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Senior Program Manager- Commonhealth ACTION

22 Jan 2016 3:35 PM | Michael Royster

Job Description: Sr. Program Manager January 2016


CommonHealth ACTION seeks to invest in a dynamic and energetic Senior Program Manager who will support its expanding program portfolio including but not limited to: the development and day-of-day management of national and local leadership programs; support for the development and expansion of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Training Institute; implementation of technical assistance; and engagement in organizational and staff development activities.

Candidates must submit a resume and cover to letter by 5p, January 29, 2016.


CommonHealth ACTION is a national public health organization that aligns people, strategies, and resources to generate solutions that address health and policy challenges. Our vision is an America in which all people have equitable opportunities and neighborhood conditions to achieve their best possible health. Collectively, our staff has worked in 43 states and more than 100 communities across the nation.

At CommonHealth ACTION, we believe that health is a production of society. In addition to genetics, our health outcomes are determined by the contexts within which we live our lives and make personal behavioral choices. We work with people across sectors to address the policies, systems, and institutions that produce health and wellbeing in communities (e.g. housing, employment, education, transportation, access to healthcare, the built and natural environments, structural racism, and others) known collectively as the social determinants of health.

Our program services include: technical assistance and capacity-building; change management; curriculum development, training, and facilitation; organizational strategy and development; research, writing, and publications; and integrated meeting services. Please visit for more information about our work.



The Senior Program Manager will design, manage, and implement programs for diverse clients with whom we work to map, make, manage, measure, and master change. This position requires analytical, interpersonal, organizational, and communications skills as well as the ability to exercise discretion, independent judgment, and political acumen.

IDEAL CANDIDATE: The ideal candidate is a proven leader and manager who is a self-starter and self-directed. The candidate should be a flexible and curious person who enjoys working in a fast-paced environment with multiple teams on various programs. They should have an understanding of and commitment to the principles of equity and the production of good health for all people. The candidate must be an effective verbal communicator and demonstrate strong writing skills; be a strategic and creative thinker; seek to engage in thought partnership; have an engaging personality and demeanor; and appreciate constructive feedback as a mechanism for professional development and personal growth.


GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Responsibilities include (but are not limited to) Program Management

  • Lead and manage long- and short-term program design and planning.
  • Develop, monitor, and manage program timelines, human capital, and budgets to ensure timely, high-quality, and error-free deliverables.
  • Use available and emerging technology to lead, manage, and document program activities.
  • Manage, prepare, and oversee documentation, invoicing, and reporting as required by funders and clients.
  • Provide content expertise and knowledge for the design and implementation of program activities.
  • Serve as programmatic liaison to external partners, including representing CommonHealth ACTION at national, regional and local meetings.
  • Manage and coordinate programmatic, team, and partner meetings.
  • Negotiate, monitor, and manage consultant contracts.
  • Serve as a resource advisor which includes: coaching and mentoring staff members; supporting the development and growth of advisees’ professional brands; and managing resources, opportunities, time, and information to ensure advisees can be successful.
  • Adhere to CommonHealth ACTION’s administrative and recordkeeping guidelines to support accurate bookkeeping and documentation of activities.

Technical Assistance and Capacity-building

  • Design, manage, and provide technical assistance to clients, partners, and program participants.
  • Conduct and facilitate webinars, conference calls, and face-to-face meetings and trainings as needed to support program and organizational goals.

Curriculum Development, Training, and Education

  • Facilitate small and large group meetings and trainings.
  • Develop and deliver curricula and training modules independently or with a team.
  • Facilitate group processes, training, planning, and adult learning activities, independently or with a team.

Organizational Development

  • Contribute to organizational strategy, business model development, and planning activities.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of organizational policies and practices.
  • Offer new ideas and innovative approaches to support the organization and emerging business model.

Research, Writing, and Publications

  • Manage and conduct environmental scans that identify needs, trends, and best practices in support of programmatic and organizational goals.
  • Conduct and coordinate research activities to support program and portfolio development
  • Develop publications and reports through collaborative writing and editing.

Job Description: Sr. Program Manager

Communications and Marketing

  • Write blog posts and online content for and social media in support of organizational and programmatic communications strategies
  • Develop PowerPoint presentations, brochures, and other materials for use during program-related activities and for presentation at professional conferences.
  • Contribute to the development and visibility of CommonHealth ACTION’s brand and messaging while identifying opportunities to market programs and services proactively.

Business Development

  • Research, identify, and secure funding through the development of bids, concepts, and proposals.
  • Seek and build relationships with individuals and organizations to create opportunities for new work.
  • Identify opportunities to increase and diversify revenue streams as aligned with the business model.MPLOYMENT STANDARDS &

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND PERSONAL AFFECT: A graduate degree is required. Candidates may hail from fields outside of public health or public policy but must have eight to twelve years’ progressive management experience and responsibility.

A strong understanding of public health and the production of the public’s health

Ability to work with and across sectors (e.g., communities, corporations, government, and academia)

Ability to cultivate and sustain strong partner/client relationships on behalf of the organization

Ability to align organizational priorities and values with funders’ and partners’ priorities

Proposal writing experience

Experienced and effective technical assistance provider

Knowledge and experience with leadership development

Creative program design; system and process development; and problem-solving skills

Understanding of change and change management in organizations, communities, institutions, and systems

Willingness to engage in continuous learning and training

Professional and political acumen, diplomacy, and tact

Positive, collaborative, compassionate, and solutions-focused temperament


REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Resource Advisor: Associate Director, Programs & Resource Development

HIRING SALARY RANGE AND BENEFITS: $77,000 – $87,000 (Salary is contingent upon available funding), and is commensurate with experience and qualifications. CommonHealth ACTION offers a competitive benefit package with annual leave, health/dental/vision insurance and retirement contributions (403B).

TRAVEL: Local and national travel (approximately 15%–30%) are required. Travel is typically for short-term, client-based meetings, trainings, and conferences.

PERSONAL VEHICLE: This position requires a reliable personal vehicle and automobile insurance. Local vehicle mileage and parking will be reimbursed according to organizational policy and program budgets.

NON-DISCLOSURE, NO-COMPETE, AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AGREEMENTS: Employee may be required to sign the aforementioned agreements as a condition of employment.

JOB LOCATION: Washington, DC. Telework agreements are negotiable.

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