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Director, Engagement

Washington, DC corporate office, unless otherwise approved by management.

Job Type

Full-Time, Exempt


Generally 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Hybrid schedule
with Tuesday-Thursday in the office and Mondays and Fridays the flexibility to work from home.

About the Role

The Director is an integral member of the team who serves in a leadership role. This position will support our work with multiple clients, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) All of Us Research Program , in efforts to educate diverse communities about research and motivate them to participate with the goal of improving health outcomes. The Director is a seasoned professional with direct experience motivating and managing teams and working and building trust with diverse organizations and communities. The Director reports to a Senior Director.


  • Lead the development and implementation of creative outreach and engagement strategies aligned to client priorities including engaging those who have been underserved and/or historically underrepresented in biomedical research.

  • Serve as a relationship manager to maintain existing and build new relationships with community-based organizations, provider organizations, and community influencers to advance client goals.

  • Lead various workstreams for a variety of clients focused on increasing diversity in medical research and addressing health equity issues.

  • Serve as spokesperson for our team’s engagement work with external organizations, as appropriate.

  • Provide direct support to Principal in development of strategy, identification of barriers and/or opportunities as client work evolves and craft creative solutions and recommendations to address barriers and leverage opportunities.

  • Assist with business development and growth by promoting Pyxis through professional network in pursuit of new opportunities and leads.

  • Supervise and mentor team members. Promotes positive interactions among staff and participates as an active team member. Serve in a “leadership by example” role.

  • Serve in a creative, innovative, strategic as well as “roll up their sleeves” approach role.

  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree with at least 10 years professional experience in stakeholder and community engagement.

  • Minimum three (3) years’ experience managing and directing staff including recruitment, selection, and development to achieve company goals and objectives. This includes leading and coaching a team to support client deliverables and objectives.

  • Ability to facilitate and pull different communities together for conversations around a host of topics to encourage them to collaborate and share information.

  • Proven track record of meeting measurable goals to develop and sustain high-level stakeholder relationships.

  • Strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills; regularly prepares written materials and speaks with authority; effectively adjusts written and verbal communication styles to different audiences; listens for understanding.

  • Ability to translate data and large amounts of information and communicate outcomes and impact.

  • Demonstrated experience partnering with clients to understand their competitive context, strategic goals, current and long-term needs.

  • Dynamic leadership, management, and interpersonal skills to move the company forward.

  • Demonstrated capacity to stimulate collaborative teamwork and that sustains the respect of a diverse, multicultural staff.

  • Motivated and deadline driven, ability to work as part of a team, self-starter with the ability to deliver high-quality work products with limited oversight.

  • Detail- and results-oriented, possessing solid project management skills, ability to hold project team members accountable to deadlines and ability to track and work across multiple projects. 

  • Strong analytical ability, sound judgment, and capacity to think strategically and multi-dimensionally to solve problems, improve or develop new processes and make decisions and recommendations to Pyxis Partners leadership.

  • Ability to work under pressure, manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and meet tight deadlines and deliverables.

  • COVID-19 vaccination. Pyxis is committed to maintaining a work environment that helps keep employees, their family members, and the community safe. Vaccination also aligns with our core values and the work we support.

About the Company

Pyxis Partners works at the intersection of policy, advocacy, and engagement. We develop and advance creative solutions to define pathways to progress, anchored in a commitment to improving the lives of others, building communities up, and fueled by a collective passion for lifting the voice of those that have been underrepresented. We are a team of change agents, relentless advocates, creative problem solvers, trusted community connectors, skilled relationship developers and accomplished bridge builders.

Pyxis Partners is an equal opportunity employer affording all employees and job applicants’ fair and equal treatment. Pyxis Partners complies with the letter and spirit of all applicable federal, state, and local laws prohibiting employment discrimination, including discrimination based on race, age, color, gender, religion, national origin, marital status, family responsibilities, sexual orientation, veteran status and disabilities.

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