within an academic institution as an educator, researcher, and/or practitioner; expertise related to, experience with, and an appreciation of the broad aspects of the food system; an understanding of public health; and the ability to provide insights and guidance that advances CLF and strengthens its ability to remain relevant, agile and, cutting edge within the dynamic circles of public health and food system work.

It is envisioned that the CLF Director will effectively mentor CLF colleagues in applying their strengths, talents, and expertise.  CLF’s Director will also be able to recognize the strengths and limitations of the Center overall and exert leadership that builds upon, enhances and guides the evolution of the organization.  The Director will also be committed to empowering others and to cultivating a positive and productive environment within which organizational goals can be achieved. The Director will be adept at establishing and cultivating relationships within donor communities and securing extramural support from a range of sectors.  CLF’s Director will also be an effective communicator who can successfully connect with a variety of audiences and interact with media representatives.

The CLF director should have a demonstrated record of the scholarship of discovery and/or translation to qualify for appointment within EHE and the School at the rank of professor and holder of the Robert S. Lawrence Professorship.

The Johns Hopkins University is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.  All applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply.  Women and under-represented minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.  The Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria.  The University promotes affirmative action for minorities, women, disabled persons and veterans.

Those interested should send electronically a letter describing interest in and qualifications for this position, a CV and the names of three individuals who could be contacted for letters of reference to:

James D. Yager, PhD
Edyth H. Schoenrich Professor of Preventive Medicine
Interim Director, Center for A Livable Future
Professor & Deputy Chair
Department of Environmental Health & Engineering