Senior Program Manager - CHW Strategy and Innovation

DC, MD or VA /
Managers /
Established in 2009, the Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI) is a regional non-profit organization that develops multi-sector partnerships and innovative solutions to improve the public’s health and well-being across Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. IPHI’s work strengthens health systems and policy, enhances conditions that promote health, and strengthens government and community capacity to ensure equitable health opportunities for all. IPHI is the official designated public health institute serving the region as recognized by the National Network of Public Health Institutes.

IPHI is currently recruiting for a Senior Program Manager, Community Health Workforce Strategy and Innovation to manage a growing portfolio of community health worker (CHW) initiatives and special projects related to developing the community health worker workforce and utilizing and sustaining CHW workforce approaches to create health equity. Pending funding, this position will include providing managerial leadership for a major new multi-stakeholder effort to expand the CHW workforce in Virginia to respond and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and explore innovations in financing CHW service models.  IPHI is well-recognized in the region for its work supporting the CHW workforce, and this Senior Program Manager will join a team of staff, including CHWs themselves, who are passionate and experienced in this area. 
The Senior Program Manager will lead collaborative public health program development, implementation and evaluation activities, to include a principal focus on developing, effectively engaging, and sustaining community health workers and CHW-based public health approaches.  This senior leadership position requires oversight and coordination of high-quality program design and delivery, internal administration and project management, external partnership facilitation, and cultivation of new business opportunities and program portfolio development, among other responsibilities. 

Primary Responsibilities

    • Provide leadership for the development and implementation of innovative and evidence-based public health interventions.
    • Coordinate, convene, and facilitate teams, coalitions, and community partnerships to create effective collaborative approaches and achieve program goals.
    • Ensure follow-through on grant and contract commitments and compliance with funding requirements.
    • Develop and ensure the use of detailed workplans and timelines to guide achievement of grant, contract and partnership commitments.
    • Monitor program performance and quality and ensure project teams engage in continuous learning and improvement.
    • Support and lead organizational and community capacity building efforts, including trainings and workshops on topics relevant to monitoring, evaluation and learning.
    • Ensure the organization and our partners have the technical support necessary for high-quality, effective programs.
    • Analyze policy and systems barriers to health equity and engage in thought leadership and collaborative advocacy to affect positive change.
    • Provide supervision, guidance, and coaching to staff to support their growth and effectiveness within their programmatic responsibilities.
    • Cultivate and manage funder, business client and community partner relationships.
    • Play a lead role and work with team members to identify, pursue and secure program funding.
    • Effectively communicate results and lessons learned to various audiences to build visibility and shared knowledge.
    • Write funding proposals, progress reports, program publications, case studies, abstracts, and other content and materials.
    • Engage in public speaking, develop presentation materials, and develop and deliver presentations at meetings and conferences.
    • Liaise external partners, including representing IPHI at national, regional and local meetings.
    • Play a central role in organizational strategic planning and organizational development and improvement.
    • Ensure adherence to administrative and recordkeeping guidelines to support accurate bookkeeping and documentation of activities. 


    • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in related field highly preferred for this position. 
    • At least 7 years of professional experience in the public health field required; 10 years preferred.
    • Experience with community health workers preferred.
    • Track record of successful management of complex, collaborative programs.
    • Experience with securing and managing government grants and contracts.
    • Experience effectively supervising staff and supporting their achievement of work-related goals.
    • Experience developing contracts and organizing the work of subcontractors and consultants.
    • Ability to work with diverse individuals and groups on complex community issues.
    • Experience facilitating group processes, such as committees or community coalitions.
    • Experience working with state or local government, healthcare providers, and non-profits.
    • Demonstrated professional and political aptitude, diplomacy, and conflict management. 
    • Demonstrated experience with management and partnership practices that support diversity, equity and inclusion. 
    • Strong oral and written communications skills, including ability to write clear and concise reports, develop presentation materials and deliver oral presentations.
    • A commitment to continuous learning and quality improvement.
    • Passion for public health and racial equity and the mission of public health institutes.
Compensation: Salary is contingent upon available grant funding and is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Starting salary is expected to be in the range of $85-95K. IPHI offers a flexible work environment and competitive benefits package including vacation and health leave, health/dental/vision insurance, disability and life insurances, and retirement 403(b) plan and contributions.

Location: The preferred location for this position is Richmond, Virginia, given the likelihood of a significant Virginia geographic focus. IPHI also has offices in Washington, DC and Largo, Maryland, and would consider exemplary candidates located anywhere in the DC-MD-VA region. IPHI currently has a flexible telecommuting policy, though some work time in an office environment may be required in the future.

Travel: Frequent travel throughout Virginia and within the DC-MD-VA region is likely. Business travel costs are reimbursable.

How To Apply: Please submit a resumé and cover letter to complete your application for consideration. Your cover letter can be submitted under "Additional Information" as text or uploaded as one file along with your resumé. Please note: only one file can be uploaded to apply.

The Institute for Public Health Innovation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.