Prevention Institute is seeking a dynamic, high capacity leader to join our national, non-profit organization in promoting cutting edge efforts to improve community health and well-being by building momentum for effective primary prevention. The qualified candidate will become an integral part of our Health Equity team, working out of our Los Angeles office, located in the historic Leimert Park neighborhood. Qualified candidates will have a thorough understanding of the factors that determine community health, safety and well-being, and be knowledgeable about what it takes to build partnerships to effectively address health inequities, with an emphasis on community-driven initiatives to change policy, systems and environments at the local level. Qualified candidates will have policy/advocacy experience working at the local level in Los Angeles and have a solid track record of influencing state and national initiatives. They will have demonstrated capacity to conduct trainings, deliver technical assistance and support strategy development for community-based, governmental and philanthropic organizations operating at the local, state or national level across the US. The ideal candidate will share our commitment to health and racial equity and community participation in advancing equitable health and safety outcomes among all social and economic groups.
Reporting to the Director of Health Equity, the Program Manager position will strengthen our staff capacity as we deepen the focus of our health equity work and expand our project portfolio which currently ranges from providing training and technical assistance to community-based organizations and government agencies, functioning as a core partner and strategic advisor on policy and system change initiatives at the local, state and national levels, and serving as a thought partner to numerous philanthropic foundations. The Program Manager position includes responsibility for: management, oversight, supervision, and implementation of projects; and, advancing health equity practice and policy. The Program Manager will also take an active role carrying out shared responsibilities within the organization related to: synthesizing research and practice; developing written materials, tools and frameworks; and, designing and guiding interdisciplinary partnerships; and conducting training and strategic consultation with government, foundations, and community-based organizations.
We encourage applications from individuals with a strong grounding in prevention/public health approaches and related fields such as planning/land use, community/economic development, social/economic justice, active transportation, parks/open space, violence prevention, affordable housing, etc. Specific domains of responsibility and qualifications are outlined below.
Health Equity and Organizational Background
Health equity means that every person has the opportunity to achieve optimal health and safety—a principle and approach that has guided all of Prevention Institute’s work since its inception in 1997. We focus on how the structural drivers of inequity, like racism and income inequality, impact community health, safety and well-being. We seek to inspire changes in the community conditions tied to inequities, by building the skills and capacities of individuals and organizations that will target the policies, practices, procedures, and norms that cause or perpetuate health and safety inequities. A focus on health equity permeates all of our content and topical areas including among others: land use and planning, healthy food environments, parks and open space, health system transformation, active transportation, violence and unintentional injury prevention, and mental health.
Prevention Institute (PI) is a national non-profit center dedicated to improving community health and well-being by building momentum for effective primary prevention. Prevention Institute was founded to serve as a focal point for primary prevention practice which is defined as taking action to build resiliency and to prevent problems before they occur. Prevention Institute is committed to preventing injury and illness, to fostering health and social equity, and to building momentum for community prevention as an integral component of a quality health system.
Key Domains of Responsibility
Project Management: High-level management of multiple, concurrent projects utilizing standard project management methods and tools ensuring effective communication of staffing responsibilities, expectations and deadlines as well as the timely completion of high quality deliverables; short and longer term contributions to projects in other topical areas of the organization as required.
Capacity Building: Provision of expert-level technical assistance, training and strategy development to a broad range of clients, including community-based organizations, government agencies and foundations, drawing upon Prevention Institute approaches and frameworks as well as individual-level subject expertise; contribute to the conceptualization, design and testing of capacity building trainings, tools and materials; advance health equity approaches across the organization to strengthen internal capacity.
Materials Development: Conceptualize and author a broad range of documents for multiple audiences incorporating feedback from other staff as required; co-author concept papers, grant proposals and reports, and articles for publication in a range of platforms.
Organizational Representation: Represent PI in a wide variety of settings with a range of stakeholders to advance specific project objectives as well as the organization’s vision and priorities; advance and disseminate PI’s tools, frameworks and publications.
Fund Development: Work with Prevention Institute leadership to develop new and/or extend existing funding streams to support health equity work; conceptualize grant elements and prepare successful grant proposals that strategically meet the goals of the organization, advance the field and make demonstrable improvements in communities and institutions; identification of new funding opportunities; communication with funders to develop and negotiate workplans, timelines and related matters; other grant management activities as required.
Strategic Partnerships: Nurture and sustain positive working relationships with individuals and institutions to strengthen existing strategic partnerships; identify and advance new opportunities for collaboration and partnership; advance PI’s prevention and health equity approach, framework and tools on an ongoing basis.
Organizational Development: Establish and maintain effective lines of communication between staff and encourage best management strategies, techniques and tools for managing project work and workplace challenges; manage and/or implement new and ongoing systems, structures and tools to assure organizational effectiveness.
Staff Supervision and Development: Supervise designated staff members; manage work of project team members ensuring timely fulfillment of project goals, quality work products and other deliverables; maintain clear, high-quality and proactive lines of communication with the Director of Health Equity, organizational peers and other leaders within the organization to coordinate high-quality supervision across project and content teams—Prevention Institute is a highly collaborative organization, which emphasizes working and learning together across issues, teams and topics.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate is a collaborative and team-oriented individual with the desire to learn and grow in a fast paced, complex work environment; s/he consistently seeks new opportunities and is adept at integrating feedback to improve work quality; this individual has a demonstrable commitment to prevention, fairness and justice, health equity as well as PI’s mission, vision, and values. The ideal candidate will demonstrate an understanding of health equity as it relates to other forms of social inequity and will elevate and amplify policies and organizational practices designed to achieve health and safety for all. Specific qualifications include:
A minimum of 5 years relevant experience and a master’s degree in a relevant field or commensurate experience.
Demonstrated experience and a deep understanding of community-level initiatives and upstream or systems level strategies to improve community health, safety and equity.
Exceptional project management and leadership skills backed by a proven track record of success and impact. Ability to provide project leadership/management, ensuring high quality, timely deliverables that meet funding requirements and advance Prevention Institute goals and visibility.
Exceptional writing skills with a demonstrated ability to conceptualize and develop impactful materials, including but not limited to policy briefs, fact sheets, proposals, action alerts, etc.
Strong verbal communications skills including provision of trainings and technical assistance, leading meetings with government and elected officials, facilitating coalition and partner meetings, etc.
Willingness and capacity to travel out of state at least once per month.
Demonstrated track record in policy advocacy initiatives with local level experience required and state and national policy background highly desirable.
Sophisticated critical thinking, research and analytical skills are essential as well as the ability to synthesize external inputs with the organizational tools, approaches and methods for application.
Demonstrable success in working in and with individuals from diverse racial/ethnic, socio-economic, geographic and occupational backgrounds as well as organizations operating in communities with low-income and communities of color; and, high levels of cultural competence.
Fund development background and experience working closely with funder representatives, or clear capacity to grow into this role.
Highly organized, systems oriented individual who is both conceptual and maintains attention to detail and has demonstrated ability to effectively develop and manage multiple work plans and deadlines.
Positive attitude, flexibility and ability to work on multiple tasks with appropriate guidance and supervision.
Significant supervisory experience and skills.
This individual will work in our Los Angeles office, with the capacity to travel to Prevention Institute’s offices in Oakland for orientation activities and ongoing.
To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples by mail or by email to email@example.com. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Additional Salary Information: Salary and Benefits: Excellent benefits package and retirement plan. The appropriate salary level is determined by a review of relevant experience and set according to a principle of transparency and equity.