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Associate Director, Center for Advancing Healthy Communities (CAHC)
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors in Decatur, Georgia
Date Posted 08/12/2022
Nonprofit-Senior/Executive Management
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Associate Director, Center for Advancing Healthy Communities (CAHC)

Full Job Description

About NACDD:
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) is a member-based not-for-profit association that improves the health of the public by strengthening state-based leadership and expertise for chronic disease prevention and management. NACDD’s core membership is composed of 58 state and territorial health department chronic disease directors and their staff who protect the health of the public through primary and secondary prevention efforts and work “upstream” on root causes of chronic conditions. In addition, NACDD unites 7,000 chronic disease professionals across the United States working in state, tribal, and territorial health departments, nonprofits, academia, and the private industry to promote health and to reduce the burden of chronic disease. As a national, nonprofit, professional Association, we advocate, educate, and provide technical assistance, to inform programming and grow chronic disease prevention knowledge, leadership, and capacity.

NACDD Employee Total Rewards and Benefit Options: *
*Flexible work hours *Remote working options *Paid holidays *Medical insurance *Dental insurance *Vision insurance *Flexible spending account (FSA) *Professional development *Career growth opportunities *Paid time off (PTO) *Paid sick leave *Paid volunteer time *401(k) with employer match *Employee assistance program (EAP) *Short-term disability *Long-term disability *Basic life/AD&D *Life services tool-kit (LSTK) *Critical illness coverage *Accident coverage *Home office supply support *Employee discount program *Home meal delivery program *Wellness activities *Employee recognition program *Employee engagement committees
Position Summary
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) is seeking a highly motivated and experienced individual to join our organization as an Associate Director within the Center for Advancing Healthy Communities (CAHC) to advance school health and emotional wellness efforts. NACDD is a member-based not-for-profit Association that improves the health of the public by strengthening state-based leadership and expertise for chronic disease prevention and control in states and at the national level. NACDD's role continues to be that of standing in the gap, linking resources with its member-experts, and together creating a safer, healthier, and more equitable America.
Under the direction of the Chief Program Strategy Officer and the direct supervision of the Vice President of CAHC, this individual will provide leadership and strategic direction in designing, implementing, and evaluating efforts within the Center that have a focus on school health and wellness, mental and behavioral health, and overall emotional well-being. Additionally, this individual will overlay these efforts with food and nutrition insecurity, physical activity, and social connectedness. The Associate Director will leverage a systems approach to foster coordination and collaboration among all CAHC programs/projects, specifically Building Resilient Inclusive Communities (BRIC), Statewide Partnerships Improving Nutrition and Equity (SPINE) and the AmeriCorps program to ensure alignment with the Association’s Strategic Plan and Board priorities. An emphasis on inclusion, social determinants of health, health equity, and social justice will be integrated into all CAHC programs/projects and activities.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide project management and strategic and technical subject matter expertise (SME) support to NACDD’s school health and wellness efforts (includes mental and behavioral health and overall emotional well-being).
  • In partnership with Child Trends and Mental Health America, and a team of SMEs, lead DP22-2203 National Initiative to Advance Health Equity in K-12 Education by Prevention Chronic Disease and Promoting Healthy Behaviors, a five-year project aimed at supporting CDC-funded state education agencies (SEA), districts, schools, out-of-school time (OST) providers, and NACDD’s constituents in supporting the physical, mental, and behavioral health of students and school staff.
  • Generate opportunities for professional development (PD), training and technical assistance (T/TA), and peer-to-peer learning and sharing (e.g., communities of practice, annual meetings, etc.).
  • Manage all data collection, management, and analysis activities; liaise with Child Trends and NACDD’s Evaluation Team, as needed, to implement project’s evaluation plan, and achieve high quality deliverables in accordance with established timelines and budget.
  • Liaise with NACDD’s Communications Department, as needed, to achieve any communications-related deliverables.
  • Liaise with NACDD’s Project Management Office, as needed, to leverage Smartsheet platform and track project’s progress and outcomes and engage in performance management activities.
  • Provide oversight to annual program reporting and develop future continuation applications.
  • Ensure contracting and fiscal responsibility by liaising with NACDD’s Finance Department
  • Serve as CDC point-of-contact for project-related activities.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with partners and other collaborators across all programs/projects.
