The Program Implementation Senior Specialist is a member of the African-American Health Equity Initiative team (AAHEI). The goal of the AAHEI program is to reduce disparities in breast cancer outcomes within the African-American community by 25% within five years, starting in the 11 U.S. cities where the inequities are greatest. These cities include Memphis, St. Louis, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Washington, D.C., Virginia Beach, Los Angeles Metroplex, Philadelphia Metroplex, Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, and Baltimore. The Program Implementation Senior Specialist will be responsible for program activities in the following areas: Dallas, Houston and Los Angeles Metroplex.

A Collective Impact model will guide the program. This model addresses complex social issues through long-term, cross-sector collaborative action and investment to maximize impact by creating community-driven systems change. The AAHEI program will employ several program methods including assessing quality and increasing improvement of care delivery; improving care coordination through oncology patient navigation and other means; and community advocacy.

Primary Responsibilities

The primary objective of the Program Implementation Senior Specialist is to support Susan G. Komen in achieving our overall Vision and Mission by:

• Ensuring effective implementation of the AAHEI collective impact model in Dallas, Houston and Los Angeles Metroplex.
• Implementing evidence-based interventions in Dallas, Houston and Los Angeles Metroplex to address key drivers of breast cancer health disparities in African-Americans.
• Ensuring continuous communication and relationship building among project partners, stakeholders, staff and National Steering Committee.
• Collaborating with AAHEI’s program development team, program evaluation team, and other Komen staff.
• Promoting an organizational culture that values trust, commitment to the mission, scientific integrity, and professional and organizational growth.

Primary Responsibilities

Ensures effective implementation of the collective impact model in Dallas, Houston and Los Angeles Metroplex.

• Works with Program Manager to establish and facilitate community cross-sectoral workgroups to implement AAHEI interventions; manages the coordination of workgroup activities to ensure alignment and achievement of project goals.
• Supports the establishment of processes, timeline, and goals for developing local relationships with Komen Affiliates or field offices, healthcare providers, organizations, community leaders, elected officials, and others serving the African-American breast cancer community.
• Supports the efficient, effective and professional implementation of programs and services.
• Supports the development and implementation of the AAHEI National Steering Committee; including roles and responsibilities, selection criteria, and recruitment strategy; support the management of National Steering Committee meeting logistics.
• Works with the Program Manager to identify important coalitions, working groups, and other venues through which African-American health equity and/or AA breast cancer issues are discussed and ensures Komen has a seat at those tables.
• Works with Program Manager to convene project partners and key external stakeholders for annual project meeting; manages meeting logistics and collaborates with Komen meeting and events team.
• Collaborates with the Public Policy and Advocacy team to build relationships with local elected officials and uphold Komen’s advocacy priorities.
• Works with Program Evaluation team to implement qualitative data collection via project landscape analysis.

Implements evidence-based interventions in Dallas, Houston and Los Angeles Metroplex to address key drivers of breast cancer health disparities in African-Americans.

• Works with Program Manager and AAHEI Director to develop and implement a strategy for delivering program interventions to address the key drivers of breast cancer health disparities in African-Americans based on the findings of the AAHEI landscape analysis and applicable evidence-based public health interventions.
• Provides technical assistance and training to community organizations, service providers, stakeholders and partners on evidence-based public health interventions.
• Supports the development of detailed project plans to monitor and track progress; measures project performance using appropriate tools and techniques.
• Implements strategies for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of program interventions by identifying bottlenecks in completing program activities and developing plans to minimize or eliminate them.
• Works with Program Evaluation team to monitor all program interventions and trainings for progress towards achieving the program goals and indicators.
• Works with Program Development team to pilot training curricula; manages training logistics in collaboration with the Komen events team.
• Works with Komen IT team and Program Development team to implement strategy for hosting and disseminating online and distance learning trainings.

Ensures continuous communication and relationship building among project partners, stakeholders, staff and Steering Committee.

• Supports the management and facilitation of AAHEI project partners’ and stakeholders’ continuous communication and collaboration; establishes and monitors communication tools, such as Basecamp, to provide an effective communication mechanism for project participants.
• Support the development and dissemination of communication including the AAHEI project newsletter, webinars, partner calls and meetings; ensures tracking of project participation and meeting minutes; responds to project information requests from project partners, stakeholders, and the public

Collaborates with AAHEI’s program implementation, program evaluation teams, and Komen staff.

• Serves as day to day point of contact for Dallas, Houston and Los Angeles Metroplex.
• Supports the development of work plans and production schedules for assignments.
• Participates in one on one and team coaching and program management activities.
• Develops annual performance goals and participates in regular reviews.

Job Qualifications:
Minimum Experience Required

The ideal candidate must demonstrate:

Strong organizational and project management skills, detail-oriented with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and execute in a high-volume environment.
Proficiency in training, facilitation and providing technical assistance for public health interventions.
Ability to work both independently and with others to resolve issues and maintain composure and professionalism in an environment of changing and/or multiple priorities.
Must be able to work on a time table, meet deadlines, follow instructions and accept direction on given assignments.
Strong work ethic with the ability to maintain a high activity level.
Ability to communicate effectively both oral and written; research, develop, present, and
promote projects; work independently; prioritize work and meet deadlines.
Strong public relations and interpersonal skills
Considerable knowledge of current literature, trends, and developments in the public health equity field.
Ability to assess the effectiveness of programs and make recommendations for improvements.
Ability to effectively and efficiently support planning, development and establishment of new programs.
Experience as a public speaker, a team-oriented attitude for training others and a professional demeanor for interacting with stakeholders and program participants.
Must be able to work in the United States without employer sponsorship.
Willingness and ability to travel at least 50% of the time locally and / or out of town.

Work Experience: Minimum of 2-3 years of experience managing public health programs

Education: Master’s degree in public health, health disparities, non-profit management or relevant discipline. Minimum of 2-3 years of experience managing public health programs. Bachelor’s degree may be substituted for candidates with extensive experience demonstrating the qualifications described

Preferred Experience
• Education or direct experience in support of health disparities programs, especially cancer disparities
• Experience serving the African-American community
• Knowledge and/or experience in the collective impact program model
• Knowledge and/or experience working with evidence-based intervention protocols
• Experience working in a non-profit environment, especially on a national level

Specialized Knowledge Requirements
• Outstanding computer skills including experience with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint