Maternal and Child Health Program Specialist

Arlington, Virginia, United States /
Altarum Institute – Population Health/Community Health /
/ Hybrid
Altarum’s Community Health Practice Area is seeking an Maternal and Child Health Program Specialist to support multiple projects aimed at improving the health of women, children, and adolescents. This position will largely focus on leading projects related to our maternal and child health portfolio. Work may include leading large federal, state and philanthropic funded projects, providing training and technical assistance, developing written products, facilitating online and face-to-face meetings and webinars, facilitating partner and grantee engagement, developing reports, and working with cross-agency teams to support maternal and child health programs such as Title V at the state level.

You will have the opportunity to use your knowledge of maternal and child health to generate insights that inform equitable public health and health services solutions. During your career at Altarum you will work on many projects and your specific tasks and responsibilities will vary across projects, with the potential for career advancement.

In addition, we’re looking for a leader who has experience mentoring staff, building team morale, and engagement. 


    • Model the values of the organization
    • May lead large and small MCH projects across our portfolio related to technical assistance and training, MCH workforce development, evaluation, and assessment 
    • Attend in person client meetings as needed in the DC area 
    • Plan and develop activities, reports, and products to support grantees
    • Facilitate or co-facilitate small and large group meetings, engagement sessions, trainings, and webinars
    • Build and maintain effective working relationships with external partners in MCH; identify partnerships and promote relationship‐building
    • Work effectively in a team environment
    • Balance the needs of multiple simultaneous projects with competing deadlines
    • Demonstrate initiative in problem solving and innovative solution development
    • Liaise and coordinate with a range of clients and project partners
    • Develop and maintain productive relationships with clients including developing appropriate approaches to addressing client concerns and pain points 
    • Self-manage time and resources effectively
    • Monitor and track project execution to ensure budgets and timelines are met; Manage processes for budgets, timelines, technical documentation, project briefings and reviews, and take ownership of all contract deliverables and program success 
    • Implement quality assurance and control processes for project deliverables and services 
    • Review and quality check projects, prepare monthly status reports and financial reports 
    • Identify subcontractor needs and sources, review statements of work, and monitor subcontractor performance 
    • Oversee development of project plans and resources estimates, including planning level of effort projections for projects in the behavioral health portfolio; set objectives, develop project work plans, establish milestones, and assign tasks to staff to fulfill scope of work 
    • Follow all applicable privacy and confidentiality procedures in daily work
    • Contribute to proposals and business development efforts 


    • Master’s degree in public health or related field preferred, with at least 7 years of experience working in MCH
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Exceptional attention to quality and detail
    • An inquisitive and innovative nature, integrity, willingness to take on new roles, team-focused mentality, and a commitment to continuously learning and improving
    • Self-motivated with demonstrated skills in independent management of time and tasks
    • Experience in virtual and in-person meeting facilitation
    • Proficiency in all basic Microsoft Office software applications (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) 

Logistical Requirement

    • At this time we will only accept candidates who are presently eligible to work in the United States and will not require sponsorship
    • Our organization requires that all work, for the duration of your employment, must be completed in the continental U.S. unless required by contract
    • If you are local to our offices in Arlington, VA; Silver Spring, MD; Ann Arbor, MI; or Portland, ME this role will be hybrid
    • Must be able to work during eastern time unless approved by your manager

Altarum is a nonprofit organization focused on improving the health of individuals with fewer financial resources and populations disenfranchised by the health care system.  We work primarily on behalf of federal and state governments to design and implement solutions that achieve measurable results.  We combine our expertise in public health and health care delivery with technology development and implementation, practice transformation, training and technical assistance, quality improvement, data analytics, and applied research and evaluation. Our innovative solutions and proven processes lead to better value and health for all. 
In addition to the meaningful and challenging work, Altarum offers an outstanding benefits program that includes paid time off, tuition reimbursement, 401k (3% employer contribution plus opportunity for gainsharing), a flexible work environment, and much more. We invite you to explore exciting and rewarding career opportunities with us.  
Altarum provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.