Oregon Public Health Institute: Program Manager


The Oregon Public Health Institute (OPHI) is seeking a Project Manager to join our team, to support one of the organization’s programs, and to support future projects under OPHI’s new strategic growth. The OPHI program, Right From The Start (RFTS), is managed by OPHI for Multnomah County Health Department (MCHD). OPHI developed the Right from the Start Childcare Assessment with licensed child care providers in Multnomah County. We use the findings to drive improvements in the child care system, to provide meaningful recommendations for training and support of child care providers and to collaborate with public health and child care partners on evidence-based strategies for healthy child care. The RFTS Project Manager will work directly with Multnomah County Health Department staff, and staff from the Oregon State University Extension Service Nutrition Education Program. The Project Manager would also manage and coordinate a Right from Start Coalition, which consists of over a dozen community based, social services, and health care organizations. The Project Manager would directly interface with child care centers such as daycares, and a network of Family, Friends, and Neighbors child care providers.


  • Lead the overall Right From the Start Project
  • Coordinate Right From the Start Coalition meetings and participate in community based workgroups such as Baby Booster Initiative.
  • Coordinate and manage the project’s priority populations:
    • Childcare providers in East Multnomah County
    • Childcare settings who care for children ages 0-3
    • Children from communities who face the greatest inequities (i.e. children from communities of color, children who are English language learners)
    • Children from families with dynamic documentation status
    • Children who are/come from families that are immigrants/refugees
    • Family, Friend and Neighbor populations
  • Develop and correlate data with MCHD Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant partners and data
  • Evolve and implement existing nutrition and physical education training toolkits
  • Conduct direct technical assistance to child care providers to develop and adopt nutrition policies that increase nutritious food and beverages and support breastfeeding


OPHI is undergoing an exciting transformation of active strategy development. The Project Manager would be hired to fulfill additional duties under other technical assistance projects such as:

  • Research analysis, with a focus on data management, data extraction, analysis and reporting
  • Management of survey activity, key informant interviews and convened focus groups
  • Write policy briefs, reports, etc.
  • Create charts, graphs and other tools to assist with understanding of data
  • Cultivate collaborative relationships with partner organizations, stakeholders, including policy makers
  • Contribute to OPHI’s creative and enterprising approach to public health


OPHI is seeking a candidate who has a demonstrated understanding of health and racial equity, with a specific vision for health in culturally specific populations including but not limited to local African, African American, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American communities, along with various immigrant and refugee communities. A preferred candidate will possess strong outreach skills, with competencies in coalition management and partnership engagement.

Additionally the position emphasizes policy development and policy implementation. Competitive candidates will have strong communication skills, demonstrated ease in working directly with various public stakeholders such as local public health officials, elected officials, and community based organizations. Finally, candidates must be equipped to guide policy adoption and implementation in a manner calculated to reduce disparities and advance health equity.

Additional qualifications include:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field, with an MPH degree preferred.
  • Three years of experience managing and implementing projects in public health, health equity, and community based projects.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and work with diverse and multi-sector partnerships to promote health.
  • Experience with health data, public health and health care policy, research, analysis and synthesis.
  • Excellent writing skills, including an ability to identify and review data and material from a number of sources, then synthesize and summarize that information in a succinct, compelling manner.
  • Content knowledge related to the social determinants of health such as housing, employment, income, need for safe and dependable childcare, food and nutritional security, education, transportation, community services, and access to health care.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the traditions, values and customs of the communities being served.
  • Ability to leverage diverse communities cultural strengths as resources or tools in the planning, development and implementation of programming.
  • Demonstrated problem solving and decision making skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and their relevance to communications activities.
  • Knowledge of Google Drive applications, including Gmail, Calendar, Docs and their relevance to collaborative communications activities
  • Awareness of capabilities of Adobe Creative Suite and online meeting hosting services
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently and with a team
  • Ability to work evenings and/or weekends as required.

Additional Information:

We are seeking candidates interested in 1.0 FTE. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications in the range of $55,000-$60,000. Benefits include medical and dental insurance, and a public transportation subsidy. OPHI fosters a family-friendly work environment. Periodic local travel and a reliable source of transportation are requirements for this position.

To Apply:

Candidates should submit an application consisting of a current resume and cover letter describing why you are drawn to this position to OPHI CEO Cyreena Boston Ashby, info@ophi.org. Materials considered for the initial round of review must be received no later than 5 p.m. March 16, 2018. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, until the position is closed.

OPHI is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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