American Heart Association

  • Community Impact Director

    Job Locations US-CT-Wallingford
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/28/2018 5:16 PM)
    Requisition ID
    Job Family Group
    Health Strategies & Programs
    Job Category
    Health Services
  • Overview

    Are you ready to join an organization where you can make an extraordinary impact every day?

    Imagine all Americans enjoying ideal cardiovascular health free of heart disease and stroke. At the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, we get to work toward that goal every day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? Absolutely.

    This is satisfying and challenging work that makes a real difference in people's lives. We are where you can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. We are where you can connect people to making a lifesaving impact. We are where you can partner with individuals, schools, lawmakers, healthcare providers and others to ensure everyone has access to healthier lifestyle choices and proper healthcare. The American Heart Association is where you can make an extraordinary impact.



    The Founders Affiliate of the American Heart Association is recruiting for a Community Impact Director with experience living or working with communities in the state of Connecticut.



    Your Key Responsibilities will include:


    • Serve as the Health Lead to the Community: Under the direction of the VP of Community Health and the Executive Director, the Community Impact Director will serve as the “health lead” for the state by engaging and mobilizing the community, managing a collective impact plan, supporting heart healthy resources in the community (more detail listed below), and building strong volunteer relationships.
    • Build a Collective Impact Plan: Together with community residents and partners, focusing on eliminating health disparities, the Community Impact Director will continually assess the health needs of the community and will develop, coordinate and/or implement community wide strategies. They will lead a prioritization and action plan process that focuses on eliminating health disparities through proven-effective policies, systems, and environmental change approaches.
    • Support Blood Pressure & Cholesterol Improvement: The Director will work with healthcare providers serving Connecticut to ensure best practices for treatment of patients through initiatives and AHA programs. They will consult with clinical staff for data entry, data reporting, compliance issues, and strategies for improved patient outcomes.
    • Engage & Empower Volunteers: The Director will be accountable for the recruitment and management of volunteer networks in the market. They will build a network of meaningful volunteer partnerships to advance the mission. They will provide timely direction, meaningful opportunities, resources and recognition to volunteers while at the same time relying on their expertise, abilities and willingness to leverage their networks to drive the goals of the organization. They will hold each other accountable, both volunteers and staff, while being accessible and build collaborative staff-volunteer partnerships that are based on a foundation of mutual trust.
    • Collaboration: The Director will drive collaboration with internal staff partners in the market around mission related goals and work together to ensure health strategies are integrated into development, communications and marketing, advocacy, and healthcare quality improvement activities. They will collaborate with development staff partners and volunteers to identify, cultivate and secure program funding, including sponsorship, for relevant mission campaigns.


    You can expect to travel approximately 75% of the time in throughout CT as well as some travel to regional offices and the National Center in Dallas, TX for meetings and training.


    In this role, you will report to our VP of Community Health and Stroke Integration.  This position will be based in our Wallingford, CT office.


    To help you be successful you will have access to our award-winning learning platform the Heart U as well as our sales training & relationship development program- Building Powerful Partnerships which received a 2017 Learning! 100 Award from Elearning! Media Group, and various other training and support mechanisms locally and through our National Center.




    If you want to join our mission and be a “Relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives”, review the preferred skills we are looking for below: (Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.) 


    • Knowledge and familiarity with the geography, key institutions and key partners and volunteers in Connecticut.
    • Proven ability to convene and lead appropriate stakeholders, build strategic partnerships, and conduct meetings with internal and external clients including interacting with external partners/sponsors representing AHA to the public as necessary.
    • Demonstrated strategic thinking skills in assessing the local market environment and available resources to successfully implement new and existing programs.
    • Demonstrated ability to manage projects and events ensuring deadline compliance.
    • Demonstrated ability to productively participate in a multi-disciplinary team environment working towards common goals with internal and external clients. Ability to influence team members without supervisory authority.
    • Self-motivated, highly effective organization and analytical skills, multi-tasking, communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills.
    • Proven ability to recruit, mobilize and manage volunteers.
    • Must have at least intermediate knowledge and skill with Microsoft Office 2010 or higher used for word processing, email, presentations, and spreadsheets. Advanced knowledge and skill with these programs are preferred. These skills are subject to testing.
    • Ability to travel around state of Connecticut and transport items to and from meetings and events.
    • Ability and willingness to occasionally travel outside the market and to work evenings and weekends as needed.



    Education:  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university preferred.  College coursework combined with related experience may be substituted for a degree.  Related experience may be substituted as follows: 1 ½ years experience equates to 1 full time year of higher education.


    Experience: 5+ years’ experience working with community/public health issues and/or managing community/public health promotion or related educational programs, skilled organizer with experience in community engagement and coalition management including multicultural communities, ability to interact across multiple acculturation levels and socio-economic groups.  This experience may also count towards satisfying this position’s educational requirement.



    Attracting talented, committed employees means offering a competitive benefits package, ongoing professional development and training, and a diverse and inclusive environment in which to work and grow.  And we do.


    Our Rewards & Benefits package not only gives you the total benefits you want, but also goes above and beyond with innovative programs to develop your skills – helping you grow and thrive at the American Heart Association.


    If you have questions related to the salary for this position, please feel free to e-mail me at



    While we can only contact/interview those applicants deemed most qualified for the position, we do appreciate all applicants for their interest and effort in applying.  In most cases you can expect to hear from us within one week from the receipt of your completed application.


    Click on “Apply for this job online” to submit your online application or “Log back in!” if you are a returning applicant. Only those candidates deemed most qualified by the hiring manager will be contacted to interview.


    At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity applies to both our workforce and the communities we serve as it relates to heart health and stroke prevention.


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