American Heart Association

Community Program Director, Health Equity

Location US-PA-Philadelphia
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(7/22/2022 3:41 PM)
Requisition ID
Job Category
Health Strategies
Position Type
Full Time


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 Community Program Director, Health Equity based in Philadelphia PA.  This is a fulltime 4-Year Grant Funded position, covering the Philadelphia market. The Director will drive the execution of health impact goals within the area by focusing in the areas of hypertension.

Responsible for working closely with health centers, community organizations, and community stakeholders to drive health equity with a special focus on hypertension or factors impacting chronic disease such as nutrition, healthcare access and health literacy. Responsible for providing tools, engagement, and leadership to support systemic changes and plan health promotion activities with the objective of improving access to quality care and reducing barriers to health.    

To help you be successful you will have access to our award-winning learning platform the Heart U as well as various other training and support mechanisms locally and through our National Center.


  • Lead operations to establish systematic community-based blood pressure screening, education, and referral interventions. Ensure coverage and support of self-monitoring blood pressure. Introduce and encourage food security screening and referral in health centers and community organizations.

  • Design and facilitate opportunities and events for community-based organizations and direct service providers to provide wellness tools and training to their constituents. Enable organizations to build health and wellness skills such as culinary skills, health literacy, general health education, as well as focused opportunities to address health issues such as blood pressure self-management, nutrition education, physical activity, and stress management.

  • Engage HRSA funded and other health centers in systems change work and participation in outpatient quality programs focused on improving blood pressure management and addressing other barriers.

  • Facilitate dialogue and listening sessions to better understand the community’s needs. Collaborate to create an action plan addressing racial and ethnic health disparities and driving health equity in the community. Implement assessment plans to evaluate the environment, find opportunities for action, and engage in sustainable, systemic changes in a community.

  • Identify, recruit and facilitate local cross sector leaders to participate in an engagement council and provide a forum to inform ongoing work.

  • Ensure local opportunities are aligned with the AHA’s broader advocacy, quality, and mission related agenda at the state and region level. Activate support for public policy opportunities.


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

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. 
  • Must have at least 2 years of experience working with community health issues, ability to interact across multiple acculturation levels and socio-economic groups. 
  • Minimum of 2 to 3 years-experience in public health, education, marketing, public relations and/or community programs. 
  • 2 years-experience in recruiting, mobilizing, managing, recognizing, and evaluating volunteers.  Experience in training others on volunteer management and monitoring progress.
  • Exceptional oral and written communications skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to simultaneously handle multiple, complex projects in varying stages of development under time constraints.
  • Ability to travel at least 50% of the time within assigned coverage area.
  • 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.
  • Proven ability to conduct meetings with internal and external clients including interacting with external partners/sponsors representing AHA to the public, as necessary.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle large 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.

    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.

Compensation & Benefits

Employees scheduled to work at least 20 hours per week are eligible to participate in the medical, dental, and vision plans the first of the month following 30 days of service. AHA subsidizes the medical and dental cost to ensure benefits are affordable. Eligible dependents under AHA’s group benefit plans include legal spouse, domestic partner, children under the age of 26 or who are disabled. AHA offers additional benefits like an EAP, telehealth benefit for general medical and behavioral health, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and disability.
Retirement Plans: AHA retirement plans offer employees a way to start saving after their first paycheck. The retirement plans provide employer contributions after two years of service.   If you have previous 501(c)(3) non-profit experience, within the last 5 years, at a national health agency, an institution of higher learning or a medical institution, that experience may count towards the two-year waiting period.  Employees are 100% vested in employee and employer contributions.
Paid Days Off: Regular full-time and part-time employees earn Paid Time Off (PTO) based on years of service. PTO begins accruing on date of hire. Full time employees receive one paid Community Service time off day per year and are encouraged to participate in projects, programs and organizations which contribute to the health and vitality of their communities. AHA also offers 12 paid holidays per year.

Leaves of Absence: AHA offers both Short Term and Long-Term Disability benefits which replace earnings if you are unable to work due to a non-work-related illness or injury. Employees are eligible for Short Term Disability after 90 days of service and are eligible for Long Term Disability after being disabled for 90 days or more. Eligible employees can take up to 12 weeks off work for a qualified leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), intermittent FMLA leaves and leave as an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA).


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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