  • In collaboration with NACDD’s CEO, CAHC, and other senior leadership, formulate program goals, develop strategies that broaden programmatic reach, and inform overall strategic direction.
  • Support all other CAHC programmatic efforts including identifying opportunities for cross-program collaboration and synergy, leveraging of resources, and alignment with NACDD’s mission/vision and Strategic Plan.
  • Engage and supervise other team members and/or SMEs to support and augment program implementation and reach.
  • Contribute to long-term strategic thinking to stand up and operationalize CAHC activities (e.g., planning, partnerships, funding, sustainability, etc.); this includes developing funding proposals (federal, philanthropic, foundations, etc.) to support expansion of program resources, collaboration, and implementation.
  • Support development and utilization of systems to measure and communicate impact across all CAHC programs/projects
  • Support development and utilization of systems for performance monitoring and improvement across all CAHC programs/projects
  • Assist in the development of academic papers as opportunities become available
  • Collaborate with other NACDD team members.
  • Participate in all NACDD-, CAHC-, and CDC-required meetings.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.
  • Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)*
  • Master’s degree in Public Health, Public Health Administration, or related field with minimum of 15 years of relevant experience required. DrPH or PhD preferred.
  • At least 10 years of relevant experience in planning, implementing/leading, and evaluating chronic disease prevention and/or management or health promotion programs including expertise in school health and wellness, community health and nutrition, physical activity, and social connectedness (to improve physical health and mental and emotional well-being).
  • Prior Association or other not–for-profit experience preferred, specifically member-based organizations serving state public health practitioners.
  • Prior work experience in a state, county, or local health department preferred.
  • Experience developing, implementing/leading, and evaluating school health and wellness programs at the federal, state, and/or local county level preferred.
  • Experience implementing programs/projects utilizing policy, systems, and environmental change approaches.
  • Experience in systems-level thinking including strategic thinking and planning, partnership development, and promoting sustainability.
  • Experience negotiating work plans and budgets
  • Strong project management, prioritization, and planning skills, with demonstrated success producing high-quality deliverables according to established timelines and budget.
  • Experience with developing tools and resources, facilitating meetings and conference calls, and giving presentations; strong facilitation skills.
  • Skilled in facilitating peer-to-peer, and training and technical assistance learning opportunities through a variety of strategies; knowledge of adult learning principles and techniques.
  • Support development, coordination, and implementation of systems and procedures that increase productivity and efficiency.
  • Experience with grants writing and management; specifically, ability to effectively communicate through technical writing for required federal grants (and other type of grants) and cooperative agreements.
  • Experience working with community benefit organizations or collaborations with organizations that provide alternative funding sources for chronic disease programming through the Community Reinvestment Act.
  • Understand the importance of keeping current industry or subject matter expertise.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, excels in building relationships with diverse stakeholders, and able to work with a team; ability to maintain quality customer service standards.
  • Experience managing and recruiting staff and planning and evaluating CAHC activities including operational and fiscal.
  • Ability to effectively connect and communicate with other staff and consultants working on other programs/projects; ability to identify opportunities for synergy and/or collaboration.
  • Self-motivated; able to work independently and to receive and incorporate feedback from others into plans.
  • Superior oral and written communication and organizational skills with strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to effectively present information to a variety of audiences and respond to questions from senior management, staff, other NACDD consultants and team members, and the Board.
  • Excellent multitasking and problem-solving skills with ability to analyze situations, identify existing or potential problems, and recommend solutions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain professional credibility and diplomacy.
  • Resilient, flexible, and innovative.
  • High proficiency with Microsoft Office programs (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint); ability to master other technologies and software applications.
  • High proficiency in utilizing virtual meeting platforms such as Zoom.
  • Proficiency utilizing project management platforms such as Smartsheet.
  • Available to travel, as needed, when travel restrictions due to COVID-19 are lifted (*see below).

Approximately 30%.
Remote - Must be located in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, or Washington.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
NACDD provides equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.

Job Type: Full-time

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