American Heart Association

Vice President, Community Impact

Location US-CA-Los Angeles
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(10/7/2021 7:07 PM)
Requisition ID
Job Family Group
Health Strategies & Programs
Job Category
Health Strategies


Are you ready to join an organization where you can be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives?


Envision 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 single day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? You bet!


This is satisfying work that makes a real difference in people's lives. You can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. You will connect with people and make a lifesaving impact. You will 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 (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Vice President, Community Impact for our Western States Region. The location is flexible to locations within the Western States region with cost-effective access to travel across the territory served and convenient proximity to a major airport. 


The Vice President, Community Impact is responsible for leading the development, implementation, integration, and evaluation of strategies and plans to achieve the Western States region's health impact and revenue goals aligned with the strategic goals of the AHA/ASA.  Inherent in this is the development and practice of culturally competent community engagement across staff and volunteers and advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Strategic focus areas include hypertension, cholesterol, nutrition, obesity, and physical activity. The Vice President, Community Impact will also lead region-wide integration of population health strategies in collaboration with Development, QORA, Advocacy and Communications & Marketing partners and serves as the internal consultant to the Western States region on community and population health strategies and trends with a specialized focus on programs to drive health improvement across vulnerable communities.

Due to the current pandemic, all AHA offices are closed and staff are currently working from home.  While offices are closed, daily travel is minimal and voluntary. There is no overnight travel currently. Offices will be reopening October 11, 2021.  On this date the position will resume to being based in the local office and work will continue in the field with donors, volunteers and partners as the job requires.  


Essential Job Duties:

  • Demonstrate the AHA leadership competencies and employs effective management techniques in the sourcing, recruitment, selection, supervision, management, and leadership of staff to appropriately develop and engage staff to achieve organizational objectives.
  • Effectively build a network of meaningful volunteer and partner relationships to create a sustainable culture of health within our vulnerable communities. Proactively lead and identify, recruit, orient and retains volunteers consisting of senior level executives and community leaders within the market to drive the overall community action plan.  Builds strategies to full engage and involve volunteer leadership across the region and accountable for the organization and management of volunteers.                   
  • Work collaboratively with development staff partners and volunteers to identify, cultivate and secure prospective sponsors for relevant campaigns, driving to specific sponsorship goals with across markets. Support the achievement of the field campaign goals through health asset sponsorships/activations and other means.
  • Lead and support the development, implementation and evaluation of strategies and plans to build diversity and inclusion of staff and volunteers to be more fully representative of the communities served and consistently demonstrate culturally competent community engagement practices applying an equity first lens. Actively contributes to the Western States EVP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council.
  • Drive the development of community action plans that include engagement and positioning strategies, driving to organizational PSE (policies, systems, and environment) goals around healthy behavior, which include blood pressure management, cholesterol control, worksite wellness and other health impact initiatives. Plans include engagement strategies for key volunteers and alliances.  Bring programs to scale leveraging marketing insights and trends for engagement, therefore driving sustainability.  
  • Lead by example in serving as a catalyst and convener with collective impact coalitions and demonstrate progress through reach of policy, system, and environment interventions. Ensure collaboration with advocacy and other business partners to determine the local public policy focus, strategy, and initiatives to address significant population reach that will drive to the reduction of health disparities in diverse audiences including identifying and removing barriers to health care access and quality.        
  • Drive direct health impact via targeted strategic community alliances (i.e., faith-based institutions, FQHCs, community centers etc.) and corporate relationships (i.e., Top 25 Companies, sponsors, etc.)
  • Drive the development and implementation of cross-functional hypertension and cholesterol control strategies (high blood pressure management, cholesterol, and healthy behavior initiatives) across the WS with strong integration of Health Strategies and Development.
  • Articulate the CVD health needs in and across communities and what AHA is doing to address them within the community. Develop and facilitate competency development of all staff to effectively talk about what the AHA is doing to reach diverse audiences within the community served.       
  • Ensure that the team operates within appropriate operational and financial boundaries and within the financial capacity available. Operate in accordance with the AHA's Fiscal Standard policies and all applicable laws, regulations, policies, and standards   


Want to help get your resume to the top?   Take a look at the experience we require:


  • Minimum of five to seven (5-7) years’ experience in public health education and community initiatives related to health disparities including experience in health equity platforms and cultural competency across multiple acculturation levels and socio-economic conditions.
  • Knowledge of advocacy initiatives, community engagement strategies, healthcare quality initiatives and development/fundraising with ability to effectively integrate strategies.
  • Demonstrated track record of adding strategic value to designing and securing revenue generating opportunities with both internal and external partners.
  • Demonstrated track record in building effective, collaborative teams of staff and volunteers with experience recruiting, engaging, and activating corporate and medical volunteers with significant community influence.
  • Demonstrated track record in setting and achieving aggressive goals through volunteer engagement on a sustained basis.
  • Ability to influence others to action through creating a shared vision and sense of ownership and personal accountability.
  • Ability to credibly establish and execute a strategic plan across functional areas and disciplines in a complex and highly dynamic environment, effectively translating strategies to measurable goals and plans.
  • Proven ability to think strategically, analyze market data, identify key trends - internal and external - and have participated in the strategy development and execution of initiatives to achieve mission-aligned fundraising and operational goals.


Here are some of the preferred skills we are looking for:

  • Master's degree in Public Health or related field
  • Knowledge of corporate and community networks.
  • Knowledge of AHA’s mission and programs.


So, are you ready to work for the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases? 



The American Heart Association’s 2024 Goal: Every person deserves the opportunity for a full, healthy life. As champions for health equity, by 2024, the American Heart Association will advance cardiovascular health for all, including identifying and removing barriers to health care access and quality.

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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