Program Officer – Building Healthy Communities

Posted September 28th, 2016 at 12:11 pm.


The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) is a private statewide foundation dedicated to improving the health of all New Yorkers, especially the most vulnerable. To achieve meaningful impact, the Foundation makes grants, informs health care policy and practice, and spreads effective programs that work to improve New York’s health system. Most of the Foundation’s grantmaking is focused on two priority areas: building healthy communities and empowering health care consumers.

The Building Healthy Communities (BHC) priority area emphasizes community-level interventions that make it easier for New Yorkers of all ages to lead active, healthy lives. To that end, the Foundation supports neighborhood-level and policy interventions to increase residents’ access to healthy, affordable food options; opportunities for physical activity; and other initiatives that encourage healthy living. As part of the BHC priority area, the Foundation is working in six communities through the Healthy Neighborhoods Fund initiative, launched in January 2015.

Position Summary:

Supporting the Vice President for Programs, the Program Officer will work as part of a team on the implementation and development of the BHC priority area. He/she will be responsible for managing programs and grants; reviewing proposals; and making grantmaking recommendations to the Vice President for Programs and other senior staff. He/she will also be expected to represent the Foundation at meetings and conferences throughout New York State and nationally, as well as organize and facilitate NYSHealth convenings in support of the BHC priority area.

Reports to: Vice President for Programs


  • Support the Vice President for Programs in developing strategic grantmaking opportunities for the BHC priority area.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of annual BHC program goals and strategies.
  • Lead and facilitate meetings with grantees, conduct site visits, review grantee submissions, and track grantee performance. Work with grantees to identify potential enhancements to project development and ensure that contractual objectives are met.
  • Within the Healthy Neighborhoods Fund, work with grantees to identify additional projects that would advance their goals to be considered for funding by the Foundation.
  • Within BHC, work with grantees to identify and lead efforts to help leverage the Foundation’s resources and develop opportunities to partner with other private and public funders.
  • Prepare and present written proposal summaries for various levels of the grant review process and provide recommendations to senior staff and review panels.
  • Respond to public inquiries about the BHC priority area and the application process. Work to disseminate and communicate the Foundation’s goals and objectives and our grantmaking results.
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with stakeholders, policymakers, community members, researchers, and others to support program development and implementation.
  • Convene grantees, stakeholders, and policymakers to advance program development and implementation, as appropriate.
  • Contribute to quality improvement of the Foundation’s operations, including facilitating internal communications and evaluation, specifically as it informs future program development and grantmaking.
  • Participate in conferences, seminars, and other professional development activities to maintain and enhance expertise and professional status.
  • Contribute to the NYSHealth website by identifying relevant grantee materials to be posted to the BHC area of the site.
  • Complete special projects as assigned.

Reporting to the Vice President for Programs, the Program Officer will work collaboratively with the existing BHC team (as well as across priority areas with other team members) to advance shared goals, and is expected to coordinate with communications and grants management staff.

Required Experience and Qualifications:

The Program Officer must have a graduate degree in health, public health, public policy, urban planning, or a relevant discipline. The successful candidate will have more than 5 years of experience in developing and managing programs to improve health and health care. Expertise in community engagement and planning is strongly preferred. He/she must have a solid understanding of best practices and policies regarding population health and prevention, as well as a working knowledge of place-making initiatives and systems change in New York State.

Other qualifications include:

  • Superb project management and organizational skills. Attention to detail and follow-through ability, including management of paper flow and time.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent analytic abilities, including clear judgment and creative thinking.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: collegial, energetic, able to develop productive relationships with colleagues, grantees, consultants, and others who contribute to program development and management. Works well with and welcomes opportunities to work across diverse cultures.
  • Demonstrated maturity and seasoned judgment. Ability to make decisions, justify recommendations, and be responsive and clear with Foundation applicants.
  • Experience collaborating with and engaging business and community leaders and other partners in program work.
  • Ability to travel, including for site visits and to represent the Foundation at outside meetings.
  • Foundation/grantmaking experience is highly desirable, but not necessary.

Application Process:

Send résumé, statement of interest, and salary history to and include “Program Officer” in the subject line.

The New York State Health Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and values having a diverse staff. Employment opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

Filed under: Management Level by Margie DuBrow

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