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Senior Project Director for Choose Healthy Life (CHL)

New York, NY

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Full time
Master's Degree

Published on 6 Nov 2022

Expires on 30 Nov 2022

Senior Project Director for Choose Healthy Life (CHL)

Position: Senior Project Director for Choose Healthy Life (CHL)

Reports to: Vice President, Health Equity


Organization Summary

United Way of New York City (UWNYC) is a nonprofit mobilizing people and organizations to eradicate barriers and create opportunities that improve the lives of low-income New Yorkers. Part of the United Way Worldwide system, one of the world's most recognized charitable brands, we envision caring communities in which all individuals and families have access to quality education and the opportunity to lead healthy and financially secure lives.  We strive to model our values in all our relationships, both internal and external: Collaboration, Compassion, Integrity, Accountability, and Superior Performance.

Position Overview

UWNYC’s Health Equity strategy: UWNYC’s Health Equity strategy: Black communities continue to be disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 epidemic in the United States. In response to these racial health disparities, the Choose Healthy Life (CHL) initiative was launched in five cities (Atlanta, Detroit, Newark, New York City, District of Columbia) to promote and conduct COVID – 19 testing and vaccination, leveraging networks in the Black-faith community to lead implementation and build confidence in health interventions. The program is now in Phase 3 expanding emphasis on health promotion to prevent chronic diseases and increase access to care among BIPOC residents.

UWNYC seeks to leverage the momentum, program infrastructure, and partnerships that were formed by the CHL initiative to launch a Health Equity unit that will continue to lead CHL and leverage UWNYC’s expertise as a backbone organization to align multiple partners around a shared vision to develop scalable programs that address health disparities and social determinants of health.

The Project Director for CHL plays a strategic leadership role in the Health Equity unit and reports to the VP for Health Equity. This person will lead the programmatic implementation and expansion of Choose Healthy Life (CHL). The Project Director will oversee the efforts Health Navigator Supervisors across the 5 target areas, supervise 3 Health Navigator Supervisors (2 NYC and 1 Newark) and ensure that the PHASE 3 Implementation plan is meeting goals and objectives. The Project Director works closely with UWNYC’s AVP for Health Equity, Community Impact Leadership team, Clergy leaders, funders and other partners to implement CHL.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Day-to-day and operational management and oversight of CHL across the 5 target cities, leadership in the area of training, program development and health promotion planning and implementation.
  • The Project Director will work with the VP and AVP to advance strategic leadership within the Community Impact department, and will leverage cross-functional resources within the  Community Impact Department (Education, Food and Benefits Access, Workforce and Economic Mobility, Justice and Opportunity, StrengthenNYC, AdvocateNYC, and Transformation and Learning), Marketing & Communications and Resource Development, as well as external corporate, philanthropic and community partners.  
  • The Project Director is expected to help CHL partners to address intersecting drivers of health and improve health outcomes for families and children in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty.
  • Engage community voices in discussions with decision-makers and engage wider audiences around health equity issues.
  • Expand the CHL network of faith institutions and community-based organizations and develop a targeted engagement strategy to address barriers to vaccination in the Black community.
  • Develop, manage, and adapt robust implementation plans for CHL program delivery and expansion.
  • Lead and support the development of program performance measures aligned with UWNYC’s Results Based Accountability (RBA) approach, funding requirements, and organizational priorities.
  • Leverage existing network of faith institutions, and Health Navigators to develop programmatic initiatives related to chronic public health issues, including obesity, hypertension, and diabetes.
  • Oversee the development of data collection tools and systems, and empower stakeholders to use data to learn, guide activities.
  • The Project Director is expected to lead others to a place of clarity and commitment and demonstrate UWNYC’s core values (Collaboration, Compassion, Integrity, Accountability, and Superior Performance) in all internal and external relationships.


Required Skills, Knowledge and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in public health or social work and/or a related field preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible positions in public health or related social services field of Strategic program planning, management, and evaluation, including government grant administration and financial management o Facilitation and management of cross-sectoral initiatives and people management
  • In-depth knowledge of public health, social determinants of health, structural racism and other systemic barriers that contribute to health inequities.
  • Excellent writing, editing, verbal, and presentation skills
  • Innovative thinker, with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and results
  • Experience with using population and program data to inform strategic and programmatic decisions
  • Demonstrated experience building, leading, and mentoring a team of program leaders and specialists, both internal and external
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills.


Key Competencies:

  • Network Oriented
  • Strategic Relationship Building & Collaboration
  • Effective and Engaging Communicator
  • Embracing and Managing Change
  • Brand Steward
  • Program Development & Implementation


Salary range:

  • $ 79,328 - $127,149*
    • The final determination of salary, within this range, will depend on the candidate’s education, skills and experience required for the particular position.

Additional Requirements:

  • Fully vaccinated for Covid-19
  • Background check  
  • UWNYC is presently on a Hybrid/In-Person work schedule


United Way of NYC Core Competencies for All Staff

  • Mission Focused: Catalyze others’ commitment to the mission to create real social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities.  This drives their performance and professional motivations.
  • Relationship-Oriented: Understands that people come before processes and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.
  • Collaborator: Understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement
  • Results Driven: Dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good: creating, resourcing, scaling and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad investment and impact
  • Brand Steward: Steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network.

How to apply:

Please apply on our United Way of New York City career page. No phone calls or faxes accepted. No phone calls or faxes accepted.

United Way of New York City is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer